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Dr. Meredith T. Niles

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Meredith is an interdisciplinary food systems scientist that studies behavior and policy in social-ecological food systems and health. Her research focus is primarily in advancing efforts to achieve sustainable food security and improve health and environmental outcomes from food systems. 


Currently she is an Associate Professor in food systems and policy at the University of Vermont (UVM) in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Meredith previously served as the Associate Director of the UVM USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Food Systems Research Center and as Acting Director of the Gund Institute for Environment at UVM.

Home and wild food procurement were associated with improved food security during the COVID-19 pandemic in two rural US states. 

Nature Scientific Reports

February 2024
Individual and collective political efficacy predict farmer engagement and support for groundwater policies: implications from the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
Ecology and Society

January 2024


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