I am an agroecologist with a particular interest in agroforestry for climate change adaptation in the developing world. I earned my Ph.D. in December 2012 from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. My dissertation focused on the drought response of maize-legume agroforestry systems in Malawi, southern Africa, where I spent two years in the field.
I believe than an interdisciplinary approach is key to solving environmental challenges. My graduate career has given me the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, including valuation of global ecosystem services, effects of climate change on California grasslands, isotopic tracing of soil carbon dynamics, and methodology for greenhouse gas inventories.
In addition to my research, I enjoy teaching and have taught a variety of subjects at the undergraduate level: ecology, evolution, botany, environmental science, atmospheric science, energy engineering and policy, forestry and forest management, and population and development.
I am currently the coordinator of the new US Department of Agriculture Regional Climate Sub Hub for California, based at the University of California, Davis. The goal of the Climate Hubs is to translate climate science into actionable advice for farmers, ranchers, and foresters. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about my work. I look forward to hearing from you!