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


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

Emily Morgan Belarmino, PhD

MS & PhD Mentor

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

Linda Berlin, PhD (not recruiting 21-22)


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 (not recruiting 21-22)

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

Pablo Bose, PhD

PhD & MS Mentor

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

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

PhD Mentor, Recruiting for Fall 2022

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

David Conner, PhD

PhD & MS 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, Course Instructor

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

Andrea Etter, PhD

PhD Mentor

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

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

Rachael Floreani, PhD

Associate Professor, Mechanical EngineeringBiomaterials Engineering, Sustainable Materials, Medical Device Design, Tissue Engineering

Gillian Galford, PhD

PhD Mentor

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

PhD Mentor

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

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 (not recruiting 21-22)


Associate 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
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

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

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

Cristina Mazzoni, PhD

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

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

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

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

Meredith Niles, PhD

PhD & MS Mentor, Course Instructor

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

PhD & MS Mentor

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

Travis Reynolds, PhD

PhD & MS Mentor, Course Instructor

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, PhD

MS Mentor

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

Amy Trubek, PhD

PhD & MS Mentor

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

M. D. Usher, PhD

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

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