Mary Saunders Bulan
Director of Half Moon Field Station and Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agricultural Enterprise/ Half Moon Field Station
PhD, Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, International Relations, Brown University
I am broadly interested in the interface between humans, agriculture and the environment, and in the development of ecologically and economically sound food production systems. I use a diversity of methodological tools including field-based research, controlled greenhouse studies, and qualitative and participatory approaches. For my PhD research I studied cover crops for vegetable producers in Wisconsin and buckwheat genetic diversity in the center of origin in Southwest China. Previously I owned and operated a 2-acre CSA farm business outside Providence RI.
I believe students should develop practical skills using the tools of the trade, whether a piece of farm equipment, measurement instrument or software package. I also work to help students develop global perspective on agricultural sustainability with interacting cultural, political, geophysical and biological systems. My current projects address year round food production in cold climates, organic plant breeding and seed production, greenhouse energy efficiency improvements and specialty crop development for Maine producers.
Outside of work I enjoy playing music, cooking and eating delicious food, and exploring the great outdoors with friends and family.