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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.


James L. Anderson

Director, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida

Professor, Food and Resource Economics, University of Florida

James Anderson has published numerous articles on natural resource management, fisheries and aquaculture economics, markets and international trade. Recent work has focused on the development of new fisheries performance indicators, modeling fisheries and aquaculture sectors, seafood and food security, and evaluating how the growth of aquaculture and reforms in fisheries management are changing the global seafood sector in both developed and developing nations.

Prior to joining UF, James Anderson was the advisor for Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture and leader of the Global Program on Fisheries and Aquaculture at The World Bank. He has served as the editor the international journal of Marine Resource Economics (1999-2010).

He received his Ph.D. from University of California, Davis, M.S. from University of Arizona and B.S. from the College of William and Mary.

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Frank Asche

Professor, Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida

Frank Asche has published widely on food production and markets, but also on energy and safety issues, in economics and general interest journals. Recent activities have focused on the use of ecolabels for seafood, seafood trade and food security, the role of innovation and productivity growth in increasing aquaculture production and regime shifts in seafood and energy prices.

Prior to joining UF, Frank Asche was Professor of natural resource economics at the University of Stavanger. He is President of the International Association of Aquaculture Economics and Management, and associate editor for the journals Marine Resource Economics and Marine Policy.

He received his Ph.D. from the Norwegian School of Economics and M.S degree from the University of Bergen. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at Duke University (2012-2013) and visiting researcher at the University of Rhode Island and University of British Columbia.

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Karen Garrett

Professor, Plant Pathology and Systems Analysis, University of Florida

Karen Garrett works in systems analysis in agricultural and wild systems, often with a focus in plant disease epidemiology. Recent work includes the analysis of strengths and vulnerabilities of crop seed systems for agricultural development and of the deployment of resistance genes through crop breeding networks. Other work addresses the translation of microbiome analyses for improved agricultural management. Garrett is advancing a new platform, impact network analysis, for evaluating linked socioeconomic and biophysical networks to formulate strategies for helping new technologies achieve impact.

Prior to joining UF, Karen Garrett was a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University. She is an Editor for Annual Review of Phytopathology and a AAAS Fellow.

She received her Ph.D. from Oregon State University, M.S. in Statistics and M.S. in Plant Pathology from Colorado State University, and B.S. in International Agronomy from Purdue University.

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Arie H. Havelaar

Professor, Global Food Safety and Zoonoses, University of Florida

Arie Havelaar is a Preeminent Professor of Global Food Safety and Zoonoses in the Animal Sciences Department, the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems and the Emerging Pathogens Institute of the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA. Before moving to the United States in 2014, Arie worked at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, the Netherlands in various scientific and management roles, most recently as Principal Scientist in the Center for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology. He is an emeritus professor of Microbial Risk Assessment at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

His research focuses on epidemiology and risk assessment of foodborne and zoonotic diseases and their prevention. He has published extensively on the global burden of foodborne disease. He contributes to the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems, leads the “Campylobacter Genetics and Environmental enteric Dysfunction (CAGED)” project and participates in several other projects focusing on food safety in low- and middle-income countries. His current research is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development and the Florida Department of Health.

Arie holds an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering with a major in Microbiology from the Delft University of Technology, a PhD in Microbiology from Utrecht University and an MSc in Epidemiology from the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences at the Erasmus University, all in the Netherlands.

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Gerrit Hoogenboom

Preeminent Scholar, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida

Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida
Adjunct Professor, Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University

Gerrit Hoogenboom has over 30 years of experience in the development and application of dynamic crop simulation models and decision support systems.  He currently coordinates the development of the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT), a crop modeling system that is being used world-wide by many scientists and others interested in systems analysis and decision support. Applications include gene-based modeling and cultivar selection, climate variability and climate change, water resources management, biofuel, economic and environmental sustainability, and food and nutrition security.

Prior to joining UF, Gerrit Hoogenboom was the Director of the AgWeatherNet Program and Professor of Agrometeorology at Washington State University. AgWeatherNet is one of the largest automated weather monitoring systems in USA and  provides near real-time weather data and associated information based on decision support tools to a wide range stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest. Gerrit Hoogenboom was an Editor for Climate Research and  Scientia Agricola; he is currently the Editor-in-Chief (Crops and Soils) for The Journal of Agricultural Science (Cambridge).

He received his Ph.D. from Auburn University, M.S. in Theoretical Production Ecology and M.S. and B.S. in Horticulture from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

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Cheryl Palm

Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida

Cheryl Palm's research focuses on tropical land use, especially soil nutrient dynamics in farming systems of Africa, including options for soil and land rehabilitation.  Her most recent work investigates the tradeoffs and synergies among agricultural intensification strategies, the environment, and rural livelihoods.  She is Deputy Director of Vital Signs Africa, a project developing and implementing integrated monitoring systems in agricultural landscapes.

Prior to joining UF, Cheryl Palm was a Senior Research Scientist and Director of Research in the AgCenter at Columbia University.  Cheryl Palm is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomists and served as chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative from 2008-2011.

She received her Ph.D. in soil science from North Carolina State University, and her M.S. and B.S degrees in zoology from the University of California, Davis.

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Pedro Sanchez

Professor, Soil and Water Science, University of Florida

Pedro Sanchez is a research professor of tropical soils who studies the connections between tropical soil management, fertility, and food security.  At the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Sanchez leads the development of a collaborative program on food and environmental security in Cuba and incorporates UF faculty and students in the long-standing food security programs he continues to be involved with in tropical Africa.

Prior to joining UF, Pedro Sanchez was Director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center and a Senior Research Scholar at the Earth Institute of Columbia University.  Pedro Sanchez is a World Food Prize recipient, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.  He served as Director General of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya from 1991-2001, as co-chair of the United Nations Millennium Project Hunger Task Force, and as Director of the Millennium Villages Project.

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