Amy Lerner is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in STEP working on the Agricultural Synergies Project with Tim Searchinger and Kelly Caylor. Amy's research focuses on farmer decision making and the landscape effects of those decisions, and in turn the policies that could affect or be affected by farmer behavior. At Princeton she will focus on the barriers and opportunities for livestock sustainable intensification in Colombia.
Prior to joining STEP Amy was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Departments of Geography and Human Ecology at Rutgers University, working on a NSF-sponsored Coupled Natural and Human Systems grant studying the social and ecological implications of silvo-pastoral landscapes in the Ecuadorian Amazon and the potential for their inclusion in REDD+ programs. Amy graduated with a PhD in Geography from UC Santa Barbara in 2011, where she focused on peri-urban maize production in central Mexico and participated in a NSF Human and Social Dimensions grant studying the Mexican maize system's response to climatic, policy, economic, and demographic shifts. She also received a Master's in Environmental Studies from Brown University and a Bachelor's in Human Biology from Stanford University.