Lindsay Barbieri (Bar) is engaged in innovative research at the interface of Climate, Agriculture, Environment and Technology to better understand and manage our natural resources. Her focus is on monitoring complex agricultural systems to determine strategies for mitigating environmental impacts, while also adapting to our changing climate. She is often in the field collecting biophysical data (soil, water, vegetation, greenhouse gas emissions) while exploring the use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) to improve environmental monitoring capabilities.
Off the field, Bar collaborates with several interdisciplinary working groups to address informatics challenges in sUAS use, and in social-ecological systems research more broadly. She is pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Ecological Economics, having been drawn by the need for addressing planetary boundaries, resource governance, and environmental justice while working towards goals of sustainable development.
Prior to becoming a PhD student at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and a Graduate Fellow at the Gund Institute in 2014, Bar was a professional circus artist and worked on a small dairy farm. She earned her BA at Hampshire College by analyzing satellite images of landscapes on Mars (searching for geomorphological signatures of climate change), and she still presents astronomy shows at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Boston Museum of Science.