Katie Hoeberling

Katie Hoeberling is a Masters student in the International Agricultural Development Graduate Group at UC Davis. Her research focuses on improving the delivery of extension and advisory services to smallholder farmers in developing economies and the nature of these groups' communication and decision-making processes. She is especially interested in engaging savings groups as platforms to study pathways to adoption, adaptation, and development of appropriate technologies. She will be traveling to Cambodia this fall as a U.S. Borlaug Fellow to work with the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) and the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) to study these pathways and identify mechanisms for horticultural value chain development. She will also help develop an internship program at RUA for agronomy students aspiring to be extension specialists. She is a primary author of the MEAS report on “Documenting Development Organizations’ Extension Approaches.” She is seeking a career in agricultural extension and would like to improve two-way communication channels between extension specialists and farmers.
Katie is also performing a life cycle assessment of the processing and transportation of almonds grown in California and distributed domestically and abroad. She is also an associate of the Climate Change, Water, and Society IGERT at UC Davis with whom she planned the “Water Scarcity in the West” interdisciplinary conference. She has served as a member of the Climate Action Reserve's Urban Forest Project Protocol working group with whom she worked to revise a protocol for California’s compliance carbon offset market. She was also a member of the Good Food Procurement Program working group of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science from UCLA where she studied the potential impacts of vineyard development in the Santa Monica Mountains.