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Chloe MacLaren

Chloe Maclaren
Chloe is a plant ecologist whose research focuses on how we can use interactions between plants and their environments to design more sustainable cropping systems. Much of her research focuses on smallholder farming in sub-Saharan Africa.


Chloe's current project "EcoDiv: An ecological framework to advance crop diversification in southern Africa" investigates whether different diversification options (different layouts and species combinations for intercrops and rotations) are more or less successful in different biophysical or socioeconomic contexts, and why.

Chloe holds an MSCA Global Postdoctoral Fellowship (funded by the European Union) and is hosted by SLU and by the International Centre for Wheat and Maize Improvement (CIMMYT) in Zimbabwe.


In her work, Chloe has explored the role of plant interactions in agroecosystems from the field scale (e.g. measuring traits that influence intercrop productivity) to the global scale (e.g. synthesising evidence from long-term experiments around the world). She is interested in the plant ecology that underpins these outcomes, but also in the implications for farmers and society. For example, what are the consequences for food security, health, and livelihoods if agronomic inputs are replaced with more ecological farm management practices?


Before coming to SLU, Chloe worked at Rothamsted Research in the UK, on a project exploring crop diversification in Kenya and Nigeria alongside partners from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. She completed her PhD in ecological weed management at Coventry University's Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience in 2019, in partnership with the Agronomy Department at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Chloe holds a Masters degree in International Nature Conservation, jointly awarded by Lincoln University in New Zealand and the University of Göttingen in Germany.


Postdoctor MSCA at the Department of Crop Production Ecology; Agricultural cropping systems
Telephone: +46761354132
Postal address:
Inst för växtproduktionsekologi, Box 7043
Visiting address: Ulls väg 16, Uppsala

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