Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

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.

Research and/or Creative Works

  • Switzer Environmental Fellowship, Graduate research fellowship & funding through Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, 2018
  • CGIAR Big Data in Ag Blog Competition: Prize Winner, Grow more food and mitigate climate change? Agricultural soil data could help, 2018 
  • ESIP Catalyst Award, ESIP: Earth science information – community and leadership, 2017 
  • Most Innovative Research Award, University of Vermont Graduate Student Senate, 2016 
  • Gateway to Agriculture Careers Award, AgGateway: Leadership potential in agricultural careers and e-commerce, 2016 


  • Silva, S., Barbieri, L., Thomer, A. 2018. Observing vegetation phenology through social media, PLoS ONE
  • Barbieri, L., Ahamed, S. 2018. ICT, Agricultural Development and Environmental Justice, ICT4S Conference Poster
  • Weber, N., Barbieri, L. 2017. No Drones: Institutional critique of UAS data accessibility and implications for Environmental Humanities - as part of - Peaker, A., Moro, J., Boyles, C., Weber, N., Linley, M., & Barbieri, L. 2017. The Environmental and Human Costs of DH. DH
  • 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

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Agroecosystems, climate change mitigation, landscape analysis, agricultural technology, social-ecological-technical systems


  • BA, Natural Science, Hampshire College