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.

Southwest (ish) Kansas. This area gets, on average, 19 inches of rain a year. Corn requires 22 to 30 inches of rain a year.

Treating groundwater as an unlimited resource has resulted in dry wells and very poor yields.

As climate change gets worse, difficult changes are needed.

Aargh. Since federal government computers can't use Dropbox, I put a shared proposal on Google Docs for collective editing. It lost all its Zotero links. Lesson learned for next time but for now I need to re-insert 86 original citations (and several appear multiple times) 😂

Purdue Hort Gardens Late September West Lafayette IN- gorgeous deep fall colors (mums will be blooming by next weekend.)
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