Marie Spiker

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology



PhD Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins University, 2019
MSPH Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins University, 2014
RDN Johns Hopkins University, 2014
BS Public Health, University of Washington, 2011
BA Anthropology, University of Washington, 2011



Box 353410
Nutritional Sciences Program
Raitt Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
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What would it look like to equitably nourish a growing global population? More importantly, how do we get there – which inputs have more leverage within complex systems, and what evidence do decision-makers need in order to support public health? Dr. Marie Spiker approaches public health nutrition research through a food systems lens that recognizes the need for transdisciplinary and multisectoral collaboration. She draws from training in quantitative and qualitative methods and systems science, as well as her training as a registered dietitian nutritionist. Her professional practice experience includes work with municipal food policy and capacity building within the profession of nutrition and dietetics.

Research Interests

  • Public health nutrition
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Food loss and waste
  • Value chains for nutrition
  • Systems modeling of food supply chains
  • Capacity building within nutrition and dietetics

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Leveraging Online Learning to Promote Systems Thinking for Sustainable Food Systems Training in Dietetics Education.
Front Nutr 8(): 623336
Spiker M, Hege A, Giddens J, Cummings J, Steinmetz J, Tagtow A, Bergquist E, Burns L, Campbell C, Stadler D, Combs E, Prange N, Schwartz A, Brown K, Sauer K

Integration of a Sustainable Food Systems Curriculum in Nutrition and Dietetics Education: Assessment from the First Year of Implementation.
(2021 Mar 25)
J Acad Nutr Diet
Hege A, Giddens J, Bergquist E, Stadler D, Gayer Campbell C, Cummings J, Goetze A, Steinmetz J, Combs E, Schwartz A, Prange N, Brown K, Sauer K, Spiker M

Inedible Food Waste Linked to Diet Quality and Food Spending in the Seattle Obesity Study SOS III.
(2021 Jan 31)
Nutrients 13(2):
Gupta S, Rose CM, Buszkiewicz J, Otten J, Spiker ML, Drewnowski A

"Maybe it's still good?" A qualitative study of factors influencing food waste and application of the E.P.A. Food recovery hierarchy in U.S. supermarkets.
(2021 Jun 1)
Appetite 161(): 105111
Ceryes CA, Antonacci CC, Harvey SA, Spiker ML, Bickers A, Neff RA

The importance of food systems and the environment for nutrition.
(2020 Nov 24)
Am J Clin Nutr
Fanzo J, Bellows AL, Spiker ML, Thorne-Lyman AL, Bloem MW

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