Project Manager

Pia is a Research Specialist and Project Manager for the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC) at UVM. A lover of botany, Pia is broadly interested in ecosystem function and the interactions that impact forest health. Prior to working with the FEMC, she served as Project Coordinator for an urban forestry non-profit, administering collaborative programs with the State of Hawaiʻi’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. She also worked as a Research Associate at the Lyon Arboretum for several years, solidifying her love of plants. 

Pia holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from Skidmore College and a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa where she studied the restoration potential of a critically endangered species. When she’s not working, Pia can be found adventuring outdoors, attending an art opening, or perfecting her baking skills.

Pia Ruisi-Besares


  • BA in Environmental Science, Skidmore College
  • MS in Natural Resources, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa


  • 802-656-2975
Office Location:

George D. Aiken Forestry Sciences Lab, 705 Spear Street