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. Kaiyu Guan
Environmental science
Dr. Kaiyu Guan
Dr. Kaiyu Guan is an environmental scientist whose research addresses how climate and human practices affect crop productivity, water resource availability, and ecosystem functioning across scales from field level to continents. Guan’s research goal is to increase our society’s resilience and adaptability to maintain sustainability of ecosystem services, food security, and water resources under the influence of climate change and anthropogenic drivers (e.g., land use change, increased population and food demands), which directly or indirectly impacts the livelihood and wellbeing of over one billion humans.


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