Research Areas

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

Agriculture and Environment

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Our agriculture and environment researchers work to improve food security, ensure a clean water supply, develop climate change solutions, and bolster the health and sustainability of natural and managed systems.

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Data and Technology

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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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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