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Kathy Doyle Ph.D. is a consummate professional, skilled in producing ecological assessments and conservation plans that are invaluable for local and regional planning commissions.  

A.Lynch, Mount Holly Planning Commission


For over 25 years, I have worked at the intersection of ecological research, land management, conservation and education.  Connecting my varied professional experiences is a desire to strengthen ecological integrity and human relationships with the land  through ecological knowledge, stories, conservation and restoration.

Over the course of my career, I have studied forest, savanna, shrub land and wetland ecosystems spanning New England, the southeastern U.S., the Rocky Mountains and Sweden.  As a consultant I conduct ecological surveys and develop conservation and restoration plans for towns, conservation organizations, and private landowners.   My work as a natural community ecologist for the S.E. Regional Office of the Nature Conservancy contributed to the national vegetation classification system.  While living in Sweden, I studied Swedish forestry practices and non-industrial landowner cooperatives.  My research on forest regeneration after fire in the Tetons region of Wyoming is included in an edited volume by Yale University Press about lessons learned following the 1988 fires in the Greater Yellowstone region.  I have published numerous scientific reports, peer-reviewed and popular articles on a range of natural history topics and am the author of curricula and interpretive brochures. 

As an educator, I enjoy working with students of all ages.  Currently, I teach Environmental Science labs at Middlebury College and  Forest Ecology in the online Master's program at Green Mountain College. Other teaching opportunities have ranged from field and nature studies for elementary and middle school students to plant ecology for professionals.

I earned a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Botany (Forest Ecology) at the University of Wyoming.