Meet the team (insert short blurb here about the people of ARLG)

Research and Outreach Staff

Claire Wiggin

Alissa White

Rachel Schattman, Ph.D.

Vic Izzo, Ph.D.

Educational Coordinator and Lecturer

Vic is an evolutionary ecologist, conservation biologist, and agricultural entomologist hailing from the Hudson Valley of New York. His research focuses upon developing strategies for sustainable pest management in agricultural landscapes. In addition to his role as the ALC Educational Coordinator, Vic also teaches multiple courses at UVM and Champlain College.

Martha Caswell

Research Associates

Sarah Taylor Lovell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Master’s in Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois (2005) Ph.D. in Agronomy, University of Illinois (2000) M.S. in Agronomy, University of Illinois (1995) B.S. in Agricultural Science, University of Illinois (1994) Areas of Expertise Multifunctional Landscapes, Urban Agriculture, Ecological Design, Landscape Agroecology Contact Information Email: Website:

Research Affiliates

Aldo De la Mora Rodriguez

Current Graduate Students

Maria Rosa Yumbla

Bennett Lafond

Alissa White

Janica Anderzén

Janica is pursuing a Ph.D. in Agroecology at the Department of Plant and Soil Science, and is also a Gund fellow through the Economics for the Anthropocene program (E4A). Her dissertation work is linked to a three-year, collaborative and participatory research project, Assessment of Diversification Strategies in Smallholder Coffee Systems of Mesoamerica. The project explores … Continue reading “Janica Anderzén”

Undergraduate Research Fellows

Olivia Andreozzi

Olivia is a senior undergraduate research assistant in the College of Arts and Sciences hailing from Rhode Island. Her areas of interest are Environmental Studies, Anthropology, and Food Systems. Her role in the Agroecology Research Collaborative includes facilitating meetings as well as assisting in research for the Urban and Peri-urban Agroecology project. 


S’ra DeSantis, M.S.

Rafter Ferguson, M.S.

Lee Gross, M.S.

Dan Erickson, Ph.D.

Marcela Pino, M.S.

Katie Goodall, Ph.D.

Meryl B. Olson, Ph.D.

Katlyn Stillings Morris, Ph.D.

Sebastian Castro, Ph.D

Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science/Agroecology, 2014

After 3 years of working with small coffee farmers in Costa Rica, Sebastian came to understand the importance of accelerating the shift we need to make towards more sustainable food systems. His research at UVM focuses on modelling the impact of more sustainable farming practices on farm and landscape productive and ecological functions and farmers’ … Continue reading “Sebastian Castro, Ph.D”

Margarita Fernandez, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science/Agroecology, 2015

Agroecology, agrifood systems, food sovereignty, food security, rural livelihoods, and agrobiodiversity.