Rigo Melgar-Melgar

L4E PhD Fellow – University of Vermont

Email: rmelgarm@uvm.edu


Rigo is a PhD student in the Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) project at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Gund Institute for Environment at UVM. Rigo is broadly interested in how we can link sustainability science with policy to improve the way we use our natural resources, with the principal goal of improving quality of life, while maintaining a healthy and resilient ecological foundation. His research at UVM will gravitate around issues of how to finance the sustainability transition, and its implications for sustainable development and climate change policy, through an ecological economics framework rooted in its biophysical foundation. He holds two master’s degrees in Public Affairs and Environmental Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University Maxwell School of Public Affairs.



Why ecological economics needs to return to its roots: The biophysical foundation of socio-economic systems

Melgar-Melgar, R.E. and Hall. In Ecological Economics, 169. 2020.

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From the Anthropocene to Mutual Thriving: An Agenda for Higher Education in the Ecozoic

L4E Contributors:  Ivan Vargas Roncancio, Leah Temper, Joshua Sterlin, Nina L. Smolyar, Shaun Sellers, Maya Moore, Rigo Melgar-Melgar, Jolyon Larson, Catherine Horner, Jon D. Erickson, Megan Egler, Peter G. Brown, Emille Boulot, Tina Beigi and Michael Babcock