Postdoctoral Fellows


Allie Bauman
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Ph.D., Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University
M.S., Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University, 2011

Community Development, Water Resources, Local Foods

Kevin Jablonski
Research Scientist at Colorado State University Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
Ph.D., Rangeland Ecosystem Science, Colorado State University
M.S. Conservation Biology, SUNY ESF
B.S. Natural Resource Management, Cornell University

My main research interest is in understanding how livestock production can thrive, both ecologically and economically. My current research focuses on understanding how grazing cattle interact with poisonous plants, large carnivores, and overall ecological health in rangelands, and how human management plays a role in these interactions. I I have worked as a beef and sheep producer, as a field ornithologist, and as a grant manager.







Graduate Students

Stefanie Berganini
Stefanie Berganini
PhD Student, Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
Advisor: Randall Boone
MA Anthropology, Colorado State University
BA Anthropology, Portland State University
BS Psychology, Colorado State University
BFA Graphic Design, Colorado State University

Broadly speaking, I’m a political economist and mixed-methods social scientist with a particular interest in data visualization, GIS, and agent-based modeling. My Master’s thesis focuses on homelessness in Fort Collins, examining the intersection of stigma, public policy, and homeless services. Though I’ve yet to finalize my dissertation topic, my PhD research will focus on the political economy of local food systems, likely as it relates to sustainability and/or barriers to food access.

Caroline Conley
Caroline Conley
M.S. Student
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Advisor: Joshua Berning
Economics major, BS in Business Administration- International Business; minor in International Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

I am excited to be a part of such brilliant, vibrant, food systems community! I am passionate about food as a tool for community development, both in urban, rural, domestic, and international contexts. I grew up in Franklin, Tennessee, on a bit of land south of busy Nashville. I quickly discovered my interest in growing, cooking, and sharing food. I received my Bachelors degree in Knoxville, Tennessee where I gained the tools to analytically examine food’s role in the economy, and have come back to graduate school to continue growing this skill set. I have worked within the food system in a variety of contexts, from a coffee farm in Honduras, to a food waste redistribution company in London, and to farms in Nashville, Knoxville, Denver, and Hawaii. My current research focuses on food security among immigrant populations in the United States. In my free time, I love rock climbing, hiking, biking and running through the lovely Colorado mountains with my husband, TJ, and our dog.

Tabitha Covey
M.S. Student
Graduate Research Assistant
Advisor: Dr. Mark Uchanski
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
B.S. in Soil and Crop Sciences

Tabitha is passionate about resilient food systems and ecosystems and is working on an irrigated cropping systems resource that links the two. Her project includes the creation of an inventory of the most recent crops and crop rotations grown throughout the different regions of Colorado, a quantification of the water footprint of the most water intensive crops, and then the integration of the inventory and crop water footprints with existing databased towards the development of a predictive modeling tool to visualize water consumption changes with changes in crop choices in the different regions. Tabitha has worked in food systems in various respects over the years, from berry picker, goat herder, compost manager, and farmer’s market vendor, to catalog manager at a food distribution company, and now creator of Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule education and outreach materials. Her extracurricular interests include spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, traveling, and community building. She plans to find her place amongst the web of possibilities within food system or natural resource management when she graduates.

Hailey Edmondson
M.S. Student, Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Agricultural and Research Economics
Advisors: Becca Jablonski and Dawn Thilmany-McFadden
B.S. Plant Breeding & Genetics, Purdue University

Food and agriculture systems—and their endless complexities!—have been my primary point of interest in each step of my professional path. After completing my degree in plant genetics at Purdue University, I explored a different side of food and agriculture while working at a food access nonprofit in the D.C. metro area, supporting community kitchen and farmers market programming. I am excited to continue my exploration at CSU, and contribute to a growing body of knowledge that supports and strengthens food systems. In my spare time I enjoy music (listening, watching, playing, all of the above!), cooking, spending time in the company of friends and family, and enjoying all there is to do in Colorado.

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Armen Ghazaryan
Ph.D. Candidate
Graduate Research Assistant
Advisor: Alessandro Bonanno
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics (Fulbright scholar), University of Missouri-Columbia
Bachelor’s in Agribusiness and Marketing, Agribusiness Teaching Center–a joint project of the Armenian National Agrarian University and Texas A&M University.

Broadly defined, my research interests include food and beverage economics, food labeling, food policy, industrial organization, and consumer behavior. In my Ph.D. dissertation, I focus on the dairy and non-dairy milk industry in the U.S. Particularly, I study how consumers categorize different types of dairy and non-dairy milk products in their budgeting decisions. In addition, I also analyze the potential effects of the DAIRY PRIDE Act on the dairy and non-dairy milk markets. Prior to joining CSU, I was a Muskie Fellow at the Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (FSIS-USDA), working on the economics of meat and poultry irradiation. During my Master’s degree, I analyzed the factors affecting farmers market produce prices in Missouri. Besides working on my research, I am also a visiting lecturer at the Armenian National Agrarian University and I implement projects on gender equality, as well as women and rural youth empowerment in Armenia.

Regan Gilmore

Regan Gilmore
M.S. Student, Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Agricultural and Research Economics
Advisors: Becca Jablonski and Dawn Thilmany-McFadden
B.S. Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska—Lincoln

My research interests lie in the broad scope of sustainable agriculture and food systems. Within this area, I enjoy studying local and organic markets, consumer behavior, food security, and sustainable consumption and production. As an undergraduate, I researched the U.S. market implications of a CO2-equivalent tax on meat consumption and statistically analyzed producer adoption of conservation practices in conventional Nebraska and Iowa agriculture. I also served as president of UNL’s Student Organic Farm and have worked with Nebraska Extension and local farms. I’m thrilled to be a part of this team working to improve our food systems for all.

Pratyoosh Kashyap
PhD student in Agricultural Economics
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Advisor: Dr. Christopher Goemans
Master’s in Development Economics from the South Asian University in New Delhi, India
Bachelor’s in Economics from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, India

Over the last two years, I have worked on the development of community based livestock farming (goatery and piggery) and marketing with small, marginal and landless women farmers in different states in India. As part of these projects, we studied individual production practices, availability of inputs and services, government policy and institutional support, market demand and supply, consumer preferences and the potential to develop community based farming for the farmers involved. I am further interested in in research involving the success with which community based farming is able to integrate with the markets they are targeting in terms of being able to anticipate and supply according to the specific demands and to what extent does it benefit the individual farmers involved. I am looking to substantiate my learning from a developing country context with a developed country context in development of community farming.
In my free time I am also a photographer and I feel that visuals can strongly complement research findings.


Erin Love
M.S. Student
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Advisors: Alessandro Bonanno, Becca Jablonski, and Dawn Thilmany-McFadden
B.A. Environmental Science, Colby College

Erin is excited to join the CSU food systems community! After college, she researched seaweed aquaculture, taught 7th grade social studies, and administered federal nutrition programs. She is from Charlotte, North Carolina and has spent time in small-town Waterville and Long Island, Maine; ultra-urban Lima, Peru; the rangelands of Perryville, Arkansas; and the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. The food systems and community dynamics in each of these places fascinate her, and she looks forward to discovering Colorado’s distinctive qualities. At CSU she explores how food systems drive economic development in rural and urban areas. In her free time, she enjoys cooking adventurously, brewing beer, playing hide-and-seek with her cat, and hiking and running the local trails.


Shelby McClelland
Ph.D. Student
Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Advisor: Meagan Schipanski
B.S. International Agriculture & Rural Development, Cornell University

Prior to arriving at CSU, I worked as a research associate with the University of California Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center in northern California studying the invasive annual grass Taeniatherum caput-medusae in Californian rangelands. For the last two years I researched enteric methane and agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the Environmental Defense Fund. I am currently researching soil carbon and GHG emissions in organic agriculture production systems. We are particularly focused on three key organic-oriented practices: cover crops, manure and organic amendments, and plant-soil impacts of management intensive grazing. Results of this work will be integrated into the COMET-Farm and Cool Farm Tool to improve GHG decision-support for farmers.


Nora Jean Nealon
DVM/PhD dual degree candidate
Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Ryan
Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
B.S., Triple major in Veterinary Science; Biology; Nutrition; Double minor in Endocrinology and Companion Animal Studies

Nora Jean is pursuing dual degrees in veterinary medicine and cell and molecular biology. Here, she integrates her interests in animal science and nutrition, where she studies study health-promoting probiotic bacteria and the prebiotic nutrients they consume. Specifically, Nora Jean is investigating how prebiotics from rice bran, the covering of the brown rice grain, can enhance the disease-fighting ability of gut-native probiotics in humans and animals. Nora Jean has determined that rice bran makes probiotics produce a broad array of small, bioactive compounds that have antimicrobial, antidiarrheal, immune-boosting, and intestinal health-protective properties against Salmonella, E. coli, and Human Rotavirus. In her free time, Nora Jean enjoys listening to music, baking, and spending time with the many animals in her life, including her west highland white terrier, Sir Winston.


Agustin Nunez
Ph.D. Student
Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Advisor: Meagan Schipanski
M.S. Soil Science, Universidad de la República, Uruguay

My current research focus on soil quality changes during the transition from irrigated to dryland cropping systems in the Ogallala Aquifer Region. Due to declining levels of available water, conversion from irrigated to dryland cropping systems is increasing in some areas of the Ogallala Aquifer Region, one of the most important aquifers in the world. In general, irrigated cropping systems yield more and have more soil organic carbon than dryland cropping systems. However, little is known about the evolution of soil quality after conversion from irrigation to dryland and the effect of soil quality on crop production during this transition. Results will help to understand the interaction between water management, soil health and crop production and help to identify the best cropping system management practices to improve water use efficiency.


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Peter Olayemi
Ph.D. Student
Department of Soil and Crop Sciences

Peter Olayemi is a PhD student in the Soil and Crop Sciences Department whose goal is to elucidate specific characteristics of the soil microbiome that support farmer-centric outcomes associated with soil health. Coming from Nigeria, he sees a big opportunity in utilizing research to help feed the world’s rapidly increasing population through sustainable agriculture. His current projects include exploring the soil health benefits of a novel soil amendment from cheese production and evaluating the long term impacts of no-tillage and residue retention on soil health indicators through agronomic trials on wheat and corn.


Renee Oppel
Research Associate
Advisor: Elizabeth Ryan, Ph.D
Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
B.S Food Science Human Nutrition and Health Exercise Science, Colorado State University

Renee Oppel graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Food Science, Human Nutrition and Health Exercise Science. After graduation she began teaching hot yoga and traveling abroad. She became interested and involved in local sustainable food systems around the world which further developed her love for helping people live a healthier life through nutrition and exercise. She continued her education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition becoming a certified holistic health coach. In 2015, she moved back to Fort Collins and began working as a Research Associate in the Ryan Lab. Her passion and appreciation for environmental and health sciences continues to expand as she studies metabolomics and the nutritional benefits of whole grains and legumes. She hopes to contribute her time and energy to create a healthier planet and happier life for people in her local community and abroad.


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Nathan Palardy
PhD Student
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Nathan Palardy is a PhD Student in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. His research interests include food policy, producer decision making and applied industrial organization. Specific research topics include assessing the policy effects of expanding alcohol retail distribution on beer producers and spatial competition among firms within the alcohol retail sector.

Since moving to Colorado, Nathan has been engaged with the state’s robust brewing industry. He helped facilitate the Liquid Arts Research Forum, which brought together academics and industry personnel to promote collaborative research. Recently, he conducted a survey of Colorado breweries on how a recent law permitting the sale of full-strength beer in grocery and convenience stores was affecting their businesses.


Hailey Summers
Ph.D. Student, Graduate Research Assistant
Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Jason C. Quinn

Hailey is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering researching sustainability of agriculture, bioprocessing and food-related systems through life cycle and techno-economic analyses. She is interested in determining environmental trade-offs of centralized versus decentralized food systems as well as the economic implications to all parties involved. Additionally, she is interested in food-related policy and the associated downstream effects, both environmentally and economically. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, biking, climbing, skiing and especially, spoiling her dog.


Shuiqin Yu
PhD student
Advisor: Marco Costanigro
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
M.S. Applied Economics and Statistics, University of Delaware

I have been working on consumer demand and behavior since 2011. My previous research focused on consumers’ perceptions and willingness to pay on organic and conventional fruits under experimental auction setting in various food retail outlets. My current research interests includes consumer demand, implicit price dispersion, food safety, food consumption and nutrition.






Alumni


Libby Christensen
Current position: Family Consumer Science Agent, CSU Extension, Routt County


Rebecca Cleary

Rebecca Cleary
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University

Nicole Didero
Current Position: Contracted Economist at USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service
M.S. Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University


Cynthia Kallenbach
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University


Lauren Kaplan
M.A., Political Science, Colorado State University


Abby Long
Pursuing a PhD in Agricultural Policy at the University of Arkansas
M.S., Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University


Ellie Naasz
Current Position: Project Manager at LoCo Think Tank, Fort Collins CO
M.S. Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics


Claire Sheridan
Current Position: Economic Analyst at the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, Denver CO
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
BA — International Relations/Spanish, University of British Columbia


Anders Van Sandt
Current position: Postdoctoral Extension Associate at Texas A&M
Ph.D. , Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University