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Alona Bunning

Outreach and Communications Coordinator, University of Maryland - Department of Geographical Sciences

How I work with Harvest

Alona Bunning is the Outreach and Communications Coordinator for NASA Harvest. She is point of contact for Harvest activities and coordination of communications, as well as logistical support for Harvest workshops and events, and designs and updates the Harvest website. Her areas of interest include:

•    Climate-smart agriculture and risk management
•    Sustainable Nutrition Security
•    Remote sensing of agriculture for smallholder farmers
•    Communications for climate and agriculture monitoring 


Alona Bunning is a Faculty Specialist in the University of Maryland's Department of Geographical Sciences, working as Communications Coordinator for the NASA-funded Harvest program, which connects the use of satellite data to food security and other fields. Her previous experience includes research on climate-smart agriculture practices, development of sustainable nutrition security metrics, and technical editing for Michigan State University. While at the World Bank in 2013-2014, she produced a report on the impacts of climate change on agricultural production, market, and migration risk. At the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Research Foundation from 2014-2017, she coordinated scientists from across the academic, public, non-profit, and private sectors to engage in sustainable agriculture research and prioritization. Alona graduated with an M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Drew University.