Gund Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Alissa White is an agroecologist and transdisciplinary soil scientist engaged in participatory research on soil health, ecosystem services and sustainable livelihoods.  Alissa’s research integrates social and ecological data on ecosystem services and climate resilience to explore complex problems, and what drives change when agriculture is faced with ecological crises.  Her research places farmers as central agents in creating solutions to pressing challenges facing agriculture, highlights the role of networks in supporting farmers' adaptive capacity, and identifies tradeoffs in ecosystem services from alternative soil management strategies.

As a Postdoctoral Associate with the Gund Institute for Environment and UVM Extension, Alissa is building research collaborations around regenerative agriculture, soil health and ecosystem services in the northeastern US. She holds a PhD in Plant and Soil Science from UVM, and earned her BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz. 


  • Mason, R. E., White, A., Bucini, G., Anderzén, J., Méndez, V. E., & Merrill, S. C. (2020). The evolving landscape of agroecological research. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 1-41.
  • Birthisel, S. K., Eastman, B. A., Soucy, A. R., Paul, M., Clements, R. S., White, A., ... & Dittmer, K. M. (2020). Convergence, continuity, and community: a framework for enabling emerging leaders to build climate solutions in agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture. Climatic Change, 162(4), 2181-2195.
  • Utter, A., White, A., Méndez, V.E. and Morris, K., 2021. Co-creation of knowledge in agroecology. Elem Sci Anth, 9(1), p.00026.
  • White, A., Faulkner, J.W., Conner, D., Barbieri, L., Adair, E.C., Niles, M.T., Mendez, V.E. and Twombly, C.R. (2021). Measuring the Supply of Ecosystem Services from Alternative Soil and Nutrient Management Practices: A Transdisciplinary, Field-Scale Approach. Sustainability, 13(18), p.10303.
  • White, A., Faulkner, J., Sims, S., Tucker, P., & Weatherhogg, K. (2018). Report of the 2017-2018 New England Adaptation Survey for Vegetable and Fruit Growers. Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont. Burlington, VT.
Gund Postdoctoral Fellow Alissa White

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Soil health, climate change, agroecology, ecosystem services, participatory research, farmer networks, payment for ecosystem services



  • PhD, Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont
  • MS, Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont
  • BS, Environmental Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz