Anne Elise Stratton
Anne Elise Stratton is an applied agricultural ecologist and PhD Candidate in the Blesh Lab in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on farm management practices that can support both environmental sustainability and nutrition security through diversified crop production. Before coming to SEAS, Anne Elise received her BS in Biology and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Food Systems from Tufts University in Boston, MA. She also brings prior experience working for the nonprofit EcoLogic Development Fund to develop agroforestry and other sustainable development programs.
BS, Tufts University (biology, environmental studies), 2015
Anne Elise conducts participatory research in southern Brazil, engaging with farmers in marginal environments to increase their cropping system diversity, build soil fertility, and increase production of nutritious vegetables for growing regional markets. Using a mixed-methods approach combining both ecological experiments on farms and in-depth household interviews, Anne Elise's dissertation asks: how does increased crop functional diversity support agroecological transitions? Through her dissertation, Anne Elise hopes to enhance understanding of management strategies that can support long-term transitions to sustainable agriculture at local, regional, and global scales.