I grew up in suburban middle Georgia, where I did my undergraduate in cellular/molecular biology and economics at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA. I was always fascinated in viruses, and therefore had every intention on one day working on viral research at the Center for Disease Control. However, a decision to take a food ethics course at the end of my sophomore completely changed my life. Once exposed to the environmental and animal welfare injustices of industrial animal production, I became completely devoted to finding a solution and enacting change at both the consumer and producer levels. Shortly after, I reached out to the Department Chair in the Dept. of Biological Sciences, Dr. Indiren Pillay, who gracioulsy offered me the opportunity to engage this issue through research in his lab. I designed and have since published this work, which focused on differences in foodborne pathogen (E.coli O157:H7 and Salmonella) composition in ground beef from grass-based, sustainable grazing farms and conventional, grain-based feedlot systems.
Understanding that I had no actual farm or animal production experience, I decided that furthering my education on this front would be my next move. I joined one of the foremost researchers on sustainable grazing, Dr. Jason Rowntree at Michigan State University for a masters in Animal Science in 2015. Here, I had the opportunity to gain on-farm experience at the MSU Lake City AgBioResearch Station. I developed a cross-discipline study that incorporated soil C research and on-farm animal data into a life-cycle greenhouse gas model to analyze the environmental impacts of a nuanced grazing system (adaptive multi-paddock grazing) with conventional feedlot beef production. I was awarded the Outstanding Master's Student of the Year in the Department of Animal Science for this work.
The science on regenerative grazing and its impacts on ecosystem services such as soil carbon sequestration is still emerging. To explore scientific questions related to regenerative grazing, I am approaching my research from an interdisciplinary perspective under a co-advisership between Drs. Lynn Huntsinger (rangeland ecologist) and Tim Bowles (agroecologist). In my dissertation research, I am utilizing a mixed-methods framework combining quantitative and qualitative data to explore 1. the ecological impacts of adaptive multi-paddock grazing (using indicators such as soil carbon, water infiltration, and more) and 2. the social dimensions of rancher decision making and local-ecological knowledge leading to improved management. Together, this interdisciplinary work will be important to producing informed, holistic policy that incentivized animal agriculture that is environmentally regenerative, high animal welfare, and equitable.
BS., Biology, Minor in Economics. Summa cum laude. Georgia College & State University (2015)
MS., Animal Science. Michigan State University. (2017)
Agricultural policy; sustainable animal agriculture; soil C sequestration; integrated crop-livestock systems; diversified farming systems; sustainable grazing
For the past several years, my passion and research focus has surrounded sustainable and regenerative animal agriculture. My ultimate goal is to promote an agricultural transition away from industrial, environmentally degrading, and low welfare animal production and towards sustainable animal agricultural practices through research that informs science-based policy.
Previously trained as a molecular biologist and animal scientist, I aim to combine my diverse knowledge and expertise toward interdisciplinary environmental research. I aim to answer questions such as: What are the ecosystem outcomes and climate change mitigation potential of regenerative grazing, both locally and at-scale? What are the tradeoffs for regenerative grazing applied to healthy and sustainable diets? How do ranchers make decisions about adopting improved management strategies to protect natural resources on their lands, and how do we utilize policy to incentivize these practices?
My previous research and background in food safety, foodborne pathogens, soil and animal science and environmental life-cycle analysis modelling give me a unique, interdisciplinary approach to this issue.
*Stanley, P.L., Rowntree, J.E., Beede, D.K., DeLonge, M.S. and Hamm, M.W. 2018. Impacts of soil carbon sequestration on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in Midwestern USA beef finishing systems. Agricultural systems 162, pp. 249–258.
*Stanley, Paige L.; Winslow, Taylor A.; and Pillay, Indiren (2017) "Detection of Presumptive Pathogens in Ground Beef from Supermarket and Farmers' Market Sources," Georgia Journal of Science, Vol. 75, No. 2, Article 2.
- Peder Sather Sustainable Agriculture Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship
- Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship
- Nico Linesch Crossing Boundaries Scholar Award, California Student Sustainability Coalition Nico Linesch Crossing Boundaries Scholar Award, California Student Sustainability Coalition
- Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Starter Grant Award, UC Berkeley
- Outstanding Masters Student of the Year, Michigan State University Dept of Animal Science
- “The Herd” Scholar- Grassfed Exchange Association
- First Place in Biomedical Sciences for Undergraduate Research, Georgia Academy of Sciences
- Doris Moody Scholarship, Georgia College & State University
- John Harof Scholarship, Georgia College & State University
- Dean’s List, Georgia College & State University
- Greek Scholar Award, Georgia College & State University
- Georgia College Alumni Association Scholarship, Georgia College & State University
- President’s List, Georgia College & State University
- President’s List, Georgia College & State University
- Zell Miller Scholarship, Georgia College & State University
- Peach County High School Salutatorian, Peach County High School
ESPM 60: Environmental Policy, Administration, and Law
ESPM 102D: Climate and Energy Policy.
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