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Dr. Kolapo Ajuwon

Kolapo Ajuwon

When it comes to livestock nutrition, not all feeds are created equal. No one knows this better than Kolapo Ajuwon, an animal sciences professor who studies how animals metabolize certain nutrients. Understanding this process assists farmers in optimizing feed programs as well as housing and other farming practices. Currently, Ajuwon’s research focuses on fat cultivation…

Tamara Benjamin

Tamara Benjamin

The work happening at Purdue University reaches beyond the borders of the state and the country. Few know this better than Tamara Benjamin, who worked for years in Costa Rica as a branch of Purdue Extension. Benjamin’s fostered relations between Purdue and students, faculty, researchers and agriculturalists in Latin America. Her work spans a number…

Dr. Shaun Casteel

Shaun Casteel

Shaun Casteel came by his interest in agriculture early and honestly growing up on his family’s Illinois farm. As a professor in the Agronomy Department and an Extension soybean and small grain specialist, Casteel’s research is complimented by his outreach efforts with the Extension program. He is considered an expert on soybeans in the Midwest.…

Dr. Candace Croney

Candace Croney

What are the effects of rubberized floors on baby elephants held in captivity? What impact do known stressors have on domesticated cats? Should the market or the law drive protections for animals? These are some questions Candace Croney has devoted her career to answering. As director of Purdue’s Center for Animal Welfare Science, Croney oversees…

Dr. Jeff Dukes

Jeff Dukes

Jeffrey Dukes’ research touches on some of today’s most pressing environmental concerns, such as the impacts of climate change and invasive species. He heads up the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment, a Purdue-led initiative studying the concrete implications of climate change for people and nature. As the director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center…

Gebisa Ejeta

Gebisa Ejeta

Gebisa Ejeta, professor of agronomy and executive director of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security, is the 2009 World Food Prize winner for his work to combat the Striga weed. Striga, commonly known as witchweed, devastated African sorghum crops for decades and had a dramatic impact on food security throughout the continent. Ejeta’s work...

Dr. Peter Goldsbrough

Peter Goldsbrough

Most of the time when Peter Goldsbrough talks about heavy metal he’s not referring to the music genre. As a professor of botany and plant pathology, Goldsbrough’s research centers on monitoring how plants respond to environmental stressors, including heavy metals like zinc, copper, lead and calcium. Goldsbrough examines stressors introduced by the environment and from…

Dr. Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson

As a land grant university, a central facet of Purdue University’s mission is Purdue Extension, which supports agriculture and research throughout the state as well as internationally. As associate dean of the College of Agriculture and director of Purdue Extension, Jason Henderson leads this effort. Henderson drives initiatives that connect Purdue faculty and resources with…

Dr. Thomas Hertel

Thomas Hertel

It can be challenging to talk across disciplines. Even within a shared discipline, academics and researchers encounter difficulties when it comes to sharing data and frameworks. As founder and executive director of the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP), agricultural economics professor Thomas Hertel has made strides dealing with this problem, establishing a common “language” for…

Dr. Catherine Hill

Catherine Hill

According to entomology professor Catherine Hill, the television show Game of Thrones and infectious diseases have more in common than one might think. In Hill’s universe, white walkers are mosquitos and ticks, small organisms capable of spreading deadly diseases like malaria, Zika, Lyme disease and other viruses. The only way to defeat the threat is…

Dr. William G. Johnson

William G. Johnson

Weeds aren’t just a blight on farming landscapes, they’re a costly and dangerous threat to America’s agricultural industries. Weeds are estimated to cost the U.S. over $4 billion annually in lost crops and many weed management technologies have a lasting impact on the environment and farmers’ pocketbooks. Additionally, many weed management systems have become ineffective…

Dr. Jayson Lusk

Jayson Lusk

Jayson Lusk oversees one of the country’s top agricultural economics programs. Lusk has also served on the editorial council of eight academic journals and his own research is widely cited within the field. . In his own research, Lusk attempts to understand how consumer preferences are formed, especially in regards to food and nutrition.  His…

Dr. Jim Mintert

Jim Mintert

Jim Mintert grew up working his family’s farmland in Mississippi and Missouri. It’s this upbringing he credits for his interest in agriculture and economics. An alumnus of Purdue and director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture, Mintert is a household name among agricultural researchers. He explores pricing schema of meat products, the cattle feed market…

Pamala Morris

Pamala Morris

Pamala Morris wears several hats within the College of Agriculture, but all of her roles serve a similar purpose; to enhance inclusion and effective communication within the College of Agriculture and amongst agricultural academic communities. As assistant dean of the College of Agriculture and director of the Office of Multicultural Programs, Morris leads t multicultural…

Dr. Krishna Nemali

Krishna Nemali

Krishna Nemali knows the face of farming is changing. No longer is it an activity performed only by rural populations over vast tracts of land. With the advent of urban farming, anyone from the apartment dweller to the innovative restaurateur can become a farmer. As a controlled environment agriculture Extension specialist, Nemali studies plant growth…

Dr. Robert Nielson

Robert Nielson

Robert Nielsen just can’t get away from corn. Raised on a farm in Nebraska, he is now one of the Midwest’s foremost experts on corn and plant breeding. A professor of agronomy, Nielsen is also the Extension corn specialist for Indiana. He plays an active role in Purdue’s Crop Diagnostic Training Center, which develops and…

Dr. Haley Oliver

Haley F. Oliver

Biting into a tasty wedge of melon Listeria is probably the last thing on your mind, unless you’re Haley Oliver. As an associate professor with Purdue’s Department of Food Sciences, Oliver’s research focuses on the spread of food-borne pathogens in the retail landscape. She has studied a variety of sanitation strategies that reduce contamination and…

Dr. Brian Pijanowski

Bryan C. Pijanowski

If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound? And if a species falls into extinction, how will we remember its noises? The first question may not keep Bryan Pijanowski up at night, but the second has dominated his research since 2008. For a decade Pijanowski has been traveling to the rainforests…

Dr. Karen Plaut

Karen Plaut

From an early age, Karen Plaut knew she would work with animals. Now, in addition to furthering her research in lactation biology, she also works extensively with the most confounding breed of all: academics. As the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture, Plaut heads one of the most prestigious agriculture programs in…

Dr. Jenna Rickus

Jenna Rickus

Biomedical engineering is the new frontier when it comes to treatments for chronic illnesses and diseases, and you might say Jenn Rickus is one of the field’s many pioneers. A Purdue University alumna, Rickus is a professor in the Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering and also serves as associate vice provost for teaching and…

Dr. Mitch Tuinstra

Mitch Tuinstra

Climate change impacts every aspect of society, including agriculture. As the effects of climate change escalate, farmers, researchers and innovators need to find new ways to deal with changing trends and an increased frequency of extreme weather events, like droughts and floods. Professor Tuinstra’s research in plant breeding and genetics seeks to mitigate the impact…