A 2006 graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Parker returned in 2017 as a faculty member. He is an anthropologist with specializations in rural society, agriculture, natural resources, and environment. Dr. Parker’s background in anthropology is multidisciplinary with colleagues in agricultural sciences, natural resources, watershed ecology, communications, economics, Extension, and a host of social sciences, notably rural sociology. His work has focused on household and community influences on decision making related to farm labor, conservation, health care, social sustainability, on-farm food safety, and animal biosecurity. After a year as a postdoctoral scientist, and another as a research scientist in OSU’s Horticulture and Crop Science program, he spent five years as a research assistant professor in Plant and Soil Science, and lecturer in both the departments of Nutrition and Food Sciences and the Community Development and Applied Economics, at the University of Vermont. His current research investigates the social and cultural factors influencing the decisions of small and medium-scale farm operators to implement food safety practices, hire non-family farm labor and/or mechanize labor intensive activities, and opportunities to implement micro-farm principles in a de-industrialized city like Mansfield. Dr. Parker is currently writing about farm labor management decisions, thematic understandings of on-farm food safety among New England small-scale farmers, and small-scale farm conservation in Amish communities. At OSU, he has taught Introduction to Rural Sociology (RS 1500), Society and Natural Resources (ENR 2300), Communicating Environmental and Natural Resources Information (ENR 2367), and is preparing an Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture (ENR 3100) course for Spring 2021.
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