Gund Graduate Fellow, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Food Systems Graduate Program

Leslie is a PhD student in the Food Systems Program at UVM, planning to work at the intersection of agroecology and ecological landscape design/planning with Drs. Stephanie Hurley and Taylor Ricketts. Some of her previous academic work includes studying orchid bees in Costa Rican forests, predicting the pollinator-friendliness of coffee farming landscapes with spatial models, surveying native bee and wildflower communities in prairies with the Minnesota Agriculture for Pollinators Project, and planting urban pollinator gardens in Boston and holding outreach events with the Tufts Pollinator Initiative. She has also worked on research projects related to the population ecology of butterflies and native bees. In her spare time, you'll find Leslie out in a garden, on her road bike, and working on becoming a better naturalist.

Associations and Affiliations

Advisors: Stephanie Hurley and Taylor Ricketts

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Food systems, landscape planning, agroecological resilience, ecosystem services, pollinator conservation


  • B.S. in Biology, Minor in Food Systems and Nutrition, Tufts University