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. Robert Hudson
Methylmercury in the environment
Dr. Robert Hudson
Dr. Robert Hudson’s research focuses on environmental modeling and chemical analysis of methylmercury. His group developed a novel technique for measuring methylmercury that has been applied to quantify mercury pollution in muscle tissues of wildlife; waters of wetlands, rivers, and denitrifying bioreactors; and sediments of wetlands and coastal oceans. His and his students’ work has also helped advance methods for more accurately simulating soil carbon dynamics and the reactivity of trace metals in natural waters.


Professor: Fall, Richard Mulvaney; Spring, Yuji Arai

Introductory Soils (NRES 201) combines a lab with lecture-based learning to reinforce major concepts with hands-on exposure through structured lab exercises. The exercises address soils’ physical, chemical, and biological properties.

“For me, the best part of teaching NRES 201 comes from helping students discover a remarkable resource that often goes unnoticed and yet which is so