Alyssa Beavers

Alyssa Beavers

Assistant Professor

Alyssa Beavers


Nutrition and Food Science

My current research focuses on the use of urban gardening as a health promotion strategy, examining both the health impacts of gardening as well as factors that influence maintenance of gardening. My research uses a community-based participatory research approach, partnering with local gardening organizations throughout the research process.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  •  Urban gardening, community-based participatory research


  • PhD: Human Nutrition, Michigan State University
  • Dietetic Internship: Iowa State University
  • MS: Nutritional Science, Iowa State University

Selected publications

 Beavers, A.W., Atkinson, A., & Alaimo, K. 2019. How gardening and a gardener support program in Detroit influence participants’ diet, food security, and food values. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, doi:10.1080/19320248.2019.1587332

Alaimo, K., Beavers, A.W., Crawford, C., Hodges Snyder, E., & Litt, J.S. (2016). Amplifying health through community gardens: A framework for advancing multicomponent, behaviorally based neighborhood interventions. Current Environmental Health Reports, 3, doi: 10.1007/s40572-016-0105-0

Beavers, A.W., Goggi, A.S., Lauter, A.M., Reddy, M.B., & Scott, M.P. (2015). Recurrent selection to alter seed phytic acid content and iron bioavailability. Crop Science, 55. doi: 10.2135/cropsci2014.12.0807

Bodnar, A.L., Proulx, A.K., Scott, M.P., Beavers, A., & Reddy, M.B. (2013). Iron bioavailability of maize hemoglobin in a Caco-2 cell culture model. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 61(30), 7349-7356. doi:10.1021/jf3020188

Currently teaching

  • NFS 2030: Nutrition and Health

    NFS 6850: Controversial Issues in Nutrition 


Courses taught

NFS 2030: Nutrition and Health

NFS 6860: Controversial Issues in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics