Luke Salvato

Luke Salvato

Position Title
MSc Student


Bio

I study patterns of land use change in California’s Central Valley and their interaction with environmental factors. Specifically, I study the recent trend of switching land use from rice production into other perennial and annual crops with the goal of describing the location, timing, and extent of this trend and investigating relationships between these patterns of land use change and environmental factors such as soil type, drought conditions, and climate. I aim to utilize forecasted climate change scenarios to make predictions about future land cover patterns in the Central Valley. My goal is to conduct research that serves as a tool to help policy makers and practitioners build sustainable, resilient agroecosystems.