Gund Affiliate, Assistant Professor, University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture

Dr. Rachel Schattman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture. She is an agroecology, with a focus on sustainable management in vegetable production systems, sociology, community food security, and farm-based adaptive practices to climate change. Her expertise is in mixed mixed-methods research design and analysis, and she has a strong background in applied Participatory Action Research (PAR). Her experience owning and managing a diversified vegetable farm informs both her perspective and research focus. The overarching goal of Dr. Schattman’s work is to support farmers to be more resilient in a changing climate while protecting natural resources. 

Associations and Affiliations

  • Soil and Water Conservation Society. Member since 2017.
  • Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society. Member since 2016.
  • International Association for Society and Natural Resources. Member since 2016.
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont. Member since 2007.
  • Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association. Member since 2009

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Climate change adaptation in Northeast agriculture, water use efficiency in irrigation systems, decision making and behavior under climate uncertainty, participatory action research


  • PhD, University of Vermont, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
  • MS, University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources
  • BA, Sarah Lawrence College


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