Senior Extension Associate, Natural Resources and the Environment
Louise is not accepting graduate students for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.
Louise conducts integrated research, extension and teaching activities in the area of agriculture and natural resources planning and management. Her work aims to better understand how to engage local communities with other stakeholders in designing and developing integrated landscapes that deliver the full range of products and services needed for human health and security while sustaining non-human nature. This integrated landscape approach commonly finds expression in places where conflict between land uses, and disparity in the rights and resources of different land users are present. Her focus on developing analytic frameworks, tools and curricula that stimulate social learning across different professional structures and knowledge systems thus aims to build collaborative governance systems for socio-ecologically resilient landscapes. As coordinator of the Cornell Ecoagriculture Working Group, Louise links Cornell students and faculty with EcoAgriculture Partners where she leads its Innovation in Collaborative Management program.
Master of Science
Colorado State University
Bachelor of Arts
University of Colorado
Bachelor of Science
University of Colorado
Analysis of collaborative, multi-stakeholder processes in transitional pathways to integrated landscape management for building socio-ecological resilience and realizing goals for conservation and sustainable development. Action research aimed at co-design strategies for scaling up agroforestry, climate smart agriculture, eco-certified commodity production, agro-eco-tourism and other production systems that add value to integrated landscapes.
Extension and Outreach Focus
- Facilitating regional, national and global landscape learning networks
- Building cross-sectoral, multi-jurisdictional leadership capacity for integrated landscape management through participant-engaged curriculum design and development
- Engaging stakeholders in designing and applying frameworks and tools that support collaborative management of landscapes including monitoring, evaluation and learning
- Teaching "Special Topics" courses around graduate student interest in themes related to integrated landscape management, and oriented to producing useful knowledge products; focus on engagement through action research, practice-oriented learning
- Designing and using dynamic “living case studies” to connect university classrooms with field- based practitioners for practical problem-solving in complex landscapes
- Co-leading Capacity Building Design Team of ‘1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People Radical Collaboration’.
- Buck, LE, SJ Scherr, L Trujillo, J. Mecham and M Fleming. 2020. Using integrated landscape management to scale agroforestry: examples from Ecuador. Sustainability Science 15:1401-1415.
- Plieninger, T, J Muñoz‑Rojas, LE Buck and SJ Scherr. 2020. Agroforestry for sustainable landscape management. Sustainability Science 15:1255–1266.
- Kusters, K, M De Graaf, LE Buck, K Galido, A Maindo, H Mendoza, T Huu Nghi, E Purwanto and R Zagt. 2020. Inclusive landscape governance for sustainable development: Assessment methodology and lessons for civil society organizations. Land 9(4): 128
- Buck, LE, S J Scherr, B Chami, M Goldman, TLawrence, JMecham, E Nevers, and R Thomas. 2019. Exploring Property Rights and Tenure in Integrated Landscape Management. Washington, D.C. EcoAgriculture Partners on behalf of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative.
- Buck, LE, SJ Scherr, C Planicka and K Heiner. 2017. Building partnerships for landscape stewardship. In: Bieling, C. and T. Plieninger (eds). The Science and Practice of Lansscape Stewardship, Chapter 4, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
- Kusters, K, LE Buck, M De Graaf, P Minang, C Van Ooster and R Zagt. 2017. Participatory planning, monitoring, and evaluation of multi-stakeholder platforms in Integrated landscape initiatives. Environmental Management.
- Malley, Z, AHart, LE Buck, PL Mwambene, Z Katambara, M Mng'ong'o and C Chambi. 2017. Integrated agricultural landscape management: Case study on inclusive innovation processes, monitoring and evaluation in the Mbeya Region, Tanzania. Outlook on Agriculture 46(2):146-153.
- Heiner, K, L Buck, L Gross, A Hart and N Stam. 2017. Public-private-civic partnerships for sustainable landscapes: A practical guide for Conveners. EcoAgriculture Partners and IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Washington, DC.
- Sayer, JA, Margules, C, Boedhihartono, AK, Sunderland, TCH, Langston, JD, Reed, J,Riggs, R, Buck, LE, Campbell, BM, Kusters K, Elliott, C, Minang, PA, Dale, A, Purnomo H, Stevenson J, Gunarso R and A Purnomo. 2016. Measuring the effectiveness of landscape approaches to conservation and development. Sustainability Science 12(3): 465-476.
- Perspectives in International Development IARD 6960/NTRES 6960/PLSCS 6960/AEM6960, Spring and Fall, 1 credit
- Special Topics courses recently offered include:
- Agroforestry Landscapes: Scaling up agroforestry through integrated landscape management, Part 2. NTRES/IARD 4960/6960, Fall 2018, 2 credits
- Agroforestry Landscapes: Scaling up agroforestry through integrated landscape management, Part 1. NTRES/IARD 4960/6960, Spring, 2019, 2 credits
- Exploring innovative approaches to land governance and property rights in integrated landscape management. NTRES/IARD 4960/6960, Spring, 2018, 2 credits.
- Practical Methods for assessing impacts of agricultural production on biodiversity, NTRES/IARD 4960-6960, Fall, 2017, 1-2 credits.
Fernow Hall 116
Ithaca, NY 14853
Leb3 [at] cornell.edu