My research examines judgment and decision-making related to food, agriculture, and the environment.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Indiana University (IU). My research examines how people make judgments and decisions in situations of uncertainty. How do perceptions of climate variability and related biases influence agricultural practices? What drives adoption of sustainable food and agricultural technologies? How can policies be designed to shape environmental behavior and outcomes? My research is motivated by the cognitive complexity of environmental decision making and the necessity of finding new ways of understanding decisions given the uncertainty posed by environmental change.
As a member of the Food System Sustainability Science group at IU, I work in an interdisciplinary team of academics studying how to create resilient and sustainable food systems. We are working together to identify key drivers, barriers and opportunities to facilitate more sustainable consumption and production across the globe. My portion of this work focuses on the relationship between food security and climate change in arid regions of Africa. Current and future publications consider the perceptions and heuristics that shape urban consumers purchasing decisions and farmers' planting decisions in the face of climate-related uncertainty. These projects aim to inform and improve agricultural policy and environmental outcomes for small farmers in developing countries.