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.


  • 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.
  • Lubell, M.N. and M.T. Niles.  (2019). Climate adaptation: Knowledge capacity building limits. Nature Climate Change. 9: 578-579.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 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


  • 802-656-4337
Office Location:

350 MLS Carrigan Wing

Office Hours:

by appointment

Courses Taught