Juan Alvez

I joined the UVM Extension's Center for Sustainable Agriculture in 2012. My B.S. is in Agronomy at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil, and I have a M.S. in Plant and Soil Sciences and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.

My work addresses environmental, social and productive aspects of grazing farms, with emphasis on pasture management, ecosystems conservation and sustainable livelihoods, a natural fit as I come from a two-generation pasture-based family farm in Uruguay.

I have experienced interdisciplinary research in grazing management, agroecology, ecosystems goods and services, conservation policy, green markets, and ecological economics.

In my opinion, pasture lands play a key role because they are complex ecosystems that sustain a vast array of functions and processes delivering benefits for supporting healthy environments and communities.


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A. Ayers, S. E. Ziegler, H. M. Darby, S. Bosworth, J. P. Alvez, J. Colby, J. Kraft, S. L. Greenwood, (2022). Assessment of dietary protein supplementation on milk productivity of commercial organic dairy farms during the grazing season. Journal of Dairy Science. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2021-20355  

Bainbridge, M.; Golf, E.; Barlow; J.; Alvez, J.; Roman, J.; Kraft, J. “Milk from cows grazing on cool-season pastures provides an enhanced profile of bioactive fatty acids compared to those grazed on monoculture pearl millet” (2017).  Journal of Food Chemistry. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814616313838?via%3Dihub

Alvez, Juan P.; Schmitt F., A.; Erickson, J. D.; Farley, org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.08.134J.; Mendez, V. E. (2014). "Transition from semi-confinement to pasture-based dairy in Brazil: Farmers’ view of economic and environmental performances". Journal of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. https://doi.org/10.1080/21683565.2013.859222

Juan Alvez

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Pasture Program Technical Coordinator, Sustainable Agriculture and Environment, Pasture and Grazing Management, Agroecology and Agroforestry, Conservation and Green Markets, Ecosystems Services and Markets


  • Ph.D., Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont. 2012.
  • M.S., Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Vermont, 2005.
  • Graduate Certificate in Ecological Design, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont, 2009.
  • Graduate Certificate in Ecological Economics, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont, 2008.
  • B.S., Agricultural Engineer. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil, 1998.


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Courses Taught

PSS/ASCI 143 – Forage and Pasture Management

PSS 381 – Pasture Ecology (Graduate option)

CDAE 295 Agroecology, Farmers’ Livelihoods and Ecosystem Services in Brazil's Atlantic Forest. 2015. Co-instructed with Dr. Joshua Farley. (crosslisted CDAE 395, NR 385, MPA 395)

NR 385 Restoring Ecosystem Services across Landscapes. 2009. Co-instructed with Dr. Roelof Boumans.

NR 378 Sustainable Food Production. 2008. Co-instructed with Dr. Roelof Boumans.