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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 PUBLICAITONS

  • Kaspari M, Clay NA, Lucas J*, Revsen S, Kay AD, Yanoviak SP (2016) Thermal adaptation and phosphorus shape thermal performance in an assemblage of rainforest ants. Ecology.
  • Seabloom EW  with 64 co-authors (AD Kay is a co-author) (2016) Plant Species’ origin predicts dominance and response to nutrient enrichment and herbivores in global grasslands. Nature Communications. DOI 10.1038/ncomms8710

Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 393 - I1 Individual Study - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22975 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Adam D. Kay

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Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 198 - 01 Biology of Urban Agriculture - T - R - - - 1800 - 2000 OWS 250
CRN: 30524 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Adam D. Kay Global food demand is predicted to double by the year 2050, while environmental impacts associated with food production are already unsustainable. How can we feed the world while simultaneously preserving our environment? Can urban agriculture be part of the solution? This class will explore possibilities and challenges from a biological perspective. We’ll connect techniques used in urban agriculture (like composting) to general concepts in biology (like nutrient cycling). The lab portion of the course will connect to existing projects in the UST Stewardship Garden and other outdoor sites. This course fulfills the core-area in natural science in the Natural Science and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum.

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BIOL 198 - 51 Biol. of Urban Agriculture/Lab - - - - - - U 1300 - 1700 OWS 264
CRN: 30525 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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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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