Ivette Perfecto

Fellow | Professor of Ecology & Natural Resources

Ivette Perfecto’s research focuses on agroecology, biodiversity, and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. She has more than 25 years of experience conducting research on biodiversity in agroecosystems in Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. More broadly she is interested in sustainable food systems and the interactions between biodiversity and food sovereignty. She has over 120 publications in peer-review journals, 15 book chapters and is the author of three books: Breakfast of Biodiversity (Food First Books 2005, with John Vandermeer), and Nature’s Matrix: Linking Agriculture, Conservation and Food Sovereignty (2009, with Angus Wright and John Vandermeer), and Coffee Agroecology (2015, with John Vandermeer). She teaches courses in field ecology, agroforestry, sustainable food systems, and globalization and environment. She has graduated 13 PhD students, and served as thesis advisor to more than 30 master’s students. She has also mentored international PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. Professor Perfecto has been a visiting scholar at various universities and research institutes abroad including the Centre D’Ecologie Functionnelle & Evolutive, in Montpellier, France, Wageningen University in The Netherlands, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil, University of Florence in Italy, and Universidad Agraria de la Habana in Cuba. Professor Perfecto was one of the lead coordinating authors of the United Nation’s International Assessment on Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). She has received several awards including the ESA Diversity Award, SNRE Outstanding Teaching Award, and University of Michigan Faculty Recognition Award. She is an elected member of the Scientific Council of the Regional Institute of Biodiversity for Central America and the Dominican Republic and was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).