Megan O'Rourke, Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Cornell University, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 2009

M.S. Iowa State University, Entomology & Agronomy, 2005

B.A. State University of New York – Stony Brook, Biology, 2002

Interest Areas: Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Production, International Development, Land Use Change, Agroecology

My research program examines the environmental and societal impacts of different types of food systems.  Specific topics that I address include links between agriculture and climate change, ecological pest management, genetically modified crops, the emerging local food movement, and agricultural policy impacts.  I have international and policy experience working with the Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service as the organization’s climate change advisor.  I have also worked as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Cambodia on food security and environment programs.