UVM Food Systems graduate faculty members are diverse in their disciplinary backgrounds, areas of research, and forms of scholarship. If you are a UVM faculty member who would like to be affiliated with our program, please contact Allison Spain for more information.

Name/Bio link/Role


Colin Anderson, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Agroecology and Livelihoods CollaborativeCommunity- and people- led processes of transformation for resilience, social justice and well-being

John Barlow, DVM, PhD

Associate Professor, Animal and Veterinary SciencesMastitis epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, global animal & public health
Robert Bartlett, PhD, MPAChair and Professor, Political Science and Gund Chair of the Liberal ArtsEnvironmental policy and politics, green politics and political theory, democracy, international jurisprudence
Bradley Bauerly, PhD


Lecturer, Political ScienceInternational Political Economy, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. Current research is on the politics of food systems, agrarian political movements and state building

Emily Morgan Belarmino, PhD (not recruiting for 2023)

Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Food SciencesPublic health nutrition, food system-nutrition linkages

Farryl Bertmann, PhD, RDN, CD (not recruiting for 2023)

Clinical Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Food SciencesFood Security & Nutrition Assistance Programs; Inclusive Approaches to Community-Based Nutrition Education; Global Food Sovereignty

Pablo Bose, PhD (not recruiting for 2023)

Associate Professor, Geography, Gund FellowCulture, space & power, transnationalism & diaspora, urban & cultural geography, political economy & ecology, India & South Africa

Matthew Burke, PhD 

Research Associate, Community Development & Applied Economics, Gund AffiliateEnergy and environment, just transitions, political ecology, science-technology-society, social-ecological systems

Lisa Chase, PhD

Extension Professor: Natural Resources Specialist and Director of the Vermont Tourism Research CenterCommunity development, tourism and recreation, food systems, environmental conflict management

Yolanda Chen, PhD (recruiting for 2023)

Associate Professor, Plant & Soil Science, Gund FellowInsect ecology, population genetics, agroecology, evolutionary biology

David Conner, PhD (not recruiting for 2023)

Associate Director

Associate Professor, Community Development & Applied EconomicsEconomics of sustainable food systems.
Rocki Lee DeWitt, PhDProfessor, School of Business AdministrationAnomalies in family business including intergenerational innovation in the face of leadership & ownership disruption and the critical role of non-family key persons

Tyler Doggett, PhD (not recruiting for 2023)

Professor, PhilosophyEthics, philosophy of mind, modern philosophy and metaphysics

Andrea Etter, PhD (not recruiting for 2023)

Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Food SciencesFood Safety and food microbiology; Bacterial genetics and stress tolerance; Backyard chickens and Salmonella risk

Joshua Farley, PhD

Professor, Community Development & Applied Economics and Environmental Studies, Gund FellowDesigning an economy to balance what is biophysically possible with what is socially, psychologically and ethically desirable

Rachael Floreani, PhD (recruiting for 2023)

Associate Professor, Mechanical EngineeringNatural and sustainable material design, cellular agriculture, cultured meat

Gillian Galford, PhD (recruiting for 2023)

Research Assistant Professor, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural ResourcesEnvironmental sustainability, ecosystems ecology, nitrogen and carbon cycling, greenhouse gases, remote sensing, ecosystems modeling, land-cover and land-use change, tropical agriculture

Bernice Garnett, S.c.D (not recruiting for 2023)

Associate Professor, Education and Social ServicesBullying prevention, community & social systems, diversity, access & equity, public health, research methods, restorative justice, school climate, health & transformation, social justice
John Gennari, PhDProfessor, EnglishU.S. ethnic studies, jazz studies, food studies, popular culture, cultural criticism

Sabrina Greenwood, PhD

Associate Professor, Animal and Veterinary SciencesRuminant nutritional physiology of dairy cattle; nutritional strategies used in grazing systems; Investigation of rumen dynamics using in vitro continuous culture fermenters

Sarah Heiss, PhD

Associate Professor, Community Development & Applied EconomicsPublic communication, health communication, strategic communication, food media, food politics
Stephanie Hurley, DDeSAssociate Professor, Plant & Soil Science, Gund FellowLandscape design and planning; ecological design; green stormwater infrastructure, land use & watershed management, urban ecology, landscape visualization
Vic Izzo, PhDResearch Associate and Lecturer, Plant and Soil SciencesEvolutionary Ecology, Entomology, Sustainable Pest Management, Agroecology
Simon Jorgenson, PhDAssociate Professor, EducationCurriculum and Instruction, Educational policy, History, philosophy and sociology of education, STEM

Paul Kindstedt, PhD

Professor, Nutrition & Food ScienceChemistry and chrystallography of cheese, history of cheese

Jane Kolodinsky, PhD

Professor and Chair, Community Development & Applied EconomicsConcepts of demand, consumer behavior, and marketing principles to improve consumer wellbeing

Jana Kraft, PhD

Associate Professor, Animal and Veterinary SciencesDairy lipids and human health, lipid metabolism, fetal programming, fatty acid analysis

Teresa Mares, PhD

Program Director  (not recruiting for 2023)

Associate Professor, Anthropology Latino/a migration in the United States, food security, sustainable food systems, and human movements

Cristina Mazzoni, PhD

On sabbatical 22-23

Wolfgang and Barbara Mieder Green and Gold Professor of ItalianEuropean Fairy Tales, Literature and Spirituality, Food Culture

Ernesto Mendez, PhD

Professor and Chair, Plant & Soil Science and Leader of Agroecology & Rural Livelihoods Group, Gund FellowInternational environmental studies, agroecology, rural development
Scott Merrill, PhD (potentially recruiting for 2023)Research Assistant Professor, Plant & Soil Science, Gund FellowSystems ecology, pest management, social-ecological systems, landscape ecology, serious games, experimental gaming, animal biosecurity, climate change, population modeling, Monte Carlo simulations, spatiotemporal modeling

Cheryl Morse, PhD

Associate Professor, GeographySocial geography, rural studies, place production, nature-culture theory, identity, landscape, youth, Vermont

Deborah Neher, PhD (not recruiting for 2023)

Professor, Plant & Soil ScienceSoil ecology, biological indicators of soil, plant-soil interactions, epidemiology of root pathogens

Meredith Niles, PhD 

Associate Professor, Nutrition & Food Science, Gund FellowFood Systems Sustainability; Food Policy; Food Security; Farmer Behavior; Social-Ecological Systems

Elizabeth Pinel, PhD

Professor, Undergraduate Director, Psychological SciencesRelationship between food and society, social and cultural influences on what people eat, when people eat, and how people change what they eat

Lizzy Pope, PhD, RD (not recruiting for 2023)

Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Food Sciences and Director of Didactic Program in DieteticsBehavioral economics and health behaviors

Travis Reynolds, PhD

Associate Professor, Community Development & Applied Economicsfood policy, food security, agricultural development, sustainable agriculture, rural livelihoods

Matthew Scarborough, PhD (not recruiting for 2023)

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental EngineeringBiological Wastewater Treatment, Anaerobic Bioprocessing of Wastes, Microbiome Engineering, Modeling of Microbiomes

Julie Smith, DVM, PhD (not recruiting for 2023)

Research Associate Professor, Animal and Veterinary ScienceAnimal health & well-being, biosecurity, agrosecurity

Daniel Tobin, PhD (not recruiting for 2023)

Assistant Professor, Community Development & Applied EconomicsAgricultural development, food systems, development sociology, rural sociology, program evaluation

Amy Trubek, PhD

Professor and Chair, Nutrition and Food Sciences  Taste of Place; Culinary History and Anthropology; Food Supply Chains

M. D. Usher, PhD (not recruiting for 2023)

Lyman-Roberts Professor of Classics, Department of ClassicsGreek and Latin literature, ancient philosophy, orality studies, sustainable systems in antiquity

Eric Bishop von-Wettberg, PhD (not recruiting for 2023)

Assistant Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, Gund FellowGenetics, genomics, domestication, crop breeding, evolution, ecology, legumes, germplasm, conservation
Asim Zia, PhDProfessor, Community Development & Applied Economics, Gund FellowComputational policy analysis, governance networks, social-ecological systems, coupled natural & human systems, sustainable development, food, energy and water systems