Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Ben is a PhD student in the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources and a student fellow of The Gund Institute. His research investigates the potential for agroecology to mitigate environmental problems of public concern, including climate change, water quality and biodiversity, with research work in Brazil and in Vermont. He has a bachelor’s in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from Green Mountain College, where he worked after his graduation as a farmer and researcher on energy issues in small-scale farming systems. He has worked on several other farms in Vermont. When he can get away from his work and other distractions, Ben likes to enjoy Vermont’s beauty by cycling, gardening, and hiking.

Advisor: Joshua Farley

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Energy in food systems, agro-ecology, ecological economics, impacts of agriculture on climate change


  • BA, Agriculture and Food Systems, Green Mountain College