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Soren AndersonSoren Anderson
Departments: Economics; Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics
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Soren Anderson came to MSU as a freshly minted Ph.D., but with some high-profile experience.

The new assistant professor, jointly appointed by Economics and Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, served for a year on the President's Council of Economic Advisers...

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Bruno BassoBruno Basso
Department: Geological Sciences
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Bruno Basso's research deals mainly with water, carbon, nitrogen cycling and modeling in agro-ecosystems, and spatial analysis of crop yield. Basso's modeling research has focused on extending soil-crop-atmosphere models to spatial domains at the field scale, and in particular on developing, testing, and deploying SALUS, a next-generation process-based model that integrates crop productivity with water, carbon, and nutrient fluxes in a spatially explicit manner....

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Lars BrudvigLars Brudvig
Department: Lyman Briggs School and Fisheries and Wildlife
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Even though Lars Brudvig is a professor in MSU's plant biology department, he is quick to explain that his work is more than studying plants. He calls himself a "community ecologist" who studies how humans interact with plants....

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Jinquan ChenJinquan Chen
Department: Geography
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After 30 years of studying the ecology, Dr. Jiquan Chen had an eye-opening experience that awoke an interest in the links between natural systems and human activities. He stood in a verdant Inner Mongolian field a decade ago and wondered aloud to his host what was the success factor in the restoration of the land – was it an increase in rainfall, or perhaps a change in temperatures? What caused it was so far out of his experience that it changed his view of ecology forever....

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Kendra CheruveliKendra S. Cheruvelil
Department: Lyman Briggs School and Fisheries and Wildlife
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ESPP welcomes assistant professor Kendra S. Cheruvelil who is jointly appointed in the department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Lyman Briggs School of Science...

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Matt FerkanyMatt Ferkany
Department: Teacher Education
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Matt Ferkany is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education. Obtaining a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, his work focuses on virtue, well-being, environmental ethics, and civic and moral education...

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Stephen GasteyerStephen Gasteyer
Department: Sociology
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As a doctoral student at Iowa State, Stephen Gasteyer wondered what moves communities from thinking about natural resource protection to getting things done.

He began looking at how social relationships, networks and coalitions form, and how they bring about action on environmental issues. Communication, he found, was an important piece of the puzzle.

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Carole GibbsCarole Gibbs
Department: Criminal Justice and Fisheries and Wildlife
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Dr. Carole Gibbs is Assistant Professor, jointly appointed to the Departments of Criminal Justice and Fisheries and Wildlife. She is the first faculty member hired in MSU's effort to join the two fields to create a focus on the area of environmental crime...

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Matthew GrieshopMatthew Grieshop
Department: Entomology
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Matthew Grieshop is the first to admit that many of his research projects in sustainable agriculture are nothing new.

“Many of these agricultural practices are things that our great grandparents did,” said Grieshop, an assistant professor of entomology who specializes in organic pest management.

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Joseph HerrigesJoseph Herriges
Department: Economics
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Joe Herriges, professor of economics, AFRE and ESPP, is looking forward to the many opportunities Michigan State University has to offer, both in water resource research and in the broader areas of environmental and energy economics.

The new faculty member spent 26 years as an environmental economics professor at Iowa State University, focusing much of his recent research on assessing the value that individuals place in environmental amenities, such as clean water or public parks.



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Eva KassensEva Kassens
Department: School of Planning. Design and Construction and Global Urban Studies Program
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When Eva Kassens was starting her master's degree in transportation at MIT, she had an important decision to make. She knew she wanted to focus on large-scale events, but had a choice between studying what she describes as "happy" events, such as planning for festivals and pilgrimages, or "sad" events, such as hazards and disasters.

...Now, as a MSU professor, she is shifting her interests toward the "sad" work, specifically issues of climate resilience, hazards and disasters. "I want to get on the ground and help people," she said.

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David KimDavid Kim
Department: German
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David Kim’s office looks a bit different from most ESPP affiliates’ work spaces, decorated as it is with pictures of Nietzsche and Foucault, its bookshelves packed with dense European thought. He is primarily interested in 19th- and 20th-century German-speaking literatures, but says cultural and literary studies provide a useful complement to science and policy research.

“Literature can challenge us to imagine what the world would look like if our relationship with nature were different,” says Kim, an assistant professor of German. The environment is not simply an object of study, he says; it’s something that shapes people’s behavior and imagination. “It’s a mutual relationship of give and take.”

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Jay LennonJay Lennon
Department: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Kellogg Biological Station
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ESPP welcomes new faculty member Jay Lennon, an assistant professor jointly appointed in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department and the Kellogg Biological Station...

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Arika Ligmann-ZielinskaArika Ligmann-Zielinska
Department: Geography; ESPP
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Ligmann-Zielinska, originally from Poland, came to MSU in fall 2008 from sunny California, where she is a joint doctoral program student in Geography at San Diego State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara...

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Lifeng LuoLifeng Luo
Department: Geography
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It seems logical that Lifeng Luo would become affiliated with ESPP, a program that stresses interdisciplinary research. His field of study – hydroclimatology – even sounds interdisciplinary....

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Shannon ManningShannon Manning
Department: Microbiology and Molecular Biology
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While efforts are being made to control foodborne infections after outbreaks, MSU's Shannon Manning is working to find out where the bacteria are actually coming from and how they are causing disease. ...

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Sandra Marquart-PyattSandra Marquart-Pyatt
Department: Sociology; ESPP
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Sandy Marquart-Pyatt arrives at MSU this fall as part of a hiring cluster in Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS), the study of complex interactions within and among natural and human systems...

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Jade MitchellJade Mitchell
Department: Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
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Jade Mitchell is an assistant professor in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department at MSU. Her research focuses on human health risk analysis. She is collaborating principal investigator in the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA), where her work includes characterizing the risks associated with human exposures to pathogenic agents in environmental media (i.e. air, water and soil). Using quantitative microbial risk assessment her work informs policy and risk management decisions about the appropriate level of concern for public health and public safety related to bio-defense, food safety and water quality. Mitchell uses a number of computational tools including statistical analyses, contaminant fate and transport modeling, human exposure modeling, cost-benefit analyses and decision analytic modeling to evaluate both microbial and chemical stressors in her current work.

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Georgina MontgomeryGeorgina Montgomery
Department: Lyman Briggs College, History
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When she was in high school, Georgina Montgomery wanted to study biology, history and geography, but a teacher told her she had to choose either science or the humanities.

"And I refused to do that," she said. "Looking back, I think it shows from a very early age I was interested in both."

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Nathan MooreNathan Moore
Department: Geography
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It made sense that Nathan Moore’s recent work in the Brazilian Amazon was funded by NASA.

Moore, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, minored in astronomy as an undergraduate, has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics and is a Star Trek fan. “I guess you could say TV got me into physics,” he said.

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Cheryl MurphyCheryl Murphy
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife
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Some researchers are well into their graduate education before they figure out just what they want to study.

Not so for Cheryl Murphy.

“I’ve always been interested in fish, since the very beginning,” said Murphy, an assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Lyman Briggs College."...

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Pouyan NejadhashemiPouyan Nejadhashemi
Department: Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering; Crop and Soil Sciences
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Pouyan Nejadhashemi is very clear about the purpose of his work.

“The ultimate goal is pollution reduction,” he said, adding that using models of pollutants’ paths is one of the best ways to achieve that goal...

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Brian RothBrian Roth
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife
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For a researcher with Brian Roth’s interests, the Great Lakes State is an ideal place to be.

The assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife studies interactions between native and non-native species. Invasive species are an issue everywhere, but with ships constantly bringing new species to the Great Lakes, “it hits home here in Michigan a little bit harder,” he said...

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Laura Schmitt OlabisiLaura Schmitt Olabisi
Department: Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies; ESPP
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She’s an Ivy League graduate and a Ph.D., but Laura Schmitt Olabisi is no elitist.

Of course we need science to work on the problems associated with global climate change, she said, “but farmers have an equally important kind of knowledge...”

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Diana StuartDiana Stuart
Department: Sociology and Kellogg Biological Stationgy; ESPP
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Taking a position in Michigan has been a transition for Diana Stuart, the newest professor in MSU's sociology department. A California native whose prior research is on west coast agriculture, Stuart only arrived in East Lansing this fall and is still acclimating to her new surroundings.

"I'm getting to know the new cropping systems and different perspectives of farmers in Michigan," she said. "I'm curious to see the similarities between California and Michigan."

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Nathan SwensonNathan Swenson
Department: Plant Biology
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On a bleak winter day in East Lansing, it’s easy to envy Nate Swenson, who in recent years spent nearly half his time in tropical forests.

Swenson, who this year became an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Biology and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Program, studies “the physiology of species and how it has evolved, to understand why there are so many species in tropical forests, as opposed to temperate forests...”

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Bruno TakahashiBruno Takahashi
Department: Journalism
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Dr. Takahashi is the newest faculty in the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. His interests are in environmental communication and journalism, especially in regards to environmental discourses, environmental behaviors, media coverage of environmental issues, risk communication, international journalism, and public participation and conflict resolution. He received his doctorate in Environmental Science from the State University of New York where he studied Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Lima, Peru.

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Kyle Powys WhyteKyle Powys Whyte
Department: Philosophy
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Kyle Powys Whyte's joining ESPP seemed inevitable. The philosophy professor, who's starting his third year at MSU, has already immersed himself in interdisciplinary collaborations across campus. In addition to his full-time appointment in philosophy, Whyte is an affiliated faculty at the Center for Study of Standards in Society, the Peace and Justice Studies Specialization, and the American Indian Studies Program. For Whyte, these multiple affiliations are integral to his work as an environmental ethicist.

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Wei ZhangWei Zhang
Department: Crop and Soil Sciences
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Wei Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. He is broadly interested in the quality and sustainability of soil and water resources, with emphasis on the movement of water, solutes (e.g., nutrients, agrochemicals, and environmental toxics), and fine particles such as microorganisms, abiotic colloids, and engineered nanomaterials in natural and engineered systems, particularly in unsaturated soils. The overarching goal of his research activities is to promote protection of soil and water resources and sustainable agricultural production through understanding of fundamental transport processes and scientifically-sound management practices.

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