Arash Ghalehgolabbehbahani

I am an Agroecologist with research interests in the field of sustainable agriculture and crop diversification. My professional goal is to promote sustainable agriculture through the implementation of cost-effective changes striving towards holistic and ecologically sound management of crop production. With the establishment of the UVM North America Center for Saffron Research and Development , my research has built a strong foundation from which to launch broad-based research and extension projects on saffron. The projects that I conduct contribute to the development of a new high-value crop to encourage product diversification and strengthen financial viability of small family farms. I strongly believe that the increased farm income generated from high value crops will improve the quality and sustainability of family farms.



Research reports and project information can be found in the North American Center for Saffron Research and Development website:

Survey of Needs & Priorities for Saffron Research & Development Summary 2019

Survey of Needs and Priorities for Saffron Research and Development Summary 2017

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Agroecology; Sustainable Agriculture; Agrobiodiversity; Investigator of the saffron research projects at the North American Center for Saffron Research and Development that serves as a hub linking saffron research and outreach activities


  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Vermont, 2019
  • Ph.D. Agroecology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, 2015
  • M.S. Agroecology, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran, 2010
  • B.S. Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Azad University, Karaj, Tehran, 2007


  • (802) 656-5434
Office Location:

661 Spear Street, Burlington VT 05405

Office Hours:

By Appointment