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. Eric Larson
Managing invasive species
Dr. Eric Larson
Invasive species can profoundly affect natural and managed ecosystems, often with implications for human health and economies. Dr. Eric Larson and his lab work on preventing and managing these species invasions in freshwaters and other habitats, using a variety of tools. This includes screening for potential invaders with risk assessment based on life history or ecological traits, identifying where prospective invasive species might live using habitat or distributional models, and using environmental DNA (eDNA) to provide early warnings of new invasions that might not otherwise be detected. Taken together, Larson hopes to develop tools that help managers prevent new invasions and mitigate the impacts of established invaders.


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