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Albie
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Miles
Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Food Systems
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Albie Miles is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Food Systems at the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu. Dr. Miles received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from UC Berkeley in 2013. His research explores the relationship between farming system biodiversity and ecosystem services from agriculture and the structural obstacles to sustainable food and farming systems. He has worked at the UN FAO and the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz.

Ph.D. Environmental Science, Policy and Management (Agroecology)
University of California, Berkeley, 2006-2013

B.S. Environmental Studies and Education
California State University, Chico, 1991-1993

2014-Present: Assistant Professor, Sustainable Community Food Systems
University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu

2006-2013: Graduate Student Instructor
University of California, Berkeley, Environmental Science, Policy and Management 

1999-2006: University of California, Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 

SCFS 120 ‘Aina and Place Based Education (‘Ike ‘Ai Pono Summer Program)

BIOL 124 Environment and Ecology

SCFS 300 Survey of Sustainable Community Food Systems of Hawai‘i

SCFS 310 Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture

SCFS 320 Theory and Practice of Sustainable Agriculture

SCFS 340 Food Sovereignty Nutrition and Human Well Being (OC)

SCFS 345 Native Planters: Traditional Agriculture Systems of Hawai‘i and the Pacific

SCFS 350 A Natural History of Bees and Beekeeping (WI)

SCFS 360 Survey of Literature on Agriculture, Food and the Environment

SCFS 450 Climate Change, Food Security & Resilience

SCFS 484 Agriculture Food and Human Values

SCFS 485 Cross-Cultural Environmental Ethics

SCFS 490 Sustainable Agriculture Practicum

APSC 490X Senior Food Systems Practicum

Miles, A., K. Enos, K. Maunakea Forth, and G. Maunakea Forth (2019). After the Plantations: Restoring Ancestral Abundance Through Food System Change in Hawaiʻi. In Nourish. Extracurricular Press, San Francisco, CA.
 
Clinton, N., Stuhlmacher, M., Miles, A., Uludere Aragon, N., Wagner, M., Georgescu, M., ... & Gong, P. (2018). A Global Geospatial Ecosystem Services Estimate of Urban Agriculture. Earth's Future. https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/2017EF000536
 
Miles, A., DeLonge, M. S., & Carlisle, L. (2017). Triggering a positive research and policy feedback cycle to support a transition to agroecology and sustainable food systems. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 41(7), 855-879. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21683565.2017.1331179?src=recsys
 
Wilson, H., Miles, A. F., Daane, K. M., & Altieri, M. A. (2017). Landscape diversity and crop vigor outweigh influence of local diversification on biological control of a vineyard pest. Ecosphere, 8(4). https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ecs2.1736
 
Wilson, H., Wong, J. S., Thorp, R. W., Miles, A. F., Daane, K. M., & Altieri, M. A. (2017). Summer Flowering Cover Crops Support Wild Bees in Vineyards. Environmental entomology. https://academic.oup.com/ee/article-abstract/47/1/63/4782270?redirectedFrom=fulltext
 
Wilson, H., Miles, A. F., Daane, K. M., & Altieri, M. A. (2016). Host Plant Associations of Anagrus spp.(Hymenoptera: Mymaridae) and Erythroneura elegantula (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) in Northern California. Environmental Entomology, nvw033. https://academic.oup.com/ee/article-abstract/45/3/602/2962263
 
DeLonge, M. S., Miles, A., & Carlisle, L. (2016). Investing in the transition to sustainable agriculture. Environmental Science & Policy, 55, 266-273. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901115300812
 
Oakland Institute. 2016. Agroecology Case Studies in Africa: Local Context, Long-term Impact. Oakland Institute. Oakland, CA. https://www.oaklandinstitute.org/agroecology-case-studies (contributing author).
 
Brown, Martha, Parez, Jan and Miles, Albie (eds.). 2015. Teaching Organic Farming and Gardening: Resources for Instructors (3rd Edition). UC Santa Cruz, Ca: Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. https://casfs.ucsc.edu/about/publications/Teaching-Organic-Farming/
 
Brown, Martha, Parez, Jan and Miles, Albie (eds.). 2015. Teaching Direct Marketing and Small Farm Viability: Resources for Instructors (3rd Edition). UC Santa Cruz, Ca: Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. https://casfs.ucsc.edu/about/publications/Teaching-Direct-Marketing/index.html
 
Wilson, H., Miles, A. F., Daane, K. M., & Altieri, M. A. (2015). Landscape Diversity and Crop Vigor Influence Biological Control of the Western Grape Leafhopper (E. elegantula Osborn) in Vineyards. PloS one, 10(11), e0141752. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0141752
 
Wilson, H., Miles, A. F., Daane, K. M., & Altieri, M. A. (2015). Vineyard proximity to riparian habitat influences Western grape leafhopper (Erythroneura elegantula Osborn) populations. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 211, 43-50. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167880915001541
 
Carlisle, L., and Miles, A. (2013). Closing the knowledge gap: How the USDA could tap the Potential of biologically diversified farming systems. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 3(4), 219-225. http://food.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/JAFSCD_Closing_Knowledge_Gap_Commentary_Sept-2013.pdf
 
Miles, Albie, Wilson, Houston and Altieri, Miguel, Nicholls, Clara (2012). Habitat Diversity at the Field and Landscape Level: Conservation Biological Control Research in California Viticulture. Arthropod Management in Vineyards. N.J. Bostanian, R. Isaacs and C. Vincent (eds.). Springer: 159-189. https://www.springer.com/us/book/9789400740310
 
Kremen, C., and A. Miles (2012). Ecosystem services in biologically diversified versus conventional farming systems: benefits, externalities, and trade-offs Ecology and Society 17(4): 40. http://dx.doi. org/10.5751/ES-05035-170440.

April 2018: UH System Wide Student Food Security Assessment

Spring/Summer 2018: Statewide Farmer Needs Assessment

May 19-20, 2018: National Food System Resiliency and Equity Workshop, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

July 27-29, 2018: National Sustainable Agriculture Education Conference. UH – West Oahu.

Spring-Summer 2018: ISP for The Hawaiian Center for Sustainable Community Food Systems

2019: UH System Speaker Series on The Future of Food and Agriculture in Hawaii

  • 2019/21: USDA NIFA ANNH; Hawaii Agriculture Consortium Grant: $92,918.00
  • 2018/20: USDA NIFA ANNH; Hawaii Agriculture Consortium Grant: $102,000.00
  • 2018/19: Kamehameha School Community Investing; Grant: $100,000.00
  • 2017/19: USDA NIFA ANNH; Individual Institution Grant: $406,000.00
  • 2017/18: Kamehameha School Community Investing; Grant: $154,000.00
  • 2016/17: Kamehameha School Community Investing; Grant: $169,998.00
  • 2015/16: Kamehameha School Community Investing; Grant: $167,861.00
  • 2014/15: Kamehameha School Aina Ulu; Grant: $150,00.00

Title: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Agriculture: Evaluating the Influence of Floral Resource Provisioning on Biological Control of Erythroneura Leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) and Planococcus Mealybug (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) in California Vineyards

Summary: The research tested the natural enemies hypothesis in an attempt to explain why lower pest densities are observed in some diversified farming systems. The research evaluated the influence of floral resource provisioning (FRP) and chemical ecology strategies on biological control of Erythroneura leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) and Planococcus mealybug (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) in California vineyards. Field and laboratory studies quantified the impacts on crop damage, pest and natural enemy abundance, and natural enemies fitness theorized to be enhanced through floral resource provisioning in agroecosystems. Multiple two-year studies measured the impact of intercropping three flowering ground covers, lacy phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia), bishop's weed (Ammi majus), and common carrot (Daucus carota) on biological control of leafhoppers and vine mealybug by the parasitoids Anagrus spp. (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae) and Anagyrus pseudococci (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae). Using identical intercropping treatments, the research included three large scale and fully replicated research designs located in the central San Joaquin, the northern San Joaquin, and the Napa Valley of California. Laboratory studies quantified the impacts of FRP on the fitness of Anagyrus pseudococci, a key parasitoid natural enemy of vine mealybug. The central San Joaquin Valley field study measured the impact of FRP and pheromone based mating disruption on biological control of vine mealybug. The northern San Joaquin Valley field study measured the impact of FRP and methyl salicylate on biological control of Erythroneura leafhoppers. The Napa Valley field study measured the effect of methyl salicylate alone on biological control of Erythroneura leafhoppers.

  • Agroecology
  • Diversified Farming Systems
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Food Systems
  • Ecological Sustainability
  • Environmental and Food Ethics
  • Food System Resilience
  • Horticulture
  • Organic Farming Systems
  • Post-Secondary Food Systems Education