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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

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Hu Y, Holway DA, Łukasik P, Chau L, Kay AD, LeBrun EG, Miller KA, Sanders JG, Suarez AV, Russell JA (in press) By their own devices: invasive Argentine ants have shifted diet without clear aid from symbiotic microbes. Molecular Ecology
  • Krist AC, Kay ADScherber E, Larkin K, Brown BJ, Lu D, Warren DT, Riedl R, Neiman M (2017) Evidence for extensive but variable nutrient limitation in New Zealand lakes. Evolutionary Ecology
  • Small GE, Sisombath B*, Reuss L*, Henry R, Kay AD (in press) Assessing how the ratio of food waste to wood chips in compost affects rates of microbial processing and subsequent vegetable yield. Compost Management and Utilization. 

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 209 - 06 Biology of Sustainability M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OWS LL54
CRN: 42257 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Adam D. Kay Influences of humans on the global environment have 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 dynamics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 208, or any 100-level GEOL, and CHEM 112 or CHEM 115

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 198 - 01 BIOL of Urban Agriculture - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OSS 127
CRN: 22126 4 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 Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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BIOL 198 - 51 BIOL of Urban Agriculture/Lab - - - - - - U 1300 - 1500 OWS 264
CRN: 22127 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 Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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