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Prospective Students & Researchers

At this time, the ARLG does not have any open research positions and is at capacity for graduate students.

Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group


Prospective Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Research Associates or Researchers

  If you are interested in joining my group as a graduate student, postdoctoral or research associate please check the section on Current Open Positions, below, so you can see when I would be able to accept new applicants. Funding for graduate students is necessary for a successful experience, and my policy is to only accept students that I can fund or that have their own funding.  Before starting contact, I would ask you to carefully go over my research program webpage, and read the selected publications listed at the end of this page.  This will give you a good idea of what kind of work I do, and help you decide if I am the advisor that best suits your needs.

Our group has a strong interdisciplinary focus, so I will usually recruit graduate student with an interest in integrating social and ecological science in their research.  In addition, I use a Participatory Action Research Approach (PAR) in most of my research and teaching.  A strong interest in PAR is also desirable.

I like to support my graduate students, to the best of my ability, in fulfilling both their academic and personal goals. I believe in providing time and guidance, but also encourage independence and personal iniative. I hope that by the time you graduate you will have had opportunities to publish, write grants and work collaboratively.  Please feel free to contact some of my other graduate students (see People page) to get more feedback on my advising style and how our lab works. A desire to work in a team is a must !

Contact Information

Phone: (802) 656-2924
Office Hours: by appointment
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Current Open Positions

Graduate Students
There are no open positions at this time

Postdoctoral Research Associates
There are no open positions at this time

Research Associates, Assistants or Interns
There are no open positions at this time

Selected Publications
Mendez, V.E., C.M. Bacon, M. Olson, K.S. Morris & A.K. Shattuck (2010) Agrobiodiversity and shade coffee smallholder livelihoods: a review and synthesis of ten years of research in Central America. Professional Geographer 62(3): 357-376. pdf

Mendez, V. E. (2008) Farmer livelihoods and biodiversity conservation in a coffee landscape of El Salvador. pp. 207-236. In  C. M. Bacon, V. E. Mendez, S.R. Gliessman, D. Goodman & J. A. Fox (eds.) Confronting the coffee crisis: Fair Trade, sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems in Mexico and Central America. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA, U.S.A. pdf  

Mendez, V. E., S.R. Gliessman, and G.S. Gilbert (2007) Tree biodiversity in farmer cooperatives of a shade coffee landscape in western El Salvador.  Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 119(1-2):145-159. pdf

Bacon, C., V. E. Mendez & M. Brown (2005) Participatory action-research and support for community development and conservation: examples from shade coffee landscapes of El Salvador and Nicaragua. Research Brief # 6. Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), University of California: Santa Cruz, CA, U.S.A. Download from:

Mendez V.E., R. Lok & E. Somarriba (2001) Interdisciplinary analysis of homegardens in Nicaragua: micro-zonation, plant use and socioeconomic importance. Agroforestry Systems 51(2): 85-96.  pdf


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