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.
Doctorate Cornell University 2020
Master of Science Colorado State University 1978
Bachelor of Arts University of Colorado 1974
Bachelor of Science University of Colorado 1974
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.
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.
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.