People

Faculty Director

V. Ernesto Méndez 
Faculty Director, Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative
Contact: Ernesto.Mendez@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Agroecology, Food Security and Sovereignty, Rural Livelihoods, Agrifood Systems, Political Ecology, Participatory Action Research (PAR),  Environmental Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes

Research and Outreach Staff


Martha Caswell, M.P.P. 

Research and Outreach Coordinator
Contact: Martha.Caswell@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Agroecology, community-based participatory action research, food justice, farmer livelihoods, agroecological approaches to climate change resilience, project design and management.

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Vic Izzo, Ph.D.
Educational Coordinator and Lecturer
Contact: vizzo@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Evolutionary Ecology, Entomology, Sustainable Pest Management, Agroecology.

 

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Claire Wiggin
Researcher
Contact: Claire.Wiggin@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Urban agroecology, food justice, food sovereignty, participatory action research, small-scale organic vegetable production, website design and the intersections of gender and agriculture.

Research Associates

Stephen R. Gliessman
Professor Emeritus of Agroecology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Chair, Board of Directors, Community Agroecology Network
Editor, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Contact: gliess@ucsc.edu
Areas of Focus: Agroecology, Agroecogical transitions, Sustainability, Education in Agroecology, Sustainable Food Systems

Roseann (Rose) Cohen, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Community Agroecology Network (CAN)
Research Associate, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), University of California, Santa Cruz
Contact: rose@canunite.org
Areas of Focus: Agroecology, participatory action research, political ecology, gender, youth, immigration.

Becky Maden
Vegetable Nutrient Management for UVM Extension
Contact: Rebecca.Maden@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Vegetable farming

 

 

Rachel Schattman, Ph.D.
Produce Safety Specialist, University of Vermont Extension
Contact: rschattm@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Best management practices for Vermont farmers in the face of climate change, applied research and outreach, farmer to farmer education.

 

Katlyn Morris
Research Specialist, Center for Rural Studies, University of Vermont
Contact: Katlyn.Morris@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Tropical smallholder agriculture, food security, international environmental studies, agroecology, farmer livelihoods and health.

 

John Hayden
Owner and Farmer, The Farm Between, Jeffersonville, VT
Contact: thefarmbetween@gmail.com

 

 

Joshua Faulkner, Ph.D.
Farming and Climate Change Coordinator, Center for Sustainable Agriculture Contact: Joshua.Faulkner@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Climate change adaptation in agriculture; soil and water management; agricultural hydrology and water quality.

 

Carol Adair
Assistant Professor of Climate Change and Adaptation
Contact: carol.adair@uvm.edu

 

 

Margarita Fernandez Ph.D.
Executive Director, Vermont Caribbean Institute
Contact: margaritafernandez2@yahoo.com
Areas of Focus: Agroecology; Food security; Food sovereignty; Livelihoods; Cooperatives.

 

Scott A. Lewins, Ph.D.
Research Affiliate
Contact: slewins@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Entomology, Biological Control, Insect Agroecology, and Sustainable Agriculture

 

Gabriela Bucini, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Plant & Soil Science
Contact: gbucini@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Ecology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Human-ecological systems

Current Graduate Students

Janica Anderzén
Ph.D. Student, Department of Plant and Soil Science
Contact: Janica.Anderzen@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: smallholder coffee agroforestry systems in Mesoamerica; livelihoods assessments in smallholder communities; international migration and immigration policies; project design and management.

Bennett LaFond
M.S. Student, Department of Plant & Soil Science
Contact: Bennett.LaFond@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Agroecology in International Development; Smallholder Coffee Production; Soil Conservation and Erosion Control; Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture.


Maria Rosa Yumbla
Ph.D. Student, Department of Plant & Soil Science
Contact: myumbla@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Agroecology, Rural Development, Participatory Action Research, Feminization of agriculture, decolonization and territory.

 

Alissa White
M.S. Student, Department of Plant & Soil Science
Contact: Alissa.C.White@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Agroecology, participatory action research, agricultural resilience to climate change, sustainable livelihoods, and the intersections of global climate change, sustainable agriculture and ecology.

Alisha Utter
Ph.D. Student, Department of Plant & Soil Science
Contact: autter@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Beginning farmers and ranchers; stockfree farming; food safety implementation on small and medium-scale farms in New England.

 

Ben Dube
Ph.D. Student, RSENR & EE Certificate Student
Contact: bdube@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Energy in Food Systems, Grass-based Farming, Ecological Economics, Impacts of Agriculture on Climate Change

 

Sam Bliss
Ph.D. Student, Natural Resources
Contact: samcbliss@gmail.com
Areas of Focus: Ecological economics, degrowth, decommodifying food, non-market agriculture, yard farming

Undergraduate Research Fellows, 2016-2017

oliviaOlivia Andreozzi
Undergraduate Research Fellow, 2016-2017
Contact: Olivia.Andreozzi@uvm.edu
Olivia is a senior ENVS student in the College of Arts and Sciences hailing from Rhode Island. Her areas of interest are Environmental Studies, Anthropology, and Food Systems. Her roles in the ALC include facilitating meetings as well as assisting in research for the Urban and Peri-urban Agroecology project.

Alumni

Margarita Fernandez, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Vermont Caribbean Institute
Contact: margarita@vtcaribbean.org
Areas of Focus: Agroecology, food security, food sovereignty, livelihoods, cooperatives.

 

Sebastian Castro, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow in GIS and Remote Sensing, Antioch University New England
Contact: sebastiancastro28@gmail.com
Areas of Focus: Agroecology, coffee, GIS, quantitative analyses.

 

Katlyn Stillings Morris, Ph.D.
Research Specialist, Center for Rural Studies, University of Vermont
Contact: Katlyn.Morris@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Tropical smallholder agriculture, food security, international environmental studies, agroecology, farmer livelihoods and health.

 

Meryl Richards, Ph.D.
Science Officer, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security and Research Associate, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Contact: meryl.richards@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Climate change mitigation in agricultural systems, quantification of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity conservation.

Katie Goodall, Ph.D.
Botany Postdoctoral Fellow, Wellesley College
Contact: katherinegoodall@gmail.com
Areas of Focus: Agroecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Landscape Ecology, Latin America, Farmer Livelihoods


Marcela Pino, M.S.
Co-Founder and Co-Director of Food 4 Farmers
Contact: marcela@food4farmers.org
Areas of Focus: Agroecology and rural livelihoods, community and organizational development, food security and smallholder farmers.

 

Dan Erickson, Ph.D.
Founder and Managing Partner, Food Systems Research Institute
Contact: derickson@foodSRI.com
Areas of Focus: GIS, Food Systems

 

Lee Gross, M.S.
International Program Specialist at USDA FAS
Contact: leehgross@gmail.com
Areas of Focus: Agricultural sustainability standards and value chains, monitoring and evaluation, corporate sustainability, partnership management, training and capacity building, and integrated landscape management.

Rafter Sass Ferguson, Ph.D.
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Science at Haverford College
Contact: rsferguson@haverford.edu, liberationecology.org
Areas of Focus: Diversified farming systems, permaculture, grassroots movements, political agroecology.

 

S’ra DeSantis, M.S. 
Plant and Soil Science/Agroecology (2009)
Co-director of the Farmer Training Program at UVM
Contact: sra.desantis@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Organic management of small-scale, diversified agricultural production, organic vegetable production.

Andrew Gerlicz
M.S. – CDAE (2016)
M&E Coordinator for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Contact: Andrew.Gerlicz@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Economic viability of agroecology in small-scale production

Dana Christel
M.S. Plant and Soil Science (2016)
Market Manager at Plovgh, Inc
Contact: Dana.Christel@uvm.edu
Areas of Focus: Use of Bokashi in small scale vegetable production

 

Angel Cruz