Ana Altares

Ph.D. Student
Dept. of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Ana is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Systems Thinking for Obesity Prevention (STOP) lab in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. She received her MS in Nutrition at CSU in 2018 and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Her master’s thesis investigated the use of community-based participatory research among youth to promote food access in a low-income neighborhood. Ana’s current research focuses on food insecurity, primarily among households above poverty in high cost-of-living regions. Ana is enthusiastic about building food environments that make nutritious foods accessible for all. As a dietitian, Ana works with clients to promote a positive relationship with food and use it as fuel for daily activities and chronic disease prevention. She enjoys spending time outside for all 300 days of Colorado sunshine, cooking, and hanging out with her dogs.

Jenna Bensko

MS Student, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Jenna is passionate about building a more sustainable and just food system. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science from Cornell University, where she also spent a semester studying food security in Ecuador, Malawi, and Italy. After graduating, Jenna spent a year and a half working as a nutritionist at an HIV resource center in Boston. Moving forward, she is interested in exploring the role that nutrition/diet can play in supporting a sustainable food system, specifically in the restaurant industry. Jenna also enjoys trail running in the Colorado mountain ranges and races for the local women’s team, Front Range Elite. Outside of running she likes leisure reading with a good cup of coffee.

Annika Weber

PhD student in Food Science and Human Nutrition and part of the InterFEWs training program
Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences.
Annika Weber is a Food Science and Human Nutrition PhD student. In her PhD, she is applying her experience in nutrition and biochemistry to research on the host associated microbiota-metabolic responses to nutrient dense foods and associated health outcomes, while also applying a broader lens at the food-energy-water nexus. Annika hopes to apply her doctoral research to an international public health agency where can continue working to find integrative food solutions to promote nutrition and health across the lifespan.

Skyler Schuck

M.S. Student
Department of Agricultural Resource and Economics
Skyler is a first-year master’s student in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He grew up in Oregon and completed his undergraduate studies at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA with a BA in Economics and BS in Computer Information Systems. Through Skyler’s studies and experience as an IT Technician at Cal Lutheran, he discovered his passion for using data systems to provide equitable solutions. At CSU he has been able to apply this passion to real-world problems as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI). His current research involves conducting impact analysis for the best utilization for equitable and inclusive outcomes of Colorado’s newest State Park, Fishers Peak State Park, in Trinidad, CO. He greatly enjoys his new life in Fort Collins exploring Old Town, hiking, mountain biking, and visiting extended family.

Ming Wang

Ph.D. Student
Department of Agricultural Resource and Economics

Laney Van

Ph.D. Student
Department of Ecology
Laney is a Ph.D. candidate in the Ecology program at CSU. Laney obtained a BA in Environmental Sustainability and Studies and an MA in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University. Her previous research focused on plant-based school lunch programs throughout the U.S. and how systematic changes can help reduce the barriers to provide plant-based and plant-forward meal options to all school districts. She is very passionate about food systems, sustainability, plant-based lifestyles, and systems change. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, hiking, climbing, kayaking, hammocking, and practicing yoga. She also hopes to visit all the national parks one day. Laney hopes to become a professor in the future and help educate people about environmental issues and various solutions.

Francesco Serafin

Postdoctoral fellow
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Francesco is a postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University. He has his PhD in Environmental Engineering from University of Trento. His work is focused on extending cloud computing platforms with surrogate modeling capabilities, and complex networks for hydrological modeling. He is currently carrying on this research at OMSLab. During his free time he enjoys all that the Colorado outdoors have to offer and spending time catching up with his friends.

Javier Antonanzas

Postdoctoral Fellow,
Mechanical Engineering Department
Javier Antonanzas is a postdoctoral researcher focused on sustainability studies of energy production systems. His Ph.D. work was focused on optimization models for design and operation of photovoltaic power plants. Javier did three research stays during his Ph.D. in different international centers focused on solar energy: Fraunhofer Institute in Santiago (Chile), University of Jaen (Spain) and NREL (Golden, CO). Outside of work, he spends his free time climbing and running in the mountains.

Anders Van Sandt

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming

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

Caroline Norris

Current Position: Research Analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Ellie Naasz

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

Abby Long

Current Position: PhD student in Agricultural Policy, University of Arkansas

Lauren Kaplan

M.A., Political Science, Colorado State University

Cynthia Kallenbach

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

Kevin Jablonski

Current Position: Range Ecologist and Extension Research Coordinator at Colorado State University, PhD Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University

Armen Ghazaryan

Current Position: PhD, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 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

Libby Christensen

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

Allie Bauman

Research Scientist
Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Colorado State University

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.

Renee Oppel

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

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.

Agustin Nunez

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

Nora Jean Nealon

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

Azmal Hossan

PhD Student in Sociology at Colorado State University
National Research Trainee at Interdisciplinary Teaching, Education and Research in Food-
Energy-Water Systems (InTERFEWS), Colorado State University
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Malin
MA in Sociology (Major) and Public Administrator (Minor), Texas Tech University
MSS in Sociology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
BSS in Sociology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
My research interests are food-energy-water (FEW) nexus and its climate change implication with special focus on Bangladesh. My interest in food system comes from my MA thesis where I examined how the underlying connection between climate change and household characteristics influence women’s nutritional status in Bangladesh. Whenever we talk about human nutrition,
we need to talk about food. This is because we eat food, not nutrition. This interest grew up in the last summer when I worked with Dr. Joshua Sbicca in his “Food Justice Frontiers and the Greening of Prisons with Horticultural Initiatives” project. The project is funded by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability Residential Fellowship at Colorado State University. Along with my PhD study in sociology, I am also enrolled in National Research Training program at Interdisciplinary Teaching, Education and Research in Food-Energy-Water Systems
(InTERFEWS), Colorado State University. It is NSF funded four years long interdisciplinary
training program for graduate students from different discipline where I will have rigorous
training on Food-Energy-Water nexus. For my PhD, I am looking forward to doing research on
climate change implications (availability of water and energy) of food production in Bangladesh.

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.

Stefanie Berganini

PhD Student, Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Anthropology
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.

James Hale

Now with Department of Sociology
Former postdoc at the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago
Ph.D. Sociology, Colorado State University
M.S.S. Society and the Environment, University of Colorado at Denver
B.A. Psychology, University of Colorado

Mary Snow

Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Science
Jefferson County

Sheila Gains

CSU Extension, Family & Consumer Science Agent. 
Trainer and work team co-lead for Colorado Cottage Food Safety