V. Ernesto Méndez
Co-Director, Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative

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

My research and teaching efforts seek to develop and apply transdisciplinary approaches that analyze interactions among agriculture, people’s livelihoods, and environmental conservation in a diversity of settings. This work draws from the fields of agroecology, agrifood systems, political ecology and ecosystem services. I also use a Participatory Action Research approach (PAR) whenever possible, in an effort to transform research into actions that will benefit the smallholder farmers and organizations that we work with. I was born and raised in El Salvador, and have over 25 years of experience working with smallholder farmers and Indigenous communities in Mesoamerica, and collaborating in agroecology efforts in a wide diversity of regions.

  • 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)
  • CV English 2018
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

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