Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS)
Research Scientists and Staff
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Christopher E. Buddenhagen

Christopher Buddenhagen is a Post-doctoral Scientist working in the Garrett Lab.


Robin Choudhury

Robin Choudhury is a Post-doctoral Scientist working in the Garrett Lab.


K. Grace Crummer

Coordinator, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida

After positions as Project Coordinator of PINEMAP at the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation and as an Ecosystem Ecology Lab Manager in the Biology Department under Ted Schuur and Michelle Mack, Grace Crummer joined the Institute as Coordinator in Summer 2016.


Taryn Garlock

Post-Doctoral Associate, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida

Taryn Garlock is currently analyzing fishery management systems in the U.S. and abroad using the Fishery Performance Indicators (FPIs). Future work includes extending the FPI framework to sport fisheries and aquaculture systems.

Prior to her work on the Fishery Performance Indicators, Taryn studied stock enhancement of recreational fisheries in Florida.

She earned her Ph.D. and B.S. from the University of Florida.


Min Li

Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida

Research Assistant Professor, Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida

Min Li is working with Arie Havelaar. Her research focuses on microbial food safety, particularly on quantitative microbial risk assessment, predictive food microbiology,  evaluating the effectiveness of intervention strategies, and analyzing foodborne outbreaks and illnesses in the global food supply chain.


Mark Musumba

Research Associate, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida

Mark Musumba comes to us with over 4 years of experience working as an agricultural economist on issues examining the linkages between agricultural production, environment, and livelihoods within agricultural systems.  Mark is an agricultural economist and received both his MS and PhD from Texas A&M University.  Mark was previously an Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Earth Institute working as an agricultural economist on the Vital Signs project, where he focused on the process and drivers of agricultural intensification among smallholder farming populations in Africa.  Currently, Mark is working on the sustainable intensification (SI) indicator assessment framework – which provides guidance in selecting and applying indicators across five domains (productivity, economic, environmental, human condition and social domain) to ensure a holistic and unbiased assessment of technologies and project impacts.


Vakhtang Shelia

Post-Doctoral Associate, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida

Vakhtang Shelia has over 20 years of experience in the development and application of Mathematical Models and Information Technology in Agriculture and Agro Meteorology. His expertise ranges from modeling energy and mass transfer processes in agricultural systems, simulation of plant growth and crop production, to software design and database management systems. He currently participates in the development of DSSAT (Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer; www.DSSAT.net), a crop modeling system that is being used world-wide for agricultural systems analysis and decision support.

Prior to joining UF, Vakhtang Shelia was a Research Associate with the AgWeatherNet Program at Washington State University. His work mainly focused on providing programming support for agricultural decision support systems, including DSSAT with new module implementation, and the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Regional Agricultural Forecasting Toolbox (CRAFT) with the implementation of new crop models.

He received his Ph.D. from the Agrophysical Research Institute, Saint-Petersburg, The Russian Federation, and graduated from the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics of the Tbilisi State University (TSU), Georgia.


Nitya Singh

Post-Doctoral Associate, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida

Post-Doctoral Associate, Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida

Dr. Singh completed her M.Tech. and Ph.D. in Bioinformatics at the Indian Institute of Information Technology Allahabad, India. Dr. Singh’s currently works with Arie Havelaar on infectious disease modelling, quantitative microbial risk analysis, and genomic data analysis. 


John Tucker

Staff, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida