Analena Bruce is a Post-doctoral Fellow in the lab, who has published research on sustainable agriculture and food system development with a focus on alternative food networks, social movements, and regulatory policy. Analena completed her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2016 from Rutgers University, and received her B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to IU, she co-managed a small organic farm in Ohio, led community-based local foods programs and events, and worked with a farmer-based nonprofit organization, the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association, OEFFA.
Julia DeBruicker Valliant: Ph.D, Post-doctoral Fellow, Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. Julia researches relationships between agricultural policy and public health, learning firsthand from farmers and grazers. She is currently leading a USDA SARE funded study on farmland transfer, out-of-family. PhD in Sociobehavioral Health (2012), MHS in International Health (2000), Johns Hopkins University. BA in Environmental Science and History (1997), University of Virginia.
Kostas Stavrianakis: I am a first year PhD student in Leisure Behavior working at the Human Dimensions Lab. My main research interest is the role of the family as a unit in developing eco literacy, in-between the family members, by using environmental education and technology in recreation areas. I am currently looking at the use of community gardens in family sustainability and eco-literacy.
Julie Kearney Wasserman is a PhD student in the Department of Geography at IUB. She received a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology from University of Florida and holds a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from University of California Santa Cruz. Her research interests include effects of climate change on small-scale farming, agroecology, ethnobiology, and resilience of social-ecological systems. In her spare time, she can be found philosophizing in her garden or reading haiku.
Sage Danch: Sage is a Masters student within the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Studies. He obtained his BA from UC Berkeley studying sustainable agriculture and American food systems from social/theoretical and historical perspectives. In 2016, he began working towards his MS in Outdoor Recreation with a concentration in Natural Resource and Wildlife Management. He is currently assisting Dr. James Farmer, Dr. Julia Valliant, and Dr. Analena Bruce with research projects on farmland transfer and high tunnel production. When not engaged with issues of sustainability and land management, Sage can be found training for and planning towards his ongoing life goal to climb Yosemite's El Capitan.
Jackie Brooks is a second-year student at Maurer School of Law, and is entering her fourth growing season working as a farmhand on an organic vegetable and flower farm located just outside of Bloomington. She graduated from Indiana University with her BA in Russian Literature and Language, and has lived and traveled abroad in Russia, India, and Europe. She is most interested in exploring cultural development as a result of applied political ideology and legal infrastructure.
Tamara Benjamin, Forestry and Natural Resources- Purdue University
Jake Brenner, Environmental Studies and Sciences - Ithaca College
Charles Chancellor, Natural Areas Tourism - Clemson University
Daniel Cheng, SPEA- Indiana University
Stephanie Dickinson, Epidemiology & Biostatistics - Indiana University
Michael Drescher, School of Planning - University of Waterloo
Burney Fischer, School of Public and Environmental Affairs - Indiana University
Dan Knudsen, Geography - Indiana University
Liz Maynard, Horticulture - Purdue University
Michael O'Donnell, Purdue Extension- Purdue University
Karo Omodior, Dept. of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies - Indiana University
Heather Reynolds, Biology - Indiana University
Jennifer Meta Robinson, Anthropology - Indiana University
Tatyana Ruseva, Political Science - Appalachian State University
Arianna Torres, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture- Purdue University
Former Lab Members
Thanks to former lab members: Angela Babb, Megan Betz, Daniel Cheng, Brian Forist, Eric Knackmuhs, Sara Minard, Bridget Masur, Jacob Mills, Jay Powell, Bailey Swan, Jay Whitacre, and Natalie Woodcock