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Zoe Sims

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PhD Student

Bren Hall 3001

BA, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University

Year Admitted

Research Areas
agriculture, nutrient cycling, tropical ecology, environmental policy

Faculty Advisors
Kelly Caylor, David Tilman

Zoe’s doctoral research is focused on understanding agricultural ecology, particularly nutrient cycling in tropical systems, and its public policy implications. She is motivated by the imperative of improving human food production while minimizing harms to the environment, a challenge of particular urgency in tropical systems and under global climate change.

Zoe developed her passion for the ecology and policy of managed systems during her previous roles as Chief-of-Staff for the Chair of the Water and Land Committee at the Hawai‘i House of Representatives, and as a Princeton-in-Africa Fellow working in science outreach and education at Mpala Research Centre in Laikipia, Kenya. Originally from the Big Island of Hawai‘i, Zoe graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, where her senior thesis quantified impacts of anthropogenic nutrient pollution on near-shore coral reefs in Bermuda.

Zoe is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a UCSB Chancellor’s Fellow. She is an avid trail runner and creative writer.

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