Adam D. Kay portrait

Adam D. Kay

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D. University of Utah
Office
OWS 256 & JRC 129/ Lab: JRC LL29
Phone
(651) 962-5291
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5291
Fax
651.962.5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

Our research has two main themes. Our emerging work focuses on “Stewardship Science“, which combines environmental science research with community service. Most of this work involves urban agriculture research. We’re developing multiple projects that test hypotheses about small-scale farming, and each project is designed to make a direct contribution to our local community. Another part of our work focuses on how the nutritional composition of resource inputs influences ecological interactions in invertebrate communities. A common theme through these projects is the importance of nutrient balance and how particular nutrient scarcities or excesses affect ecological processes.

 

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Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses
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BIOL 389 - I1 Research - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22989 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Adam D. Kay Original laboratory, field, library or other analytical investigation under the direction of a member of the biology faculty, culminating in either a written research paper or an oral presentation. Upper-class standing not required. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 and permission of the instructor and the department chair

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BIOL 495 - I3 Individual Study - - - - - - - -
CRN: 23147 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Adam D. Kay These courses provide a means for obtaining credit on a tutorial basis for courses not otherwise available at UST or other institutions in the ACTC consortium, and are intended to satisfy unusual needs and circumstances. Students interested in Individual Study should discuss their plans with the faculty member most likely to be their tutor at least one semester before the course is to be taken. Individual Study proposal forms must be completed and approved by the faculty member, the department chair, and the dean of the College prior to registration. These courses may, with approval of the department chair, be used to fulfill the 400-level requirement for the major. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and the department chair

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Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 389 - I1 Research - - - - - - - -
CRN: 30503 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Adam D. Kay Original laboratory, field, library or other analytical investigation under the direction of a member of the biology faculty, culminating in either a written research paper or an oral presentation. Upper-class standing not required. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: BIOL 207, 208 and a minimum grad of C- in BIOL 209 and permission of the instructor and the department chair.

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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 209 - 06 Biology of Sustainability M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 BEC 101
CRN: 43386 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Adam D. Kay Influences of humans on the global environment has reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dyanmics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in CHEM 112, or CHEM 115, or any 100-level GEOL

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