#climate #agriculture #Midwest #forests… just to name a few.
I’m interested in the complex interactions that our actions have on how ecosystems function. Be it through interviews, eddy flux towers, or searching historical records, I hope to shape new narratives on what it means to be environmentally sustainable as a community.
Since the 1950’s, the Midwest has seen transformations in land ownership and management introduced by the tractor and it’s evolving technology as well as the decline of dairy farms and increase in large-scale rotational farming. Policy and trade may also be shaping the landscape. How does this affect our regional carbon budget?
(1) Can we backwards estimate carbon emissions from historical yields?
(2) Are forests and marshlands emerging in rural areas experiencing increased residential zoning?
(3) What can we learn from the locations of increased emissions?