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 Serena Parnau for more information.

Food Systems faculty members can access program forms and policies on the Food Systems Sharepoint site.

Name/Bio link/Role

Appointment Research/Expertise

John Barlow, DVM, PhD

PhD mentor

Associate Professor, Animal and Veterinary Sciences Mastitis epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, global animal & public health
Robert Bartlett, PhD, MPA Chair and Professor, Political Science and Gund Chair of the Liberal Arts Environmental policy and politics, green politics and political theory, democracy, international jurisprudence

Linda Berlin, PhD

PhD & MS mentor

Extension Associate Professor, Nutrition & Food Sciences and Director, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture Working across disciplines to better understand food system concerns

Farryl Bertmann, PhD, RDN, CD

MS mentor

Lecturer, Nutrition & Food Sciences Public health nutrition, food security and associated policy formation
Pablo Bose, PhD Associate Professor, Geography Culture, space & power, transnationalism & diaspora, urban & cultural geography, political economy & ecology, India & South Africa

Yolanda Chen, PhD

PhD mentor

Associate Professor, Plant & Soil Science Insect ecology, population genetics, agroecology, evolutionary biology
Aimee Classen, PhD Associate Professor, Environmental Studies and Interim Director, Natural Resources Program Global change, ecosystem ecology, plant-soil interactions

David Conner, PhD

MS Advising Coordinator, PhD mentor, Course Instructor

Associate Professor, Community Development & Applied Economics Economics of sustainable food systems.
Rocki Lee DeWitt, PhD Professor, School of Business Administration Anomalies 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

MS mentor

Associate Professor, Philosophy Ethics, philosophy of mind, modern philosophy and metaphysics
Catherine Donnelly, PhD Professor, Nutrition & Food Sciences Listeria monocytogenes

Joshua Farley, PhD

PhD mentor

Professor, Community Development & Applied Economics and Environmental Studies Designing an economy to balance what is biophysically possible with what is socially, psychologically and ethically desirable
Bernice Garnett, S.c.D Associate Professor, Education and Social Services Bullying prevention, community & social systems, diversity, access & equity, public health, research methods, restorative justice, school climate, health & transformation, social justice
John Gennari, PhD Associate Professor, English U.S. ethnic studies, jazz studies, food studies, popular culture, cultural criticism

Sabrina Greenwood, PhD

PhD mentor

Assistant Professor, Animal Science Ruminant nutritional physiology of dairy cattle; nutritional strategies used in grazing systems; Investigation of rumen dynamics using in vitro continuous culture fermenters

Jean Harvey, PhD, RD

PhD mentor

Chair & Professor, Nutrition & Food Science Behavioral weight control and lifestyle modification

Sarah Heiss, PhD

MS mentor, course instructor

Assistant Professor, Community Development & Applied Economics Public communication, health communication, strategic communication, food media, food politics
Stephanie Hurley, DDeS Assistant Professor, Plant & Soil Science Landscape design and planning; ecological design; green stormwater infrastructure, land use & watershed management, urban ecology, landscape visualization

Paul Kindstedt, PhD

Course instructor

Professor, Nutrition & Food Science Chemistry and chrystallography of cheese, history of cheese

Christopher Koliba, MPA, PhD

PhD mentor

Professor, Community Development & Applied Economics and Director of MPA Program Public administration, network governance, critical food, energy, water, transportation infrastructure, community resilience, complex adaptive systems

Jane Kolodinsky, MBA, PhD

PhD & MS mentor, course instructor

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

Jana Kraft, PhD

PhD mentor

Assistant Professor, Animal Science Dairy lipids and human health, lipid metabolism, fetal programming, fatty acid analysis
Teresa Mares, PhD Associate Professor, Anthropology  Latino/a migration in the United States, food security, sustainable food systems, and human movements

Ernesto Mendez, PhD

PhD & MS mentor

Associate Professor, Plant & Soil Science and Leader of Agroecology & Rural Livelihoods Group International environmental studies, agroecology, rural development
Scott Merrill, PhD Research Assistant Professor, Plant & Soil Science Systems 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

Course instructor

Assistant Professor, Geography Social geography, rural studies, place production, nature-culture theory, identity, landscape, youth, Vermont

Deborah Neher, PhD

PhD mentor, Course instructor

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

Meredith Niles, PhD

PhD & MS mentor, course instructor

Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Food Science Food security & climate change, food policy and farmer decision-making

Lizzy Pope, PhD, RD

PhD & MS mentor

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

Julie Smith, DVM, PhD

PhD mentor

Research Associate Professor, Animal Science Animal health & well-being, biosecurity, agrosecurity
Daniel Tobin, PhD Assistant Professor, Community Development & Applied Economics Agricultural development, food systems, development sociology, rural sociology, program evaluation

Amy Trubek, PhD

Faculty Director, PhD & MS mentor, course instructor

Professor, Nutrition and Food Sciences   History of the culinary profession, globalization of the food supply, relationship between taste & place, cooking as a cultural practice
Eric Bishop von-Wettberg, PhD Assistant Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences Genetics, genomics, domestication, crop breeding, evolution, ecology, legumes, germplasm, conservation
Asim Zia, PhD Associate Professor, Community Development & Applied Economics Computational policy analysis, governance networks, social-ecological systems, coupled natural & human systems, sustainable development, food, energy and water systems