Ada Smith

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Ada Smith

PhD student, Forest & Conservation Science

Personal Summary

Ada is a PhD candidate in the Department of Society & Conservation working in the Human Dimensions Lab with Dr. Libby Metcalf. Ada’s research interests focus on agrarian decision-making, climate adaptation and the roles and voices of women ranchers in Montana. Ada has a background in community-based participatory research focused on Indigenous food sovereignty and decolonizing food systems education from her MA research at the University of British Columbia, and she earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Wellesley College. Growing up on a small farmstead in rural Wisconsin and summers on her grandparents ranch in Montana were formative in developing Ada’s interest in food systems that connect and sustain people and places.