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Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group

Ernesto Mendez

V. Ernesto Méndez

Associate Professor of Agroecology and Environmental Studies

  • Ph.D. in Agroecology and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz (2004)
  • M.S. in Agroforestry, Tropical Agriculture Research & Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica (1996)
  • B.S. in Crop Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (1994)
  • C.V. (PDF)
Areas of interest

Agroecology; Food Security and Sovereignty; Rural Livelihoods; Agrifood Systems; Political Ecology; Participatory Action Research (PAR);  Environmental Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes 

Contact Information
Phone: (802) 656-2924

Office Hours: by appointment

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


To see the full listing of my courses please visit my Teaching Program web page.


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