POULTNEY -- Green Mountain College is pleased to announce that biologist and author Bernd Heinrich will be the visiting scholar for the College's M.S. in environmental studies (MSES) program September 10-13.
Heinrich's rich body of research has dealt primarily with understanding how behavioral and physiological adaptations of animals allow them to negotiate their physical environment. His research interests span wide territory, including temperature regulation in insects, energetics and foraging in bees, and social and foraging behavior of ravens, to name a few. He has published 18 books, many of which translate complex science for the popular audience. These include "Ravens in Winter," "The Winter World," "The Geese of a Beaver Bog," and "Racing the Antelope: What Animals Can Teach Us About Running and Life" (re-issued as "Why We Run").
Heinrich has won popular and scholarly acclaim for his work including Guggenheim and Harvard Fellowships, the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Fellowship, and the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing (for Mind of the Raven), where he joins other distinguished authors such as Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson. His art has been exhibited at the Fleming Museum in Burlington and in Maine. He was elected to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.
Educated at the University of Maine, Orono, and The University of California, Berkely, Bernd Heinrich has been a faculty member at UC Berkely and the University of Vermont, where he is currently Professor Emeritus.
Heinrich will meet with MSES students throughout the program's three-day residency on campus. Students in the two-year MSFS program complete most of their coursework online, but the residency is an opportunity to interact with fellow cohort members, their faculty, and the visiting scholar. Heinrich will also be available for informal talks to undergraduates and to the general public.
A national leader in sustainability education, Green Mountain College began offering online graduate degrees in 2006. Over 260 graduate students are currently working toward degrees in the College's suite of programs including the Sustainable MBA, MS in Environmental Studies, MS in Sustainable Food Systems, and MS in Resilient and Sustainable Communities (MRSC).