Blesh CV


JENNIFER BLESH

Assistant Professor • University of Michigan • School for Environment and Sustainability • Ann Arbor, MI 48109 • jblesh@umich.edu

POSITIONS

Assistant Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan. 2014-present.

Post-Doctoral Fellow: National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship Program, Faculty of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil, and Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 2012-2013.

Graduate Research Assistant: Department of Horticulture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 2005-2011.

AmeriCorps Member: Habitat for Humanity International, Americus, GA. 1999-2000.

EDUCATION

PhD in Soil and Crop Sciences, 2012, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
M.S. in Soil and Crop Sciences, 2008, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
B.S. in Ecology, 2003, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA

PUBLICATIONS: IN REVIEW

Stratton, A.E., Kuhl, L., and J. Blesh. (In Review). Agroecosystem resilience: Synergies between ecological and nutritional functions. Ecology and Society.

Blesh, J. and T. Ying. (In Review). Soil fertility status predicts the decomposition of litter mixture residues. Ecosphere.

PUBLICATIONS: PEER REVIEWED

Jain, M., Singh, B., Rao, P., Srivastava, A.K., Poonia, S., Blesh, J., Azzari, G., McDonald, A.J., and D.B. Lobell. (Accepted). Using satellite data to evaluate and target sustainable intensification interventions can double their impact. Nature Sustainability.

Blesh, J. 2019. Feedbacks between nitrogen fixation and soil organic matter increase ecosystem functions in diversified agroecosystems. Ecological Applications. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.1986.

Bukovsky-Reyes, S., Isaac, M., and J. Blesh. 2019. Effects of intercropping and soil properties on root functional traits of cover crops. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2019.106614.

Valencia, V., Wittman, H., and J. Blesh. 2019. Structuring markets for resilient farming systems. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 39: 25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13593-019-0572-4.

Blesh, J. Hoey, L., Jones, A.D., Perfecto, I. and H. Friedmann. 2019. Development pathways toward “zero hunger.” World Development 118: 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.02.004.

Zak, D.R., Pellitier, P.T., Argiroff, W.A., Castillo, B., James, T.Y., Nave, L.E., Averill, C., Beidler, K., Bhatnagar, J., Blesh, J., Classen, A.T., Craig, M., Fernandez, C.W., Gunderson, P., Johansen, R., Koide, R., Lilleskov, E.A., Lindall, B.D., Nadelhoffer, K., Phillips, R.P., and A. Tunlid. 2019. Exploring the function of ectomycorrhizal fungi in soil organic matter dynamics. New Phytologist.  https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.15679.

Blesh, J., VanDusen, B.M., and D.C. Brainard. 2019. Managing ecosystem services with cover crop mixtures. Agronomy Journal.

Vandermeer, J., Aga, A., Alleier, J.E., Badgley, C., Baucom, R., Blesh, J., Fink Shapiro, L., Jones, A.D., Hoey, L., Jain, M., Perfecto, I., and M.L. Wilson. 2018. Feeding Prometheus: An interdisciplinary approach for solving the global food crisis. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 2:39.

Jones, A.D., Hoey, L., Blesh J., Janda, K., Llanque, R., and A.M. Aguilar. 2018. Peri-urban, but not urban, residence in Bolivia is associated with higher odds of co-occurrence of overweight and anemia among young children, and of households
with an overweight woman and stunted child.  The Journal of Nutrition 148:632-642doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxy017.

Blesh, J. 2017. Functional traits in cover crop mixtures: biological nitrogen fixation and multifunctionality. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.13011.

King, A.E. and J. Blesh. 2017. Crop rotations for increased soil carbon: perenniality as a guiding principle. Ecological Applications. doi: 10.1002/eap.1648.

Guerra, J., Blesh, J., Schmitt, A., and H. Wittman. 2017. Pathways to agroecological management through mediated markets in Santa Catarina, Brazil. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 5:67. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.248.

Blesh, J. and R.E. Galt. 2017. Transitions to agroecological nutrient management practices in the USA Corn Belt. Pages 85-126 in: Wezel, A., Ed. Agroecological Practices for Sustainable Agriculture. World Scientific, London, UK.

Wittman, H., Chappell, M.J., Abson, D., Bezner-Kerr, R., Blesh, J., Hanspach, J., Perfecto, I., and J. Fischer. 2016. A social-ecological perspective on harmonizing food security and biodiversity conservation. Regional Environmental Change. doi:10.1007/s10113-0161045-9.

Jones A.D., Hoey, L., Blesh, J., Miller, L., Green, A., and L. Shapiro. 2016. A systematic review of the conceptualization and measurement of sustainable diets. Advances in Nutrition. doi:10.3945/an.115.011015.

Schipanski, M.E., MacDonald, G.K., Rosenzweig, S., Chappell, M.J., Bennett, E.M., Bezner-Kerr, R., Blesh, J., Crews, T., Drinkwater, L.E., Lundgren, J., and C. Schnarr. 2016. Realizing resilient food systems. BioScience. doi:10.1093/biosci/biw052.

Crews, T.E., Blesh, J., Culman, S.W., Hayes, R.C., Jensen, E.S., Mack, M.C., Peoples, M.B., and M.E. Schipanski. 2016. Going where no grains have gone before: from early to mid-succession. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 223:223-238.

Blesh, J. and Wittman, H. 2015. “Brasilience”: Assessing resilience on land reform settlement farms in the Brazilian Cerrado. Human Ecology 43:4. doi:10.1007/s10745-015-9770-0.

Wittman, H., and J. Blesh. 2015. Food sovereignty and Fome Zero: Connecting public food procurement programs to sustainable rural development in Brazil. Journal of Agrarian Change. doi:10.1111/joac.12131.

Blesh, J. and S.A. Wolf. 2014. Transitions to agroecological farming systems in the Mississippi River Basin: toward an integrated socioecological analysis. Agriculture and Human Values 31:621-635.

Blesh, J. and L.E. Drinkwater. 2014. Retention of 15N-labeled fertilizer in an Illinois prairie soil with winter rye. Soil Science Society of America Journal 78:496-508.

Blesh, J. and L.E. Drinkwater. 2013. The impact of nitrogen source and crop rotation on nitrogen mass balances in the Mississippi River Basin. Ecological Applications, 23(5):1017-1035.

Gardner (Blesh), J.B. and L.E. Drinkwater. 2009. The fate of nitrogen in grain cropping systems: a meta-analysis of 15N field experiments. Ecological Applications, 19(8):2167-2184.

Pimentel, D., J. Gardner (Blesh), A.J. Bonnifield, X. Garcia, J.B. Grufferman, C.M. Horan, J.L. Schlenker, and E.E. Walling. 2007. Energy efficiency and conservation for individual Americans.  Environment, Development and Sustainability, 11:523-546.

Blesh, J. and G.W. Barrett. 2006. Farmers’ attitudes regarding agrolandscape ecology: a regional comparison. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 28(3):121-143.

O’Malley, M., Blesh, J., Williams, M. and G.W. Barrett. 2003. Food preferences and bioenergetics of the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) and the golden mouse (Ochrotomys nuttalli). Georgia Journal of Science, 61:233-237.

PUBLICATIONS: IN PREPARATION

Bressler, A. and J. Blesh. (In Prep). Cover crop mixtures reduce N2O emissions following soil disturbance while maintaining crop productivity. Biology and Fertility of Soils.

Herrick, E. and J. Blesh. (In Prep). Plant functional traits as a mechanistic link between cover crop diversity and agroecosystem function. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Grantham, K., Newell, J., and J. Blesh. (In Prep). Soil health in urban agroecosystems. Urban Ecosystems.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Blesh, J. and R.E. Galt. 2017. Transitions to agroecological nutrient management practices in the USA Corn Belt. Pages 85-126 in: Wezel, A., Ed. Agroecological Practices for Sustainable Agriculture. World Scientific, London, UK.

Daigger, G., Newell, J.P., Love, N., McClintock, N., Gardiner, M., Mohareb, E., Horst, M., Blesh, J., Ramaswami, A. 2016. Scaling up agriculture in city-regions to mitigate FEW system impacts. Ann Arbor, MI: School of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan. 68 pages.

Blesh, J. 2013. Review of the book Nature’s matrix: linking agriculture, conservation and food sovereignty. Journal of Peasant Studies 40:786-790.

Blesh, J. and M. Williams. 2003. Booklet: HorseShoe Bend: A center for ecological teaching, research and service at the University of Georgia.

RESEARCH FUNDING: CURRENT GRANTS

2019-2021 “Ecosystem services from cover crops: Management legacy effects from field to landscape scales.” USDA AFRI: Foundational Program. Role: PI.

2019-2020 “Next generation cover crops: driving innovation in soil management with participatory certification.” Conservation, Food and Health Foundation. Role: Co-PI; led by a non-profit partner in Santa Catarina, Brazil, CEPAGRO (Center for the Study and Promotion of Community Agriculture).

2019-2020 “Establishing a SE Michigan sustainable livestock working group to increase supply-chain capacity from farmer to institutional procurement.” Graham Sustainability Institute, Catalyst Grant, University of Michigan. Role: PI.

2019-2020 “Managing agricultural diversity for ecological and nutritional goals” ADVANCE Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Research Award, University of Michigan. Role: PI.

2019-2020 “Cover crops for conservation: Does management legacy alter nitrogen losses?” University of Michigan Office of Research, Small Scale and Preliminary Projects. Role: PI.

2018-2021 “Cover crop mixtures for nitrogen use efficiency on grain farms in Southern Michigan” North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR SARE) Graduate Student Grant (to PhD student Alison Bressler). Role: PI.

RESEARCH FUNDING: COMPLETED GRANTS

2016-2017 “An integrated assessment of family farming systems in southern Brazil” ADVANCE Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Research Award, University of Michigan. Role: PI.

2016-2018 “Curriculum development in Sustainable Food Systems: Increasing the number and diversity of students in Sustainable Food System Studies” USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant. Role: Co-PI.

2015-2019 “Transforming Sustainability Education and Case-Based Teaching” University of Michigan, Transforming Learning for a Third Century Program. Role: Co-PI, with 17 others.

2015-2017 “Developing an innovative approach to measuring the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and testing critical linkages from farmer livelihoods to nutrition” IMMANA Grant, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Role: Co-PI.

2015-2017 “A socio-ecological analysis of diversified agricultural landscapes in Santa Catarina,

Brazil” UM-Brazil Partnership Grant, Graham Institute. Role: PI.

2015-2018 “Legume cover crop impacts on soil nitrogen cycling and soil fertility on organic vegetable farms” Ceres Trust, Organic Research Initiative. Role: PI.

2015-2018 “Food systems typologies and nutritional impacts in the transitioning Global South” Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, Sustainable Food System Project. Role: Co-PI.

2014-2015 “Socio-ecological resilience of diversified family farms in Mato Grosso, Brazil”UM-Brazil Partnership Sustainability Cooperation Grant. Role: PI.

2012-2013 “Agroecology in practice: Agrarian reform, ecological sustainability and social equality in Brazil” National Science Foundation, International Research Fellowship Program (IRFP). Role: PI.

ACCOLADES AND AWARDS

2017- Nominated for the Golden Apple Award, which recognizes outstanding university teaching at the University of Michigan

2012-2013 NSF International Research Postdoctoral Fellow

2010- Teresa Heinz Scholars for Environmental Research, Heinz Family Philanthropies

2009- Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship, Annie’s Homegrown      

2009-2010- Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Portuguese. U.S. Department of Education    

2005-2007- NSF IGERT Fellowship, Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biocomplexity

2008- Natural Systems Agriculture Workshop Fellowship, The Land Institute

2008, 2010- Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biocomplexity Small Grants, Cornell University

2007- Land Institute Graduate Student Fellowship, The Land Institute

2002- Joshua Laerm Memorial Outstanding Ecology Undergraduate Award, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia 

TEACHING 

Courses at the University of Michigan:

ENVIRON 462/EAS 528/NUTR555/UP427/527: Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems
Department/Unit: SEAS and Program in the Environment, Nutrition Sciences, Urban Planning
Taught: Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

EAS 524: Agroecosystem Management: Nutrient Cycles and Soil Fertility 
Department/Unit: SEAS
Taught: Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2019

ENVIRON 305.003/NRE 639.038: Food Literacy for All
Department/Unit: SEAS and Program in the Environment
Taught: Winter 2017

NRE 639-075: Food Sovereignty
Department/Unit: SEAS
Taught: Winter 2015

Other teaching experience:

Teaching Assistant, Ecology of Agricultural Systems (HORT 2730, Cornell University)              

Curriculum Development, Organic Food and Agriculture (AGSCI 3800, Cornell University)

Guest Lecturer:

Sustainability Issues in the Great Lakes Region (ENVIRON 305, University of Michigan)

International Agricultural Systems (Crop and Soil Sciences, Michigan State University)

Ecology of Agriculture (Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio State University)

The Nature of Plants (Department of Horticulture, Cornell University)                                           

Hunger Amidst Surplus (Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University)

Plant Ecology (Biology, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse)                      

Organic Food and Agriculture (Agricultural Sciences, Cornell University)                         

Principles of Biogeochemistry (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University)

Conservation Biology (SEAS, University of Michigan)

INVITED ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

Blesh, J., Wittman, H., Valencia, V., and A.E. Stratton. 2019. Social-ecological linkages between policies, ecosystem functions, and food security in Brazilian agroecosystems. Symposium—Agroecology with Communities: Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations Between Ecology, Agriculture, and Social Science. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY, August 13.

Blesh, J. 2019. Ecological approaches to managing soil biological processes for agroecosystem multifunctionality. Symposium—Driving Multifunctionality through Soil Processes: Impacts of Diversified Farming Systems on Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry. Soil Science Society of America International Soils Meeting, San Diego, CA, January 7.

Blesh, J.2018. Managing for multifunctionality: insights on carbon and nitrogen dynamics in agroecosystems. Cornell University, Biogeochemistry and Environmental Sciences and Sustainability Seminar Series. November 16.

Blesh, J. 2018. Understanding impacts of agroecosystem diversification using a social-ecological systems approach. Tufts University, Department of Biology, Fall 2018 Seminar Series, September 14.

Blesh, J. 2018. Managing ecological processes for agroecosystem multifunctionality. School of Natural Resources, The University of Missouri. August 29.

Blesh, J. 2018. The real world: On-farm and farmer-led research. The University of British Columbia Centre for Sustainable Food Systems Workshop. A Research Network for Diversified Agroecosystems. June 12.

Blesh, J. 2018. Managing soils for C stabilization: Insights from agroecosystems. The University of Michigan, Beyond Carbon Neutral Workshop. Enhancing Long-Term Soil C Sequestration by Ectomycorrhizal Fungi. May 21.

Blesh, J. 2018. The role of ecological and interdisciplinary research in developing multifunctional agroecosystems. Graduate Degree Program in Ecology Seminar Series (Series theme, “Multi-Functional Ecology: Perspectives across Scales and Systems”), The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, March 19.

Blesh, J. 2017. Functional traits in agroecosystems: managing plant diversity for multifunctionality. Green Life Science Symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, October 21.

Blesh, J. 2017. Leverage points for food system transformation toward sustainability. Invited keynote speech, Food, The Future, and You Symposium, University of British Columbia, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, January 26.

Blesh, J. 2016. Rural landscapes as social-ecological systems: Examples from Brazil’s Zero Hunger program. Invited Guest Speaker, International Colloquium on Global Food Security and Sustainability, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, November 30.

Blesh, J. 2016. Ecosystem management for resilient and multifunctional food systems. Invited Guest Seminar Intersections Seminar Series, Department of Geography, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 18.

Blesh, J. 2016. Cropping system diversity, resilience, and multifunctionality. Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (MAC-EPID) Symposium: Agriculture: Health Benefits, Health Risks, and Environmental Impact, Pre-symposium workshop, University of Michigan, April 14.

Blesh, J., Drinkwater, L.E., Wittman, H., and S.A. Wolf. 2015. Agroecology and resilience in socio-ecological systems. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, August 9-14.

Blesh, J. 2015. The ecology of agroecology and the agroecology of food sovereignty. Invited seminar at the Michigan Meeting on Food Sovereignty, University of Michigan, May 29.

Blesh, J. 2014. Socio-ecological resilience of family farms on land reform settlements in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Invited Guest Seminar, Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, November 19.

Blesh, J. 2014. “Brasilience”: Realizing resilient food systems in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Invited Ignite! Presentation at Fast Food for Thought: Ten Tiny Talks on Ten Big Topics in Food and Agriculture, University of Michigan, Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, October 21.

Blesh, J. 2014. Invited Panelist: Working with community stakeholders to improve food system resilience: comparison across industrialized and developing countries. Resilience 2014, Resilience and Development: Mobilizing for Transformation, Montpellier, France, May 7.

Blesh, J. 2014. Transitions to agroecological management: The case of nitrogen pollution from the Mississippi River Basin. Invited Guest Speaker in the Technological & Social Innovation in Global Food Systems course, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, February 19.

Blesh, J. 2014. Brasilience: Assessing resilience on smallholder farms in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Invited Guest Seminar, Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University. January 24.

Blesh, J. 2013. Agroecosystem management and nitrogen balance on grain farms in the Mississippi River Basin. Invited Guest Seminar, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University. November 8.

Blesh, J. 2013. Brasilience: Realizing resilient food systems in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Invited Ignite! Symposium Talk, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN, August 4-9.

Blesh, J. 2012. From the Mississippi River Basin to the Cerrado: Assessing Processes and Practices of Sustainable Food Systems. Invited Guest Seminar, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan. Dec. 4.

Blesh, J. 2011. Agroecosystem sustainability in the Mississippi River Basin: Assessing ecological and social drivers of nitrogen pollution. Invited Guest Seminar, Agronomy Department, Iowa State University. Oct. 6.

Blesh, J. and M.J. Chappell. 2011. Revolutionary action ecology: Concepts and actions for a new generation of (agro) ecological citizen-scientists. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX Aug. 7-12.

Blesh, J. 2011. Engaged agroecology: Exploring the dynamic processes and practices of sustainable food systems. Invited Guest Seminar, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia. March 2.

Blesh, J., L.E. Drinkwater, and S.A. Wolf. 2010. The dilemma of nitrogen pollution from farms in the upper Midwest: Exploring opportunities for change through cross-disciplinary collaboration. “Enhancing Communication in Cross-Disciplinary Research,” sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of Idaho. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2010.

Blesh, J., L.E. Drinkwater, and R.E. Galt. 2009. What barriers prevent the application of soil ecology to agricultural systems? Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, NM, Aug. 2-7.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Blesh, J., Valencia, V., and H. Wittman. 2018. Structuring markets for diversified agricultural ecosystems. Sustainability and Development Conference. Ann Arbor, MI, Nov. 9-11.

Blesh, J. 2018. Assessing legume nitrogen fixation in cover crop mixtures across a soil fertility gradient. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, Aug. 5-10.

Blesh, J. 2016. Assessing on-farm performance of cover crop mixtures in vegetable cropping systems. ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, Nov. 6-9.

Blesh, J. and H. Wittman. 2015. Food sovereignty in Brazil: an interdisciplinary indicator and evaluation framework. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, April 21-25.

Blesh, J. 2014. Assessing resilience of smallholder farms in the Brazilian Cerrado. ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, Nov. 1-5.

Blesh, J., M. Borgman, and E. Canosa. 2014. Building an interdisciplinary sustainable food systems program at the University of Michigan. 6th National Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference. Raleigh, NC, Aug. 3-6.

Blesh, J. and H. Wittman. 2014. Resilience of smallholder farms in the Brazilian Cerrado: An interdisciplinary and participatory assessment framework. Resilience 2014, Resilience and Development: Mobilizing for Transformation, Montpellier, France, May 4-8.

Blesh, J. and H. Wittman. 2013. Land reform as a socioecological system: assessing food sovereignty and resilience in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA, April 9-13.

Blesh, J. and L.E. Drinkwater. 2010. Comparing nitrogen cycling on grain farms in the Mississippi River Basin using a mass balance approach. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA, Aug. 1-6.

Blesh, J., L.E. Drinkwater, and S.A. Wolf. 2010. A socioecological lens on nitrogen pollution of waterways: exploring farm-scale dynamics in the Mississippi River Basin. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 14-18.

Blesh, J. and L.E. Drinkwater. 2009. Agroecosystem management and nitrogen balance on grain farms in the Midwestern United States. ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, Nov. 1-5.

Blesh, J. and L.E. Drinkwater. 2008. How does agroecosystem management affect potential nitrogen loss from grain farms in the Mississippi River Basin? Joint Annual Meeting of the ASA, SSSA, CSSA, and GSA. Houston, TX, Oct. 5-9.

Blesh, J. and L.E. Drinkwater. 2008. The fate of nitrogen in grain cropping systems: A meta-analysis of 15N field experiments. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, Aug. 3-8.

Blesh, J. and L.E. Drinkwater. 2006. Understanding human impacts on the nitrogen cycle using a mass balance approach. SWCS conference, Managing Agricultural Landscapes for Environmental Quality, Strengthening the Science Base. Kansas City, Missouri, Oct.11-13.

Blesh, J. and G.W. Barrett. 2004. Farmers’ attitudes regarding agroecology: a regional comparison. Georgia Conservation Tillage Alliance conference, Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation Tillage: A Systems Approach Training. Douglas, Georgia, Feb. 10.

Blesh, J. and M. Williams. 2003. Food preferences and bioenergetics of the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) and the golden mouse (Ochrotomys nuttalli). Georgia Academy of Sciences annual meeting, Mar. 21.

CONFERENCE SESSIONS ORGANIZED

Sustainability and Development Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, November 9-11, 2018. Coordination Committee Member.

Sustainability and Development Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Nov. 9-11, 2018. Co-organizer and moderator of the session, Development Pathways Towards Zero Hunger: Insights from Ecology, Geography, Public Health, and Policy Science.

Association of American Geographers Annual Meetings, Boston, MA, April 5-9, 2017. Co-organizer and chair of three sessions titled: Resilience, Food, and Agriculture: Social-Ecological Frameworks for Sustainability and Social Justice.

Member, Organizing Committee, Michigan Meeting on Food Sovereignty: Construction of an International Sustainable Food Movement, University of Michigan, May 28-30, 2015.

Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, Aug. 2-7, 2009. Coorganizer and moderator of the symposium: Agroecology for a Sustainable Future.

2nd National Conference on Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture Education, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, July 11-14, 2007. Chair of facilitation workgroup; helped coordinate facilitation of the meeting’s participatory format.

CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Stratton, A.E.and J. Blesh. 2019. Transitions to agroecological management: effects of increased crop functional diversity vary along environmental gradients. Oral Presentation. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY, Aug. 15.

Bressler, Alison and J. Blesh. 2019. Managing cover crop mixtures to reduce soil N2O flux while maintaining crop nitrogen assimilation. Oral Presentation. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY, Aug. 15.

Herrick, E. and J. Blesh. 2019. Plant functional traits as a predictive link between cover crop diversity and agroecosystem function. Oral presentation. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY, Aug. 15.

Stratton, A.E.and J. Blesh. 2019. Transitions to sustainable farm management: impacts of crop diversification across environmental gradients. Oral presentation. Michigan University-Wide Sustainability (MUSE) Initiative Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, February 22.

Stratton, A.E.and J. Blesh. 2018. O manejo da diversidade funcional nos agroecossistemas: efeitos na fertilidade do solo e a produtividade e qualidade nutricional dos cultivos. Oral presentation in Portuguese. VII Congreso de la Sociedad Científica Latinoamericana de Agroecología (SOCLA), Guayaquil, Ecuador, Oct. 2-5.

Bressler, A. and J. Blesh. 2018. Ecological nutrient management with cover crop mixtures: impacts on nitrous oxide flux following soil disturbance. Oral presentation. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, Aug. 5-10.

Hoey, L., Blesh, J. Llanque, R. and A.D. Jones. 2018. Explaining the nutritional double burden: The (non)role of food environments in Bolivia. Oral presentation. Latin American Studies Conference, Barcelona, Spain, May 23.

Herrick, E. and J. Blesh. 2018. Plant functional traits as a predictive link between cover crop diversity and agroecosystem function. Oral presentation. Program in the Environment Honors Symposium. University of Michigan, April 27.

Herrick, E., Moghtader, J., and J. Blesh. 2017. Summer cover crops: functional traits and ecosystem services. Poster presentation. Green Life Science Symposium, University of Michigan, October 21.

Herrick, E., and J. Blesh. 2017. Farming for a sustainable future. Oral presentation. LSA Honors Summer Fellowship Symposium. University of Michigan, August 14-18.

Stratton, A.E., Kuhl, L., and J. Blesh. 2017. Ecological and nutritional indicators for agroecosystem resilience. Poster presentation. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR, August 6-11.

Hoey, L., Blesh, J., Llanque, R., and A.D Jones. 2017. Explaining the nutritional double burden: The (non)role of food environments in Bolivia. Oral presentation. Annual Meetings and Conference of the Agriculture, Food & Human Values Society (AFHVS) and the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), Los Angeles, CA.

Valencia, V., Jones, A., and J. Blesh. 2017. Assessing links between agrobiodiversity and human nutrition among family farmers in Brazil: The role of gender equity and mediated markets. Oral presentation. Association of American Geographers Annual Meetings, Boston, MA, April 5-9.

Jones, A.D., Hoey, L., Blesh, J., Janda, K., and A.M. Aguilar. 2017. Peri-urban, but not urban regions, in Bolivia are associated with the double burden of malnutrition among children and within households. Oral presentation. Experimental Biology Conference, Chicago, IL, April.

VanDusen, B. and J. Blesh. 2017. Assessing performance of cover crop mixtures in organic vegetable cropping systems. Poster presentation. Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Conference, La Crosse, WI, February 23-25.

Jones, A.D., Janda, K., Hoey, L., Blesh, J., Llanque, R., Aguilar, A.M., and L. Rico 2015. Examining the influence of food insecurity on the nutritional double burden across gradients of urbanicity in Bolivia. Oral presentation. Second International Conference on Global Food Security, Ithaca, NY, October.

King, A.E. and J. Blesh. 2015. Effects of species and functional diversity of crop rotations on soil organic matter: a meta-analysis. Oral presentation. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, August 9-14.

Wittman, H. and J. Blesh. 2015. Food sovereignty and Fome Zero: connecting public food procurement programs to sustainable rural development in Brazil. Oral presentation. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, April 21-25.

Tonitto, C., Blesh, J., David, M.B., and L.E. Drinkwater. 2011. Nitrogen management through coupling carbon and nitrogen in agroecosystems. Oral presentation. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 5-9.

Schipanski, M. and J. Blesh. 2011. Ecological approaches to reducing agricultural nutrient losses. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Oral presentation. Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX Aug. 7-12.

Drinkwater, L.E., David, M.B., Galt, R.E., Blesh, J., Hufnagl-Eichiner, S., Marshall, L., Snapp, S., Tonitto, C., Westra, J.V., and S.A. Wolf. 2009. Hypoxia and the Mississippi River Basin as a model system: What can we learn about the social-ecological interface? Oral presentation. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 2-7.

Drinkwater, L.E., David, M.B, Wolf, S.A., Blesh, J., and S. Hufnagl-Eichiner. 2009. Coupled human-natural systems: Hypoxia and the Mississippi River Basin as a model system. Oral presentation. CHANS-Net Symposium, U.S. Regional Association, International Association for Landscape Ecology

Blesh, J. and L. E. Drinkwater. 2006. Understanding human impacts on the nitrogen cycle in agroecosystems using a mass balance approach. Poster presentation. Soil and Water Conservation Society Meeting, Kansas City, MO, October 11-13.

ACADEMIC SERVICE

National and International Service

Member Representative, Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Steering Council, May 2016 – 2019.

Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Steering Council Member; August 2010- January 2012

Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture Education Conference Steering Committee Member; July 2006- September 2007

Journal Reviewer

Biogeosciences; Ecological Applications; Ecosystems; Journal of Applied Ecology; Plant and Soil; Agriculture and Human Values; Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems; Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment; Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability; Trends in Plant Science;

AoB Plants (Temporary Associate Editor)

Book/Report Reviewer

Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins (2015). World Hunger: 10 Myths. Reviewed section on “Manufactured Fertility”

USDA, UCAR, NCAR Report (2015). Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System.

Scientific Research Proposal Reviewer

National Science Foundation (ad hoc), Geography and Spatial Sciences Program

USDA panelist 2017, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program

University of Michigan Service

Program Director, SEAS Graduate Certificate in Sustainability, fall 2016 – present

Member, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, fall 2016 – winter 2017

Member, PhD Admissions Committee, 2016

Member, Search Committee, Sustainable Food Systems Cluster Hire, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, 2014

Member, Search Committee, Campus Farm Manager, SNRE and Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 2016

Member, Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, 2014 – present

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, Faculty Mentor, 5 students mentored, 2016-2019

Member, Faculty Advisory Board, Sustainability without Borders, 2015-2016

Member, Advisory Committee, MSU Good Food Charter Evaluation (PI: Hoey, L), 2015-2016

Faculty Associate, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, UM, 2015 – present

Cornell University Service

Cornell University Working Group on Public Engagement (Re-Imagining Cornell); August 2009- July 2010

Cornell University Provost’s Advisory Council of Graduate and Professional Students; August 2009- July 2010

New World Agriculture and Ecology Group (NWAEG) at Cornell: Vice President, November 2005- September 2006; President, September 2006-January 2009; Secretary, January 2009-August 2011

Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biocomplexity Graduate Student Association: Treasurer, January 2008-December 2008 Founding member, Cornell Dining Local Foods Advisory Council, and member of Farm to Cornell; August 2006- July 2011

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Participant in the Sustainable Food Teach Out, a short, online learning experience, part of the University of Michigan Teach-Out Series for public engagement, Coursera, April 2019. Over 400 people enrolled: https://www.coursera.org/learn/sustainable-food.

Herrick, E., Moghtader, J., and Blesh, J. 2019. Summer cover crops: functional traits and ecosystem services. Midwest Cover Crops Council Annual Meeting. Springfield, IL, February 20-21. Poster presentation. 

Bressler, A. and Blesh, J. 2019. Ecological nitrogen management with cover crop mixtures in Michigan. Midwest Cover Crops Council Annual Meeting, Springfield IL, Feb 20-21. Poster presentation.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Residence Program Dinner Discussion presentation, for undergraduate students planning to major in STEM fields. University of Michigan, Mosher-Jordan Hall, November 28, 2017.

Blesh, J. 2017. Invited speaker at the Science Café, Oil and Soil: The Forces of Climate Change. Conor O’Neills, Ann Arbor, MI, October 4.

Presenter at the Organic Vegetable Twilight Meeting; Zilke Vegetable Farm, Milan MI in September 2015 and 2016.

Member of planning team and facilitator of Open Space sessions: “Local Food Summit 2014,” Washtenaw County Community College, Ann Arbor, MI, March 31, 2014.

Panel moderator and event co-organizer: “A Farm for the Future” film screening and panel discussion. Mann Library Local Food and Fiber Fair, Cornell University, November 18, 2010.

Panel moderator and event co-organizer: “Urban Harvest: Perspectives on Urban Agriculture and Food Justice,” NWAEG at Cornell University and Gardens4Humanity, Ithaca, NY, April 9-10, 2010.

Panel moderator and event co-organizer: A panel discussion, “Food Justice and Agricultural Sustainability Practitioners and Activists” at the event, “World Food Crisis Solutions: Get involved locally and globally!” NWAEG at Cornell University, April 5, 2009.

Co-organizer with NWAEG at Cornell: “Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture Education” seminar series. Spring Semester, 2005, Cornell University.

SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

Ecological Society of America
Soil Science Society of America
American Society of Agronomy
Association of American Geographers
Agriculture, Food & Human Values Society
Sustainable Agriculture Education Association