I am a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley where I work with Dr. Claire Kremen and Dr. Timothy Bowles in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Having deep family roots in agriculture, I am compelled to understand the socio-ecological linkages of diversifying farming systems. My research draws from the knowledge produced in ecology, soil microbiology, pollination biology, and sociology of agriculture.
For my Ph.D., I am working with small-scale farmers embedded in the monoculture landscape of California's Central Valley. My research investigates how on-farm diversification practices impact soil health and link to other ecological processes (i.e. pollination) on agroecosystems. Throughout my research, I aim to integrate social and ecological research approaches to support farmers, rural livelihoods, and ecological resilience.
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Bachelors of science in Botany and Environmental Studies
Minor in Chicanx & Latinx Studies
Graduate Student in Extension Fellowship
Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship
National Science Foundation – Graduate Research Fellowship
University of California Global Food Initiative/Berkeley Food Institute – Soil Heath Fellow