Kathy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois. She works on international agriculture, forestry, trade and environment, with a particular interest in understanding policy impacts on food security and conservation. She joined the department after several years as an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and earning her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003.
Professor Caylor is Director of the Earth Research Institute and a Full Professor with appointments in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Department of Geography at UCSB. He received his PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, in 2003. His research seeks to develop improved insight into the way that land use and climate change are interacting to affect the dynamics and resilience of global drylands. His primary research sites are in sub-Saharan Africa, where he is focused on understanding the vulnerability of pastoral and subsistence agricultural communities to current and future changes in hydrological dynamics.
Lyndon Estes is an environmental scientist who investigates the drivers and impacts of agricultural change, with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. He conducts his research using new Earth Observation technologies and a range of modeling techniques, and works within inter-disciplinary projects that involve economists, agronomists, human geographers, decision scientists, hydrologists, climatologists, and computer scientists. Lyndon holds a BA in English from Georgetown University, an MPhil in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. Since receiving his PhD degree in 2008, Lyndon has worked as a research scientist in Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to his academic career, Lyndon spent nearly 9 years working in protected area management and environmental consulting in Southern Africa.
Tom Evans is Professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, and affiliated faculty with the Arid Lands Resources, and Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis programs. His work focuses on environmental social science with particular application to household-level livelihoods in both rural and urban environments. He received his PhD in 1998 from the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina. He has conducted research in Zambia, Kenya, Thailand, Laos, Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil and the United States. Past projects have focused on spatial modeling applications of deforestation/reforestation while newer research is investigating the role of household decision-making and environmental governance for adaptation to climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Megan Konar is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I conduct policy-relevant research that focuses on the intersection of water, food, and trade. Her research is interdisciplinary, drawing from hydrology, environmental science, and economics. She applies a range of quantitative tools, such as modeling, network analysis, and econometrics. Her research is motivated by questions such as: How do commodity exchanges link water and food systems? How will climate and socio-economic shocks impact food trade and its associated embodied water resources? What policy options will best improve water and food security?