A Healthy World

Imagine...A Healthy World

Our planet’s health requires efficiency and sustainability all along the continuum between production and consumption—of food, energy, and the myriad resources we need to live. Work in the College of ACES lies at the center of inquiry into the interactions among the Earth’s natural and managed ecosystems. After all, Midwestern agriculture is among the largest managed ecosystems in the world.

Our expertise is put to work tackling critical environmental challenges—in water and land use, soils, air quality, climate and weather, and natural resource management. We focus on the role of proper nutrition in plant, animal, and human health; prudent management and conservation of living environments and habitats; and effective economic incentives and public policy frameworks.

Through interdisciplinary collaborations, we are finding innovative ways to solve real-world problems. We are training the next generation to integrate these discoveries to improve healthy living for the world’s many species while bettering the environment in which they can all thrive.

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Highlighted Research

Dr. Margarita Teran-Garcia
The ecology of excessive weight
Dr. Margarita Teran-Garcia
Obesity is the result of a complex set of factors such as genetic predispositions, lifestyle factors, and psychosocial conditions that operate at multiple levels of the ecology. Dr. Margarita Teran-Garcia and her research team focus on the identification and discovery of early diagnostic genetic biomarkers for the risk of obesity and obesity-related diseases. Her research allows her to dig deeper into understanding biomarkers’ interaction with environmental factors. Her long-term goal is to develop effective preventive initiatives and tailored interventions that have a significant positive impact on health.


Dr. Ming Kuo

As the world population increases and the demand for resources expands, the question of whether environmental sustainability has to come at the cost of human happiness arises. In NRES 472, students learn how environmental sustainability and human happiness can coexist. In this hands-on class, students apply what they learn to their own lives and to a real world organization's