My Research

In 2014, I graduated from Cornell University with a BSc in Plant Science and developed a passion for perennial edible landscapes because of their potential to resolve food insecurity. As our food systems are deeply intertwined with other systems in society, I enrolled in an MPhil in Environmental Change and Management at University of Oxford to better understand the ‘big picture’.

I have completed the first year of my coursework and I am now researching tropical agroforestry in Hawaii. I belong to the Ecology Lab at Oxford and am supervised by Prof. Yadvinder Malhi. One of the lab’s main projects is to observe tropical forests around the world (30 sites) by using standardised monitoring techniques. “The Global Ecosystem Monitoring network (GEM) is an international effort to measure and understand forest ecosystem functions and traits, and how these will respond to climate change.”

I spent 6 months  working with Becky Ostertag from University of Hawaii to better comprehend the tradeoffs and complementarity between yield, carbon sequestration and ‘bioquality’ in hybrid ecosystems. I am interested in the question: Can we restore native forests while providing food, Non-timber Forest Products (NFPs) and optimising carbon sequestration ?

Please follow my blog to find out more!

To understand why I am interested in Tropical ecosystems, please refer to this blog post.

Thank you to all those who have helped me and who are encouraging me along the way

ITHACA- This is a thimbleberry (Rubus Parviflorus) : it looks like a raspberry bush with giant leaves.

 This is similar to a bush I encountered  in Hawaii bak in December that belongs to the same family: Rubus rosifolius, also called the West-Indian  raspberry. cool pictures here

According to Wikipedia, Rubus parviflorus typically grows along roadsides, railroad tracks, and in forest clearings, commonly appearing as an early part of the ecological succession in clear cut and forest fire areas.

Thimbleberry is found in forest understories with typical flora associates including coastal woodfern, Dryopteris arguta, Trillium ovatum and Smilacina racemosa

Exam attire at Oxford, June 2015

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Fieldtrip with Oxford. Lake District, May 2015

Preliminary field-trip Hawaii, December 2014 Visiting a forest garden and harvesting oranges at Ann Kobsa’s amazing forest garden

Permaculture and academia presentation at a conference In Cuba, December 2014. Thank you Cornell for sponsoring my trip!

This is a picture of me and schoolchildren a few years back, teaching them about mint as a medicinal plant. @The Ithaca Children’s Garden

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