Associate Scientist and Director, Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment
Carol Barford is an associate scientist and the director of the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). Her work centers on agriculture, food, environmental quality, and related risks. Before joining SAGE, Barford completed a BA in biology and a MS in ecology at Boston University, and a PhD in environmental engineering at Harvard University.
For her PhD thesis, Barford measured nitrogen stable isotope effects of denitrification and applied the results to track nitrous oxide production in agriculture and wastewater. Barford also held a postdoctoral position in atmospheric chemistry at Harvard, where she studied forest carbon cycling. Her synthesis of biometric and atmospheric methods of measuring forest carbon balance appeared in the journal Science.