Jairus Rossi, PhD

jairusrossi@uky.edu
Phone (859) 257-7269

Assistant Research Professor, CEDIK
320 C. E. Barnhart Building
Lexington KY 40546-0276

Professional Profile

Jairus Rossi is a PhD graduate of the University of Kentucky Geography Department. Jairus is interested in how land use patterns are shaped by citizen science initiatives, emerging technologies, and diverse cultural economies. His dissertation work examined the use of genetics and seed banking in ecological restoration work. 

Jairus has a passion for understanding the relationship between ecology, culture, and the production of geographically unique cuisine. In his spare time, he enjoys fermenting vegetables and beverages as well as cooking Korean, southern Italian, and South Asian food. 

Jairus’ work with CEDIK involves detailing regional food networks with an eye toward promoting novel local food distribution strategies.  In particular, he is assessing the potential for Community Supported Agriculture programs to create relationships with health and wellness initiatives.