Ph.D. in Sustainable Food Systems, University of Michigan

October 26 2017

The Jain Lab ( at University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability ( is recruiting Ph.D. students to start Fall 2018. Our lab examines questions related to sustainable food systems in the face of global environmental change, including climate change and natural resource degradation. Specifically, I am interested in students who would like to (1) quantify the impacts of environmental change on agricultural production and examine sustainable ways to enhance food security, (2) identify how farmers are adapting to environmental change and the effectiveness of these adaptation strategies, and/or (3) identify and implement interventions to enhance farmers’ abilities to sustainably adapt to environmental change. We use a mixed methods approach to answer these questions, combining satellite image analysis and household surveys to understand farmer decision-making across large spatio-temporal scales. Though the lab would be best suited to students who would like to similarly combine these methods, this is not required and students who are interested in either satellite image or household survey analysis are also encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in applying for the SEAS Ph.D. program, please send Meha Jain ( an email with a short paragraph describing your research interests and a CV.