Caitlin Peterson

PhD student (GGE), NSF Fellow

Field level resilience and ecosystems services provision from integrated crop and livestock systems in Brazil

Email: capeterson@ucdavis.edu

Education:

  • MSc – International Agricultural Development, Ecology emphasis (University of California, Davis – in progress)
  • BSc – Biology (Stetson University, 2011)

Research Interests: I apply ecological principles to the study of agricultural systems with the goal of examining sustainability, resilience, and productivity. In particular, I am interested in the effects of a farming system’s complexity – in terms of spatial, temporal, and biological diversity – on its ability to withstand climatic variability and extreme weather events. I look at soil-plant-water interactions, plant physiological responses, nutrient cycling and soil fertility in conventional and alternative farming systems to compare the stability, productivity, and environmental impacts of each system. Additionally, I am interested in applications of integrated crop-livestock systems in Latin America and elsewhere in the global tropics for the purposes of sustainable land management and agricultural development.