I work on developing communication strategies for the SRI-Rice Center at Cornell University and on implementing knowledge-sharing efforts that serve global communities involved with the system of rice intensification (SRI) and conservation agriculture (CA). Specifically, I design and manage the SRI and CA websites and associated social media, facilitate links among international, national and topical SRI networks, and develop databases and platforms for sharing research related to SRI, CA and related systems of crop intensification.
My research develops mathematical models that might be used to improve the management of fishery, forest, and water resources or the dynamic control of pests or disease.
My early work in the environment revealed that traditional economic models failed to explain behavior around Superfund sites and the extreme reluctance to make trade-offs involving environmental assets. These problems pushed me into asking basic questions in a controlled laboratory environment in collaboration with colleagues from psychology.
The National GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) Program has developed a multifaceted approach to encourage and assist growers, packers, and farm workers with the implementation of good agricultural practices to reduce microbial risks in fresh fruits and vegetables. This program combines research, education, and extension to create dynamic educational materials including books, video, photo novels, coloring books, posters, websites, online courses, high school agriculture curricula, and magnets for the many diverse audiences that have an interest in produce food safety.
The goal of the project is to build capacity in small- to medium-size firms in rural markets. Through applied research and capacity-building workshops, small agribusiness companies are targeted. Each component of the outreach and research program was evaluated. Workshops were consistently rated as highly effective, and the impacts of the program were measured by expanded sales and adoption of new technologies. Since the program begin in 2003, sales have steadily increased for the companies in the program/workshops. The outcomes of the programs have indicated the workshops are effective.
eClips is a digital database of 10,000 clips and more than 40 podcasts, focused on entrepreneurship, business, and leadership. The material is based on hundreds of in-depth interviews as well as business presentations. eClips makes it possible for business people (including small business owners and entrepreneurs), educators, and students to find targeted and focused information, because it is organized by entrepreneur, company, demographics, topics, and keywords.
This project examines how recent declines in fertility in several African countries may affect the schooling of children and the inequalities in schooling among children.
Asia post-Green Revolution required new management systems to improve productivity, increase the efficiency of natural resources (water, land and inputs), improve farmer income and minimize environmental impact. This was accomplished by introducing farmers to Conservation Agriculture (CA) where soil disturbance is minimized and permanent soil cover is promoted.