Meet Our Scientists
Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs
Dr. Jessica Shade is the Director of Science Programs at The Organic Center where she directs projects associated with communicating and conducting research related to organic agriculture. During her tenure at The Organic Center Dr. Shade has collaborated on a number of diverse research programs ranging from applied solutions to on-farm challenges to methods for improving environmental impacts of agriculture. Some of her most recent collaborations include projects aimed at decreasing nitrogen pollution from agricultural sources, increasing on-farm biodiversity, and developing integrated pest management solutions for organic growers. Dr. Shade has extensive experience leading groups of diverse stakeholders to successfully develop unified visions and project goals. She developed and leads the Center’s signature conference event, Organic Confluences, which brings together policy makers, researchers, farmers, industry members, and other non-profits to address and overcome challenges faced by the organic sector. Dr. Shade has been honored for her environmental accomplishments by the Audubon Women in Conservation through their Women Greening Food Special Recognition, the Ecological Society of America Student Section and Union of Concerned Scientists through their Ecoservice Award, and is a Switzer Environmental Fellow. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Tracy Misiewicz, Associate Director of Science Programs
As the Associate Director of Science Programs for The Organic Center, Dr. Tracy Misiewicz works closely with researchers, industry, farmers, and policy makers to identify organic research needs, facilitate project implementation and communicate scientific results across the organic sector. She leads the Center’s reports compiling current science on critical issues affecting organic food and farming and also heads The Center’s grant writing program, and has written many successful scientific and educational grants to support research and outreach on issues of importance to organic stakeholders. Misiewicz received her Master’s in Plant Biology and Conservation at Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden, and her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent projects include a report detailing the benefits of organic on pollinator health and a publication highlighting the scientific literature supporting organic practices as a means to combat antibiotic resistance in bacteria.