Avery S. Cohn
Assistant Professor

  • Assistant Professor (by courtesy), The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Faculty Affiliate, Tufts Institute of the Environment, Tufts University

Avery Cohn is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Agriculture, Food, and Environment at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. He also holds an appointment by courtesy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He researches human-environment interactions, particularly challenges posed by global environmental change. Much of Avery’s work has focused on strategies for land systems to continue playing their crucial role in meeting human needs and sustaining vital functions of the Earth. He has worked extensively in Brazil with additional research at the global level or concentrated on nations and regions of the developing world. Current research in his group explores ecosystem conservation as a strategy to limit environmental risks, the role of food and agricultural systems in meeting climate targets, prospects for limiting climate risks to rural and urban livelihoods in less developed countries, and the environmental and societal consequences of dietary shifts.


  • Ph.D., 2012, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.E.Sc., 2004, Environmental Science, Yale University
  • B.S., 2001, Environmental and Resource Sciences, University of California, Davis
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