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Dr. Jones is an Assistant Research Scientist at SESYNC. Her research uses mixed methodologies to analyze the human-environment interactions present in agricultural production, and to identify the impacts of cross-scalar changes and perturbations to the social and ecological foundations of food systems. She is currently the Theme Lead for the Environmental Dynamics and Food Systems theme at SESYNC, where she will coordinate a set of domestic and international synthesis projects that analyze the relationships between human decision making and environmental outcomes in agricultural and natural resource management settings. Her own current projects include characterizing the relationship between types of agricultural operations in the US (small farms, family farms) and ecological outcomes in the surrounding landscape, evaluating consumer preferences and priorities related to nontraditional irrigation water used on food crops (http://www.umdrightnow.umd.edu/news/umd-school-public-health-receives-10...), and identifying clusters of trends in the global food system that can be used for international programming that supports alternative agriculture and food system equity. Past projects have focused on the social dynamics and economic decision-making of smallholder farmers in seed systems in Francophone West Africa, and on social impacts of agricultural technology. Kristal incorporates qualitative and quantitative analysis and modeling techniques into analyses of longitudinal change, with a focus on linking microdata about individuals and households to trends in ecosystem and political system data at the regional and global scales. At SESYNC, Kristal manages the SESYNC-USDA collaborative Data to Motivate Synthesis program (http://www.sesync.org/news/sesync-usda-food-systems-resilience), which supports data integration, analysis and visualization to catalyze research around building resilient food systems, and she co-led the first year of the Postdoctoral Socio-Enviromental Immersion Program (http://www.sesync.org/for-you/educator/programs/immersion). Kristal received her Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development from the Pennsylvania State University in 2014. She also holds an M.S. in Rural Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
|“If you study, the last thing you want to be is working under the sun:” an analysis of perceptions of agricultural education and occupations in four countries||
Feb 02, 2016
Article published in Agriculture and Human Values.
|An Overview of Conceptual Models, Analytical Frameworks and Research Questions in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus||
Jan 01, 2016
SESYNC white paper summarizing the current state of FEW nexus research.
|Righting the Wrongs for a Just and Sustainable Food System||
Jan 01, 2016
Background report for Oxfam America
|Using a Theory of Practice to Clarify Epistemological Challenges in Mixed Methods Research||
Nov 18, 2015
Article published in Journal of Mixed Methods Research.
|Hot and dry: stability and simplicity in dormancy and austerity||
May 06, 2015
Article published in Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.
|The Ethics of Innovation in Agriculture: Inclusivity and Reflexivity||
Apr 09, 2015
White paper published by Knowledge for Development.