plant-soil agroecology, microbially-mediated nutrient cycling, contemporary agrarian movements and social change, political ecology of land-use
I would like to use the lens of agroecology – in its biological, political, and economic dimensions – to explore nutrient cycling in agroecosystems and its relation to food sovereignty and ecological conservation. I am interested in plant-soil-microbial ecology and am eager to use a variety of laboratory and conceptual methods to study the function, ecology, and evolution of soil microbes and their relationship to agricultural practices. I am also interested in how agro-ecological processes are linked to the political ecology of land-use and food distribution in the United States and abroad. Lastly, I want to explore the ways in which agronomic research is practiced, how scientific knowledge is disseminated, and how historical and ideological trends continue to shape the questions agronomic research asks today. I would like to work with small farmers, NGOs, universities, and government administrations to accurately evaluate, develop, and implement sustainable agriculture techniques that are economically viable, ecologically resilient and restorative, and increase farmer and local community control over land and capital.