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.

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

Name/Bio link/Role


Dan Baker, PhD

Associate Professor, Community Development and Applied Economicsrural development, dairy labor, Latinx farmworkers, "panela" artisinal sugar, low-input technology transfer, emergency management, resilience planning, project-based learning

John Barlow, DVM, PhD

PhD mentor

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

Linda Berlin, PhD

PhD & MS mentor

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

Farryl Bertmann, PhD, RDN, CD

MS mentor

Lecturer, Nutrition & Food SciencesPublic health nutrition, food security and associated policy formation
Pablo Bose, PhDAssociate Professor, Geography, Gund FellowCulture, space & power, transnationalism & diaspora, urban & cultural geography, political economy & ecology, India & South Africa

Mark Budolfson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Gund FellowSustainable development, climate change economics, public policy, ethics

Yolanda Chen, PhD

PhD mentor

Associate Professor, Plant & Soil Science, Gund FellowInsect ecology, population genetics, agroecology, evolutionary biology
Aimee Classen, PhDProfessor, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, Director of Aiken Forest Sciences Laboratory, Gund FellowGlobal change, ecosystem ecology, plant-soil interactions

David Conner, PhD

MS Advising Coordinator, PhD mentor, Course Instructor

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

MS mentor

Associate Professor, PhilosophyEthics, philosophy of mind, modern philosophy and metaphysics
Catherine Donnelly, PhDProfessor, Nutrition & Food SciencesListeria monocytogenes
Andrea Etter, PhDAssistant Professor, Nutrition & Food SciencesFood safety and microbiology

Joshua Farley, PhD

PhD mentor

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
Gillian Galford, PhDResearch 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.DAssociate 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

PhD mentor

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

Jean Harvey, PhD, RD

PhD mentor

Interim Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Professor, Nutrition & Food ScienceBehavioral weight control and lifestyle modification

Sarah Heiss, PhD

MS mentor, course instructor

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

Paul Kindstedt, PhD

Course instructor

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

Christopher Koliba, MPA, PhD

PhD mentor

Professor, Community Development & Applied Economics and Director of MPA Program, Gund FellowPublic 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, Gund FellowConcepts of demand, consumer behavior, and marketing principles to improve consumer wellbeing

Jana Kraft, PhD

PhD mentor

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

Teresa Mares, PhD

Associate Director 

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

Ernesto Mendez, PhD

PhD & MS mentor

Professor and Chair, Plant & Soil Science and Leader of Agroecology & Rural Livelihoods Group, Gund FellowInternational environmental studies, agroecology, rural development
Scott Merrill, PhDResearch 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
Emily Morgan, PhDAssistant Professor, Nutrition & Food SciencesPublic health nutrition

Cheryl Morse, PhD

Course instructor

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

Deborah Neher, PhD

PhD mentor, Course instructor

Professor, Plant & Soil ScienceSoil 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, Gund FellowFood security & climate change, food policy and farmer decision-making

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

PhD & MS mentor

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

Travis Reynolds, PhD

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

Julie Smith, DVM, PhD

PhD mentor

Research Associate Professor, Animal ScienceAnimal health & well-being, biosecurity, agrosecurity
Daniel Tobin, PhDAssistant Professor, Community Development & Applied EconomicsAgricultural development, food systems, development sociology, rural sociology, program evaluation

Amy Trubek, PhD

PhD & MS mentor, course instructor

Professor and Chair, 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

Program Director

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