Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Abigail Han

Research Resident

Abigail, currently a senior working on a BS in Crop & Soil Sciences with an emphasis in genetics and breeding and minoring in Global Food, came to TLI from Virginia. For a summer, she worked at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve’s plant biodiversity project, similar to the polycultures of TLI’s natural systems agriculture. The idea of natural systems agriculture drew her to work at TLI. She says, “Thinking about how we can go with the flow of nature instead of constantly fighting against, like we usually do in conventional farming, enchants me.”


What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at TLI?

One of my roles is to pack soil into small bags of tin and use tweezers to mold them into tiny cubes! It’s a long process, but exciting because those cubes of soil will be analyzed for their carbon content.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?

Learning about anything – at the moment it’s aquatic plants and the history of the periodic table.

What’s your motto / favorite quote?

“What speaks to the soul, escapes our measurements.” – Alexander von Humboldt

What were you like at age 10?
I wore exclusively track pants, tennis shoes, and a sweatshirt every day and couldn’t eat my dinner without a book in my hand.


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