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Juliet Norton

Juliet in grazed open space
East Bay Parks, CA
March 2020

I am a Post-Doc in the Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Purdue University working with Ankita Raturi. I work remotely from my home in Martinez, CA.

agriculture ecology U information ecology

My driving research interest is to explore and develop the union of agriculture and information ecologies. I particularly like to engage and support farmers, growers, and community food coordinators in efforts to transform the technology-supported food system into one that furthers food security, food sovereignty, and holistic sustainability. Currently I’m involved in curating and serving open plant data, developing open agriculture technology, and exploring the need of and opportunity for technology stewardship in agro-information ecologies.

Earlier in my post-doc I was with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at NC State and the Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab at USDA ARS, where I began my ongoing work on cover crop decision support tools. I received my PhD in Information and Computer Science from the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, where I worked with grassroots sustainable agriculture communities in identifying and addressing the barriers to entry to sustainable agriculture practices. You can download my dissertation here.

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Ankita Raturi

As of Fall 2019, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Purdue University.

My research is in Agricultural Informatics, in particular, human-centered design, information modeling, and software engineering, for increased resilience in food and agricultural systems. My current research is on: the development of modular, open source, decision support tools; designing a reconfigurable data pipeline for on-farm participatory research; and information modeling for the development of domain-relevant data services.

My goal is to design algorithms, methods, and tools that empower decision makers – from farmers and consumers, to researchers and policy makers – to create sustainable food systems.

Postdoctoral work. From 2018-2019, I was with the Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab at USDA ARS and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at NC State, where I worked on cover crop decision support tools and development of an information ecology for sustainable agriculture.  I was responsible for the development of a suite of cover crop decision support tools; information architectures for a large-scale participatory research project; and the architecture of a geoinformatics pilot project as part of a public-private partnership between the tech sector and ARS. I continue to work in the cover crop domain to shape the cover crop user experiences, improve data and tool interoperability, and establish data management best practices. You can follow our continued collaborations at Precision Sustainable Agriculture.

Graduate research. I received my PhD in Software Engineering from the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, where I took a human-centered approach to the design of a Modeling Sustainable Systems (MoSS) framework for representing complex, adaptive, agricultural systems. You can download my dissertation here.

My Masters in Information and Computer Sciences was also from the Informatics department at UC Irvine. My work looked at energy footprinting and visualization in networked environments, and you can find my thesis here.

Prior education. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems from the The University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.