Ph.D, Columbia University, 2015 M.E.Sc., Yale FES, 2011 B.A., The George Washington University, 2006.
I'm an Applied Scientist at The Nature Conservancy and an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. I have a Ph.D from the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University where I was also part of the Agriculture and Food Security Center.
I study the factors that influence the functioning of and services provided by agroecosystems; much of my work to date has focused on smallholder farms in sub-Saharan Africa. To do this I use approaches from ecosystem ecology, community ecology, nutritional sciences, economics, and qualitative social sciences. My current research focuses on: soil microbial diversity in agroecosystems; the impact of soil organic matter on crop nutritional quality; and the nutritional diversity of agricultural systems.