Assistant Professor

Meredith Niles joins the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department as an assistant professor and faculty with the UVM Food Systems Program after completing a post-doctorate fellowship in sustainability science at Harvard University. 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.


  • Kross, S., Ingram, K., Long, R., Niles, M.T.  2017. Drivers of farmer perceptions of wildlife and on-farm conservation actions.  In Press Conservation Letters.
  • Garrett, R., M.T. Niles, J. Gil, P. Dy, J. Ferreira, J. Reis, J. Valentim. (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., J. Arbuckle, A. Barnes, V. Haden, A. Hogan, M.T. Niles, J. Tyndall. 2015. Farmers and climate change: A cross-national comparison of belief and risk perceptions in developed countries. Environmental Management. 56: 492-504
  • Niles, M.T., M. Lubell, M. Brown. 2015. How limiting factors drive agricultural adaptation to climate change. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. 200: 178-185.
  • Lubell, M., M.T. Niles, M. Hoffman. 2014. Agricultural education and outreach in the age of connectivity. Journal of Society and Natural Resources. 27: 1089-1103
  • Niles, M.T. 2013. “Achieving social sustainability in animal agriculture: Challenges and opportunities to reconcile multiple sustainability goals” in Kebreab, E, ed. Sustainable Animal Agriculture. CABI Press.
  • Niles, M.T., M. Lubell, V.R. Haden. 2013. Perceptions and responses to climate policy risks among California farmers. Global Environmental Change. 23: 1752-1760.
  • Haden, V.R.*, M.T. Niles*, M. Lubell, J. Perlman, L.E. Jackson. 2012. Global and local concerns: What attitudes and beliefs motivate farmers to mitigate and adapt to climate change? PLoS ONE. 7 (12). * Both authors contributed equally to this manuscript
  • Niles, M.T. and M. Lubell. Integrative frontiers in environmental policy theory and research. 2012. Policy Studies Journal. 40: 41-64
  • L. Jackson, V.R. Haden, A.D. Hollander, H. Lee, M. Lubell, V.K. Mehta, T. O’Geen, M. Niles, J. Perlman, D. Purkey, W. Salas, D. Sumner, M. Tomuta, M. Dempsey, and S.M. Wheeler. 2012. Agricultural mitigation and adaptation to climate change in Yolo County, CA. California Energy Commission Project 500-09-009, pp.153.
  • Niles, M.T. 2008. Sustainable soils: Reducing, mitigating and adapting to climate change with organic agriculture. Sustainable Development Law and Policy. 9:19-23.

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


  • 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