Brooks Estes

Brooks Estes smiling with a horse
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A student of the Environment & Community MA program, Brooks’s research focused on the knowledge and attitudes of Napa Valley wine producers regarding integrated pest management techniques, and their views on conservation issues in general. She completed a mixed-methods project, sending surveys to wine producers and conducting follow-up semi-structured interviews with a subset of respondents. Her research addressed a gap in understanding farmer knowledge and motivations related to sustainable practices, and it is rooted in cognitive hierarchy literature to investigate how vineyard producers in Napa Valley view the use of barn owl nest boxes as a tool for integrated pest management.