Incoming faculty member in Agricultural Communication & Marketing, Garrett Steede, received the NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Graduate Student Teaching Award in Ames, IA during their annual conference in June.
Two new professors, Troy McKay and Garrett Steede, will begin teaching in the Agricultural Education, Communication & Marketing program this fall.
Fragmentation of landscapes and habitat loss—driven by urbanization and climate change—can put wildlife species at risk of extinction. Some ecological theory suggests habitat fragmentation may be beneficial to wildlife facing disease because populations of sick animals may remain isolated from healthy populations or dispersal might allow healthy animals to escape infection from otherwise sick populations. Findings in a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences run counter to previous disease transmission models’ predictions—suggesting that habitat fragmentation may promote disease outbreaks in some scenarios.
Over the last 40 years the sustainable and organic movement has made amazing strides, with activists pushing along the way for policy reform and government programs to provide oversight and consistent standards. The struggles and experiences of these sustainability leaders are now archived through an online oral history video archive, thanks to work sponsored by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA).
Landscaping and gardening with grasses and sedges is a growing trend, providing homeowners with a low-maintenance yet aesthetically pleasing option for their yards and gardens. In an effort to make relevant information readily available to homeowners, Professor Mary Meyer and Diane Narem in the Department of Horticultural Science recently published an all encompassing guide grasses titled Gardening with Native Grasses in Cold Climates and A Guide to the Butterflies They Support.
Visitors to the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus often comment on its peaceful, park-like feel—a marked contrast to the busy urban cityscape of the Minneapolis campus just a few miles away. It’s something Jared Rubinstein noticed right away when he entered the U’s graduate program in applied plant sciences at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences in 2015. A native of Seattle, he also noticed an unusually high number of tree species on the St. Paul campus compared with what he saw on city streets. This led him to develop Campus Trees.