Bonnie McGillSenior Climate and Soil Health Scientist
Bonnie joined AFT in June 2022. As a member of the AFT Climate Initiative, she contributes her expertise in biogeochemistry, geospatial and statistical modeling, climate communication, and social science toward transitioning US ag from a net source of greenhouse gases to net removal of atmospheric carbon in ways that are equitable and inclusive. Before joining AFT, Bonnie was a science communication fellow at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History specializing in climate communication in rural western Pennsylvania and a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow modeling conservation practices and nitrate pollution in Iowa watersheds. She earned her Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology from Michigan State University where she measured the carbon footprint of an irrigated no-till corn-soy-wheat cropping system and the climate impacts on groundwater pollution in a southern African aquifer. Bonnie has conducted focus groups with corn and soybean farmers in Michigan, Iowa, and Pennsylvania to explore barriers to conservation, inform ecosystem modeling, and co-produce climate communication materials. She brings extensive experience collaborating with partners at conservation districts, NRCS, state conservation agencies, and university extensions. Bonnie has published in journals like PLoS One, Global Change Biology, Hydrogeology Journal, and People and Nature as well as Scientific American. She is an Appalachian, a dog-mom to Lucy, and lives in the area now known as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania– the ancestral lands and rivers stewarded by the Seneca, Monongahela, Lenape, Shawnee, Wyandot, and Osage peoples for many generations, today, and into the future.