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Adam D. Kay

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D. University of Utah
Office
OWS 367/ Lab: OWS267A
Phone
(651) 962-5291
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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Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 490 - 03 BIOL of Urban Agriculture M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OSS 122
CRN: 21187 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Adam D. Kay Sustainable agriculture and the local food movement are rapidly transforming urban areas in the United States. Unfortunately, there are many economic and social barriers that keep urban agriculture from flourishing. A key step toward the establishment of a thriving local agricultural system is research aimed at identifying urban farming practices that maximize yields while minimizing environmental impacts. This 400-level class will be one of the nation's first courses focused exclusively on the biology of urban agriculture. One goal for the class will be to create a book proposal on this topic. A second goal will be to conduct semester-long student driven research project on topics ranging from composting and greenhouse production to post-harvest processing, storage, and distribution. We will also interact with several community leaders and urban farmers to identify pressing research needs and potential collaborative opportunities. Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 and any 300-level class or permission of instructor.

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BIOL 490 - 53 BIOL of Urban Agriculture/Lab - - W - - - - 1335 - 1735 OWS 268
CRN: 21188 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Adam D. Kay The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Online Printable Schedule, View Online Printable Schedule

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ESCI 430 - 01 Senior Research Seminar M - - - - - - 1530 - 1930
CRN: 21728 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Adam D. Kay This course is designed to fulfill the senior capstone experience in Environmental Science as it brings together students from all of the environmental science concentrations (biology, chemistry, and geology) to complete interdisciplinary research projects. In the semester prior to the course offering, Environmental Science majors, in consultation with their faculty advisors and the course instructor, will develop a research project that they will complete as part of this course. Students may also choose to more fully develop a research project in which they have been participating or propose a service-learning or community-based project. Furthermore, groups of students could propose to perform an interdisciplinary project. The format of this research is intentionally open-ended because it is meant to provide flexibility and choice to the students and the course instructor. Student-led seminars on topics of the students' choosing will comprise most weekly meetings, along with updates on research progress and a final presentation to the St. Thomas community on the outcome of the student's research projects. This course should be completed in the final Spring semester prior to graduation. Prerequisite: ESCI 310 or permission of instructor; at least one ENVR course.

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