Meredith Niles is an assistant professor and faculty with the UVM Food Systems Program. Meredith examines food systems sustainability and policy with a focus on food security and climate change and farmer behavior and policy perceptions. Meredith thrives conducting applied research that can help bring together diverse stakeholders- whether on a farm or working with policymakers- to help solve pressing problems facing our world's food system. Meredith is a passionate advocate for open access research to make research more publicly available to maximize the potential of science and its benefits for society.
- Schattman, R.E., Hurley, S.E., Greenleaf, H.L., Niles, M.T., Caswell, M. Visualizing climate change adaptation: An effective tool for agricultural outreach? Accepted at Weather, Climate, and Society.
- Hammond Wagner, C., Roy, E., Niles, M.T. (2019). US county-level agricultural crop production cluster classifications. BMC Research Notes. 12, Article number: 552. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-019-4594-4
- Lubell, M.N. and M.T. Niles. (2019). Climate adaptation: Knowledge capacity building limits. Nature Climate Change. 9: 578-579. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0541-6
- McKiernan, E.C., Schimanski, L.A., Muñoz Nieves, C., Matthias, L., Niles, M.T., and Alperin, J.P. (2019). The use of Journal Impact Factor in academic review, promotion, and tenure evaluations. ELife. 8: e47338. doi: 10.7554/eLife.47338
- Carranza, M., and M.T. Niles. (2019). Smallholder farmers spend credit primarily on food: gender differences and food security implications in a changing climate. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 3:56. doi:10.3389/fsufs.2019.00056
- Niles, M.T., Wiltshire, S. (2019). Tradeoffs in U.S. Dairy Manure Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Productivity, Climate, and Manure Management Strategies. Environmental Research Communications. 1:7. 075003. https://doi.org/10.1088/2515-7620/ab2dec
- Weiner, S., Roesch-McNally, G., Schattman, R.E., Niles, M.T. Ready, willing and able? USDA field staff as climate advisors. (2019). Accepted at Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.
- Niles M.T., Hammond-Wagner, C.† The carrot or the stick? (2019). California farmer support of incentive and regulatory groundwater management policies. Environmental Research Communications. 1:4. 045001. https://doi.org/10.1088/2515-7620/ab1778
- Niles, M.T., Waterhouse, H., Kroopf, S., Parkhurst, R. McClellan, E. (2019). Policy options to streamline the carbon market potential for agricultural nitrous oxide emissions. Climate Policy. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14693062.2019.1599802
- Niles, M.T., Horner, C., Chintala, R., Tricarico, J. (2019). A review of determinants for dairy farmer decision making on manure management strategies in high-income countries. Environmental Research Letters. 14:5. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab1059
- Alperin, Juan P., Schimanski, L., Muñoz Nieves, C., Fischman, Gustavo E., Niles, M.T., McKiernan, E.C. (2019). Meta-Research: How significant are the public dimensions of faculty work in review, promotion and tenure documents? eLife. 8:e42254 https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.42254
- Cortner, O., Garrett, R.D., Valentim, J., Ferreira, J., Niles, M.T., and Reis, J. (2019). Local perceptions of benefits and challenges to adopting integrated crop and livestock systems in Brazil. Land Use Policy. 82:841-853. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.01.006
- Niles, M.T., Emery, B.F., Reagan, A., Dodds, P.S., Danforth, C. (2019). Social media usage patterns during natural hazards. PLOS ONE. 14(2): e0210484. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0210484
- Shah, S.H., Wagner, C.H., Sanga, U., Park, H., de Lima Demange, L.H.M, Gueiros, C., Niles, M.T. (2019). Can agricultural adaptation to hydro-climatic change be explained by household “capitals”? Household evidence from the Indo-Gangetic Plains. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 3:1. https://doi: 10.3389/fsufs.2019.00001
- Rudnick, J., Niles, M.T., Lubell, M.N., Cramer, L. (2019). A comparative analysis of governance and leadership in agricultural development policy networks. World Development. 117: 112-126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.12.015
- Niles, M.T., Weiner, S., Schattman, R., Roesch-McNally, G., Reyes, J. (2019). Seeing isn’t always believing: Crop loss and climate change perceptions among farm advisors. Environmental Research Letters. 14:4. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aafbb6
Associations and Affiliations
- Board of Directors, Public Library of Science (PLoS)
- Ecological Society of America
- American Dairy Science Association
- Tri-Societies (Agronomy, Crop and Soil Science Societies)
Areas of Expertise and/or Research
Food security and climate change, food and agriculture policy, farmer decision-making and behaviors, food waste.
- PhD, Ecology, University of California, Davis, 2014
- BA, Political Science, Honors in Environmental Studies, The Catholic University of America, 2005
350 MLS Carrigan Wing
- NFS 113: Food Policy and Politics
- FS 340: Food Systems, Science and Policy