Kavya is a first year PhD student in the field of Soil and Crop Sciences. Her primary research interests are studying soil health – particularly its effects on food security. For the fieldwork component of her PhD, she is working with India-based agricultural universities like the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University in Bihar to advance India’s understanding of soil health. Prior to Cornell, Kavya received a joint Master’s degree in Soil Science and Agroecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she examined the effect of cover crop management on mineralizable nitrogen. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Environmental Biology. Moreover, she believes the detailed study of soil health will help give more focused direction to overall food policy and food security.