Dr. Meredith Niles
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Harvard University
Dr. Meredith Niles is a Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University. She will begin a tenure-track position at the University of Vermont in August 2015 as an assistant professor of food policy in the Department of Food Sciences and Nutrition with affiliation with the Food Systems Initiative. Her research assesses farmer perceptions of environmental issues and regulations, adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices, and the costs, benefits and scalability of integrated crop and livestock systems. She completed her Ph.D. in ecology at the University of California at Davis. She has been recognized for a number of academic and advocacy efforts, receiving several National Science Foundation fellowships and a Switzer Foundation Fellowship. She is currently serving on the board of directors for the Public Library of Science (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-profits, and farmer organizations and previously worked at the U.S. State Department.