Tommy Fenster is a master’s student in Biology at California State University - East Bay and a member of the Ecdysis Foundation. His research focuses on regenerative management practices in California agroecosystems. Specifically, Tommy’s work is to quantify regenerative agricultural practices in almond orchards with regards to yields, biodiversity, and ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration and water infiltration. Additionally, as a member of the Oikawa lab at Cal State East Bay and a research affiliate with the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab he utilizes the eddy covariance technique to quantify the greenhouse gas and water budgets for grazed grasslands that have had compost applied to them.
Before graduate school Tommy worked for 6 years with the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, working to divert organics from the landfill in order to create compost. Tommy’s undergraduate degree in Environmental Analysis was earned at Pomona College, where he worked on the school's organic farm and was a three-year starter at cornerback. When not in the lab or the field, Tommy enjoys surfing and spending time in the garden with his fiance.