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Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

Innovative solutions for a healthy and productive world

Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

Innovative solutions for a healthy and productive world

The Sustainable Food Systems experts are an integral part of UF/IFAS Research to improve the quality of life in Florida and throughout the world.


Lisa Conti

Deputy Commissioner and Chief Science Officer, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Lisa Conti oversees the Florida divisions of Aquaculture, Plant Industry, Food Safety, Animal Industry and Agricultural Environmental Services. Prior appointments were with the Florida Department of Health, as Division Director of Environmental Health, Florida State Public Health Veterinarian and State HIV/AIDS Surveillance Coordinator. She has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles on One Health, public health, HIV/AIDS surveillance, vector-borne and zoonotic disease topics.  Dr. Conti is a member of the One Health Initiative pro bono team, served on the NIH National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council, and was a founding member and Chair of the State Environmental Health Directors with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers.  Dr. Conti earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medical degree from the University of Florida, Master of Public Health (Public Health Administration) from the University of South Florida and Bachelor of Science (Chemistry/Math) from the University of Miami.  She is a recipient of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society Gold Head Cane Award, Florida Public Health Woman of the Year Award and the AVMA Public Service Award.

Martin Bloem 

Director, Center for a Livable Future, and Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Bloem's career includes posts spanning academia, government and nongovernmental organizations in the Netherlands, Thailand, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Singapore and Italy. Martin’s areas of focus have been nutrition, food security and food access, particularly in developing nations. Martin enthusiastically applies his global nutrition and food security lens to the food systems thinking done of the Center for a Livable Future. He believes that the science should always be communicated with an eye toward how it will be useful in our food systems to better solve global problems, keeping in mind the great variations in real-world eating patterns, cultures, politics and value-chain dynamics.

Matthew Johnston

Global Head, Vegetable Seeds and Flowers, Syngenta

Matthew Johnston's distinguished career in seed production and systems has given him a truly broad perspective on the technical and economic issues surrounding seed systems.

Dino J. Martins

Executive Director, Research Centre, Kenya; and Lecturer in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton

Dr. Dino J. Martins, a Kenyan entomologist and evolutionary biologist, is currently the Executive Director of the Mpala Research Centre and a Research Scholar and Lecturer in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. His research has included work with farmers in relation to bees and pesticides and improving pollinator awareness and conservation. He also studies bee evolution and ecology in East Africa, hawkmoth and butterfly pollination activities, and co-evolution and links between biodiversity and landscape-level processes. Dr. Martins is currently focused on projects with both small-scale and commercial farmers in Laikipia and Kakamega in Kenya, primarily on yields, pests, ecosystem services and water.

Morven McLean

Executive Director, International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation

Dr. McLean is the Executive Director of the non-profit International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Research Foundation, where she works with a dedicated team on multi-sectoral, interdisciplinary scientific and capacity building programs that span agriculture, nutrition and the environment. Morven has served as a technical expert on biotechnology risk assessment, regulation and policy for many organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development, the United National Environmental Program and the Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as many national governments.

Mark Rosegrant

Director of Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (retired)

Dr. Rosegrant is a Research Fellow Emeritus at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. He has extensive experience in research and policy analysis in agriculture and economic development, with an emphasis on water resources and other natural resource and agricultural policy issues as they impact food security, rural livelihoods, and environmental sustainability. From 2003 to 2018 he directed research on climate change, water resources, sustainable land management, genetic resources and biotechnology, and agriculture and energy. Dr. Rosegrant is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Stanley Wood

Senior Program Officer, Agriculture Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Previous positions with HarvestChoice project, CIAT, and IFPRI. Stan is a courtesy member. Stanley has over 35 years of experience in international research and development. Before joining BMGF Stanley was a Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI based in Washington DC, where he also served as the Coordinator of the CGIAR’s Consortium on Spatial Information as well as co-PI of the HarvestChoice project. He began his career as a water resource systems’ modeler and hydrologist in the UK, and subsequently lived and worked in Indonesia, Colombia, Italy, and Libya for twenty years designing and developing information and decision support systems in the agriculture and natural resource sectors.