Alissa White - American Farmland Trust

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Alissa White

Sr. Manager for Climate and Agriculture

Dr. Alissa White is AFT’s Senior Manager for Climate and Agriculture, where she leads New England programming to support on-farm resilience in the region. Alissa is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Vermont. She works with UVM Extension and the Gund Institute for Environment to advance engaged research on soil health, regenerative agriculture and payment for ecosystem services. Alissa currently coordinates technical research for the Vermont Soil Health & Payment for Ecosystem Services Working Group and leads Vermont’s State of Soil Health initiative.

Alissa’s research uses transdisciplinary agroecology as an approach to integrate social and ecological data on agriculture and the environment. Her work has explored agricultural resilience to climate change in the northeastern US, the provisioning of ecosystem services from alternative soil and nutrient management strategies, and the role of farmer networks in supporting farmers’ capacity to adapt to new challenges. Her work is driven by a belief that stakeholder participation in science is critical to creating useful and useable information, and she brings over a decade of experience working on farms in California and New England to her role at UVM. Alissa earned her BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and holds a PhD in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont. Alissa is a member of the Agroecology & Livelihoods Collaborative, a GradCAP scholar, and was named a national Emerging Leader in Food and Agriculture in 2020.

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