Cory Whitney

Cory Whitney


University of Bonn


I use collaborative research and holistic analysis approaches to describe systems and model decision impact pathways. I work with diverse groups including researchers, food activists, small-scale farmers and indigenous communities to address issues of direct relevance and offer new lenses through which to view the development process. My work is related to human ecology, ethnobotany and agrobiodiversity.

  • Decision Analysis
  • Human Ecology
  • Ethnobotany
  • PhD in Agricultural Sciences, 2018

    University of Kassel

  • MSc in Sustainable International Agriculture/International Organic Agriculture, 2011

    George-August University Göttingen/University of Kassel

  • BA in Human Ecology, 2003

    College of the Atlantic


Postdoctoral researcher
University of Bonn, Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES), Horticulture Institute
Apr 2018 – Present Bonn, Germany
Teaching graduate courses, supervision of graduate students, project management.
Guest researcher
Center for Development Research (ZEF)
Oct 2016 – Present Bonn, Germany
Teaching interdisciplinary graduate courses in programming and modeling.
Scientific staff
Hochschule Rhein-Waal
Nov 2013 – Jun 2017 Kleve, Germany
Teaching undergraduate courses in horticulture.

Recent Publications

(2021). Adapting sweet cherry orchards to extreme weather events – Decision Analysis in support of farmers' investments in Central Chile. Agricultural Systems.


(2020). Mapping Flood-Based Farming Systems with Bayesian Networks. Land.

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(2020). Ring-widths of Abies at tree-line ecotone reveal three centuries of early winter season temperature changes in Yunnan, China. Climate Dynamics.

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(2020). Decision analysis of agroforestry options reveals adoption risks for resource-poor farmers. Agronomy for Sustainable Development.

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