Mahalia is interested in the environmental impacts of agriculture and food production, particularly their implications for climate change. At UVM she plans to study specific farming practices such as no-till farming in the Brazilian Amazon, examining the extent to which they are being adopted and their potential to sequester carbon in the soil or affect greenhouse gas emissions. She will approach this work using remote sensing and ecological modeling.
Mahalia graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Since then, she has conducted ecological fieldwork in the Arctic, worked on farms in California and Connecticut, and tutored high school students in math, science, and standardized tests. In her free time she enjoys swimming, practicing Aikido, and playing the fiddle.
Advisor: Gillian Galford