Ashley M Noonen (nee Hand)

Ashley M Noonen (nee Hand)

  • Alumni
  • Co-Owner and Operator of Nooner Farms
  • Former MS Research Assistant; graduated 2014 (GPSA)
Background: My undergraduate education afforded me the opportunity to explore various topics within the disciplines of sociology, women's studies, and forestry. My multi-disciplinary research training utilizing mixed methods; experience as a volunteer and board member for the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network; along with my work within the People, Land Use, and Society Lab as an undergraduate research assistant and current graduate student has fostered an interest in human dimensions research regarding natural resource use and conservation efforts using woody systems. I'm also currently a Teaching Assistant with Dr. Richard Schultz for NREM 301: Forest Ecology and Soils and NREM 407/507: Watershed Management.

Research Interests: I'm interested in multifunctional land use opportunities at field level, watershed, and larger landscapes scales which offer environmental quality improvements. Specifically, I'm interested in exploring strategies for engaging diverse stakeholders in collaborative efforts for sustainable resource management and resource use. I'm currently working as part of a multidisciplinary team for a project titled Great Plains Agroforestry: Evaluation of Bioenergy Feedstock and Carbon Sequestration as Potential Long-Term Revenue Streams to Diversify Landowner Income.

Personal Interests: I spend as much time as I can outside by running, hiking, camping, fishing, climbing, and kayaking. I also enjoy reading, cooking, spending time with friends and family, live music, and trying new creative hobbies like painting, cello, or knitting.

"US Great Plains Agroforestry: Examining Agricultural Producer Interest in Woody Systems for Bioenergy Feedstock Production" at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM). June 13, 2014. Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany.

"'There's no instant gratification with trees': A qualitative examination of agricultural producer interest in agroforestry for renewable energy production" (research poster) at the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture Spring Symposium. April 16, 2014. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

"Oak Decline in the Driftless Area: An examination of oak management and policy tools for private woodlands" at the Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference. March 8, 2014. Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

"Agroforestry in the U.S. Great Plains: Exploring opportunities for bioenergy on marginal farm land" (research poster) at the International Conference on Agricultural Biodiversity and Sustainability. August 27-31, 2012. Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.

- Florence E. and Wendell H. Harmon Endowed Research Fellowship in Forestry Management, 2014 Recipient
- Carl Rise Teaching Fellowship in Forestry, 2013 Recipient
- Margaret Sloss Gender Equity Award, 2009 Recipient