My name is Anne Elise Stratton, and I am an applied agricultural ecologist researching transitions to sustainable food systems. My current focus is on legume-based cropping systems in Europe, where I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Environmental Geography Department of the Institute for Environmental Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
In 2021, I earned a PhD in agroecology from the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. My interdisciplinary dissertation research focused on farm management practices that can support both environmental sustainability and nutrition security through diversified crop production. I conducted participatory research in partnership with the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), local nonprofits, and a farmer network (Rede Ecovida de Agroecologia) in southern Brazil, integrating ecological experiments with qualitative interview and survey data.
Prior to my doctoral work, I received a dual BSc in Biology and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Food Systems from Tufts University in Boston, MA. I also have prior professional experience working for the nonprofit EcoLogic Development Fund to develop agroforestry and other sustainable development programs. As a whole, my work aims to inform transitions to environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture at local, regional, and global scales.
Outside of research, I am an avid ashtanga yoga practitioner, weekend bike-packer, and backyard farmer. Bringing the garden to the kitchen, I love to experiment with new foods and flavor combinations. These days, you’ll find me swimming in canals and cycling the cobbled streets of Amsterdam.