Research/Areas of Interest:

food systems; sustainability; food policy; life cycle assessment


  • B.A., University of Kansas, United States, 2009
  • M.S., Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, United States, 2012
  • Ph.D., Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, United States, 2016


Nicole Tichenor Blackstone is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Agriculture, Food, and Environment at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Prior to joining the Friedman School faculty, Nicole was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating strategies to improve food system sustainability. Current and recent research projects include linking sustainability to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans; quantifying the environmental and nutritional costs of food waste; developing food waste solutions in the Northeastern US; estimating regional self-reliance and environmental impacts of livestock in Northeastern US; developing and assessing core competencies in food systems and sustainability science education. Nicole earned her Ph.D. and M.S. from the Friedman School in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment program. During her graduate training, she was the recipient of multiple fellowships, including the Switzer Environmental Leadership Fellowship. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of Kansas. Nicole also has experience in food policy spanning the local to national levels, through previous work with the Douglas County Food Policy Council (KS) and National Family Farm Coalition. She is committed to collaborating across disciplines and with stakeholders to bring about transformative change in the food system.