From the United States Midwest, to Southern Brazil, and now to Northern Europe, my research journey has taught me that there is an incredible diversity of farmers and agricultural landscapes around the world… and therefore many pathways to social-ecological sustainability.


2016-2021 – PhD in Agroecology (Resource Ecology and Management), School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, USA)

  • Dissertation: Assessing Social, Ecological, and Nutritional Outcomes of Crop Diversification: Agroecological Transitions in Southern Brazil
  • Committee: Jennifer Blesh (chair), Hannah Wittman, Donald R. Zak, Andrew Jones
  • Community partners: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Centro de Estudos e Promoção da Agricultura de Grupo (CEPAGRO), Rede Ecovida de Agroecologia

2011-2015 – BSc in Biology and Environmental Studies: Food Systems, Nutrition and the Environment, Tufts University (Medford, MA, USA)

  • Magna Cum Laude with Highest Thesis Honors
  • Thesis: Nourishing the “People of Maize”: Maize Protein Composition and Farmer Practices in the Q’eqchi’ Maya Milpa
  • Committee: Dr. Colin Orians (ecology), Dr. Alex Blanchette (anthropology)
  • Community partners: EcoLogic Development Fund, APROSARSTUN

2013-2014 – Semester of study, Schools of Agronomy and Natural Resources, Universidad Austral de Chile, Middlebury School Abroad in Chile (Valdivia, Chile)

Selected Awards

2019-2022 – Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Grant, GMA Foundations, Boston, MA ($85,000 to CEPAGRO, co-PI)

2016-2021 – Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship, U.S. National Science Foundation ($138,000)

2020-2021 – Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) Supplemental Funding Opportunity, U.S. National Science Foundation, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Food Systems and Global Change Team ($26,595)

2020-2021 – Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan ($32,670)

2018-2020 – Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) award, U.S. National Science Foundation and Brazilian Ministry of Education (CAPES), Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil ($12,500)

2016-2017 – Graduate Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Portuguese, U.S. Department of Education, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, International Institute, University of Michigan ($58,674)

Media & Outreach

2021 – Interview, News Feature in Nature by Gayathri Vaidyanathan. “What humanity should eat to stay healthy and save the planet.

2021 – Interview, Keynotes Podcast: Stories of Collective Impact, Keystone Policy Center (Keystone, CO). “There’s No Free Lunch.”

2019 – CEPAGRO Communications (in Portuguese):

Doutoranda dos EUA apresenta resultados de pesquisa para famílias agricultoras

Cepagro inicia projeto para a implantação da adubação verde junto a Famílias Agricultoras da Rede Ecovida

Projeto de adubação verde une pesquisa acadêmica e extensão rural

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