More about her work can be found at www.teaclimate.org
Selena Ahmed, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Systems with research and teaching interests at the intersection of ecology, culture, and health. Since 2006, she has been focusing on the tea (Camellia sinensis) production and consumption system as a lens to examine links between environmental and human wellbeing. Selena has conducted extensive fieldwork in the tea mountains of Yunnan Province of China on a range of socio-ecological topics including biodiversity conservation, agro-forestry, terroir, indigenous management practices, organic production, farmer livelihoods, sustainability, climate change, market integration, ecological knowledge, tasting, and connoisseurship. She connects her fieldwork with laboratory analysis of the key phytochemicals that impart tea with its’ antioxidant and flavor compounds. Selena is the author of over two dozen articles and chapters on tea and co-author of the tea-table book, “Tea Horse Road: China’s Ancient Trade Road to Tibet.” She is also a founder of Shoots & Roots Bitters and enjoys extracting tea and other plants traded along this ancient road. Her favorite tea is loose green pu-erh harvested from afro-forests managed by the Akha communities she works with.