ecoNEWS VT Fall 2020 Newsletter

ecoNEWS VT – Fall 2020

Highlighting the latest findings in ecological research and monitoring from across Vermont

Autumn is here! In this season’s newsletter we highlight research on the growth of red oak in the Northeast, how biodiverse land and ecosystem services can be protected together, and how hunters would feel if wolves were to populate Vermont. We also discuss a new tool for mapping the health of Vermont’s lakes.

Will 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.

Combining Protection of Biodiversity with Conservation of Ecosystem Services Reduces Costs
Conserving biodiverse lands and protecting ecosystem services is more efficient and less expensive when done together.

Hunters’ Attitudes Towards a Hypothetical Return of Wolves to Vermont
Wolves inhabit forests in Quebec and have potential to disperse into New England. Are wolves welcome in Vermont?

Featured Online Tools, Maps, and Mobile Apps

Tracking the Health of 823 Vermont Inland Lakes
The Vermont Lake Score Card is a mapping tool that makes lake health data available for more than 800 lakes throughout the state.

Research Webinar – November 18, 2020

Stormwater Subsurface Gravel Wetlands in Vermont 
By Andres Torizzo
Principal Hydrologist at Watershed Consulting

Date: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
Time: Noon – 1 PM
For more information and how to join the webinar:

Stormwater Education – November 23, 2020

Stormwater Stewardship with Classrooms
By Ruth Beecher
Retired elementary school teacher

Date: Monday, November 23, 2020
Time: 4 – 5 PM
For more information and how to join the webinar:

Zoom A Scientist – December 4, 2020

Impacts of Road Salt in the Adirondacks
By Brittany Christenson

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
For more information and how to join the webinar:

These seminars/webinars are part of a series, sponsored by Lake Champlain Sea Grant, that occurs monthly. Please see the Lake Champlain Sea Grant website for more information.

Fellowship Opportunity

Sea Grant Knauss Graduate Student Fellowship

The deadline for applications is February 19, 2021.

Sea Grant Knauss Fellowships are prestigious one-year, paid fellowships with hosts in executive or legislative offices in Washington, DC. Graduate students from all disciplines who are interested in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and national policy decisions are welcome to apply. Students need to have aligned career goals and leadership experience, but they do not need experience in policy or water science.

To learn more please visit:

Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative Virtual Conference & Call For Abstracts

Revealing a Changing Forested Landscape:
Where we have come from, what we have learned, and what’s next in long-term ecosystem monitoring

Event dates: Thursday, December 17 – Friday, December 18, 2020
Proposals due: Friday, November 20, 2020

The 2020 FEMC Conference will explore the major findings of key monitoring programs occurring across northeastern forests, share research discoveries and how the ecosystem has changed, and identify future opportunities and innovations in monitoring. For more information about the event please go to:, and to submit an abstract:

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