Assistant Professor, School for Environment and Sustainabilitymehajain@umich.edu
3540 Dana Building
Meha Jain is an Assistant Professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability and is also part of the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative at the University of Michigan. Her research examines the impacts of environmental change on agricultural production and strategies that farmers adopt to reduce negative impacts. Her work combines remote sensing of satellite imagery and geospatial analyses with household-level and census datasets to examine farmer decision-making and behavior across large spatial and temporal scales. To date her work has focused on the impacts of weather variability and groundwater depletion on agricultural production in India, and whether smallholder farmers are able to adapt their cropping practices to mitigate these impacts. She currently has several ongoing projects related to sustainable agricultural in India, including (1) examining the impacts of more efficient fertilizer use in Bihar, (2) identifying the impacts of warming temperatures on wheat yields across the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP) and how farmers may be able to adapt to reduce negative impacts, and (3) the effects of groundwater depletion on agricultural production in the IGP and how farmers are adapting to falling water tables.