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Certificate of Graduate Study in Agroecology


Dr. V. Ernesto Méndez, Faculty Director, Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC), Professor of Agroecology & Environmental Studies in Department of Plant and Soil Science and the Environmental Program, UVM


Ernesto’s research and teaching efforts seek to develop and apply transdisciplinary approaches that analyze interactions among agriculture, people’s livelihoods, and environmental conservatism in a diversity of settings. This work draws from the fields of agroecology, agrifood systems, political ecology, and ecosystem services, with an effort to utilize a Participatory Action Research approach (PAR) whenever possible, in an effort to directly support conservation and rural development.

Martha Caswell, M.P.P., ALC Research and Outreach Coordinator


Areas of Focus: Agroecology, community-based participatory action research, food justice, farmer livelihoods, agroecological approaches to climate change resilience, project design and management.

Vic Izzo, Ph.D., Educational Coordinator and Lecturer


Areas of Focus: Evolutionary Ecology, Entomology, Sustainable Pest Management, Agroecology.