Devon Sampson investigates the dynamic and creative ways that smallholder farmers adapt to a changing world. His academic work focuses on the biodiversity that farmers manage as part of their agroecosystems, and how that biodiversity contributes to the ability to make a living in increasingly unpredictable climactic and economic conditions. Devon consults with organizations on strategies to increase biodiversity in agricultural landscapes and on participatory, approaches to gathering and analyzing data. Devon draws on his experience as a gardener and farmer, a teacher and a community organizer in his work. He is co-host and producer of the radio show Delicious Revolution, and holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Devon has advised several organizations on agroecology, designing research projects, and collaborating with farmers and their institutions. Recent clients include the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, Cornell University, the Community Agroecology Network, ANEC and Healdsburg SHED. Devon has taught or lectured at University of California, Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Yale, and the Autonomous University of Yucatán.