Areas of Expertise
- Grazing systems
- Environmental impact assessment
- Ph.D., Animal Sciences, Michigan State University, 2014
- M.S., Applied Chemistry to Agriculture & the Environment, University of São Paulo, Brazil, 2010
- B. Eng., Agronomic Engineering, University of São Paulo, Brazil, 2008
Professor Chiavegato has a split appointment in Horticulture and Crop Science and Animal Science and can advise graduate students in both departments.
Her research interests center on manipulation of crop-livestock management strategies to achieve functionality, sustainability and resilience in a changing climate. She conducts multi-year analysis of large-scale databases to test different strategies at the field scale such as grazing management strategies, crop-rotations, and integrated crop-livestock systems. More specifically, she investigates factors that affect resilience of agroecosystems, such as how plants, animals, or microbes and their interactions respond to management and climate change. She investigates fluxes of C and N through plant and animal agroecosystems, monitoring environmental pressures such as greenhouse gas emissions from soils and animals, ammonia volatilization and nitrate leaching.