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Dr. Sarah Taylor Lovell

Associate Professor of Landscape Agroecology
Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois

Office: 1009 Plant Science Lab
UNL - East Campus
Lincoln, NE 68583-0822
(402) 437-5178 ext 18

Sarah’s research program focuses on the design and performance of multifunctional landscapes, particularly those that include agroforestry practices. She serves as the lead on the Multifunctional Woody Polyculture field trial, which evaluates the potential of productive agroforestry systems as a transformative solution to meet growing demand for healthy foods while advancing the sustainability of food production. This trial is unique in its use of mixtures of fruit- and nut-producing trees and shrubs in an alley cropping system.

Lovell, S.T., Dupraz, C., Gold, M., Jose, S., Revord, R., Stanek, E., Wolz, K.J. In press. Temperate agroforestry research: considering multifunctional woody polycultures and the design of long-term field trials. Accepted for publication in: Agroforestry Systems.

Ferguson, R.S., Lovell, S.T. In press. Diversification and labor productivity on U.S. permaculture farms. Accepted for publication in: Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.

Mattia, C., Lovell, S.T., Davis, A. 2017. Identifying barriers and motivators for adoption of multifunctional perennial cropping systems by landowners in the Upper Sangamon River Watershed. Accepted for publication in: Agroforestry Systems.

Ferguson, R.S., Lovell, S.T. 2017. Livelihood diversity on US permaculture farms. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 41(6):588-613.

Petri, A.C., Koeser, A.K., Lovell, S.T., Ingram, D. 2016. How green are trees? Using LCA to assess new environmental benefits. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 34(4):101-110.

Wilson, M.H., Lovell, S.T., 2016. Agroforestry - The next step in sustainable and resilient agriculture. Invited publication in: Sustainability Journal 8(6):574 (15pg).

Ferguson, R.S., Lovell, S.T. 2015. Grassroots engagement with transition to sustainability: diversity and modes of participation in the international permaculture movement. Ecology and Society 20(4):39.

Ferguson, R.S., Lovell, S.T. 2014. Permaculture for agroecology: Design, practice, movement, and worldview. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 34(2):251-274.

Lovell, S.T., 2012. “Buffers”. In: Encyclopedia of Sustainability, V5: Ecosystem Management & Sustainability. Editors: Craig, R.K., Nagle, J.C., Pardy, B., Schmitz, O., Smith, W. Berkshire Publishing: Barrington, MA. February 2012.

Lovell, S.T., Mendez, V.E., DeSantis, S., Erickson, E., Nathan, C. 2010. Extent, pattern, and multifunctionality of treed habitats on farms in Vermont, USA. Agroforestry Systems 80(2):153-171.

Lovell, S.T., DeSantis, S., Nathan, C.A., Olson, M.B., Mendez, V.E., Kominami, H.C., Erickson, D.L., Morris, K.S., Morris, W.B. 2010. Integrating agroecology and landscape multifunctionality in Vermont: An evolving framework to evaluate the design of agroecosystems. Agricultural Systems 103: 327-341.

Lovell, S.T. and Sullivan, W.C. 2006. Environmental benefits of conservation buffers in the United States: Evidence, promise, and open questions. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 112(4):249-260.

Sullivan, W.C., Anderson, O.M., and Lovell, S.T., 2004. Agricultural buffers at the rural-urban fringe: an examination of approval by farmers, residents, and academics in the Midwestern United States. Landscape & Urban Planning 69:299-313.

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