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.

Apr 30 2014

Detecting and remediating pollution is imperative, but developing processes and management tools to keep pollutants out of water to begin with will have a profound effect on water quality and quantity. MSU scientists are finding ways to turn waste water into a useful product, as well as creating computer models, robotic tracking devices, and other tools and technology for state officials and industry representatives responsible for water management.

MSU Faculty Expertise: Water policy and management

Apr 30 2014

MSU scientists are collaborating with local, state and federal government agencies to develop models to assess streams, lakes and wetlands. They're also tracking how pharmaceuticals and other chemical pollutants move through water and affect wildlife.

MSU Faculty Expertise: Water Treatment

Apr 30 2014

Center for Integrative Toxicology
The center builds on recognized research strengths in determining pollutants' effects on human and environmental health. With more than 50 affiliated faculty members distinguished in a wide range of scientific disciplines, the center offers an innovative and highly integrative environment for research, teaching, and graduate school education in toxicology.

Apr 29 2014

Developing detection technologies and tools capable of rapidly and economically identifying a broad spectrum of chemicals, microorganisms, pharmaceuticals, toxins and other harmful substances is critical for the health of society and the planet. MSU scientists are developing biosensors and DNA chips that can quickly and accurately test large volumes of water onsite, without the need to send samples to a lab.

MSU Faculty Expertise: Water Quality and Quantity

Apr 29 2014

Michigan State University scientists are at the forefront of water research, leveraging the knowledge from a diverse range of disciplines such as engineering, chemistry, microbiology, fisheries, crop and soil sciences, molecular genetics, geology, medicine, zoology, sociology. These scientists work collaboratively across campus and around the globe to find the best solutions to water challenges and develop new technologies to ensure a safe, secure and plentiful supply of water for all users.

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.

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