Agricultural economist Leah Bevis joins the SESYNC team this summer through July 30 as a visiting scholar. Bevis, who will receive her Ph.D. from Cornell University this summer, is studying the linked dynamics between human welfare and biophysical systems. This fall, she will be joining the Ohio State University as an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics.
During her time at SESYNC, Bevis will begin a couple of long-term projects on soil fertility, cropping choices, market participation and smallholder welfare in sub-Saharan Africa. Bevis will also set up a new and more efficient system for collating large geospatial datasets on biophysical factors such as rainfall, temperature and soil fertility with household surveys from the LSMS-ISA. Through merging these geospatial data to household data, Bevis hopes to examine relationships between climate shocks, agricultural outcomes, farmer perceptions of soil fertility and child health.