Gund Fellow, Associate Professor, Department of Community Development and Applied Economics

Dr. Travis W. Reynolds is an agricultural and applied economist with a background in public policy analysis, rural development, environmental studies, and organic farming. Dr. Reynolds is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) at the University of Vermont, a faculty affiliate of the UVM Food Systems Program, and a faculty member of the Evans School Policy Analysis and Research Group (EPAR) at the University of Washington. For the past decade, Dr. Reynolds has studied relationships between farm management, economic development, and ecosystem services – with an emphasis on poverty alleviation, sustainability, and resilience in low-income smallholder farming communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

With grant funding from the National Science Foundation, USDA, and private and philanthropic organizations, Dr. Reynolds has led teams of international and interdisciplinary scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in applied research at the intersection of agriculture, food security, and the environment. Dr. Reynolds serves on the board of the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR), and his work has been published in top interdisciplinary and agricultural development journals including World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Agricultural Economics, and Food Security.

Research and/or Creative Works

  • Principal Investigator: “Geographic, Socio-economic, and Cultural Factors Shaping Crop Diversity and Livelihood Outcomes” (National Science Foundation). (2020-2022).
  • Principal Investigator: “Conference Grant for the 24th ICABR Conference: Accelerating Innovations for the Bioeconomy: Applied Research Policy Change and Economic Growth.” (USDA NIFA AFRI). (2019-2020).
  • Principal Investigator: “Changing Climate and Markets in the New England Maple Syrup Sector” (USDA Hatch). (2019-2022).
  • Co-Principal Investigator: “Seed System Diversity and Resilience in New Vermont Farming Communities.”



  • Reynolds, TW, Tobin, D, Otieno, G, McCracken, A, Guo, J. (2020). Gendered differences in crop selection and use values in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development. (In Press).
  • Wineman, A, Njagi, T, Anderson, CL, Reynolds, TW, Wainaina, P, Njue, E, Biscaye, P, Ayieko, M. (2019). A case of mistaken identity? Measuring rates of improved seed adoption in Tanzania using DNA fingerprinting. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1: 1-23.
  • Anderson, CL, Reynolds, T, Merfeld, JD, Biscaye, P. (2018). Relating seasonal hunger and prevention and coping strategies: A panel analysis of Malawian farm households. The Journal of Development Studies, 1–19.
  • Otieno, GA, Reynolds, TW, Karasapan, A, Lopez-Noriega, I. (2017). Implications of seed policies for on-farm agrobiodiversity and food security policy in Ethiopia and Uganda. Sustainable Agriculture Research, 6(4): 12–30.
  • Reynolds, TW, Collins, C, Wassie, A, Liang, J, Briggs, W, Adamu, E. (2017). Sacred natural sites as mensurative fragmentation experiments in long-inhabited multifunctional landscapes. Ecography, 40(1): 144–157.
  • Reynolds, TW, Waddington, SR, Anderson, CL, Chew, A, True, Z, Cullen, A. (2015). Environmental impacts and constraints associated with the production of major food crops in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Food Security, 7(4): 795–822.

Associations and Affiliations

  • ISEE
  • ATBC
  • Gund Institute for the Environment, University of Vermont
  • Diversity Curriculum Review Committee, University of Vermont 
  • Director, Peace Corps Fellows Program, University of Vermont 
  • Director, Peace Corps Coverdell Program, University of Vermont
Gund Faculty Fellow Travis Reynolds

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Institutional economics, agricultural development, food policy, payments for environmental services, with an emphasis on the links between agriculture, food security, community governance institutions and the environment


  • PhD, Public Policy and Management, University of Washington
  • MS, Community Development and Applied Economics, University of Vermont
  • BA, International Relations and French Civilization, Brown University


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Office Location:

Morrill 204B