University of Vermont

Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group

Katie Goodall

Meryl Olson

Katie Goodall, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Plant & Soil Science

  • M.S. in Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan (2008)
  • B.A. in Environmental Studies & Spanish, Washington University in St. Louis (2002).
Areas of research

Landscape ecology, conservation and agroecology.

Contact Information

Katie works in the coffee-growing region of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. She works with the UCA-San Ramon cooperative to explore conservation across coffee agroecosystems, and how the social landscape of coffee cooperatives and farmer management decisions align with the ecological landscape of wildlife distribution, abundance and diversity. Katie uses bird and tree distribution and diversity as a way of mapping the ecological landscape. Using a participatory action research approach, Katie works with administrators from the UCA to develop her research in a way that will benefit farmers. One result from this work will be a laminated bird guide that highlights some of the more common or interesting species that can be seen in the coffee communities. This product will compliment previous tree and orchid guides developed a few years ago by Dr. Chris Bacon (University of Santa Clara) and his colleagues, and can be used to train agroecotourism guides and teach tourists about local avifauna. In addition, Katie works with field assistants from the coffee communities who can use their training to inform the agroecotourism program, or further their own ecological research pursuits. 


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