Department of Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise
Appalachian Foodshed Project Deputy Director
Nikki D’Adamo-Damery is the Deputy Project Director for the AFP and is housed within the Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise department at Virginia Tech. She has a background in sustainable agriculture and community development, and is especially concerned with the role of justice in food systems work. She is interested in qualitative research methods that are empowering and transformative, including photovoice, appreciative inquiry and arts-based approaches. Within the project, she is responsible for managing project communication and outreach and coordinating the day-to-day activities of the grant.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
AFP associate, Lead on data, Virginia Liason
Pete Ziegler is a research assistant professor and rogue epidemiologist acting as an AFP associate. He is the Director of Resident Instruction in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Office of Academic Programs. The Office of Academic Programs nurtures and engages students while providing leadership to faculty across the Virginia Tech campus. He is involved with the development of a living learning community for incoming undergraduates with a focus on agriculture, health and the environment. His research interests include risk assessments involving human, animal and environmental health.
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Project Associate, Food System Model, Economics
Dan Taylor is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. His program focus is to conduct and manage an economics research program in production and resource economics, domestically and internationally, emphasizing interdisciplinary research on sustainable agricultural production systems. His research focuses are production and resource economics at the farm level and agricultural policy analysis. His other current projects include working as a part of an integrated pest management collaborative research support program and assessing the economic impact of these programs.