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Background image above (by Forrest Izuno) shows one of three sites in the University of Minnesota’s Long-Term Agricultural Research Network, where most of my field research occurs. Insets show some of my research on solar tracking, optical sensors to monitor crop nitrogen and water stress, and symbiotic nitrogen fixation.
About this blog
This blog mostly covers topics from my book, Darwinian Agriculture, published by Princeton University Press. Hardbound, Kindle and now paper-back editions are available from Amazon or your local independent bookstore.
- B.A. (ecology), Evergreen State College, 1976.
- M.S. and Ph.D. (crop science), Cornell University, 1980 and 1983.
- Advisors: crop physiologist Thomas Sinclair, soil microbiologist Martin Alexander, ecologist Brian Chabot, agricultural engineer Norman Scott.
- Postdocs with Robert Loomis (UC Davis) and Park Nobel (UCLA), 1983-1986.
- Research Plant Physiologist with USDA, 1986-1993.
- Associate and full Professor, Agronomy and Range Science, UC Davis, 1993-2005.
- Adjunct Professor, Ecology and Evolution, University of Minnesota, 2005-
- My publications (Google Scholar page)
- Amazon author page with brief biography.
Speaking schedule (and links to videos of past talks)
- 2017 October 11. Natural ecosystems stay productive without artificial inputs, but what about farms? CREA Technological Congress, Cordoba, Argentina.
- 2017 August 20-25. European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Groningen, the Netherlands: Domestication versus ‘taming’ of crops and symbionts
- 2017 June 26. Talk by Ph.D. student, Katherine Muller at Evolution meetings in Portland, Oregon:
- 2017 May 11: University of Minnesota: Improving cooperation among plants and microbes
- 2017 May 8: Wageningen University (Netherlands): Improving cooperation among plants and microbes
- 2017 May 5-7 Mantova Food and Science Festival (Mantua, Italy).
Darwin, Drought, and Disease:
Agricultural implications of evolution past and present
- 2017 February 27: Penn State.: Evolutionary tradeoffs as opportunities
- 2016 November 17: University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan:
Long-term experiments in a world with a short attention span
- 2016 November 7: Crop Science Society of America annual meeting (Phoenix): What can we learn from evolutionary biology and natural ecosystems to improve stress responses?
- 2016 October: University of California, Davis:
- Oct. 26 @ 12:10: The future of nitrogen-fixing crops
- Oct. 27 @ 10:30: Microbe-plant-human cooperation in agriculture
- 2016 October 3: Monmouth College (Monmouth, Illinois).
- 4:00: What Can Short-Term Experiments Tell Us about Long-Term Agricultural Sustainability?
- 7:30: McMullen Lecture: Hardin’s Garden: Untapped Potential for Plant-Microbe-Human Cooperation in Agriculture.
- 2016 September 26. University of Maine, Orono.
- Microbe-plant-human cooperation in agriculture.
- 2015: Dublin, Ireland.
- 2013: UC Davis.
- 2013: International Rice Research Institute.
- 2010: Applied-Evolution Summit, Heron Island, Australia.
- Darwinian agriculture: past tradeoffs, present opportunities
- Other talks at this landmark meeting are also available.