Building sustainability and resilience from the ground up

We explore how diversification and healthy soil ecosystems can help agriculture meet its sustainability and resilience goals. We integrate concepts and methodologies from various disciplines to measure outcomes of ecological intensification strategies and linkages between diversification, soil health and ecological resilience. We also study plant-microbe interactions in the rhizosphere and their ecological functions and benefits for crop production in agroecological systems. Although our research mainly focuses on the biophysical aspects of agroecology, we value and consider other academic fields and types of knowledge instrumental to catalyze change and create a safe space for exploration and discussion of agroecology as a practice, science and movement. We consider supportive mentoring, open science and collaborative and creative team work to be core to success. We aim to engage communities with the science of agricultural ecology by collaborating with and learning from a diverse community of students, growers, advisors, and policy advocates.

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