Christian Peters
Associate Professor

  • Co-Chair, Friedman Seminar Committee

Dr. Peters’ research interests lie in the developing field of sustainability science, within the thematic area of food systems. Within this broad, trans-disciplinary field, Dr. Peters focuses on the modeling of food systems. To date, he has used quantitative modeling approaches to explore four major topics: (1) Land requirements of the human diet, (2) the human carrying capacity of agricultural land resources, (3) the potential of local and regional production systems to supply food needs, and (4) Feed needs of livestock systems. Dr. Peters is perhaps most well-known for his spatial analysis of potential local foodsheds, providing a concrete example of a term that has resonated with the local and regional food movements. As a result of this experience, Dr. Peters was invited to lead a research team within the USDA-funded project entitled "Enhancing Food Security of Underserved Populations in the Northeast through Sustainable Regional Food Systems" (or EFSNE). The "Scenarios and Modeling Team" includes all modelers on the EFSNE project and is charged with the development of scenarios and the identification of opportunities for linking models. Dr. Peters accepted this role in hopes of integrating biophysical and economic models of regional food systems. Finally, Dr. Peters seeks to understand the contribution that modeling has made to the knowledge base related to the sustainability of food systems. To this end, he has developed a new course entitled "Food Systems Modeling and Analysis" designed to teach students some of the approaches used in this emerging field.


  • Ph.D., 2007, Soil and Crop Sciences, Cornell University
  • M.S., 2002, Soil and Crop Sciences, Cornell University
  • B.S., 1995, Environmental Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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