Gund Graduate Fellow, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Alissa is a PhD student in the Department of Plant and Soil Science.  Her doctoral research integrates diverse data sets on ecosystem services and climate resilience to explore what drives change when farmers are faced with ecological crises.  

Alissa is passionate about the potential for participatory research approaches to solve complex problems.  Her research highlights the role of farmers networks in supporting the adaptive capacity of farmers, and identifies tradeoffs in ecosystem services from alternative soil management strategies.

Alissa coordinated the New England Adaptation Survey during her MS research at UVM and served as a liaison to the USDA Northeast Climate Hub.  

Advisors: Ernesto Méndez and Joshua Faulkner

Gund Graduate Fellow Alissa White

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Climate change, agroecology, ecosystem services, participatory research, farmer networks


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