University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Victor Ernesto Mendez, Ph.D.


V. Ernesto Mendez, Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz 2004
  • M.Sc. Tropical Agriculture Research & Education Center Turrialba, Costa Rica 1996
  • B.Sc. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California 1994
  • C.V
Areas of Expertise

International Environmental Studies, Agroecology, Rural Development

Our research and teaching efforts focus on developing and applying interdisciplinary approaches that analyze interactions between agriculture, livelihoods, and environmental conservation in tropical and temperate rural landscapes.  Most of this work also utilizes a Participatory Action Research Approach (PAR), in an effort to directly support conservation and rural development.

Contact Information
Phone: (802) 656-2924
Office Hours: 225 Jeffords, by appointment
Website:Faculty website

Recent Publications:

Méndez, V.E., M. Caswell, S.R. Gliessman & R. Cohen (2017) Integrating Agroecology and Participatory Action Research (PAR): Lessons from Central America. Invited Article for a Special Issue on “Agroecology at the Crossroads: Challenges for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems”. Sustainability [open access] 9(5):705

Méndez, V.E., C.M. Bacon, R. Cohen and S.R. Gliessman (Eds) (2016) Agroecology: a transdisciplinary, participatory and action-oriented approach. Advances in Agroecology Series. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis. Publisher page; Book Review

Méndez, V.E., C.M. Bacon and R. Cohen (2013) Agroecology as a transdisciplinary, participatory and action-oriented approach. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 37(1):3-18 Downloadhere.

Vermont Research & Projects:

Part of the research collaborative The Vermont Agricultural Resilience in a Changing Climate. This is a long-term initiative that seeks to work with farmers, agricultural service providers, researchers and community organizations to address the impacts of climate change in Vermont.

International Research & Projects:

Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods in Coffee Regions of Mesoamerica. My research activities in this area focus on the potential of agroecology to support farmer livelihoods and conserve ecosystem services in agroforestry-dominated landscapes. Most of our previous work focused on shade coffee, but we are expanding it to include other forms of agroforestry, such as homegardens, and food crops (such as corn, beans and vegetables).

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