Dr Meredith Niles is an assistant professor in the Department of Food Sciences and Nutrition with affiliation with the Food Systems Initiative at the University of Vermont. Meredith’s work focuses on environmental/sustainable decision-making and behavior change among farmers and land-users. Specifically, her current work engages with farmers tounderstand 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 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 ystems projects. Prior to graduate school she worked at the US State Department and an environmental non-profit in Washington D.C. She holds a B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in political science with honors in environmental studies from The Catholic University of America.
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