Vic Izzo

As an evolutionary ecologist and entomologist interested in agroecological issues, much of my research focuses upon the application of evolutionary phenomenon to agricultural systems. All ecological systems are “changing over generations”, by understanding the parameters underlying these changes we can develop more resilient systems. In addition to my research interests, I also spend a lot of time with students of various ages and backgrounds. At UVM, I have the great opportunity to teach a wide spectrum of classes, from basic biology to ecological agriculture. I truly believe in the power of knowledge and the responsibility of educators in building regenerative agrifood systems.


Research and/or Creative Works

Current and recently funded projects:

Strategies for Leek Moth Control on Diversified Vegetable Farms 
Principal Investigator
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture and Education (SARE) 

Using regionally adapted entomopathogenic nematodes as a biological control for Colorado potato beetle
Principal Investigator
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

An assessment of the potential tradeoffs associated with brassica cover crop usage on vegetable farms in Vermont.
Principal Investigator     
UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Méndez, V.E., S.R. Gliessman and V.M. Izzo. Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems. 4th Edition. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis: Boca Raton, FL. (Estimated publication date: Dec 2020, publishing contract completed and currently in prep)

Izzo, Victor M, Yolanda H Chen, Sean D Schoville, Cong Wang, David J Hawthorne (2018) “Origin of Pest Lineages of the Colorado Potato Beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)”, Journal of Economic Entomology, tox367

Schattman, R., V. Izzo, Y.H. Chen (2015) Exclusion nettting for managing spotted wing Drosophila on berry farms in the Northeastern United States. ARLG Research Brief # 3. Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group (ARLG), University of Vermont: Burlington, VT.

Izzo, Victor M, J. Armstrong, D.H. Hawthorne, Y. H. Chen “Time of the Season: The effect of photoperiodism on host mediated cues for diapause induction in an insect herbivore, Leptinotarsa decemlineata” Ecological Entomology 2014, 39(1): 75-82.

Awards and Recognition

2019 Joseph E. Carrigan Award – Nominated for Excellence in Teaching (award pending) – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – (UVM)

2017 Teaching Award of Merit – North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA

Victor Izzo

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Evolutionary Ecology, Entomology, Sustainable Pest Management, Agroecology


  • Ph.D. Plant and Soil Science, UVM 2014
  • M.S, Drexel University Bioscience and Biotechnology,Conservation Biology 2003
  • B.S., Chemistry, State University of New York at Geneseo, 1999



  • (802) 656-2717
Office Location:

235 Jeffords Hall

Office Hours:

By appointment

Courses Taught

PSS 314  Agroecology, Food Sovereignty and Social Movements

PSS 312  Ecological Foundations of Agroecology

PSS 232  Biological Control

PSS 021  Introduction to Agroecology

PSS 156  Permaculture