Dr. Kate Tully is the director of the Agroecology Lab. She is an Associate Professor of Agroecology at the University of Maryland in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. She received her MS and Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Virginia. She completed her postdoc at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
Broadly, her research explores the intersection of agriculture and ecology, with the over-arching goal of improving our agricultural systems to sustainably provide food along with other ecosystem services. She examines how to manage farming systems so they both adapt to and mitigate climate change. Her previous research focused on the agroecology of coffee agroforests of Costa Rica and maize farms in Kenya and Tanzania.
Currently, Kate’s research focuses on how to manage agricultural systems that balance food and environmental outcomes. She has projects on saltwater intrusion, precision sustainable agriculture, soil health, and urban agriculture.
Kate is also the Farm Manager and Community Coordinator of the Columbia Heights Green, a quarter-acre urban farm located in Northwest Washington, DC.