Welcome to the Agroecology Lab
Long-Term Research Goals
Our research aims to improve the sustainability of agriculture by developing management practices that are based on ecological principles. Much of our work lies at the interface between community and ecosystem ecology and agronomy and explores opportunities for enhancing ecosystem services associated with agronomic pest regulation, resource utilization, and pollution mitigation.
Current Research Interests and Projects
Managing crop diversity for agroecosystem services. We are exploring how diversification of cropping systems affects agriculturally important services such as biomass production, pest suppression and community assembly, and nutrient cycling.
Effects of zonal management systems on agroecosystem function and resilience. Research is underway to determine how managing soils and crops at the rhizosphere- level may provide opportunities to exploit plant-soil-microbe interactions that promote nutrient cycling and retention, pest suppression, and buffering against climate variability.
Agroecological implications of land-use change and local food systems in the US Northeast. We are in the process of establishing research aimed at understanding how increasing demand for locally-produced food may affect land-use trajectories and associated ecosystem services such as water quality, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, and pest regulation.