Research Areas

Simply put, researchers in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences are changing lives. With expertise in food and agriculture, environment and water, family and communities, health and wellness, and computing and data, their reach is both broad and deep. But uniting them is a commitment to solving real-world problems that affect people and places in central Illinois, the United States, and the globe.

Food and Agriculture

icon of a rising sun over fieldsFood and agriculture researchers across the college work to improve food security, bolster agroecosystem health, advance sustainable livestock and crop production, and influence consumer behaviors.

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Environment and Water

icon of water drop with leaf insideACES researchers focusing on water and the environment work to ensure a clean water supply, conserve sensitive species and habitats, predict and mitigate the impacts of climate change and population growth, and engineer new technologies to achieve a cleaner, healthier planet.

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Family and Communities

icon of three human figures holding handsFamily and community researchers throughout the college work to educate the public, promote healthy human development, foster productive relationships, and improve societal issues affecting children, families, and communities.

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Health and Wellness

icon of a heartACES researchers focusing on health and wellness work to improve animal and human nutrition from farm to table, combat disease and bolster immune function, and align human and environmental health.

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Computing and Data

icon of a laptop with a graph on the screenResearchers across all ACES departments harness the power of big data to advance the fields of agriculture, human and animal health, environmental policy, economics, and technology.

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