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Faculty and Staff Brief Bios

Every few weeks, the Snapshots section will introduce you to a UMass faculty or staff member whose work helps to support the mission of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment. With these pieces, we aim to present a picture of the breadth of the education and research that happens every day at UMass Amherst. Enjoy getting to know some of our extraordinary colleagues.

Jason D. Lanier

Jason D.Lanier, Extension Educator II, Turf ProgramLandscape and Turf: From a Passion to a Profession

A summer lawn.... or a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.  While he may not be “firmly rooted” –pun intended-- in Shakespeare, Jason Lanier has always lived by that motto...enamored of the smell of freshly-cut grass since childhood.  Even then, he knew he was all about the plants, intrigued by the role that they have on planetary health and how they affect our lives. 

Sheila Mammen

Sheila Mammen, Professor Resource EconomicsRural Low-Income Families: Studies on Their Health and Well-Being

Sheila Mammen, professor of resource economics at UMass Amherst, is passionate about understanding the complex economic realities faced by rural low-income families.  Talk with her for just a moment and her eagerness to convey information about how these families are impacted by health care choices, employment opportunities and food security is evident.