Gund Graduate Fellow, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Maya is a PhD student in the Food Systems Program at UVM, and is also a Gund Graduate Fellow through the Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) program.

Having lived and worked in Madagascar for the better part of the last 15 years, Maya has grown interested in the nexus between tropical agriculture, biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods and human well-being.  Specifically, she is looking into the ways in which smallholder farmers in the tropics are perceiving and experiencing changes in their environment, and how this, in turn, impacts their land use decision-making.

Advisors: Meredith Niles and Taylor Ricketts 


Journal Articles

  • Reardon, J., Kraus, F., Moore, M.and Randrianasolo, H. (2018). Testing tools for eradicating the invasive toad Duttaphrynus melanostictus in Madagascar. Conservation Evidence Vol. 15: 12-19.
  • den Biggelaar, C. and Moore, M. (2016). Changing Nature of Agricultural Livelihoods along a Peri-urban to Rural Gradient in Eastern Madagascar. American Journal of Rural Development Vol. 4 (2): 31-42.
  • Moore, M.; Fidy, J.F.S.N.; Edmonds, D. (2015). The new toad in town: Distribution of the Asian toad, Duttaphrynus melanostictus, in the Toamasina area of eastern Madagascar. Tropical Conservation Science Vol. 8 (2): 440-454.
  • Golden, C.D.; Rabehatonina, J.G.C.; Rakotosoa, A.; Moore, M.(2014). Socio-ecological analysis of natural resource use in Betampona Strict Natural Reserve. Madagascar Conservation & Development 9 (2): 83-89.


  • Lehoullier, S. and Moore, M. (2012). Madagascar Travel Guide. Other Places Publishing.
Gund Graduate Fellow Maya Moore

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Smallholder farmers, tropical agriculture, deforestation, climate change, food security and sovereignty


  • MA, Sustainable International Development, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
  • BS, Biology and French, Georgetown University