R. Ford Denison’s Darwinian Agriculture Blog

Scroll down for links to videos of my talks, or click the 3-bar symbol at upper right for most-recent of my occasional blog posts.

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.

About me

  • 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.

Travel and speaking schedule

  • 2018 November 26-29.  Adelaide, Australia.  Workshop on “Making Science Useful for Agriculture.”
  • 2019 June 3-7. Montpelier, France. “Professor Plum, in the conservatory, with poison: mutual domestication and taming of plants and symbionts” (tentative title). Keynote lecture at Harlan International Symposium on the Origins of Agriculture and Domestication.
  • 2019 June 13-19. Klosterneuburg, Austria. Workshop on “Convergent Evolution of Agriculture in Insects and Humans.

Past talks, some with links to videos

2 thoughts on “R. Ford Denison’s Darwinian Agriculture Blog

  1. Hey, professor, I know your blog from the book “why evolution is true”, at the end of this book it introduce a lot of net resource including your blog: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/denis036/thisweekinevolution/

    It’s a pity that “The University of Minnesota is ending their Uthink blog platform”.

    I leave this comment to ask if you could backup all the content of your previous blog here? So that we can read them again.

    Thanks for your attention.

    Liked by 1 person

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