Assistant Professor Jain's research examines the impacts of environmental change on agricultural production, and strategies that farmers may adopt to reduce negative impacts. She does this by combining remote sensing and geospatial analyses with household-level and census datasets to examine farmer decision-making and behavior across large spatial and temporal scales. To date her work has focused on the impacts of weather variability and groundwater depletion on agricultural production in India, and whether farmers are able to adapt their cropping practices to mitigate these impacts.
Jain, M., R. Fishman, P. Mondal, G.L. Galford, N. Bhattarai, S. Naeem, U. Lall, B. Singh, R.S. DeFries (2021). Groundwater depletion will reduce cropping intensity in India. Science Advances. 7 (9): eabd2849
Ricciardi, V., A. Wane, B.S. Sidhu, C. Goode, D. Solomon, E. McCullough, F. Diekmann, J. Porciello, M. Jain, N. Randall, Z. Mehrabi (2020). A scoping review of research funding for small-scale farmers in water scarce regions. Nature Sustainability. 3: 836-844.
Jain, M., D. Solomon, H. Capnerhurst, A. Arnold, A. Elliott, A. Kinzer, C. Knauss, M. Peters, B. Rolf, A. Weil, C. Weinstein (2020). How much can sustainable intensification increase yields across South Asia? A systematic review of the evidence. Environmental Research Letters. 15: 083004
Jain, M. (2020). The Benefits and Pitfalls of Using Satellite Data for Causal Inference. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. 14(1). 157-169.
Jain, M., B. Singh, P. Rao, A.K. Srivastava, S. Poonia, J. Blesh, G. Azzari, A.J. McDonald, D.B. Lobell (2019). The impacts of agricultural interventions can be doubled by using satellite data. Nature Sustainability. 2, 931-934.
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- 2021-23: (PI) NASA Commercial SmallSat Data Analysis Program ($183,278)
- 2021-24: (PI) NASA Land Use Land Cover Change (LCLUC) Program ($448,693)
- 2017-21: (PI) NASA Land Use Land Cover Change (LCLUC) Program ($751,707)
- 2016-19: (PI) NASA New Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Sciences. ($262,612)
- 2014-18: (PI) National Science Foundation Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellowship (SEES; $487,020).
PhD, Columbia University (ecology, evolutionary and environmental biology)
BA, Princeton University (ecology and evolutionary biology)