Areas of Interest

  • rural livelihoods
  • sustainable agriculture
  • conservation social science
  • mixed methods research
  • inequality and the environment
  • impact evaluation


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    International Development and Management (LUMID), Lund University
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental College


  • 2018-08-01
    Dean's Fellowship
  • 2021-06-01
    UMD GEOG Human Dimensions of Global Change Summer Research Fellowship
  • 2021-05-01
    Dean's Research Initiative Grant


  • “Outcomes of Sustainable Waste Management Initiatives – a Systematic Review.” Presented at the National Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Washington D.C., April 3-7, 2019.
  • “No Plastic in Nature – Preventing secondary sources of microplastics in the environment.” Presented at the workshop on Environmental Health Effects of Microplastics. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Washington D.C., January 2


  • Traldi, Rebecca. 2021. “Progress and Pitfalls: A Systematic Review of the Evidence for Agricultural Sustainability Standards.” Ecological Indicators 125 (June): 107490.
  • Biffi, Sofia, Rebecca Traldi, Bart Crezee, et al. 2021. “Aligning Agri-Environmental Subsidies and Environmental Needs: A Comparative Analysis between the US and EU.” Environmental Research Letters.
  • Edelson, M., D. Håbesland, and R. Traldi (co-firsts). 2021. “Uncertainties in Global Estimates of Plastic Waste Highlight the Need for Monitoring Frameworks.” Marine Pollution Bulletin 171 (October): 112720.

Research Topics

  • Human Dimensions of Global Change - Coupled Human and Natural Systems
  • Campus
    Pod Leader, URGEOSCIENCE: Unlearning Racism in Geoscience, UMD Dept. of Geographical Sciences
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