Graduate Directory

Aysha Peterson

Research Interests

My research is broadly focused on the relationship between the Central Coast agricultural industry and regional groundwater sustainability. I am particularly concerned with efforts to organize against agricultural nitrate pollution and subsequent drinking water contamination. Research interests include: nutrient management, agroecology, rural geography, environmental anthropology, environmental justice, and critical and feminist methodologies.

Biography, Education and Training

M.A. Environmental Studies, UCSC

B.S. Plant Science - Agroecology, Penn State


I am excited to support BIPOC- and student-led scholarship and activism committed to re-visioning and transforming public education. At UCSC, this work currently involves (1) participating in the self-organized Environmental Studies BIPOC Graduate Caucus, and (2) mentoring undergraduate students on a research project investigating faculty diversity in higher education. Beyond UCSC, I am involved in grassroots public education projects. If I can be of any support to researchers and organizers within or beyond UCSC, please let me know!

Honors, Awards and Grants

2021. National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (Cultural Anthropology)

2020. Radical Resilience Initiative Small Grant, UCSC

2020. Top Poster (Planetary Health Track), UC Global Health Day

2020. Heller Agroecology Graduate Student Research Grant, UCSC

2019. Global and Community Health Wellbeing Fellowship, UCSC

2019. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (Geography)

2019. Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Program Fellowship

2019. Organic Farming Research Foundation Grant

2019. Heller Agroecology Graduate Student Research Grant, UCSC

2019. Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Co-Funding Program, UCSC

2019. Sustainability Office Carbon Fund Grant, UCSC

2018. Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship, UCSC

2018. Environmental Studies Departmental Research Award, UCSC

2018. Graduate Student Association Research Award, UCSC

2018. Gliessman Fellowship in Water Resources and Food System Sustainability, UCSC

2018. Heller Agroecology Graduate Student Research Grant, UCSC

2018. UC Research and Innovation Fellowship in Agriculture

2018. David Gaines Award in Environmental Studies, UCSC

2017. Regents Graduate Fellowship, UCSC