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Rachael Garrett

Title:Graduate, PhD 2013
Primary Affiliation:Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources
Office Location:Y2E2  226

Biographical Information

Rachael's expertise lies in the social science fields related to conservation, including agricultural economics and land use science. She is currently a Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science at Harvard University.

Her e-portfolio is available at


Rachael's dissertation research examines the effects of economic conditions, institutions, and supply chain networks on soybean production and land use in Brazil.  In particular, she is interested in the relationship between soybean yields and the expansion of soy planted area in the Cerrado and Amazon, and the temporal and spatial determinants of soybean production profitability. Rachael incorporates multiple spatial scales in her analysis, including: local case studies in Sorriso, Mato Grosso and Santarem, Para, regional modeling, and inter-temporal macroeconomic analysis.  Rachael has also done work on the welfare effects of ethanol production in São Paulo state and has an interest in the potential of agricultural processing and refining to promote local development.  Rachael is advised by Professors Rosamond Naylor and Eric Lambin in the department of Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford.


  • Instructor - Agricultural Systems in Emerging Economies
  • Teaching Assistant - World Food Economy
  • Teaching Assistant - Agricultural Development in Brazil 

Professional Activities

As an Environmental Consultant for the Green Restaurant Association Rachael helped restaurants and resorts across the country reduce their environmental impact by installing energy and water efficient technologies and purchasing local food.  Rachael also spent time in Ecuador working for the Jatun Sacha Foundation to develop a sustainable forestry management plan for a Shuar biological reserve in the Amazon. She has also worked as an Apprentice on a biodynamic and organic farm in Salem, Connecticut in order to understand the physical challenges to implementing sustainable agriculture projects.


  • 2006 | Master of Public Administration, Environmental Science & Policy, Columbia University
  • 2003 | Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, History; Environmental Analysis & Policy, Boston University

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 - 2013 | Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fellowship
  • 2011 | Excellence in Mentoring Award, Stanford University School of Earth Sciences
  • 2010 – 2011 | The Richard L. Kauffman and Ellen Jewett IPER Fellowship
  • 2003 | Franklin C. Erickson Prize: Boston University prize for Excellence in Geography
  • 2000 – 2003 | University Scholar: Half-tuition academic scholarship awarded by the Trustees of Boston University

University Service

  • 2012 | Lead Organizer, Young Environmental Scholars Conference: Environmental Policy, Behavior, and NormsStanford, CA
  • 2012 | Co-Organizer, “Contemporary Geographies of Land Use in the Brazilian Cerrado and Amazon”, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York, NY
  • 2011-2012 |Co-Organizer, Interdisciplinary Waters Workshop Stanford University
  • 2010-2011 | Coordinator, Environmental Norms, Institutions, & Policy WorkshopStanford University
  • 2010-2013 | Peer Advisor, Stanford University E-IPER
  • 2010 | Undergraduate Summer Research Advisor, Stanford University Earth Systems Department 
  • 2010-2011 | Executive Committee Representative, Stanford University E-IPER
  • 2009-2010 | Coordinator,  Lunch Weekly SeriesStanford University EIPER
  • 2008-2009 | Student Committee 1st Year PhD Representative, Stanford University E-IPER

Courses Taught

  • Instructor - Agricultural Systems in Emerging Economies
  • Teaching Assistant - World Food Economy
  • Teaching Assistant - Agricultural Development in Brazil


  • Garrett, R. D., Lambin, E. F., and Naylor, R. L., 2013. New Economic Geography of Land Use: Supply Chain Configurations and Land Use in the Brazilian Amazon, Land Use Policy.
  • Gardner, T., Ferreira, J., Barlow, J. Lees, A., Parry, L. Viera, C. Berenguer, E., Garrett, R. and 91 others, 2013. A social and ecological assessment of tropical land-uses at multiple scales: the Sustainable Amazon Network. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society - B.
  • Garrett, R. D., Lambin, E. F., and Naylor, R. L., 2012. Land Institutions and Supply Chains as Determinants of Local Soy Planted Area and Yields. Land Use Policy, 31: 385– 396.
  • Martinelli, L., Garrett, R., Ferraz, S., and Naylor, R., 2011.  Sugar and Ethanol Production as a Rural Development Strategy in Brazil: Evidence from the State of São Paulo. Agricultural Systems, 104: 419–428.
  •   Dillon, J.,  Ekmekji, K., Feighery, A., Garrett, R., Gray, M., Johnson, T., Jones, S., Legge, T. Leous, JP,  Raeisghasem, A., Reilly, K. 2008. Corruption and the Environment. A project for Transparency International, Environmental Science and Policy Workshop, Columbia University, School of International & Public Affairs.  


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