About

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.

Education:

University of Wisconsin, Madison 

 

Bachelors of science in Botany and Environmental Studies

Minor in Chicanx Studies

 

Awards
  • Graduate Student in Extension Fellowship

  • Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship

  • National Science Foundation – Graduate Research Fellowship