V. Ernesto Méndez

Co-Director, Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative

Professor of Agroecology and Environmental Studies
Environmental Program and Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont

V. Ernesto Méndez is Professor of Agroecology and Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont’s Environmental Program and Department of Plant and Soil Science, where he co-directs the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC). His research and teaching focus on agroecology, agrifood systems, participatory action research (PAR), and transdisciplinary research approaches.

At UVM he is also a faculty member of the Food Systems Graduate Program, fellow and steering committee member of the Gund Institute for Environment, and active in a variety of initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion. He has over 25 years of experience working with smallholder farmers and Indigenous communities in Latin America, and collaborating in agroecology efforts in a wide diversity of regions. This work has been consolidated through the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative, a community of practice that he co-directs with Martha Caswell. Recently, these efforts have expanded across the world and currently include education and research initiatives in the Northeast U.S.A., Latin America, Africa, and Europe. He has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, as well as edited three books. Most recently, he joined his former UCSC mentor, Professor Emeritus Steve Gliessman, as co-author of the fourth edition of the textbook Agroecology: the ecology of food systems (CRC Press), forthcoming in 2022. Ernesto was born and raised in El Salvador and maintains deep connections with his Central American roots.

Education and Publications

  • 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)
  • See Google Scholar for a List of Publications
  • Curriculum Vitae

Areas of interest

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


Contact Information

Email: Ernesto.Mendez@uvm.edu
Phone: (802) 656-2924
Office Hours: by appointment