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Preparing passionate leaders driving change in sustainability and stewardship of the environment.

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Dr. Nicholas Babin

Nicholas BabinDr. Nicholas Babin

Phone: (805) 756-2373
Office: 074M-A122

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Dr. Babin's Areas of Focus

Agroecology · Sustainable Food Systems · Natural Resources Policy and Planning · Watershed Management · Political Economy

About Dr. Nicholas Babin

Nick holds a PhD in agroecology, an MA in environmental studies and a BA in global economics, all from UC Santa Cruz. He utilizes interdisciplinary approaches to understand and promote sustainable land management and community development in both tropical and temperate landscapes. His research has evaluated the impacts of Fair Trade marketing networks and the adoption of agroecological farming practices on reducing smallholder coffee farmer vulnerability in Costa Rica. Partnering with local coffee cooperatives and an international NGO, the results are used to improve smallholder agricultural systems and marketing strategies. Nick’s recent research evaluates the obstacles and opportunities for the adoption, maintenance and diffusion of sustainable agriculture and climate change best management practices in the United States. The same commitment to community-based approaches, policy-relevant and applied topics, and sustainability that inspires his research also drives his work with students in the classroom and the field. His aim is to encourage students to become lifetime, active learners and engaged citizens. He works to accomplish this in his teaching and mentoring through hands-on, experiential and field-based service learning opportunities.

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Teaching Quality Rating1

Student comments about the teacher:



1 Teaching quality rating is based on student teaching evaluations completed by Cal Poly students. A cumulative grand average for all courses taught over the last two years is calculated from responses to the student evaluation question, "Overall, this instructor was educationally effective" that ranges on a scale from 1=Strongly disagree to 5=Strongly agree.

4.5+ A+
4.0 to 4.5 A
3.5 to 4.0 B
3.0 to 3.5 C
Below 3.0 D

Selected Publications

Church, S., Dunn, M., Babin, N., Saylor Mase, A., Haigh, T., & L. S. Prokopy (2018). Do Advisors Perceive Climate Change as an Agricultural Risk? An in-depth examination of Midwestern U.S. Ag advisors' views on drought, climate change, and risk management. Agriculture and Human Values. 35 (2), 349-365

Church, S.P., Haigh, T., Widhalm, M., Garcia de Jalon, S., Babin, N., Carlton, S., Dunn, M., Fagan, K., Knutson, C., & L.S. Prokopy (2017). Agricultural trade publications and the 2012 Midwestern U.S. Drought: A missed opportunity for climate risk communication. Climate Risk Management. 15, 45-60

Ulrich-Schad, J.D., Garcia de Jalon, S., Babin, N., Pape, A., & L.S. Prokopy (2017). Measuring and understanding agricultural producers' adoption of nutrient best management practices. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 72(5)

Floress, K., García de Jalón, S., Church, S., Babin, N., Ulrich-Schad, J.D., & L.S. Prokopy (2017). Toward a Theory of Farmer Conservation Attitudes: Dual Interests and Willingness to Take Actions to Protect Water Quality. Journal of Environmental Psychology.53

Ulrich-Schad, J.D., Babin, N., Ma, Z., & L.S. Prokopy (2016). Out-of-state, out of mind? Non-operating farmland owners and conservation decision making. Land Use Policy. 54

Gao, Y., Babin, N., Turner, A.J., Hoffa, C.R., & L.S. Prokopy (2016). Understanding urban-suburban adoption and maintenance of rain barrels. Landscape and Urban Planning.153

Babin, N., N.D. Mullendore & L.S. Prokopy (2016). Using Social Criteria to Select Watersheds for Non-point Source Agricultural Pollution Abatement Projects. Land Use Policy. 55

Mase, A.S., Babin, N., Prokopy, L.S. & K. Genskow (2015). Trust in sources of soil and water quality information: Implications for environmental outreach and education. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA). 51(6)

Prokopy, L.S., Carlton, J.S., Arbuckle, J., Haigh, T., Lemos, M.C., Mase, A.S. Babin, N., Dunn, M., Andresen, J., Angel, J., Hart, C., Power, R. (2015). Extension’s Role in Disseminating Information about Climate Change to Agricultural Stakeholders in the United States. Climatic Change.

Babin, N. (2015). The Coffee Crisis, Fair Trade and Agroecological Transformation: Impacts on Land Use Change in Costa Rica. Journal of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.39(1)

Babin, N. (2014). Agroecology Saves the Farm (Where Fair Trade Failed): Surviving the Coffee Crisis in Costa Rica. Institute for Food and Development: Food First Backgrounder. 20(4)

Carlton, J.S., Angel, J.R., Fei, S., Huber, M., Koontz, T., MacGowan, B.J., Mullendore, N.D., Babin, N., & L.S. Prokopy (2014). State service foresters’ attitudes toward using climate and weather information when advising forest landowners. Journal of Forestry.112(1)

L.S. Prokopy, D. Towery, & N. Babin (2014). Adoption of Agricultural Conservation Practices: Insights from Research and Practice. Purdue Extension. FNR-488-W

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