University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Meryl Richards

Meryl Richards Science Officer, CCAFS

BA, Environmental Engineering, Dartmouth College

BE, Environmental Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College

PhD, Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont


Phone: (802) 656-0890

Meryl Richards is an agroecologist whose research experience and interests center around synergies between food security and environmental conservation in smallholder agriculture. Her doctoral research examined correlations between tree biodiversity and carbon sequestration on smallholder shade coffee farms and the contribution of crop diversity to food security among maize/coffee farmers in El Salvador. She has also worked with rice, cocoa, and palm oil farmers in Sierra Leone to identify ways to sustainably improve rice production.

Currently, she is a science officer for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). At CCAFS, she contributes to research on how to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers while reducing agriculture's contribution to climate change. Much of her work supports the development of methods to quantify greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture in order to identify mitigation options and help developing countries access climate finance.

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Meryl's work as a research analyst for the CGIAR Research Program supports the work of Gund Fellow Lini Wollenberg

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