Lisa is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Lisa worked and volunteered for several sustainable agriculture organizations in Costa Rica and Massachusetts. She also completed an M.S. in U.S. livestock and public policy at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Her current research analyzes the ways in which agricultural policies and programs influence the vulnerability of livestock and agricultural operations to extreme weather (such as drought) and biohazards (such as foot-and-mouth disease). She also examines the consequences of livestock vulnerability for human and environmental health. Lisa recently finished six months of fieldwork in North Carolina, where she lived and worked with confinement-based and pasture-based hog farmers, environmental activists, community public health workers, and organizations that assist livestock and farmers during natural disasters. This fall, Lisa will return to North Carolina to present her findings on the susceptibility of North Carolina’s hog industry to foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) to the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, one of the communities that was gracious enough to work with her. She will discuss the potential impact of disposing of millions of livestock bodies, in the event of an FMD outbreak, on community and ecosystem health. Lisa plans to pursue a career with a sustainable agriculture organization, working with pastured livestock producers to help them adapt to a changing climate, and to ensure the environmental and public health of communities living near industrial livestock producers, who are also at great risk to climatic and biological hazards.
Fellow at a Glance
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy