Jess Rudnick

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I am a fifth year PhD Candidate in the Graduate Group in Ecology.  My research interests focus around the human dimension of agricultural-environmental issues. For my dissertation work in California, I have been closely studying farmer decision-making on nitrogen management for its importance to water quality, soil health and greenhouse gas emissions. Through surveys, interviews, participant observations, and thorough stakeholder involvement in the research process, I am investigating pathways to more sustainable nitrogen and water management in our complex farming landscape. Beyond this work, I am also interested in global smallholder agricultural systems and their climate change adaptation strategies, urban greening and food justice movements, and transformative farming futures.  I am passionate about science communication, scientist engagement with public policy, and expanding equitable access and opportunity to science education, from youth to higher ed. Prior to coming to UC Davis, I received my bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and worked with community development organizations on urban farming projects in St. Louis, Missouri. 

For more on my dissertation work, see project page: Agricultural Nutrient Management.

For more on my climate smart agriculture work, see project page: Climate Smart Agricultural Policy.