Environmental Studies at UVM

V. Ernesto Mendez

Associate Professor, Advisor

Environmental Program, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Bittersweet House Room 303, and Jeffords Hall Room 225

  • (802) 656-2924

Advising Appointment Hours: 

Monday 1:30-2:30 and Tuesday 3:00-4:00 in Jeffords 225 ; Wednesday 11:30-12:20 in Bittersweet 303

Areas of Interest: 

Agroecology, political ecology, agro-food systems, Participatory Action Research, environmental conservation in agricultural landscapes, rural livelihoods


My research and teaching efforts focus on developing and applying interdisciplinary approaches that analyze interactions between agriculture, livelihoods, and biodiversity conservation in tropical and temperate rural landscapes.  Most of my work also utilizes a Participatory Action Research Approach (PAR), in an effort to directly support conservation and rural development.


  • Ph.D. Agroecology and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2004
  • M.S. Agroforestry, Tropical Agriculture Research & Higher Education Center, Costa Rica, 1996
  • B.S. in Crop Science, California Polytechnic State University, 1994

Other Professional Affiliations: 

  • Core Instructor, Annual International Agroecology Courses, CAN-UCSC
  • Fellow, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont
  • Fellow, Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Vermont
  • Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Agroecology, International University of Andalucia (UNIA), Spain
  • Board Member and Researcher, ASINDEC, El Salvador
  • Co-Director, Community Agroecology Network, Santa Cruz, CA