As part of a USDA-HEC award, Jennifer will teach a new interdisciplinary course, Food Literacy for All, together with a community co-instructor, Malik Yakini. The course will be an evening seminar series open to the public that will bring high profile speakers from UM and across the country to discuss challenges and opportunities for developing more sustainable food systems.
Two new PhD students, Alison Bressler and Anne Elise Stratton, have joined the lab this fall. You can read more about their backgrounds and research interests here.
Wittman, H., Chappell, M.J., Abson, D., Bezner-Kerr, R., Blesh, J., Hanspach, J., Perfecto, I., and J. Fischer. 2016. A social-ecological perspective on harmonizing food security and biodiversity conservation. Regional Environmental Change. doi:10.1007/s10113-016-1045-9.
Schipanski, M.E., MacDonald, G.K., Rosenzweig, S., Chappell, M.J., Bennett, E.M., Bezner-Kerr, R., Blesh, J., Crews, T., Drinkwater, L.E., Lundgren, J., and C. Schnarr. 2016. Realizing resilient food systems. BioScience. doi:10.1093/biosci/biw052.
Ryan explains the benefits of legume cover crops
Ryan Nelson, our very own Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, presented a poster today entitled “Out of Thin Air: Assessing Legume Nitrogen Fixation Inputs on Organic Farms” at the Diversity in Environmental Programs Symposium (Ann Arbor). This symposium capped off the 8 week DDCS Program, which brought undergraduates from around the country to the University of Michigan. Best wishes, Ryan, as you head back to Wesleyan University for another semester!
Elliot collecting soil cores from a study site
This summer two new undergraduates received scholarships to conduct research in the Blesh Lab. Elliot Nichols, a UM undergraduate in LSA, received a Michigan Research Community Cromer Fellowship, and Ryan Nelson from Wesleyan University is joining us through the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program.
Alison King recently passed her preliminary exam and is now a doctoral candidate.