In broad strokes, my interests focus on the influence of social processes on landscape ecology and change. My dissertation explores soil fertility management, soil health, and resilience in on small farms that participat in a local/regional food system initiative based in New York City. This project delves into farmer decision making, structural factors affecting nutrient supply, and their impacts on soil fertility and biogeochemistry. I take advantage of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as remote sensing and GIS.
My master’s research examined treeline forest cover change in the Bolivian Andes in the context of grazing practices and local perceptions of landscape change. Even though I have pivoted my focus to the alternative agriculture in the United States, I am still actively interested in Polylepis forest ecology and human-environment geography in Andean highlands, and I hope to continue working there in the future.