Cynthia Moulton

Professor, Ecological Studies Program Coordinator

(802) 468-1386
Jeffords Center
Room 228
233 South Street


Dr. Cynthia Moulton is an ecologist that came to Vermont from the National Biological Survey in Raleigh, North Carolina where she worked as a research biologist. Prior to that, Dr. Moulton worked as a regulatory biologist in the Ecological Effects Branch of the Office of Pesticides at the U.S. E.P.A. Dr. Moulton is concerned about the impacts of environmental contaminants on wildlife, biodiversity, and ecological health. She conducts field research with students in Rutland County that involves understanding the population dynamics of Plethodontid salamanders. These lungless, streamside salamanders are an important link in the food web that connects aquatic and terrestrial habitats and serve as an indicator of ecological integrity.

Dr. Moulton teaches courses in the Natural Sciences department including Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Animal Diversity, Water Resource Ecology, and Biological Illustration. Dr. Moulton brings students abroad to study such subjects as tropical biodiversity, reef ecology, and herpetology but she considers Vermont to be one of the best places in the world to live, work, and raise a family. Dr. Moulton lives in Pittsford, Vermont with her husband Jess, her son Ethan, her dog Cosmo, and her rainbow boa Desmond. Her students refer to Desmond as the “chillest” snake on the planet.


Ph.D., North Carolina State University
M.S., University of Maryland at College Park
B.S., Framingham State College


  • Several scientific publications
  • Member of the board of directors for the Four Winds Nature Institute
  • Member of Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Loves to travel and has led trips for students to Belize, Costa Rica, Peru, and St. John U.S.V.I.