Communications Professional, University of Vermont Rubenstein School
ReporterWarmer Temperatures, Less Snowpack May Limit Growth of Vermont Tree Species
70-year growth rates of northeastern maple, beech, and birch reveal changes due to rising temperatures and altered rain and snow patterns.
ReporterVermont Community Scientists Collect Lake Water Quality Data Available to the Public
Online lake monitoring results and reports help the state prioritize management and help the public understand water quality trends.
ReporterTree Seedling Survival in Extreme Weather Depends on Seed Size and Forest Floor Conditions
Researchers tested 10 tree species to compare survival in extreme rain and drought events.
ReporterMapping Vermont Moose Habitat Use to Aid Wildlife Managers
Tracking radio-collared moose in the Northeast Kingdom pinpoints habitat hotspots for management consideration.
ReporterNew Mapping Tool Identifies Vermont’s Environmentally Vulnerable Communities
Vermont Environmental Disparity Index shows greater environmental risk in communities of color and low English proficiency.
ReporterClimate Change Impacts Phosphorus Loss From Tile-Drained Farm Fields
More frequent severe drought and heavy rain events can lead to spikes in phosphorus export from tile drains in Vermont farm fields.
ReporterFloodplain Mapping Tool for Conservation and Restoration Planning
Vermont land use planners and researchers can use new maps that show how different-sized floods will spread across river valleys.
ReporterBalancing Forest Carbon Storage and Wildlife Habitat
Managing for a mosaic of diverse forest habitats across the northeastern U.S. creates a resilient landscape more adapted to climate change.
ReporterInvasive Alewife Impacts on Native Rainbow Smelt in Lake Champlain Depend on Environmental Condition
In Lake Champlain, alewife compete with rainbow smelt in smaller basins with summer habitat limited by warm temperatures and low oxygen.
ReporterMapping the Depth of Lake Champlain
Middlebury researchers measure depths in Lake Champlain to produce a map for other researchers, lake managers, first responders, and lake enthusiasts.
ReporterHow Might Vermont Forests Look in 200 Years Under a Changing Climate?
Over the next 200 years, changing climate will likely cause shifts in tree species composition and health of Vermont and northeastern forests.
ReporterComparing Soil and Stream Phosphorus Among Farms, Wetlands and Forests in Vermont
In the Missisquoi River basin, soils in agricultural lands and adjacent streambanks have more phosphorus than soils in forests and their streambanks.
ReporterCOVID-19 Increases Visitors to Urban Natural Areas
Vermont study finds pandemic pushes people to seek refuge outdoors for the first time in years.
ReporterWill Red Oak Dominate Future Vermont Forests?
Researchers studied tree rings to learn what conditions impact red oak growth and what this means in a warming climate.
ReporterGrowing Edible Mushrooms Using Food Waste
Food waste, diverted from the landfill, can be co-digested with dairy manure and used to cultivate protein-rich oyster mushrooms.
ReporterVermont Has Conserved One Third of the Land Needed for an Ecologically Functional Future
New study points to successes and gaps in the state’s landscape-level conservation design.
ReporterBlood Mercury Levels Unchanged Over 18 Years in Mt. Mansfield Thrushes
Despite changes in mercury emissions and deposition rates, blood mercury levels in thrushes remained consistent.
ReporterHistory of Rare Champlain Valley Clayplain Forests in Vermont
Remnants of rare clayplain oak forests shed light on how to restore them to the landscape.
ReporterFarm Manure Boosts Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Even in Winter
Farm manure applications in spring and summer can dramatically increase greenhouse gas emissions in winter.
ReporterManaging Forests for Old Growth Traits Enhances Biodiversity and Carbon Storage
Fifteen-year study mimicking natural forest disturbances to achieve old growth conditions increases biodiversity and carbon storage.
ReporterVermont and New England Forests Face More Precipitation and Milder Winters
Across New England and northern New York, tree species and forest communities face increasing threats under warmer and more variable conditions.
ReporterVermont and the Northeast Hardest Hit by Imported Forest Pests
Vermont and other northeastern states are hardest hit by imported forest pests, and national damage costs billions a year.
ReporterEarthworms in Forest Soils: The Bad and the Not So Bad
Earthworms in forests make soils inhospitable for many tree seedlings and understory plants, but they may help to store carbon deep in the mineral soi
ReporterConservative Tapping Guidelines Remain Sustainable for Healthy Overstory Maples
Healthy, vigorously growing maple trees keep high yield sap extraction sustainable.
ReporterUse Value Appraisal Program Sparks Sustainable Forest Management on Vermont Family Forests
Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal Program for forestland taxation encourages sustainable forest management on family-owned woodlots.
ReporterCommunity-Level Strategies for Land Use Planning and Forestland Conservation
Web-based tools and user-friendly guides help Vermont communities and landowners make informed decisions about land use planning and conservation.
ReporterWinter Injury, Carbon Loss, but Surprising Growth Resurgence in Red Spruce
Investigation into impacts of historic needle winter injury on tree growth and carbon storage turns up evidence of a growth resurgence in red spruce.
ReporterRestoration of American Chestnut in Northern Forests
The American Chestnut was a prized forest species in the eastern U.S. until 100 years ago when a fungal blight was introduced.
ReporterWood Bioenergy Harvesting Impacts on Carbon Emissions in the Northeast
Demand for forest bioenergy, or biomass (firewood, wood chips, pellets), is increasing in Vermont and the Northeast.
ReporterVermonters' "Acceptable" Levels of Town Development May Decrease Occurrence of Black Bear and Bobcat
Development of natural land may pose a threat to native wildlife species in Vermont and globally.