Linda Prokopy

Purdue University

Linda Prokopy (PI) is an interdisciplinary social scientist, Department Head and Professor in the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture department at Purdue University and is the Project Director of the Diverse Corn Belt project. Her research focuses on diversifying our agricultural landscape to be more sustainable for the environment, for farmers, and for communities. Linda has three children who keep her busy outside of work and is actively engaged in her community. In her “spare” time, Linda loves to read and hike in the woods.

Emily Usher

Purdue University

Emily Usher is a natural resource social scientist working at Purdue University as the Project Manager for the Diverse Corn Belt project. Originally from the Midwest, Emily values the environmental, economic and social opportunities our natural environment provides. Understanding the balance between these three components drives her research interests in motivators and barriers to practice adoption, public policy development, and community engagement. Outside of work, Emily likes to garden and spend time with her family, friends, and dog.

J. Arbuckle

Iowa State University

J. Arbuckle is professor and extension rural sociologist at Iowa State University. His research and extension efforts focus on improving the environmental and social performance of agricultural systems His primary areas of interest are drivers of farmer and agricultural stakeholder soil and water conservation behaviors, especially related to climate change adaptation and mitigation. He is director of the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll, an annual survey of Iowa farmers.

Aaron Thompson

Purdue University

Aaron Thompson is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Purdue University whose work emphasizes the power of place-based planning to support community land use, recreation, and conservation decision-making. Integral to his teaching and research is an applied landscape planning approach that incorporates social-ecological science into the design process to create landscape transformations capable of balancing the needs of human and natural systems. He is currently working on projects building geodesign tools to support forest conservation planning, developing innovative community capacity approaches that respond to the challenge of water quality management in the Great Lakes basin, and providing design and research support to sustainable development projects enhancing the future of the Midwestern landscape.

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