Land use changes, farm management practices, water pollution, climate change, and other human activities all threaten our natural resources here in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. The Natural Resources Social Science Lab (NRSS) that I lead at Purdue studies how human interactions with the environment impact natural resources. Our lab’s research and engagement focus primarily on how to best motivate farmers, stakeholders, and citizens of all kinds to participate in more environmentally friendly behaviors and practices.

The NRSS lab supports Purdue’s commitment to diversity and welcomes individuals of all ages, backgrounds, citizenships, disability, sex, education, ethnicities, family statuses, genders, gender identities, geographical locations, languages, military experience, political views, races, religions, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, and work experiences.  Several members of the lab (including me) have completed Safe Zone training.

In addition to my research and extension work, I am Department Head of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, and I direct the Indiana Water Resources Research Center.

Looking for farm fresh veggies, local honey and maple syrup, and fresh cut flowers in the West Lafayette, IN area? Stop by my family's farm stand. We're open daily during daylight hours. Message me for the address.


3 hours after I emailed my department encouraging everyone to wear masks indoors again... glad to see @LifeAtPurdue doing the right thing to keep everyone safe! And, yes, it's irritating and annoying and I'd rather not have to wear a mask. GET VACCINATED!!!

Dave Bangert@davebangert

New right now: Purdue is tightening its mask policy. Starting Aug. 2, Purdue will require everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, to wear a mask in indoor spaces on the West Lafayette campus.

West Lafayette city employees will wear masks in "public indoor settings" to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant, Mayor John Dennis announced.

BREAKING: Masks will be required in all instructional spaces until more students are vaccinated, Purdue announces.

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