University of Vermont Receives $1 Million for Lake Research Vessels

University of Vermont Receives $1 Million for Lake Research Vessels

The University of Vermont has announced a $1 million gift to its foundation from alumnus F. Peter Rose ('54) in support of the research vessels used by the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory.

Part of the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources, the Rubenstein Lab collects physical, chemical, and biological data in Lake Champlain and the surrounding region related to the complex ecology of the lakes and the Champlain watershed. Made as part of the university's Move Mountains fundraising campaign, the gift will establish the Melosira Forever Fund, named in honor of the university's flagship research vessel, and support the maintenance, repair, and operation of the lab's fleet of watercraft.

A longtime supporter of the university, Rose served on the Rubenstein School board of advisors from 1996 to 2016. His previous gifts to UVM have supported construction of the original microscope facility in the Rubenstein Lab on the Lake Champlain waterfront, the DeHayes Multicultural Scholarship Fund, the Chrysalis Graduate Fellowship Fund, and the Masters of Leadership Sustainability Program.

"I am so very grateful for Mr. Rose's vision and passion to support Lake Champlain research and the Rubenstein School," said Rubenstein School dean and professor Nancy Matthews. "His generosity will empower the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory to remain at the forefront of freshwater research, one of the most critical needs in understanding the impacts of global [climate] change. His gift opens a new opportunity for the lab to excel and to prepare leaders of the future."

(Photo credit: Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory)

"The University of Vermont Foundation Announces Alumnus Donation for Lake Research." University of Vermont Foundation Press Release 06/20/2019.