Rachel E. Schattman

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture

Degree: Ph. D. 2016, University of Vermont
Phone: 207-581-2913
Location: 202 Roger Clapp Greenhouse

Lab website: http://agroecolab.com/

Professional Interests: agroecology, climate change, vegetable and small fruit production, water use efficiency, decision making, behavior, risk assessment, mixed methods research.

Teaching: PSE 430 Sustainable Horticulture and Agriculture Capstone, PSE 312 Sustainable Food Systems, PSE 360 Agroecology and Sustainable Cropping Systems, PSE 215 Vegetable and Fruit Production

Research: The overarching goal of my work is to engage in research that leads to agricultural resilience in a changing climate while simultaneously protecting natural resources. In pursuit of this goal, I work with specialty crop producers and agricultural advisors to identify and address production challenges, specifically through the lens of climate change adaptation. This approach is grounded in complimentary traditions of agroecology and participatory action research (PAR).

Recent Publications:

Belarmino, E., Malacarne, J. G., McCarthy, A., Bliss, S., Laurent, J., Merrill, S. C., Niles, M. T., Nowak, S., Schattman, R. E., and Yerxa, K. (2024) Suboptimal diets identified among adults in two rural states. Journal of Hunger Education Nutrition. DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2024.2313524

Niles, M. T., McCarthy, A., Malacarne, J., Bliss, S., Belarmino, E. H., Laurent, J., Merrill, S. C., Nowak, S., & Schattman, R. E. (Accepted).  Home and wild food procurement were associated with improved food security during the COVID-19 pandemic in two rural US states. Scientific Reports 14(1): 2682. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-024-52320-z.

Goossen, C. P., Schattman, R. E., & MacRae, J. D. (2023). Evidence of compost contamination with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from “compostable” food serviceware. Biointerphases, 18, 030501. doi: 10.1116/6.0002746

Scearce, A. E., Goossen, C. P., Schattman, R. E., Mallory, E. B., & MacRae, J. D. (2023). Linking drivers of plant per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) uptake to agricultural land management decisions. Biointerphases, 18: 040801. doi: 10.1116/6.0002772

McGann, T. C., Schattman, R. E., D’Amato, A. W., & Ontl, T. (2023). Public opposition to harvesting as a barrier to climate change adaptation: Perceptions and responses of foresters across the northeastern United States. Society and Natural Resources. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2023.2234838

Schattman, R. E., Jean, H., Faulkner, J. W., Maden, R., McKeag, L., Campbell Nelson, K., Grubinger, V., Burnett, S., Erich, M. S., & Ohno, T. (2023). Effects of Irrigation Scheduling Approaches on Soil Moisture and Vegetable Production in the Northeastern U.S.A. Agricultural Water Management, 287, 108428. doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2023.108428.

Schattman, R. E., Rowland, D. L., & Kelemen, S. C. (2023). Sustainable and regenerative agriculture: Tools to address food insecurity and climate change. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 78(2), 33A-38A. doi:10.2489/jswc.2023.1202A

McGann, T. C., Schattman, R. E., D’Amato, A. W., & Ontl, T. A. (2022). Climate adaptive management in the Northeastern US: Commons strategies and motivations of rural and urban foresters. Journal of Forestry 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1093/jofore/fvac039

Schattman, R. E.,Smart, A., Birkel, S., Jean, H., Barai, K., & Zhang, Y. J. (2022). Strawberry growth under current and future rainfall scenarios. Water 14(3): 313. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14030313.

Niles, M. T., Beavers, A. W., Clay, L. A., Dougan, M. M., Pignotti, G. A., Rogus, S., Savoie-Roskos, M. R., Schattman, R. E., Zack, R. M., Acciai, F., Allegro D., Belarmino E. H., Bertmann F., Biehl, E., Birk, N., Bishop-Royse, J., Bozlak, C., Bradley B., Brenton, B. P., Buszkiewicz, J., Cavaliere, B. N., Cho, Y., Clark, E. M., Coakley, K., Coffin-Schmitt, J., Collier, S. M., Coombs, C., Dressel, A., Drewnowski, A., Evans, T., Feingold, B. J., Fiechtner, L., Fiorella, K. J., Funderburk, K., Gadhoke, P., Gonzales-Pacheco, D., Greiner Safi, A., Gu, S., Hanson, K. L., Harley, A., Harper, K., Hosler, A. S., Ismach, A., Josephson, A., Laestadius, L., LeBlanc, H., Lewis, L. R., Litton, M. M., Martin, K. S., Martin, S., Martinelli, S., Mazzeo, J., Merrill, S. C., Neff, R., Nguyen, E., Ohri-Vachaspati, P., Orbe, A., Otten, J. J., Parmer, S., Pemberton, S., Al Abdeen Qusair, Z., Rivkina, V., Robinson, J., Rose, C. M., Sadeghzadeh, S., Sivaramakrishnan, B., Torres Arroyo, M., Voorhees, M., & Yerxa, K. (2021). A Multi-Site Analysis of the Prevalence of Food Security in the United States, before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Current Developments in Nutrition, nzab135https://doi.org/10.1093/cdn/nzab135

Roesch-McNally, G., Wiener, S., Reyes, J., Rottler, C., Balachowski, J., & Schattman, R.E. (2021). Supporting practitioners in developing effective decision support tools for natural resource managers. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 76(4): 73A-78A. doi:10.2489/jswc.2021.0618A

Schattman, R. E., Trinity, L., Clark, E. M., & Merrill, S. C. (2021). Awards: Untapped motivation for agricultural conservation behavior. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 9(1): 00120. https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.2021.00120.

Schattman, R. E., Caswell, M. J., & Faulkner, J. W. (2021). Eyes on the horizon: Temporal perspectives of climate risk and agricultural decision making. Society and Natural Resources. doi:10.1080/08941920.2021.1894283

Basche, A., Tully, K., Alvarez-Berrios, N. L., Reyes, J., Lengnick, L., Brown, T., Moore Kucera, J., Schattman, R. E. Koepke Johnson, L., Roesch-McNally, G. (2020). Evaluating the untapped potential of U.S. conservation investments to improve soil and environmental health. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. doi:10.3389/fsufs.2020.547876