Research Associate and Lecturer Victor 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.



Schattman, R., V. Izzo, Y.H. Chen (2015) Exlusion 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.

Izzo Victor M., D. H. Hawthorne, Y. H. Chen “Geographic variation in winter hardiness of a common agricultural pest, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, The Colorado potato beetle.” Evolutionary Ecology 2014, 28(3): 505-520

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:

Email for an appointment

Courses Taught

Ecological Foundations of Agroecology, PSS 312

Introduction to Ecological Agriculture, PSS 021

Permaculture, PSS 156

A Bugs Life, PSS 028