A science-based, interdisciplinary program focused on the fundementals of Earth sytem processes related to land and atmosphere, students drive their own discoveries with the help of expert faculty in the field. With 34 faculty members and a 2:1 faculty to graduate student ratio, the program offers a rigorous and personalized education, preapring student to succeed.
Faculty and students are participating in the SPRUCE (Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change) experiment, perhaps the most ambitious climate change experiement ever attempted. A 10 year, instensive experiment measuring how the fragile and carbon important northern peatlands react to increased tempeartures and CO2 concentrations, the experiment has just begun.
Lead by prinicipal invesitagtor, Carl Rosen, head of the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, a team of researchers is studying the microbial mechanisms behind bioreactors to make them more efficient at removing nitrogen and phosporus from agricultural runoff. Read more at this MnDRIVE project.
Large, metal containers in the greenhouses are part of the Mesocosm Project, lead by Dr. Tim Griffis. Ph.D. student Peter Turner is using them to simulate different climate scenarios and test possible climate futures. The hope is to use the comprehensive research to inform recommendations for mitigation and adaptation to climate change for farmers.