Gund Graduate Fellow, PhD, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Lindsey Barbieri

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 & 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.


Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Agriculture, climate change mitigation, landscape analysis, spatial modeling, global systems


  • BA, Natural Science, Hampshire College

Curriculum vitae

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Research and/or Creative Works

  • Rubenstein Graduate (RSENR) Mini Grant, Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science Research, 2014Mary Dailey Irvine Prize, Outstanding 5 College Astronomy Research Presentation and Thesis Paper, 2010
  • Hampshire College Ingenuity Award,  Community Development, Leadership and Ingenuity, 2008 and 2010
  • Ray and Lorna Coppinger Grant Award, Cognitive Science Research, 2010
  • MIT Space Grant Award, Astronomy and Planetary Science Research, 2009
  • DART (design art and technology) Grant Award, nnovative Research Project at the intersection of Design, Art and Technology, 2009


  • Dickson, J., Head, J.W., Goudge, T.A., Barbieri, L. currently under review. Recent climate cycles on Mars: Stratigraphic relationships between multiple generations of gullies and the latitude dependent mantle, ICARUS
  •  J. L. Dickson, J.W. Head, L. Barbieri, T.A. Goudge 2014 Evolution ofthe Latitude Dependent Mantle on Mars: Thickness Estimates and Evidence for Cyclical Emplacement as Revealed by Late Amazonian Gullies, 45th Lunar Planetary Science Conference Abstract
  • J.L. Dickson, J.W. Head, L. Barbieri 2013 Martian Gullies as Stratigraphic Markers for Latitude-Dependent Mantle Emplacement and Removal, 44th Lunar Planetary Science Conference Abstract
  • Barbieri, L. 2010 Deciphering Late-Amazonian Climate Change on Mars Using Evidence Preserved in Gully Fan Stratigraphy, Hampshire College Division III Thesis *Mary Dailey Irvine Prize
  • Barbieri L., Dickson J. L., Head J. W., Dyar M. D. 2010 Deciphering Late-Amazonian Climate Change on Mars: Evidence for Episodic Gully Activity Preserved in Gully Fan Stratigraphy, 41st Lunar Planetary Science Conference Abstract