Melissa is a Geography-track PhD student in the department. Her research centers on agroecosystems and local communities, with a focus on critical understandings of resilience, adaptation, and food/water security. Melissa is interested in examining the multi-scalar factors that determine the decisions of agricultural producers in the context of climatic changes. Her research provides an empirically-rich understanding of adaptive actions that reveals the socioecological influences which impact decision-making at the farm level. She intends to integrate GIS analysis of groundwater salinity as it relates to salt-water intrusion into her dissertation, and she is currently obtaining a graduate certificate in GIS.
Prior to joining this department, Melissa received her B.A. in Behavioral Science (a combined Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology major) from Drew University. She also worked as a research assistant at Rutgers University as part of RU FAIR, a program funded by the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE grant, before entering graduate school.