Assistant Professor

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.


  • Chriest, A.†, and M.T. Niles. Role of community social capital for acute food security following an extreme weather event.  Rural Sociology. 64: 80-90.
  • Bevet, S.†, Niles, M.T., Pope, L. (2018). You can’t “nudge” nuggets: An investigation of late night dining with behavioral economics interventions. PLOS ONE. 13 (5): e0198162
  • Conrad, Z., Niles, M.T., Neher, D., Roy, E., Tichenor, N., Jahns, L. (2018). Relationship between food waste, diet quality, and environmental sustainability. PLOS ONE. 13(4): e0195405
  • Niles, M.T., and J. Salerno.  (2018). A cross country analysis of climate shocks on smallholder food insecurity. PLOS ONE. 13(2): e0192928.
  • Niles, M.T., Ahuja, R., Barker, T., Esquivel, J., Gutterman, S., Heller, M., Mango, N., Portner, D., Raimond, R., Tirado, C., Vermeulen, S. (2018). Climate change mitigation beyond agriculture: A review of food system opportunities and implications. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 1-12. doi:10.1017/S1742170518000029
  • Schattman, R., Roesch-McNally, G., Wiener, S., Niles, M.T., Hollinger, D. (2018). Farm service agency employee intentions to use weather and climate data in professional services. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S1742170517000783
  • Niles, M.T., Garrett, R., Walsh, D*. (2018). Ecological and economic benefits and challenges for integrating sheep into viticulture production.  Published online December 19, 2017. Agronomy for Sustainable Development. 38: 1.
  • Kross, S., Ingram, K.†, Long, R., Niles, M.T. (2018). Farmer perceptions and behaviors related to wildlife and on-farm conservation actions. Conservation Letters.  11:e12364. doi:10.1111/conl.12364
  • Niles, M.T., and Brown, M. (2017).  A multi-country assessment of factors related to smallholder food security in varying rainfall conditions.  Scientific Reports. 7:16277
  • Niles, M.T. and Courtney Hammond-Wagner.  Farmers seek local solutions for California water management and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. (2017). Published online September 8, 2017.Special issue of California Agriculture on “California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act”.
  • Garrett, R., Niles, M.T, Gil, J., Gaudin, A., Chaplin-Kramer, B., Assman, A., Assman, T., Brewer, K., de Faccio Carvalho, P.C., Cortner, O., Dynes, R., Garbach, K., Kebreab, E., Mueller, N., Reis, J. C., Snow, V.,Valentim, J. (2017). Social and ecological analysis of integrated crop livestock systems: Current knowledge and remaining uncertainty.  Agricultural Systems, 155: 136-146.
  • Kross, S., Ingram, K., Long, R., Niles, M.T.  (2017). Drivers of farmer perceptions of wildlife and on-farm conservation actions.  Published online April 24, 2017.  Conservation Letters.  DOI: 10.1111/conl.12364
  • Garrett, R., Niles, M.T., Gil, J., Dy, P., Ferreira, J., Reis, J., Valentim, J. (2017). Re-integrating crop and livestock systems: A comparative policy analysis.  Sustainability, 9: 473.
  • Niles, M.T. and N. Mueller.  (2016). Farmer perceptions of climate change: Associations with observed temperature and precipitation trends, irrigation, and climate beliefs.  Global Environmental Change, 39: 133-142.
  • Niles, M.T., Brown, M., Dynes, R. (2016). Farmer's intended and actual adoption of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Climatic Change, 135: 277-295.
  • Prokopy, L., Arbuckle, J., Barnes, A. Haden, V.R.  Hogan, A, Niles, M.T., Tyndall, J. (2015). Farmers and climate change: A cross-national comparison of belief and risk perceptions in developed countries. Environmental Management, 56: 492-504

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)
Meredith Niles

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Food security and climate change, food policy and farmer decision-making


  • PhD, Ecology, University of California, Davis, 2014
  • BA, Political Science, Honors in Environmental Studies, The Catholic University of America, 2005


  • 802-656-4337
Office Location:

350 MLS Carrigan Wing

Office Hours:

by appointment

Courses Taught