Environment

Faculty at the forefront of the emerging area of coupled human and natural systems conduct international research that encompasses biological, physical, and social aspects of the environment.

Using a holistic and interdisciplinary approach, MSU faculty work to help purify the world’s waters and study the nature and magnitude of interactions between climate and land use around the world.

Nov 20 2013

Michigan State University will soon open a new faculty research and teaching facility in Midland, Mich., about 80 miles north of MSU’s East Lansing, Mich., campus, which will be dedicated to pursuing world-class research in value chain creation and management.

Value chain refers to the effective management of processes related to product innovation, design, sourcing, procurement, manufacturing, packaging, transportation, inventory management, warehousing, marketing, customer services, and returns and repairs. 

Nov 13 2013

Spartan Ideas is an MSU website maintained by MSU Libraries and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. It is designed to showcase a continuously growing selection of MSU’s faculty, student, and staff blogs.

MSU Today, Dec 26 2012

An international team of researchers has revealed a new concern about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest – a troubling loss in the diversity among the microbial organisms responsible for a functioning ecosystem.

MSU News, Nov 19 2012

A team of Michigan State University researchers will soon be heading into the rainforests of Nicaragua to help an endangered species known as a Baird’s tapir co-exist with local farmers whose crops are being threatened by the animals.

The animals were thought to be extinct in that part of the world until just two years ago when the MSU team discovered them still living there through the use of “camera trapping” – the setting up of still and video cameras in order to “capture” the animal.

MSU News, Nov 13 2012

Michigan State University researchers will use a $7.8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help eight African nations improve their sustainable farming methods.

The grant, from the Gates Foundation Global Development Program, will be used to help guide policymaking efforts to intensify farming methods that meet agricultural needs while improving environmental quality in Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

MSU News, Nov 13 2012

In this week’s international journal Nature Climate Change, scientists from Michigan State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences give forecasts how changing climate may affect the most common species of bamboo that carpet the forest floors of prime panda habitat in northwestern China. Even the most optimistic scenarios show that bamboo die-offs would effectively cause prime panda habitat to become inhospitable by the end of the 21st century.

MSU News, Nov 8 2012

Historically, the media have been particularly harsh to sharks, and it’s affecting their survival.

The results of a Michigan State University study, appearing in the current issue of the journal Conservation Biology, reviewed worldwide media coverage of sharks – and the majority isn’t good.

MSU News, Oct 29 2012

Warmer oceans in the future could significantly alter populations of phytoplankton, tiny organisms that could have a major impact on climate change.

In the current issue of Science Express, Michigan State University researchers show that by the end of the 21st century, warmer oceans will cause populations of these marine microorganisms to thrive near the poles and may shrink in equatorial waters. Since phytoplankton play a key role in the food chain and the world’s cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous and other elements, a drastic drop could have measurable consequences.

Oct 16 2012

Anyone who has been to the beach has observed firsthand how wind, water, and sand can obliterate all signs of human habitation in minutes. So how can scientists sift through 5,000 years of changes in climate, temperature, relative precipitation, and lake levels along Lake Michigan’s coastal dunes to reconstruct the past?

AgBioResearch, Oct 9 2012

AgBioResearch (formerly known as the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station) encompasses the work of more than 300 scientists in six colleges at MSU: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science, Social Science and Veterinary Medicine. Collectively, AgBioResearch and MSU Extension represent research and programs that serve hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents and have more than a billion dollar impact on the state each year.

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