Erin Anders is a PhD student in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU). She graduated magna cum laude in 2014 from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in Agroecology and minors in Soil Science and Anthropology. She was awarded the C.S. Mott Predoctoral Fellowship in Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University in March 2014 and has been a member of the Gamma Sigma Delta Agriculture Honor Society since 2013.
Erin’s research interests are rooted in the principles of participatory action research, with a particular emphasis on smallholder farmer cropping systems pertaining to soil fertility and sustainability. As an undergraduate research assistant, she participated in the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (SANREM), designing, implementing and managing her own independent research project on farmer co-designed strategies to reduce post-harvest crop residue removal. In January 2014, she joined the lab of Dr. Sieg Snapp in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at MSU as a graduate research assistant. There, her research has focused on various facets of smallholder farmer cropping systems innovation in Central Malawi pertaining to maize/ legume intensification, farmer available resource management and plant biogeochemical influences on nitrogen synchrony with subsequent crop.
Additionally, she is a team member of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCSFI) in the International Studies and Programs department at MSU where she assists with understanding farmer perspectives on multipurpose legumes and the development of agronomic farmer field school educational material.