I am currently involved in a number of research projects:
Estimating global dependence of livelihoods on forests and the impacts of forest investments (2014-19)
This project aims to improve the evidence base for how to maximize the impact of forest programs on the livelihoods of forest-dependent peoples, through rigorous and generalizable empirical analyses of the effectiveness of forest investments. The project PI is Prof Arun Agrawal at the University of Michigan, and this research is supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK. Visit the project website here.
"Dig in! To local food" community literacy project (2016-17)
This outreach project aims to improve understanding and communication of environmental and social issues around local food systems, through collaborations between the University of Colorado Boulder and The Shed, a Boulder-based coalition of government, business, and non-profit organizations with a focus on local food. The project PI is Veronica House, and we work together with Phaedra Pezzullo. This project is supported by the CU-Boulder Outreach Committee.
Shared knowledge and lessons for smallholder climate adaptation: learning from integrated agricultural systems in Brazil and Mozambique (2015-16)
This project explores the idea that integrated crop, livestock, and/or forestry systems (IS) in tropical regions can substantially reduce climate risk and enable resilience, particularly for smallholders. The project PI is Prof Avery Cohn at Tufts University, and we work together with Dr Juliana Gil at Boston University. This research is supported by the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
Insect protein as a sustainable alternative to soy and fish in animal feed (2015-16)
This project aims to understand the potential for black soldier fly larvae to act as a more environmentally sustainable alternative protein in animal feed than conventional protein sources such as soy and fishmeal. As project PI, I collaborate with Dr Phil Taylor (founder of Mad Agriculture) and Eric Skokan (owner of Black Cat Farm, Boulder). This research is supported by a seed grant from the proposed School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Climate change mitigation, avoided deforestation and commodity agriculture: assessing private sector innovation for sustainable coffee and cattle in Brazil (2014-16)
This project supports an international team of master’s students, scientists, and certification specialists to investigate how to improve the effectiveness and scale of sustainability standards and certification, to avoid deforestation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cattle farming in Brazil. As one of the project coordinators, I collaborate with individuals from the University of Michigan, University of São Paulo, University of Oxford, Rainforest Alliance, Imaflora, and the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). This research is supported by the International Institute for Education's Global Innovation Initiative, and CCAFS. Visit the project website here.