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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.


RESEARCH SCIENTISTS AND STAFF


Taryn Garlock

Research Assistant Scientist, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida

Taryn conducts multi-disciplinary research in support of sustainable fisheries and the communities that depend on them. A major aspect of her work uses the Fishery Performance Indicators to analyze performance of fishery management systems around the world in achieving goals of environmental conservation and community sustainability. Other aspects of her research involves studying trends in seafood markets and consumption, growth in aquaculture and aquaculture policy. Taryn earned her Ph.D. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Florida.


Min Li

Research Assistant, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems/Professor, Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida

Min Li is working with Arie Havelaar. Her research focuses on microbial food safety, particularly on quantitative microbial risk assessment, predictive food microbiology, evaluating the effectiveness of intervention strategies, and analyzing foodborne outbreaks and illnesses in the global food supply chain.


Vakhtang Shelia

Research Assistant Scientist, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems/ Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida

Vakhtang Shelia has over 20 years of experience in the development and application of mathematical models and information technology in agriculture and agro meteorology. His expertise ranges from modeling energy and mass transfer processes in agricultural systems, simulation of plant growth and crop production, to software design and database management systems. He currently participates in the development of DSSAT (Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer), a crop modeling system that is being used worldwide for agricultural systems analysis and decision support.

Prior to joining UF, Vakhtang Shelia was a Research Associate with the AgWeatherNet Program at Washington State University. His work mainly focused on providing programming support for agricultural decision support systems, including DSSAT with new module implementation, and the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Regional Agricultural Forecasting Toolbox (CRAFT) with the implementation of new crop models.

He received his Ph.D. from the Agrophysical Research Institute, Saint-Petersburg, The Russian Federation, and graduated from the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics of the Tbilisi State University (TSU), Georgia.


Nitya Singh

Post-Doctoral Associate, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems/Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida

Dr. Singh completed her M.Tech. and Ph.D. in Bioinformatics at the Indian Institute of Information Technology in Allahabad, India. Dr. Singh currently works with Arie Havelaar on infectious disease modelling, quantitative microbial risk analysis, and genomic data analysis.


Ly Nguyen

Post-Doctoral Associate, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida

Ly is a Post-Doc working on fisheries economics with Dr. James L. Anderson at the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida. Ly earned her Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Auburn University. She studied previously at Tromso University in Norway (Masters), and at Nong Lam University, Vietnam (Bachelors). She was a faculty member at Nong Lam University for 8 years prior to attending Auburn University to pursue her PhD. Ly’s research interests range from agricultural trade policy and food safety to risk and policy analysis. While her research has focused primarily on issues related to fish markets and marine resources, she is willing and able to apply her knowledge and experiences to new areas including fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, and energy. She has experience combining theory, quantitative methods, and data in the analysis of issues affecting society.