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Mira Word

Mira Word

Project Coordinator, Global Locust Initiative, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation

mword@asu.edu

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502

Titles

  • Project Coordinator, Global Locust Initiative, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation

Biography

As project coordinator for the Global Locust Initiative, Mira's role is to collaborate with stakeholders and Network Members to develop and activate projects, events, and research. Mira is an alumnus of GLI Labs and did her graduate work in Senegal where she studied plant-soil-insect-farmer interactions. Mira's interests are rooted in understanding how soil care and land-use practices can create sustainable alternatives to locust/grasshopper management, and more recently, how humanities and art can lead to new perspectives on human and other-than-human relationships. She has worked with non-profits, social enterprises, and farms in South America and Arizona.

Education

  • MS, Sustainability, Arizona State University
  • BA, Global Studies, Arizona State University

Journal Articles

2020

Le Gall, M., M. L. Word, N. Thompson, A. Beye and A. J. Cease. 2020. Nitrogen fertilizer decreases survival and reproduction of female locusts by increasing plant protein to carbohydrate ratio. Journal of Animal Ecology 89(10):2214-2221. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13288. (link )

Le Gall, M., M. L. Word, N. Thompson, B. Manneh, A. Beye and A. J. Cease. 2020. Linking land use and the nutritional ecology of herbivores: A case study with the Senegalese locust. Functional Ecology 34(1):167-181. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.13466. (link )

2019

Word, M. L., S. J. Hall, B. E. Robinson, B. Manneh, A. Beye and A. J. Cease. 2019. Soil-targeted interventions could alleviate locust and grasshopper pest pressure in West Africa. Science of The Total Environment 663(May):632-643. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.01.313. (link )