Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group
Vermont Research & Projects
ARLG students study the Vermont landscape as it relates to climate change, spatial patterns in human land use practices and ecological health. Participatory Action Research is an important tool for ensuring circular information exchange. What does this look like? Interactive maps for farmers so that they have a better sense of opportunities and risks that exist on their land, workshops for agricultural service providers to discuss best management practices for climate change, and a constant search for ways to collaborate with other departments within UVM and local experts across the state.
Agricultural best management practices in the face of climate change (Rachel Schattman)
Climate change is expected to impact farming through, among other things, changing precipitation patterns, changes in crop suitability, pest and disease pressure, and decreases in milk production capacity. Tropical storm Irene has brought to the forefront the need to develop strategies that respond to extreme climate events. Rachel Schattman's research addresses farmer ideas and needs related to climate change, and how these things influence farm practices. She works with a transdisciplinary team to address both social, economic, and environmental aspects of adapting to and mitigating climate change through Vermont agriculture. Her work has a strong emphasis on outreach and extension, farmer to farmer education, and participatory action research.
Mapping it out, a USDA landscape context study (William Morris)
Bill Morris worked with the ARLG as a research technician and PhD candidate. He supported a broad array of geospatial applications for group projects, including field GPS management, spatial analysis and production cartography. Bill's work is at the intersection of agricultural remote sensing and spatial analytics. His research focused on the ways that landscape complexity relates to environmental health and how land use patterns are driven by farming livelihoods at various spatial scales. He is also a data visualization enthusiast, and he built tools and applications to bring the ARLG's work to life in maps and charts.
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