2009 Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences, Florida International University, Miami
1999 Master of Science: Resource Ecology and Management, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
1995 Bachelor of Science with Distinction: Resource Ecology and Management, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Robin Currey is an ethnoecologist specializing in biodiversity conservation in small-scale agricultural systems, or home gardens. Robin’s work focuses on food systems at the nexus of community nutrition, agroecology, micro-entrepreneurship and rural finance so small-holder farmers are empowered to build sustainability and resilience into their communities’ development.
Apples, their pollinators, and the role of home garden production in the lives and livelihoods of families and communities in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, is a particular area of expertise. Robin has nearly twenty years of experience in interdisciplinary and applied research focusing on the effective use of natural resources, local economic and agricultural development.
In 2013, Dr. Currey joined the faculty of Green Mountain College as an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Systems and, in 2015, became the Director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems, after serving as Country Director, Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan. Mercy Corps is an international development organization that helps people around the world survive and thrive after conflict, crisis and natural disaster. Her work with Mercy Corps in Kyrgyzstan grew from her efforts to understand and influence the sustainability and resilience of small-holder agro-pastoral systems to address inequalities in the food system. Robin continues to serve on the Board of Directors for a large bank that specializes in microfinance and agricultural value chain financing in Kyrgyzstan.
Prior to joining Mercy Corps, she was a Fulbright Scholar and a fellow of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Science to Achieve Results. For two years, Robin was the Science Advisor to Kompanion, a microfinance company, supporting their community development initiatives and, in 2008, assumed the position of Deputy Country Director and then Country Director, Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan.