Lindsey Ruhl earned a Bachelor of Arts in Food Systems from The Evergreen State College, Washington State, U.S.A in 2007. As a part of this degree, she conducted a preliminary study on food security in Agua Buena, Costa Rica. Afterwards, she worked in the Weed Ecology lab at Penn State University as a field and lab technician. She worked on projects that examined dicamba drift, spread of invasive plant species, and cover crop establishment in no-till farm systems. As a Master’s candidate in University of Vermont’s Plant and Soil Science Department, Ruhl was awarded two Sustainable Agriculture Research and Eduction (SARE) grants. The SARE Graduate grant provided funding to study the remedial properties of cover crops on soils damaged by flooding. The SARE Partnership grant, conducted in collaboration with local farmers, provided funding to investigate the effects of flooding on soil fertility and resulted in Ruhl’s Master’s thesis, The Effects of Micro-Topography on Redox-Sensitive Nutrient Availability of Manganese, Iron, Sulfur, and Phosphorus. During this time, she was an invited speaker to Cornell’s Vegetable and Berry Expo, University of Maine’s Certified Crop Advisor Conference, and Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Winter Conference. After completing her M.S. in 2015, Ruhl began work with the the University of Vermont Extension as an agronomist. Currently, Ruhl is preparing to study cover crop establishment in the vineyards of Tekirdağ, Turkey with a Fulbright grant.
Soil Fertility, Sustainable Agriculture, Water Quality, Agricultural Resiliency, Climate Change, Food Sovereigty.