Ada Smith, Junior Researcher

BA (Environmental Studies & Anthropology), MA (Resources, Environment & Sustainability), PhD (Candidate, Forestry & Conservation)

Ada grew up on a small farmstead in rural Wisconsin where her family’s vegetable garden was surrounded by endless rows of corn and soybeans, sparking her interest in questions around food security, food sovereignty and food literacy. She completed her BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Wellesley College and recently finished her Masters at the University of British Columbia working in partnership with Gitxaala Nation to explore the potential for educational curriculum and institutionally-funded health programs to contribute to community-specific food sovereignty goals. Ada’s current research as a PhD candidate at the University of Montana explores the efficacy of climate information for Montana farmers and ranchers in order to improve adaptation to drought and water variability.  Her academic research and writing skills combined with her involvement "on the ground" over the last five years in community-driven projects in British Columbia, the U.S. and beyond equip her with expertise and experience that has been invaluable to her work with Upland.