Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf studied agronomy and agricultural economics at UC Davis (MSc ’01), expecting to work in a cooperative extension in California. Instead, he went on to conduct field research in Kazakhstan supported by a USAID grant to study opportunities in livestock development and climate mitigation. Such a vast landscape led to research linking satellite data and plant growth forecasting models, which was the subject of his PhD at Stanford (’10) under Chris Field (currently chair of IPCC WG2). Ultimately, agricultural systems are too complex to learn enough from satellites, so Dr Wolf developed the Arable as a postdoc at Princeton, which led to $4M in NSF funding into monitoring smallholder agriculture in East Africa. After recognizing the wide range of opportunities for data-driven decisions in agriculture enabled by Arable, the company was incorporated in 2014, where Dr Wolf serves as CEO.