University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Eric Lonsdorf

Margarita Fernandez, Ph. D. Affiliate


Ph. D., Agroecology, University of Vermont

M.S., Environmental Science, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

B.S., Biology, Tufts University



Margarita Fernandez has over 15 years of experience working on transdisciplinary research and the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of international cooperation projects in the Global South including Cuba, Laos, Mexico, and Nicaragua. She specializes in agroecology and food systems, sustainable livelihoods, certification systems, food security/sovereignty and biodiversity conservation. Margarita has worked with multistakeholder teams at the research-practice-policy nexus in order to link results-based evidence with action and policy change. Since 1998, she has been collaborating in Cuba with state, non-governmental and international organizations on the island and serves as an advisor to several groups working in Cuba, including the Cuba-US Agroecology Network. Since 2015, she leads a small non-profit, the Vermont Caribbean institute, which works closely with Cuban institutions to promote people to people exchanges, educational courses and on the ground projects that address sustainable food systems and biodiversity conservation. Margarita holds a PhD in Agroecology from the University of Vermont, where she worked with coffee communities of Chiapas, Mexico and northern Nicaragua. She holds a Masters from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she studied urban agriculture in Havana, Cuba and New York City, and a BS in Biology from Tufts University.

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