Research

My research interests include but are not necessarily limited to greenhouse gas footprinting and impact assessment of orchard production systems, sustainable agriculture development, agricultural systems modeling, perennial crop agroecology, biomass energy production, and environmental policy development.

My dissertation work focuses on process-based life cycle assessment of California orchard production, including almond, pistachio, walnut, peach, and prune, in order to guide the integration of large-scale orchard operations into California’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program established under AB32 legislation. This has involved development of comprehensive, spatially explicit models of California orchard industry using MS Excel, ArcGIS, and Gabi4 software.