The faculty in our 14 departments do research to address our five Grand Challenges: feeding our world, protecting our environment, improving our health, enriching our youth and growing our economy. Look below for each department’s areas of research expertise. Then visit the departmental website to see what faculty are working on these vitally important areas.
You can see our Departments page for an overview of the work and teaching being done in each department.
The department’s faculty, staff and students study a broad range of issues related to agriculture, food, managerial and resource economics.
Faculty expertise extends to areas of agribusiness management, consumer behavior and demand analysis, economic development, finance, international trade, marketing, markets and information economics, natural resource and environmental economics, and policy and production economics.
Faculty expertise includes planning and needs assessment, learner-centered instructional design, delivery strategies, evaluation and accountability, and research and measurement tools. Departmental emphases includes agricultural communications and journalism; eLearning and professional development; Extension education, organizational and community leadership; teacher education; and international agricultural education.
Disciplines within the department include animal breeding, animal nutrition, biotechnology, dairy science, equine science, food science and technology, genetics, meat science, microbiology and reproductive physiology.
Faculty expertise extends to bioinformatics, biotechnology, cell and developmental biology, chemical biology, enzymology, gene structure and regulation, genomics, glycobiology, immunology, metabolism and bioenergetics, microbiology, plant molecular biology, proteomics, RNA biology, structural biology and virology.
Faculty areas of interest include power machinery; bio-energy and bio-products; food and bio-processing engineering; and environmental engineering related to soil, water, and air quality.
Faculty expertise spans fields in ecosystem management, ecosystem science and spatial science. These areas of interest include biogeochemistry, biosystematics, decision-support systems, eco-hydrology, ecosystem health, ecological restoration , global change ecology, the global positioning system, human dimensions of ecosystem management , landscape ecology, natural resource economics and policy, range animal and plants nutrition , remote sensing, resource management and spatial statistics.
The departmental areas of expertise include arthropod ecology, biological control, genetics and toxicology, integrated pest management, molecular biology, physiology, plant resistance, systematics, and urban, medical/veterinary and forensic entomology.
Faculty areas of interest include stress physiology, genetics and molecular science, food science and technology, horticultural plant production, molecular and environmental plant sciences, beneficial plant–microbe interactions, plant breeding, horticultural marketing and international horticulture.
The department’s diverse research emphases span from chemistry and microbiology to public health to public education. Among the faculty’s areas of expertise are bioactive compounds, decontamination, dietary fiber, food technology, food quality, gastrointestinal microbiology, probiotics, systems biology, and the role of diet in physical and mental disease. For research interests of specific faculty members, see the department’s page for research programs.
Faculty areas of expertise include bacteriology, bioenergy, bioinformatics, biological control, biotechnology, ecology and evolution, field crop pathology, forest pathology, fungal molecular biology, host-plant resistance, mycology, mycotoxins, nematology, ornamentals, RNAi, secondary metabolites and virology.
The department has research emphases in poultry management, environmental stewardship, product quality and safety, and avian and human health. These research areas cross the broad spectrum of disciplines such as physiology, reproduction, biochemistry, nutrition, microbiology, genetics, fundamental biology, genomics and medicine.
In addition to the the fields listed above, faculty expertise extends to processing and marketing for all commercially important species as well as other avian species.
The department’s faculty focus on theoretical and applied research related to the management and development of recreation, park, community and tourism resources. We integrate social science and natural resource management disciplines to understand and respond to the implications of recreation, parks, tourism and natural resource dimensions of diverse and changing societies.
Faculty research interests include bio-energy, carbon sequestration, turf ecology, ecosystems, molecular and environmental plant science, genetics, water management and hydrology science, water uses and quality, and food science and technology.
Faculty areas of interest include wildlife ecology, conservation and management; fisheries ecology and management; biodiversity and systematics; aquaculture; human dimensions of fish and wildlife resources; and marine biology and ecology.