Stephen R. Gliessman,
University of California Santa Cruz
I am an agroecologist who integrates science, practice, and social activism. After earning my doctorate in plant ecology at UC Santa Barbara, I spent 9 years in Latin America. I farmed coffee and vegetables in Costa Rica, ran a nursery in Guadalajara, Mexico, and taught and did research at a small college of tropical agriculture in Tabasco, Mexico. I was founding director of the UCSC Agroecology Program and taught natural history, ethnobotany, and agroecology in the Department of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz until my retirement in 2012. I occupied the Ruth and Alf Heller Endowed Chair of Agroecology at UCSC for 30 years, and have been a Kellogg Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. I am co-founder of the non-profit Community Agroecology Network (CAN) that does agroecological work with rural farming communities in Mexico, Central America, and southern Africa. I have published extensively on traditional agriculture in Mexico, food system transformation, agroecology, and sustainable agriculture. My textbook Agroecology: Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems, is in its third edition and appears in 4 languages. I am Editor of the international journal Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. I lead short courses and training seminars in agroecology in many parts of the world. I have been doing research on the transition to organic and sustainable production systems for over 30 years. I also dry farm organic wine grapes and olives with my family at our small ranch in Central California.