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Natural Sciences Speaker Series

The NVU-Lyndon Department of Natural Sciences hosts a weekly seminar featuring talks by local and regional scientists —including current Lyndon students and alumni — each spring. All are welcome to attend.

The talks take place Wednesdays all spring from 4-5 p.m. in the Science Wing on the NVU-Lyndon campus.

Spring 2019 Schedule

January 23 Introduction
January 30 Rob McDougal, VT Attorney General’s Office
February 6 Frank Maloney, Northeastern Vermont Development Association
February 13 Chuck Fergus, Freelance Author
February 20 Joe Tetreault, University of New Hampshire
March 6 Stacy Doll, Roots to Rise
March 13 Samantha Wolf, Falmouth Land Trust
March 20 Abigail Serra, VT Fish and Wildlife, Game Warden
March 27 Jason Randall, Plymouth Waste Management
April 3  Rachel Dandeneau, White Mountains Community College
April 17  Kaytlin Darling, Boston Children’s Hospital
April 24 Miranda Aiken, Northern Vermont University – Lyndon
May 1 Meg Leduc, University of Vermont
May 15 Graduating Senior Presentations


31 Jan 2018     Johanna Polsenberg, Conservation International
                         People Need Nature: NGOs as Boundary Organizations

7 Feb 2018      Judy Rosovsky, Vermont Agency of Agriculture
                         Economic and Biological Comparison of Invasive and Native Forest Pests

14 Feb 2018   Gustav Verderber, Sojourns in Nature
                         Nature Photography: Stories from the Field

21 Feb 2018   Becca White, SunCommon
                         Going Solar the Mission Driven Way in Vermont

28 Feb 2018   Winter Break

7 Mar 2018      Andrew Vermilyea, Castleton University
                          Shedding Some LIGHT on Nutrient Transformation in the Lake Champlain Basin

14 Mar 2018   Kevin Johnston, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
                          Space Matters in Biological Processes: Designing Wildlife Corridors Using a GIS

21 Mar 2018    Laura Spence, Sterling College
                          Steppe Changes: Predicting the Effects of Climate Change on the Mongolian Mountain-steppe

28 Mar 2018    Tim Schmalz, Vermont Agency of Agriculture
                          Hemp Farming in Vermont

4 Apr 2018      Anne Gatewood Hoen, Dartmouth College
                         The Developing Infant Gut Microbiome

11 Apr 2018    Spring Break

18 Apr 2018    Laura Stroup, Saint Michael’s College
                          Energy, Water and Climate

25 Apr 2018    Laura Beebe, Sterling College
                          A Berried Geography: Ethnobotany of the Circumpolar North

2 May 2018     Steve Faccio, Vermont Center for Ecostudies
                          Bioaccumulation of Mercury in Wood Frogs and Spotted Salamanders in Vermont Vernal Pools

25 Jan 2017    Fritz Gerhardt, Beck Pond Environmental, LLC
How’s the Water: Restoring Water Quality in the Lake Memphremagog Basin, Vermont & Quebec

1 Feb 2017     Roger Dekett & Nick Comerci, USDA NRCS
Basic and Applied Soil Science: Natural Resource Assessment and Planning in VT

8 Feb 2017     Brian Jerose, Agrilab Technologies, Inc.
Capturing Thermal Energy from Composting

15 Feb 2017   Kent McFarland, VT Center for Ecostudies
Mercury Concentrations along Elevational Gradients

15 Feb 2017   Larry Spencer, Plymouth State University
History of the Environmental Movement

1 Mar 2017     Winter Break

8 Mar 2017     Christine Palmer, Castleton University
Regulation of Iron Uptake and Transport by Plants

15 Mar 2017   Jess Robinson, VT Division for Historic Preservation
Paleoindians and the Inland Sea

22 Mar 2017   Water Poleman, University of Vermont
Place-based Ecology

29 Mar 2017  Matt Aeberhard, Independent Filmmaker
Wildlife Film Making

5 Apr 2017     Spring Break

12 Apr 2017   Ted Levin, Independent Author
America’s Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake

19 Apr 2017   Laura Grigg, Norwich University
Interactions between Sediment, Productivity, Water Chemistry, and Water Quality in Carbonate Lakes

26 Apr 2017   Senior-student Presentations

3 May 2017    Elizabeth Farnsworth, Harvard Forest
Go Botany: A 21st Century Tool for Anyone Interested in Plants

1 Feb 2016     Alan Graham, State Entomologist, VT Dept. of Agriculture
Monitoring Mosquito-borne Arboviruses

8 Feb 2016     Jenna Whitson, Senior Associate, VT Council on Rural Development
Vermont’s Climate Economy

15 Feb 2016   Bruce Genereaux, Principal, Green Mountain Community Solar
Community Solar Arrays

7 Mar 2016    Anne Gatewood Hoen, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. Epidemiology and Biomedical Data Science, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Human Microbiome

14 Mar 2016  Leslie Kanat, Ph.D., Professor of Geology, Johnson State College
Landslide Monitoring in VT

21 Mar 2016  Gillian Galford Ph.D., Research Assist. Prof., Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, UVM
                        Impacts of Climate Change on Vermont

28 Mar 2016          TBA

11 Apr 2016   Amanda Beal, University of New Hampshire and Maine Farmland Trust
New England Food Vision

18 Apr 2016  Nathaniel Schafrick, Climate Change Group, VT Dept. of Health
Climate Change and Human Health

25 Apr 2016   Margaret Fowle, Conservation Biologist, VT Audubon
Peregrine Falcon Recovery in VT