Graduate Student Researcher
Peter grew up on a small farm in northern Idaho, where he found early inspiration in his parent’s passion for sustainability and local agriculture, as well as exposures to diverse cultures. This inspiration led him to study International Studies and Physics at the University of Idaho. After college, Peter worked as an agriculture extensionist for three years in rural Togo through Peace Corps. His work focused on training small-scale farmers on improved techniques for sustainable agriculture. Upon returning to America, Peter worked in food insecurity outreach through AmeriCorps VISTA, helping increase the capacity of local organizations to serve food deserts in Fargo, North Dakota. As a master’s student in International Agricultural Development at UC Davis, Peter focused on how participatory extension can improve health and productivity of smallholder livestock in the Global South. His current research focuses on analyzing stakeholder perceptions of animal disease and vaccination in Sierra Leone.