Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, New York University
My research examines the interconnected challenges of nitrogen pollution, food security and sustainable development, with a particular focus on: 1) the scientific, socioeconomic and legal dimensions of returning to a safe planetary boundary for nitrogen; and 2) balancing the multiple, and often competing objectives of sustainable agriculture – from environmental protection to human wellbeing. I use an interdisciplinary set of research methods to investigate these issues, from Earth Systems and economic time series modeling, to expert elicitation and legal analysis. Prior to NYU, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Earth Institute at Columbia University. I received my B.Sc. in Chemistry and Law (2009) from the University of Bristol in the UK and my M.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2014) in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from Princeton University.
Nitrogen pollution is produced by a number of interlinked compounds, from ammonia to nitrous oxide. While they have both natural and human sources, the latter increased dramatically over the past century as farmers scaled...