Scaling up Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation
Linking global social and environmental change to farmer behavior through analysis of institutions and supply chains.
My research examines interactions between agriculture, ecosystem services, and economic development at multiple spatial and temporal scales to better define what sustainable food systems look like and how to achieve them. I am focused on finding policy, technology, and market solutions that will help feed a growing world population without comprising the well-being of future generations.
I use a supply chain approach for all of my work - that means I look at opportunities to improve the sustainability of food systems not just from the lens of a producer or a consumer, but also at the many stages in between, including food processors, traders, and, retailers. I am particularly interested in how supply chains interact with environmental institutions to shape land use processes, food distribution, and trade.
Thus far most of my research has centered on South America and in particular Brazil - a country that has experienced rapid environmental degradation and economic development in its tropical forest and savannah biomes due to agricultural expansion in recent decades. However, I have also pursued work in the United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Mexico, Jamaica, and New Zealand.
I utilize both quantitative and qualitative methods and designs, including case studies, modeling, and statistical analysis.