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Rizzo Lab

Colleen Rossier

Photo Credit: Frank K. Lake
Photo Credit: Frank K. Lake
Contact Colleen: cerossier'at'ucdavis.edu

                           (530) 754-9894 (lab)

I am an Ecology Ph.D. student at UC Davis where my interests in both human and ecological health have drawn me to study the ecology and management of edible and medicinal plants.

Current Research Topics:

1)      Medicinal plant/herb production in the United States, with a particular emphasis on Traditional Chinese and Korean medicinal herbs (and native alternatives);

2)      Ecological indigenous agroforestry management to enhance traditional foods with the Karuk Tribe in Northern California;

3)      The integration of indigenous science/traditional ecological knowledge and Western science, and 

4)  Community-based participatory action research.

Background:

Before joining the Rizzo Lab in 2013, I worked for 3 years for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Chief Scientist and National Agroforestry Center (NAC), producing publications on organic agriculture, local/regional food systems, agroforestry, and traditional ecological knowledge.

Prior to that, I graduated from the University of Virginia (2010), where I majored in Environmental Science, and studied local/regional food systems and the relationship between weather and human health.

When I'm not out in the field, you can find me hiking, walking, running, cooking, painting, gardening, or reading about acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs, and nutrition.

Feel free to contact me with questions or ideas for collaboration.

Publications:

Rossier, C. E. and F. K. Lake. 2014. Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Agroforestry. USDA National Agroforestry Center. Agroforestry Technical Note 44. Available at: http://nac.unl.edu/publications/agroforestrynotes.htm 

Rossier, C. E. 2014. Steep Hills Meet Steep Demand. USDA National Agroforestry Center. Inside Agroforestry, Vol. 22(2):8-9. Available at: http://nac.unl.edu/documents/insideagroforestry/IA_vol22issue2_interactive.pdf

Rossier, C. E. and F. K. Lake. 2014. Protect Your Land: Using Agroforestry Techniques and Tribal Values to Mitigate Wildfire Danger. USDA National Agroforestry Center. Inside Agroforestry, Vol. 22(1):6-7. Available at: http://nac.unl.edu/documents/insideagroforestry/volume22issue1_20130115.pdf

MacFarland, K. and C. E. Rossier. 2014. Re-establishing Tribal Biodiversity through Agroforestry. Available at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/11/17/re-establishing-tribal-biodiversity-through-agroforestry/

U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2014. Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America, FY 2011-12: Comprehensive Version. Available at: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=role-in-agroforestry.xml

U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2013. Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America, FY 2011-12: in-Brief. 2013. Available at: www.usda.gov/documents/usda-reports-to-america-agroforestry-brief.pdf

U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2012. USDA Organic Resource Guide. Available at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/services/organic-certification/is-it-an-option

Rossier, C. E. 2012. Virginia is for Lovers – And Silvopasture. USDA National Agroforestry Center. Inside Agroforestry, Vol. 21(1):1-4. Available at: http://nac.unl.edu/documents/insideagroforestry/vol21issue1.pdf

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Organic 101 Training. 2012. Available at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/services/organic-certification/is-it-an-option

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Organic 201 Training. 2012. Available at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/services/organic-certification/is-it-an-option

Davis R.E., Rossier C.E., Enfield K.B. 2012. The Impact of Weather on Influenza and Pneumonia Mortality in New York City, 1975–2002: A Retrospective Study. PloSONE 7(3):e34091. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034091

Keywords:

ecology, management, natural resources, agroforestry, human health, ecological health, Native American, medicinal plants, Chinese herbs, Traditional Chinese Medicine, participatory action research (PAR)

Photo Credit: Frank K. Lake
Photo Credit: Frank K. Lake

 

 

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