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. Yuji Arai
Environmental soil chemistry
Dr. Yuji Arai
Dr. Yuji Arai’s main research areas are environmental soil chemistry, low-temperature geochemistry, materials science, environmental chemistry, and molecular environmental toxicology. He employs a broad range of traditional and cutting-edge molecular-scale approaches to better understand the mechanisms for macroscopic reactions of nutrients and metals in soils. This understanding is extremely important in predicting the fate of chemicals in aquatic and terrestrial environments.


Professor Patrick Tranel

Introduction to Weed Science (CPSC 226) emphasizes the basic principles that are relevant to both crop and noncrop ecosystems. Specific management for these different ecosystems is introduced.

“This is both a basic and applied course,” says Professor Patrick Tranel, instructor for CPSC 226. “Students gain a fundamental understanding and appreciation of weeds along with a working