Anna's academic curiosities are about how people construct and enact their relationships to nature and the environment. She draws theory and methods from psychology and environmental education to learn about the factors that influence mental models of environmental systems, connection to nature, environmental morality, and engagement in pro-environmental behaviors, with a broader curiosity about what all of that means for both mental and environmental health.
Before coming to E-IPER, Anna worked in research on food security at Stanford's Woods Institute, and then explored the world of organic agriculture and farming education through apprenticeships and farm work on the Central Coast of California.
Anna did her undergraduate work at Stanford, where she earned a BS and an MS in Earth Systems, and a BS in Anthropological Sciences. She also holds a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UCSC, and an MS in Agroecology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.