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Science Night at Jefferson Farm and Garden

JFG to host an evening of discussion on various weather and climate topics

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) will host its second Science Night at Jefferson Farm and Garden event on Thursday, July 29. The discussion will be centered on weather and climate. The event will feature CAFNR’s atmospheric science program, as well as two live broadcasts by KOMU-TV Chief Meteorologist Kenton Gewecke, who has a…

A SNAPSHOT of Wildlife Patterns Nationwide

University of Missouri researchers contribute to nationwide study, by setting camera traps at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC) 

Wildlife behavioral patterns have been tracked by researchers across the United States for years. While many individual research studies have been done on this topic, a snapshot of the United States as whole, has not. Summer LaRose, research wildlife biologist at the University of Missouri (MU) in College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), participated in a nationwide study…

Clark Gantzer Receives 2021 Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Associate Editor Excellence Award

Clark Gantzer, professor emeritus of soil, environmental and atmospheric sciences, was the recipient of the 2021 Soil and Water Conservation Society’s (SWCS) Associate Editor Excellence Award in recognition of associate editors for their contributions to the success and development of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. Gantzer’s research focuses on soil and water conservation, and management and applied soil…

Studying Oxygen Levels in Lakes Around the World

Researchers compile data from lakes throughout the world to look at changing oxygen levels

A recent study shows that oxygen levels in temperate lakes around the world are declining rapidly, a trend that is largely driven by warming temperatures that threatens freshwater biodiversity and drinking water quality. Rebecca North, assistant professor of limnology in the University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), took part in a world-wide study, which…

Alba Argerich Receives 2021 Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award

Alba Argerich, assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources, received the 2021 Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award. This award recognizes junior faculty for superior teaching and advising on the MU campus. Argerich is an aquatic scientist interested in understanding the effects of land use on water quality and ecosystem integrity using experimental and modeling approaches. Her current projects…

Mizzou Soil Judging Team Competes at National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest

The Mizzou Soil Judging Team participated in the National Collegiate Soil Judging contest in early April. The contest, which was completely virtual, included group and individual judging with pedon descriptions, feature identification and soil texturing components. The contest featured soils from across the country, including Alaska and Puerto Rico, offering students an opportunity to see diverse soils. The MU team…

CAFNR Faculty, Staff and Students Earn MU Graduate and Postdoctoral Awards

Numerous CAFNR faculty, staff and students were recently honored during the seventh annual MU Graduate and Postdoctoral Award ceremony. Gold Chalk Award: Corinne Valdivia, professor and Doane Professor of agricultural economics International Student Award: Anadil Iftekhar, doctoral student, rural sociology Graduate Support Staff Award: Johnette Blair, office support assistant, Division of Applied Social Sciences MU Graduate Faculty Mentor Award: Rocio…

Q&A With Kyle Watkinson

Watkinson is a senior in natural resource science and management

Why did you decide to come to the University of Missouri and major in natural resource science and management? What do you enjoy about the program itself? The field of study? Having grown up in the Columbia area, the question “Where do you want to go to college?” has never been tough to answer. I am a legacy student who…

Nine CAFNR Students Awarded S.T.A.R Recognition

Over the course of the spring semester, these nine students participated in at least five workshops offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research. In recognition of their efforts to prepare themselves professionally to engage in the process of research and scholarship, they were awarded the S.T.A.R. recognition. The Student Training for Advancing Research program was conceived as a way to…

CAFNR Students and Faculty Honored at Tap Day

In a tradition dating back to 1917, small groups of students were selected (or “tapped”) by their peers to join one of the University of Missouri’s six secret honorary societies Friday, April 30. The six societies – QEBH, Mystical Seven, LSV, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Rollins Society – honor new members for service, leadership and commitment to…