Allison Thomson

Scientific Program Director
Sustaining Vibrant Agroecosystems

Allison Thomson joined the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) as the AgMission scientific program director in January 2022. She initially uncovered an interest in agriculture and climate change as an undergraduate soil science student. Since then, Thomson has garnered more than 20 years of experience in climate change research.

Prior to joining FFAR, Thomson worked as a scientist studying climate impacts, and identifying mitigation and adaptation solutions for agriculture at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She most recently applied her scientific expertise to leading metrics development to advance agricultural supply chain sustainability with Field to Market.

She has served as an advisor, author and steering group member for a variety of scientific organizations including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United States Global Change Research Program and the Global Land Programme and has contributed to over 70 peer-reviewed publications.

Thomson has a bachelor of arts degree from Carleton College and a master’s of environmental management degree from Duke University. She lives in Maryland where she enjoys cycling, hiking, paddleboarding and anything else that gets her outside to enjoy nature.