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Cheryl Palm

Associate Director Food Systems Institute

Cheryl Palm is a soil scientist/ecosystem ecologist whose research focuses on tropical land use and ecosystem functions and services, including carbon and nutrient dynamics, biodiversity, and options for soil and land rehabilitation in a variety of farming systems in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Her most recent work investigates the tradeoffs and synergies among agricultural intensification strategies, the environment, and rural livelihoods – nutrition, and income - and has developed systems for implementing integrated monitoring systems in agricultural landscapes. She enjoys working in interdisciplinary teams that explore the multiple aspects and interconnections between biophysical and social systems.

Prior to joining UF, Cheryl Palm was a Senior Research Scientist and Director of Research in the AgCenter at Columbia University. Cheryl Palm is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomists and served as chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative from 2008-2011.

She received her Ph.D. in soil science from North Carolina State University, and her M.S. and B.S degrees in zoology from the University of California, Davis.

Cheryl in a field of flowers