The Researcher's Perspective
Wednesday, June 17, 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.
Sylvie Brouder’s research addresses implications of converging US biofuel and food security agendas by developing field-to-landscape analyses of the potential for dedicated energy crops to provide renewable fuel on marginal lands while protecting natural resources and food or feed productivity. She directs Purdue’s Water Quality Field Station and is responsible for developing and promoting agro-ecology programming campuswide. A core theme of Brouder’s research and the field station’s research portfolio is quantitative assessment of synergies and tradeoffs among productivity and environmental objectives to inform development of policies that promote agricultural sustainability.
She specializes in crop mineral nutrition with an emphasis on crop ecology, water quality and agro-ecosystem nutrient balances and losses. In her research, she concentrates on nitrogen, carbon and potassium, evaluating the practicality of systems and management practices, and ecological viability and sustainability including influences on water quality and greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils. Brouder earned a doctorate in ecology from the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard.