Meredith Niles will talk about solutions to worldwide food insecurity due to climate change and population growth when she visits the College of the Atlantic on May 16. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC

Niles to share food security strategies

BAR HARBOR –– Meredith Niles will discuss potential solutions to impending worldwide food insecurity as a result of climate change and population growth at the Seminar on Climate Change Speaker Series at College of the Atlantic’s McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, May 16, at 4:10 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

The extensive work Niles has done in California and abroad has given her the opportunity to explore options for addressing food insecurity in the uncertain growing conditions climate change will present. Niles explained that her studies center around the various ways that people around the world can help achieve food security in both high and low-income countries, and even strategies, such as dietary changes, that individuals can adopt.

“A focus of my work in California is water scarcity and groundwater management,” said Niles, “and achieving food security in the future under climate change, and with a growing population, will likely require a variety of strategies, ranging from farmers adopting climate adaptation strategies to diet shifts, development interventions and strategies among low-income country farmers to help them sustain their livelihoods.”

Niles is an assistant professor of food systems and policy in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont. She earned a doctorate in ecology at the University of California at Davis and was a postdoctoral fellow in sustainability science at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is a passionate advocate for open-access research.

The Seminar on Climate Change Speaker Series aims to create positive discussion and planning for climate change by fostering common discourse across disciplines and breaking down barriers to understanding. The talks, which include experts from the fields of earth science, food systems, history, public policy, anthropology and energy, take place in McCormick Lecture Hall and are free and open to the public. Each presentation includes a question-and-answer period.

The Speaker Series runs parallel to the Seminar on Climate Change, taught by College of the Atlantic Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Chair of Earth Systems and Geosciences Sarah Hall. In this course, students learn about Earth’s climate variations over the past approximately 70 million years. Through close reading of scientific literature and study of the scientific methods used to identify climate fluctuations, students learn to follow and critically evaluate discussions around modern climate change and projected climate change scenarios.

See the entire Speaker Series schedule and learn more about Hall at and check the calendar at for all upcoming events.



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