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.

Congratulations to Emma Seward, William “Billy” Myrehn, Jacob Winger & Drew Coe for winning this year's @FieldExperts Collegiate Quiz Bowl Champs for 4-year Turf Science programs, making Purdue Turf Science students “back-to-back National SFMA Collegiate Challenge Champions.”

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