Emily Sigman is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow pursuing a joint Master of Forestry and Master of Global Affairs degree. As an undergraduate, Emily double majored in philosophy and international studies and graduated from Yale in 2011. Emily then spent five years as the co-founder of an urban farm and affordable housing cooperative in Colorado, while also working with a range of local, national, and international agricultural organizations.
At Yale, Emily explores potential avenues for more abundant, resilient, and multi-functional food systems. Her studies are grounded equally in natural science and social science, and she employs mixed methods to undertake interdisciplinary projects across the globe. Her research revolves around agroforestry and silvopasture (the incorporation of trees into agricultural and ranching landscapes, respectively), with a focus on inter-species relationships. Through her work, she seeks to illuminate pathways for socio-ecological restoration and the mutual flourishing of earth's many communities.
Emily speaks five languages, and has worked in a wide variety of field settings across Latin America, Eurasia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also an active force for transformation in the Yale-New Haven community; She is the landscape steward for the Yale Community Forest Garden, co-leader of the Yale Ethnobotany and Mycology Society, and a co-founder of the Yale Agroforestry Collaborative.