University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Ernesto Mendez

Ernesto Méndez Fellow

PhD, Environmental Studies/Agroecology, UC Santa Cruz

MS, Agroforestry, CATIE

BS, Crop Science, California Polytechnic State University


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V. Ernesto Méndez works in Latin America and Vermont. His international teaching, research and service have focused on interdisciplinary projects related to agroecology, environmental conservation, rural development, and more recently, climate change mitigation in agricultural landscapes. He teaches many graduate and undergraduate courses at UVM including: Advanced Agroecology, Coffee Ecologies and Livelihoods, International Environmental Studies, Conservation in Agricultural Rural Landscapes, Ecology of Food Systems and Ecologies and Livelihoods of a Shade Coffee Landscape in El Salvador. His work analyzes interactions between agriculture, livelihoods, and biodiversity conservation in tropical and temperate landscapes, with an emphasis on small-scale farmers and their organizations. He is a research associate with the Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (CTEC) at Antioch University New England, and Adjunct Professor at the International University of Andalucia (Spain). He is a founding board member of Advising & Interdisciplinary Research for Local Development and Conservation (ASINDEC), in El Salvador, and the Community Agroecology Network (CAN), in California. He also serves on the boards of the Conservation Research Foundation and Food for Farmers, two non-profits based in Vermont.

AT UVM: Ernesto Méndez is an Associate Professor in the campus-wide Environmental Program and the Plant and Soil Sciences department at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is also a fellow with the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and serves as a steering committee member of the UVM Food Systems Research Spire.

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Ernesto's focus is interdisciplinary and includes agroecology, environmental conservation and rural development

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