Charles M. Benbrook, Ph.D, M2M Program Leader
For details of Dr. Benbrook’s research interests and experience see his CSANR faculty page and Vitae. Dr. Benbrook has been actively involved in a number of efforts to measure and enhance the performance of farming systems.
He serves on the Coordinating Council of the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops project, and is on the Board of Protected Harvest, an ecolabel program. He is on the management team guiding the development of the PRiME model, and serves on the AGree project advisory committee. He currently serves as a member of the USDA’s AC 21 agricultural biotechnology advisory committee.
Nicholas Potter, M.S., Research Scientist
Mr. Potter is the M2M Data Specialist. Nick joined the M2M program in the fall of 2012 and is responsible for the development of M2M web tools, creating data and analytical processes, and performing statistical research. He also creates data visualizations to summarize M2M research results. Mr. Potter previously worked as an economic analyst with the National Bureau of Economic research. He served for two years in the Peace Corps in Niger and Guinea, primarily working to develop small businesses, including rice and honey cooperatives. Nick has earned a MS degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and a BA in Economics from Hampshire College.
Dr. Donald R. Davis, M2M Consultant
Dr. Davis is a nutritional biochemist and expert on food nutritional quality. He published his first paper on the measurement of food quality in 1976 with R.J. Williams in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It is entitled “Potentially Useful Criteria for Judging Nutritional Adequacy” (Vol. 29: 710-715). Don was the lead author of a seminal paper published in 2004 entitled “Changes in USDA Food Compositional Data for 43 Garden Crops, 1950 to 1999” (Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 23, No. 6, pages 669-682).
Don’s recent research and analytical work has been instrumental in re-introducing to the agricultural science community the term “dilution effect” – the tendency of rising crop yields to be accompanied by lower (i.e., “diluted”) levels of at least some essential nutrients. This term was widely used and accepted 30 years ago, but has only recently been revived by scientists exploring the impact of plant breeding priorities and rising yields on crop nutritional quality.
Dr. Davis has developed a “Nutritional Quality index” with Dr. Benbrook, as well as NutriCircles software for estimating the nutrient content in food. Abbreviated Vitae.
Karie Knoke, K-Comp Solutions, M2M consultant
Ms. Knoke provides assistance with database development and support and modeling within Microsoft Excel and Access.
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