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Taylor Ricketts Lab

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I am recruiting 1 PhD student and 1 Postdoc to start in Fall 2019. Particular topics of interest include sustainable agriculture, ecosystem services, and nature-health connections, and I’m looking for people interested in combining field approaches with modeling. Please see our “join page” and get in touch.

Taylor Ricketts

Taylor Ricketts. Professor, Environment and Natural Resources; Director, Gund Institute.
I'm interested in connecting rigorous interdisciplinary research with real-world conservation problems, both in Vermont and worldwide. My recent focus has been the benefits provided to people by forests, wetlands, reefs, and other natural areas. I work on understanding how ecosystems provide these benefits, what they are worth (and to whom), and how they might change in the future. Other interests include global patterns of biodiversity, conservation planning, ecological economics, and community and landscape ecology.

I went to college at Dartmouth (Earth Sciences) and got my PhD at Stanford (Biology). I directed the Conservation Science Program at World Wildlife Fund for nine years before moving to UVM in 2011. In addition to my faculty post in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, I direct the Gund Institute at UVM.
Taylor's Bio and CV and papers

Post Docs

  • Ranaivo Andriarilala Rasolofoson

    Ranaivo Andriarilala Rasolofoson. Post-Doctoral Associate.
    I am interested in the impacts of nature conservation on environmental and social outcomes. I use diverse approaches such as rigorous causal inference methods and participatory research. Using these different methods, I have looked at the impacts of community forest management and strictly protected areas on deforestation and human well-being in Madagascar. I received a double PhD in Environmental and Resource Economics and in Forestry from the University of Copenhagen and Bangor University. I also have an MS from the University of Maryland and a BS from the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar. For my post-doc at the Gund Institute, I am estimating the impacts of environmental change and conservation interventions on human health worldwide. | Ranaivo's Bio

  • Leif Richardson

    Leif Richardson. Post-Doctoral Associate.
    I work on multispecies interactions centered on plants and their pollinators, especially bees. As a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture postdoctoral research fellow, I'll be examining how wild bee pollinators of commercial blueberry are affected by plant chemistry and how plants' interactions with mycorrhizal fungi affect bee health. Another research interest is using museum specimen data to study patterns of decline in North American and European bumble bee species.

Graduate Students

  • Natalia Aristizabal

    Natalia Aristizabal. PhD Student.
    I feel passionate about studying ecological processes and socioeconomic sustainable development in agricultural landscapes. My research aims at integrating ecological, social justice, public health, and economic questions in food production. I'll be examining ecological processes involved in the natural regulation of pest control and pollination in coffee farms and how habitat loss and climate change modulate them. I am excited about the potential opportunities for leveraging GIS and ecosystem service theories as conservation tools to protect biodiversity and human well-being.

  • Jesse Gourevitch

    Jesse Gourevitch. PhD Student.
    I am interested in how conservation strategies can equitably distribute ecosystem service benefits and improve human well-being. For my dissertation, I am investigating the role of Vermont’s natural ecosystems in mitigating the risk of flooding and prioritizing where protection and restoration of these areas is most needed. I received a B.A. in environmental studies with a focus in community ecology and geospatial analysis from Carleton College. | Jesse's Bio

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz. PhD Student.
    I am interested in the intersection of ecological economics and human well-being. As a graduate student at UVM, my research will focus on applying novel techniques from data science to uncover connections between the management of natural resources, human behavior, and environmental health. I have a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Williams College. | Aaron's Bio


Jessica Cole. PhD. Biology, UVM

Alison Adams. PhD. Rubenstein School, UVM

Hilary Byerly. PhD. Rubenstein School, UVM

Michelle Brown. PhD. Rubenstein School, UVM

Eva Kinnebrew. PhD. Rubenstein School, UVM

Pierro Mokondoko. PhD. Insituto de Ecologia, Vera Cruz, Mexico

Adrian Wiegman. PhD. Rubenstein School, UVM


Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Associates

Nitin Singh. 2018. LinkedIn

Insu Koh. 2017. LinkedIn

Laura Sonter. 2017. LinkedIn

Diego Herrera Garcia. 2016. LinkedIn

Alicia Ellis. 2014. LinkedIn

PhD Students

Charlie Nicholson. 2018. Twitter | Google Scholar

Keri Watson. 2017. LinkedIn

Steve Posner. 2015. LinkedIn


Samantha Alger. 2018.

Mairi-Jane Fox. 2016. LinkedIn

Sam Carlson. 2015. LinkedIn

Sebastian Castro. 2014. LinkedIn

Joan White. 2014. LinkedIn

Research Assistants

Anna Clayton. 2017.

Alex Frayer. 2017.

Cassidy Motahari. 2017.

Jen Hayes. 2015, 2016.

Liana Vitousek. 2015, 2016.

Anna Beauchemin. 2013. LinkedIn

Ashlin Treadway. 2015.

Rose Watts. 2015.

Erin Cain. 2013.

Paige Carncross. 2014.

Melissa Moldovan. 2014.

Katie Burns. 2013.

Elizabeth Gribkoff. 2013.

Kristian Moore. 2013.

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