Award: Fulbright U.S. Student Award
Emily Toner is a geographer and journalist studying soil carbon in Ireland’s carbon-rich boglands. As a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow she will travel around Ireland to understand how climate change-driven policies to preserve peat bogs are impacting people and the soil. Though covering only 3% of the world’s landmass, peat soil holds as much carbon as all vegetation combined. Follow her project on National Geographic’s Open Explorer platform. Emily earned a B.S. in agronomy emphasizing soil science from Iowa State University and a geography M.S. and journalism M.A. at University of Wisconsin – Madison. For her geography M.S. thesis, she combined soil science and archival research to explore the legacy of Japanese American interment camp gardeners during World War II. She worked as urban agriculture educator in Indianapolis, Indiana for Purdue University Extension prior to receiving the Fulbright fellowship.