Meredith Niles


Dr. Meredith Niles is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences with affiliation in the Food Systems Initiative at the University of Vermont. Meredith’s work focuses on agricultural and food systems environmental decision-making and behavior change among farmers and consumers. Specifically, her current work engages with farmers to understand their perceptions of environmental issues and regulations, adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices, and the adoption of integrated crop and livestock systems. She completed her PhD in Ecology at the University of California at Davis and her post-doctorate in sustainability science at Harvard University. Meredith has been recognized for a number of academic and advocacy efforts, receiving several National Science Foundation fellowships and a Switzer Foundation Fellowship. Meredith is passionate about public service and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Public Library of Science (PLOS) (2014-2018) and previously served on the External Board for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis and as the Director of Legislative Affairs on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS). She received the 2014 Next Generation Leadership Award from the Right to Research Coalition, 2010 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences and was named 2013 Board Member of the Year from NAGPS. She has a diversity of consulting experience working with agricultural industry, non-profit, and farmer organizations on environmental conservation, climate, and food systems projects. Prior to graduate school she worked in several professional roles. In Public and Congressional Affairs for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) with the U.S. State Department, she contributed to international HIV/AIDS programs and policies. She also served as the Cool Foods Campaign Coordinator at the Center for Food Safety in Washington D.C., running a national campaign about agriculture and climate change. Meredith is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate in political science and environmental studies from The Catholic University of America.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
UC Davis, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Assistant Professor
University of Vermont
Energy & Climate Change
Environmental Policy & Law
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy
Water Resources
Currently Working On:
agriculture and climate change, water and agriculture, food security, food policy
350 Carrigan Wing
Burlington, Vermont 05405

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