Research Analyst, Gund Institute for Ecological EconomicsEmail: Meryl.Richards@uvm.edu
Office: Johnson House, 617 Main Street
Gund Institute profile: http://www.uvm.edu/giee/?Page=richards.html
Meryl Richards is an agroecologist supporting research on low-emissions agricultural development with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). This research, one of four themes within the CCAFS program, investigates how smallholder farmers in developing countries can improve their livelihoods while reducing their impact on climate change. Her research experience and interests center around synergies and trade-offs between food security and environmental conservation in smallholder agriculture, as well as measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. She has a particular interest in agroforestry systems and has conducted research in Central America and West Africa.
B.A. (2005) and B.E. (2006), Environmental Engineering, Dartmouth College
Ph.D. (2013), Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont, "Agrobiodiversity, conservation, and food security among small-scale coffee farmers in El Salvador."
Richards, M.B. & Méndez, V.E. (2014) Interactions between carbon sequestration and shade tree diversity in a smallholder coffee cooperative of El Salvador. Conservation Biology 28:489-497. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cobi.12181/suppinfo
Richards M, Sander BO. 2014. Alternate wetting and drying in irrigated rice. Climate-smart agriculture practice brief. Copenhagen: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Available online at https://cgspace.cgiar.org/bitstream/handle/10568/35402/info-note_CCAFS_AWD_final_A4.pdf?sequence=9
Richards M, Sapkota T, Stirling C, Thierfelder C, Verhulst N, Friedrich T, Kienzle J. 2014. Conservation agriculture. Climate-smart agriculture practice brief. Copenhagen: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Available online at https://cgspace.cgiar.org/bitstream/handle/10568/42431/Practice%2520brief_Conservation%2520Agriculture.pdf?sequence=1