Sam Peters is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Environmental Sciences. His research passions lie in the environmental and health impacts of different agricultural techniques. He integrates knowledge and techniques from climate, agricultural, and exposure sciences to implement his research in the field and lab. Dr. Eri Saikawa—jointly appointed in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Department of Environmental Health—serves as his advisor.
Peters is from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and has worked on farms from small-scale organic to industrial. Peters’ dissertation explores the environmental and health impacts of three different emerging agricultural techniques. He has already begun work measuring the trace soil gas fluxes of a white clover and maize living mulch system in a northern Georgia climate. His second project will explore the environmental impacts of a maize and cowpea mulch system in the Cerrado region of northeast Brazil. Finally, he will use community-driven research to better understand how different urban agricultural techniques can clean up heavy metal soil contamination in Atlanta.