Graduate Directory

Edith Maribel Gonzales
  • Title
    • PhD Student
  • Division Graduate Studies Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Nat Sci 2 Main Building, 487
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street Mailstop: Environmental Studies
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Research Interests

Agroecology in Urban Agriculture 

keywords: habitat management, insect biodiversity, farming practices, foodways 


Biography, Education and Training

Edith M. Gonzales (she/her) conducts agroecological research in community gardens across the central coast of California. The ecological component of her research explores how habitat management can contribute to insect biodiversity. In collaboration with diverse Latinx and Indigenous Latinx communities, she is tracing and reconnecting with lineages of agrarian knowledge and foodways. Edith is a Ph.D. candidate and a member of Dr. Stacy Philpott’s research group (ANTs lab) in the Environmental Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz. Currently, she facilitates the Agroecology & Foodways internship program which seeks to connect students with land-based organizations. She has served as a student mentor for the SUPERDAR and CAMINO programs. 

Honors, Awards and Grants

Graduate Summer Writing Fellowship, 2023 

Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2023-2024  

Teaching Interests

Agroecology field research methods, community based research, agrarian political economy