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Ellis Adams

Ellis Adams
Department: Geography
adamsel8@msu.edu

Biosketch: Globally, over 1 billion people have no access to clean drinking water while over 2 billion have no access to improved sanitation services. To these people, access to clean, affordable water and basic sanitation is a daily luxury. My whole passion about interdisciplinary environmental research is to help contribute a solution to this global crisis. My research broadly seeks to shed more light on the nexus between water and development from a socio-economic standpoint. Following my bachelor's in Natural Resources Management from Ghana with an emphasis on Fisheries and Watershed Management, I shifted my focus from the laboratory to human-environmental interactions. I received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Policy from Michigan Technological University where my thesis sought to understand Water, Sanitation, and Health (WASH) based NGO staff perceptions of water privatization, and how it influences their organizational WASH project decision making. At MSU, I will continue my broad research on water policy and governance through the lenses of political ecology. Recognizing that effective coordination of actors and stakeholders in the water sector is critical to improving water access, I will explore the political, social-economic and institutional dimensions of water governance especially in developing countries and how it can advance sustainable development. I also make time to play soccer and read everything from anthropology to zoology.

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Doe Andovor

Doe Andovor
Current position: USAID Food and Enterprise Development Extension Specialist
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MSU department: Agricultural Economics
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Stephen Aldrich

Stephen Aldrich
Current position: Department of Earth and Environmental Systems, Indiana State University
E-mail: steve.aldrich@indstate.edu
MSU department: Geography
Dissertation: Largeholder deforestation and land conflict in the Eastern Brazilian Amazon

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David Bidwell

David Bidwell
Current position: Assistant Professor, Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island
E-mail:
dbidwell@uri.edu
MSU Department: Sociology
Dissertation: The Structure and Strength of Public Attitudes Towards Wind Farm Development

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Victoria Campbell-Arvai

Victoria Campbell-Arvai
Current position: HASKAYNE School of Business, University of Calgary, Post Doctorate Fellow
E-mail: campbelv@ucalgary.ca
MSU Department: CARRS (Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies)

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John Clements

John Clements
Current Position: Research manager, College of Medicine, CMED Synergy Central Michigan University
E-mail: cleme3jm@cmich.edu
MSU Department:Sociology
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Saul Daniel Ddumba

Saul Daniel Ddumba
Department: Geography
ddumbasa@msu.edu

Dissertation Topic: Impacts of climate variability and change on crop production in Uganda

Biosketch: My academic goal is to contribute to improving the knowledge interface between climate and agriculture research. As a Ph.D. student in Geography, I’m fortunate to be part of the CLIP lab whose main goal is to understand climate and land use/change dynamics and also to contribute to solving food security problems related to the impacts of climate change in East Africa. My Ph.D. research is focusing on understanding the impacts of climate variability and change on crop production in Uganda. I hope to make a significant contribution to ensuring that people from developing countries, especially East Africa, have access to enough and nutritious food. I mainly use crop models, climate models and climate scenarios in trying to answer my research questions. The ESP Specialization will enable me to critically assess a policy component of his research. This involves evaluating the role of institutional settings (including government policies, common property management practices, or other social structures) in implementing adaptation strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate variability and change on crop production in Uganda.

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Robert Drost

Robert Drost
Current Position: Post-doctoral fellow, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
E-mail: rdrost@gmu.edu
MSU Department:
Geological Sciences
Dissertation Topic: The role of memory in decision-making during exposure to natural hazard risk. In other words, how do people decide a course of action during warning situations (i/e, tornado warning).

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Benjamin Gramig

Benjamin M. Gramig
Current position: Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
E-mail: bgramig@purdue.edu
MSU department: Agricultural Economics
Dissertation: Essays on the Economics of Livestock Disease Management: On-Farm Biosecurity Adoption, Asymmetric Information in Policy Design, and Decentralized Bioeconomic Dynamics

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Matt Grisko

Matt Grisko
Current position: Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Harper College, Palatine, Illinois.
E-mail: mgrisko@harpercollege.edu
MSU department: Philosophy
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Richard Grogan

Richard Grogan
Current position: Department of Organization and Management, Antioch University, New Hampshire
E-mail: rgrogan@antioch.edu
MSU department: Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies

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Ryan Gunderson

Ryan Gunderson
Current position:Fixed-term faculty, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University
E-mail: rgunder@msu.edu
MSU Department: Sociology
Dissertation: Nature, Sociology and the Frankfurt School

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Ellen Holste

Ellen Holste
Department: Forestry
holste@msu.edu

Dissertation Topic: The interactions between mycorrhizae and plant/nutrient uptake in restoring nutrient degraded landscapes

Biosketch: The integration of basic and applied sciences is the basis of my academic and career goals. Both my past and current projects have the underlying goal of understanding and applying basic knowledge of ecological processes to improve people's lives through better land management. My current research is focused on understanding nutrient limitation and plant uptake through the interactions between mycorrhizae, soil resources, and plants in a restoration context. Mycorrhizal fungi typically form a mutualistic relationship with plants improving the plants' nutrient uptake from the soil; about 80-90% of land plants are colonized by mycorrhizae. While many factors have been suggested as important constraints to forest restoration, mycorrhizal fungi and deficiencies in soil resources are especially important in degraded landscapes where plant dependence on mycorrhizae increases for less available nutrients. Furthermore, the effects of mycorrhizae may be different depending upon size and severity of a site's degradation and species-specific responses of mycorrhizal-associated plants to different fungal species. A recent review in Trends in Ecology and Evolution criticized the field of restoration ecology for not fully integrating aboveground-belowground linkages in restoration. For my dissertation, I am examining the interactions of different fungal types (arbsucular vs. ectomycorrhizae) and specific mycorrhizal species with plant/nutrient uptake in nitrogen- and phosphorus-limited systems. I am interested in better understanding these mycorrhizal symbiosises, their role in plant/nutrient uptake, and how we may use them to improve plant growth and survival in restoring degraded landscapes.

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Kim Hiller Connell

Kim Hiller Connell
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design, Kansas State University
E-mail: kyhc@ksu.edu
MSU department: Human Environment and Design
Dissertation: Ecological Consumer Decision Making: Nature, Process, and Barriers in Apparel Acquisition

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Marcia JnBaptiste

Marcia JnBaptiste
Current Position: USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bowling Green, KY
E-mail: marcia.jn-baptiste@ars.usda.gov
MSU department: Crop and Soil Sciences
Dissertation: Effects of gypsum, compost and cover crops on soil nutrient availability, corn yield and quality and soil quality

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Jason Karl

Jason Karl
Current position: USDA Agricultural Research Service, Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, New Mexico
E-mail: jkarl@nmsu.edu
MSU department: Fisheries & Wildlife
Dissertation: Object-based image analysis for scaling properties of rangeland ecosystems: Linking field and image data for management decision making

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Jennifer R. Kelly

Jennifer R. Kelly
Department: Sociology
kellyj24@msu.edu

Biosketch: Jennifer Rebecca Kelly studies environmental sociology focusing on the relationship that humans have with the living world. With an interdisciplinary background her scholarship and views on the nature society divide have embraced a holistic approach. As such, her interests have taken on an experiential dimension, that is, where nature and wildlife interface most vividly with humans. This is revealed in a broad range of areas from an individual's encounter with the portrait of a wild animal, to exploring the role of experiential education that is centered on the student immersion into a natural environment, to the hunting of wildlife, a relationship that has been portrayed both as an act of love and kill.

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Nicole Lamp

Nicole Lamp
Current position: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Program, Atlanta, GA
E-mail: nikki_lamp@fws.gov
MSU department: Fisheries and Wildlife
Dissertation: Organizational change in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) as the next conservation approach

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Zarraz Lee

Zarraz Lee
Current position: Post-Doc, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
E-mail: zarraz.lee@asu.edu
MSU department: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Dissertation: Bacterial Growth Efficiency (BGE) of bacterial community in soil and factors that influence BGE.

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Joseph Cullin

Joseph Lee-Cullin
Department:Geological Science
cullinjo@msu.edu

Biosketch: I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geological Sciences. I grew up in a town bisected by a river in agriculturally-dominated Iowa, which sparked an interest in water quality issues at a young age. My research interests are in the fate and transport of constituents in fresh water systems. My MS project dealt with the movement and transformation of pharmaceuticals from a wastewater treatment plant through a stream. My focus has since shifted to biogeochemical cycles, specifically how carbon cycles through the stream-groundwater interface


Shengpan Lin

Shengpan Lin
Department: Integrative Biology
shengpan@msu.edu

Biosketch: Shengpan is a doctoral student working on climate change and water quality. He was made in a small town of China, but he has a big dream to be a hero to save our planet from catastrophic climate change. He has a B.Sc. and M. Sc. in aquaculture. With that knowledge, he hopes he could contribute to a world without hunger and poverty by building profitable fish farms, and providing delicious fish and high quality protein for families. He received his fist Ph.D. in Remote Sensing and Geo-information from Zhejiang University, China. The global satellite views changed his vision of our world; he realized he could do more and have an impact beyond our generation. To gather ammunition and army, he joined ESPP in January 2013. (Declaration: “ammunition” and “army” here are metaphors. Shengpan has no intent to collect any real ammunition or build any army in United States. Please do NOT call Homeland Security.)

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Abigail Lynch

Abigail Lynch
Current position: Research scientist, National Wildlife and Climate Science Center, USGS
E-mail: lynchabi@msu.edu
MSU department: Fisheries and Wildlife; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior
Dissertation: Fisheries and climate change.

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Molly Good

Molly Good
Department: Fisheries & Wildlife
goodmoll@msu.edu

Biosketch: I returned to the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU as a Ph.D. student last fall with a defined area of interest – international fisheries science and policy. As a result of these interests and my commitment to interdisciplinary studies, I am particularly attracted to the Environmental Science and Policy Program Doctoral Specialization. I am confident that this specialization will be instrumental in providing me with training and techniques that will be most helpful in my current dissertation research, which also is interdisciplinary in its foundation. For my research, I work closely with Drs. Bill Taylor and Ed McGarrell from MSU’s School of Criminal Justice to investigate the role of law enforcement and, more broadly, governance in providing viable and sustainable fisheries in the Great Lakes and abroad.

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Erin Maloney

Erin Maloney
Current position: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
E-mail: malone50@msu.edu
MSU department: Communication

 

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Elizabeth Mauritz

Elizabeth Mauritz
MSU Department: Philosophy
E-mail: mauritze@msu.edu
Dissertation Title: Are There Moral Foundations to Support Claims of Moral Economy?

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Colleen McClean

Colleen McLean
Current position: Department of Geological and Environmental Science, Youngstown State University, Ohio
E-mail: cemclean@ysu.edu
MSU department: Geological Sciences

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Max Melstrom

Max Melstrom
Current Position: Assistant professor of economics at Salisbury University, Maryland.
MSU Department: Economics and Agricultural Economics
E-mail: rmelstrom@salisbury.edu
Dissertation Topic: Three papers in resource economics. Two papers model demand for Michigan recreational angling opportunities; the third is about optimal management of a prey-predator system.

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Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller
MSU Department: Zoology
E-mail: mill1571@msu.edu
Dissertation Topic: Nutrient-mediated relationships between algae and heterotrophic bacteria: implications for Mycobacterium ulcerans and other bacterial pathogens.

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Jakob Nalley

Jakob Nalley
Department: Integrative Biology
nalleyja@msu.edu

Biosketch: Jakob (an Illinois native) received his two B.S. degrees in Biological Sciences (emphasis in Ecology) and Environmental Science from Loyola University of Chicago. Jakob worked in the lab of Dr. F. Bryan Pickett at Loyola for 3 years investigating the implications of warming water temperatures on the development of Zebrafish. Dr. Pickett's genetics lab was a unique opportunity emphasizing how interdisciplinary approaches can be applied to begin addressing complex ecological issues. Jakob entered Dr. Elena Litchman's lab in the Fall term of 2011 and began his doctoral research of applying ecological principles to algal biofuel generation. Jakob has a diverse range of interests that have led him to pursue doctoral specializations in the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior (EEBB), Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP) and a Certificate in College Teaching. To learn more about Jakob's personal research and STEM education outreach efforts check out his professional website: jakobnalley.weebly.com.. Watch a video of Jakob's most recent research efforts:

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Norbismi Nordin

Norbismi Nordin

MSU Department: Packaging
E-mail: nordinno@msu.edu

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Emily Norton

Emily Norton
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife
nortone1@msu.edu

Dissertation Topic: The effects of lake shoreline development on painted turtle nest site selection and reproductive success.

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Linda Novitski

Linda Novitski
Current Position:Assistant Researcher, University of Michigan
Department: Zoology
Email: lindanovitski@gmail.com
Dissertation Topic: Microcystis in the Ohio River, analyzing population dynamics of an algal taxon with toxin-forming potential.

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Perdinan

Perdinan
Current Position: Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
MSU Department: Geography; Environmental Science and Policy Program
E-mail: perdinan@msu.edu

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Zachary Piso

Zachary Piso
Department: Philosophy
pisozach@msu.edu

Biosketch:Zach Piso is a doctoral student in the Department of Philosophy, with a specialization in Environmental Science & Policy. He received his BA in Environmental Studies from Allegheny College in December 2010 before spending a year working in sustainable urban development. Research interests include environmental education, enactive and embodied theories of mind, communities as epistemic units, ecosystems as epistemic units, and ecological resilience through biodiversity. Many projects draw on classical American pragmatists such as John Dewey and George Herbert Mead. He is primarily interested in strategies for cultivating sustainable habits that take into consideration the role that sociality and embodiment play in learning.

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Carson Reeling

Carson Reeling
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
reelingc@msu.edu

Biosketch: Economics is an extremely powerful tool that can be used to guide human behavior in a way that makes socioecological systems greener and more productive. This is particularly true with regards to agricultural systems, where more effective management is necessary to promote both greater agronomic productivity and environmental sustainability. My research interests broadly involve integrating both economic and ecological knowledge to better manage agricultural ecosystems through the analysis and valuation of ecosystem services. I am also interested in investigating the resilience of agricultural production systems against shocks from climate change and water availability.

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Allison Rober

Allison Rober
Current Position: assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Ball State University in Muncie, IN
MSU Departments: Zoology; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior Program; Environmental Science and Policy Program
E-mail: arrober@bsu.edu
Dissertation Topic: The role of abiotic and biotic factors in structuring benthic algal dynamics in northern boreal wetland food-webs

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Melissa Rojas

Melissa Rojas
Department: Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
rojasma@msu.edu

Biosketch: I grew up in Costa Rica, surrounded by multiple crop farms. Even though I did not have previous education in this area, I could recognize several problems that family and farmers were facing, and how there was a broken circle between knowledge that leads to policy, and policy that entails implementation. That is why I decided to study Agricultural Engineering. I completed my BSc. Degree and post-graduate degree in the School of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Costa Rica, where my research was related to soil compaction due to tillage. During my studies, I realized how there is a disconnection between research, policies, education and extension in Costa Rica, which is a country that has 6% of the Earth's biodiversity, when Costa Rica is only 0.001% of global area. I got the great opportunity to perform additional research in a short-term internship at the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) department of MSU, where my research program was related to soil compaction and erosion. I also continued with my studies in the same BAE department where my Masters research project was to evaluate the environmental and economic impact of the integration of an anaerobic digester at a pasture-based dairy farm. Now for my PhD while I am in the BAE PhD program I am also completing an Environmental Science Policy Program (ESPP) specialization because research by itself cannot make changes unless it is translated to policy and implemented on the ground. The research project of my PhD program is now focused on evaluating the impacts of climate change on livestock production through modeling and remote sensing techniques.

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Leilei Ruan

Leilei Ruan
MSU Departments: Crop and Soil Sciences
E-mail: ruanleil@msu.edu
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Kateri Salk

Kateri Salk
Department: Integrative Biology
salkkate@msu.edu

Biosketch: My research focuses on biogeochemical cycling in aquatic systems. In the face of enormous anthropogenic change in global elemental cycles, inland and coastal waters are becoming increasingly important hotspots for the processing of carbon and nitrogen. I hope to further establish how environmental factors interact to control microbial communities and processes, as this is crucial to constrain both local impacts and global budgets of elemental cycles. Specifically, I am interested in nitrogen removal pathways (denitrification and anammox),the effect of hypoxia on anaerobic microbial processes, and greenhouse gas production and emissions. 

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Carolina Santos

Carolina Santos
MSU Department: Geography
E-mail: santosca@msu.edu
Dissertation Topic: Complex Land Use and Cover Trajectories in the Northern Chocó Bioregion of Colombia

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Sara Parr Syswerda

Sara Parr Syswerda
Current position(s): Working with Andy Anderson in Teacher Education on the Math Science Partnership based at MSU's Kellogg Biological Station; running her own farm (4th season!); helping to run a green business, Heritage Antique Lumber; and coaching adult runners.
E-mail: parrsar1@msu.edu
MSU department: Crop and Soil Sciences
Dissertation: Ecosystem services from agriculture across a management intensity gradient in Southwest Michigan

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Rachel Shwom

Rachel Shwom
Current position: Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers University
E-mail: shwomrac@rci.rutgers.edu
MSU department: Sociology
Dissertation: Greens, Suits, and Bureaucrats: A Sociological Perspective on Interorganizational Relations in Appliance Energy Efficiency Policy

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Samuel Smidt

Samuel Smidt
Department: Geological Sciences
smidtsam@msu.edu

Biosketch: Currently, I am a PhD student in the Department of Geological Sciences studying Environmental Geosciences. I have an MS degree in Geoscience researching surface water-groundwater interactions, and I have a BS degree in Geology and Environmental Science. My professional interests in ESPP include the supply and demand of Earth’s water resources in relation to human use and consumption. Policy makers play a critical role in regulating water use, and it is the responsibility of those in the scientific field to correctly inform decision makers. Given that water resources are intricately linked to more than just human use and consumption, it is necessary for policy makers to fully understand the environmental responses that could potentially arise when decisions are made.

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Sara Tanis

Sara Tanis
Department: Forestry
tanissar@msu.edu

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Sheldon Turner

Sheldon Turner
Current position:
MSU department: Geological Sciences
E-mail: turne184@msu.edu
Dissertation Topic: Understanding human-earth system interactions: The role of visual representations

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Mamta  Vardhan

Mamta Vardhan
Current position: HASKAYNE School of Business, University of Calgary, Post Doctorate Fellow
E-mail: mvardhan@ucalgary.ca
MSU Department: CARRS (Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies)
Dissertation Topic: Implications of incentive-based conservation programs for governance, gender and collective action in the Uluguru Mountains, Tanzania

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Pariwate Varnakovida

Pariwate Varnakovida
Current position: Division of Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geology, and Physics, Lake Superior State University
E-mail: pvarnakovida@lssu.edu
MSU department: Geography
Dissertation: Human-environment interactions in urban environment and sustainable development: Spatial modeling and landscape prediction in northeast Thailand

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Leigh Whittinghill

Leigh Whittinghill
Current Position: 2012-2014 cohort at the Earth Institute, Columbia University.
MSU Department: Horticulture
E-mail: whitti18@msu.edu
Dissertation Topic: The use of green roof technology for growing vegetables

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