Andrea Basche joined UCS in September of 2015 as a Kendall Science Fellow in the Food & Environment program. Her research focuses on the potential for agroecological farming systems to reduce the risk and costs of increasing drought. In addition to her work on the benefits of ecologically-based farm practices, she helps further UCS research into the links between agriculture and climate.
Before coming to UCS, Dr. Basche earned her PhD in sustainable agriculture and crop physiology at Iowa State University. She served as a teaching fellow at Iowa State as part of a National Science Foundation-funded program working with a middle school classroom to implement environmental science-themed activities. Dr. Basche also was a research intern at the Center for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in West Java, Indonesia, where she helped evaluate the efficacy and research needs of a rainfall-based insurance program for rice farmers.
She earned her M.A. in applied climate science from Columbia University, and a B.S. in biology and philosophy from Fordham University.