Gund Graduate Fellow, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Carolyn is pursuing a PhD in Food Systems with a focus on agroecology and ecological economics. Her research interests include the interactions between diet, health, agriculture and the environment, and the role of policy in supporting a more just, sustainable food system.

Prior to her graduate studies at UVM, Carolyn managed the food system policy program at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, developing and advancing sustainable food system policies that protect public health and the environment. She also worked for USAID as a strategic policy and program management specialist for the South and Central Asia region, and has worked across the western US in outdoor education and land use planning.

Carolyn enjoys skiing and running with her husband, hiking with her dog, tending her garden, fishing and canoeing with her family in Maine, and teaching yoga.

Advisors: Amy Trubek and Meredith Niles

Gund Graduate Fellow Carolyn Hricko

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Agroecology, food policy, climate change, ecological economics, public health


  • MPH, Global Environmental Sustainability, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Certificate, Food Systems, the Environment, and Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • BS, Biology and Chemistry, Bowdoin College