Hamutahl Cohen

GFI Fellow - Class of 2017

Graduate Student, Environmental Studies
UC Santa Cruz


Food Security and Blum Center Food Hub


A Ph.D. candidate in environmental studies, Hamutahl Cohen is a returning GFI fellow. Her research on bee-microbe interactions sits at the intersection of urban agroecology, pollinator conservation and California food systems. Her research draws on her first-hand experiences gardening, farming and beekeeping as an undergraduate with the Student Organic Garden Association (SOGA) at UC Berkeley and as an apprentice and then graduate student with the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS). Building on her work as a GFI fellow in 2015-16, she is interning with the UC Santa Cruz Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise and Participatory Governance. She will be continuing to establish the center’s food hub with anthropology professor Nancy Chen towards improving food security both in Santa Cruz County and on the UC Santa Cruz campus.