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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 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 209 - 01 Biology of Sustainability M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OWS LL54

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

OWS LL54

Course Registration Number:

41092 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 209 - 04 Biology of Sustainability - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OWS 251

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OWS 251

Course Registration Number:

41122 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 330 - 01 Animal Behavior M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OSS 127

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

OSS 127

Course Registration Number:

41569 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Adam D. Kay

This course includes the study of animal behavior at multiple levels connecting neural, hormonal, and genetic mechanisms of behavior to an evolutionary perspective. The adaptive value of behaviors such as display, habitat selection, foraging pattern, and mating system is examined. Theoretical analysis of sexual selection and the evolution of cooperation and altruism are considered. Laboratory work emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior under natural conditions. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; STAT 220 or MATH 303 recommended.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 330 - 51 Animal Behavior / Lab - - W - - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 381

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1730

Location:

OWS 381

Course Registration Number:

42549 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Adam D. Kay

This course includes the study of animal behavior at multiple levels connecting neural, hormonal, and genetic mechanisms of behavior to an evolutionary perspective. The adaptive value of behaviors such as display, habitat selection, foraging pattern, and mating system is examined. Theoretical analysis of sexual selection and the evolution of cooperation and altruism are considered. Laboratory work emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior under natural conditions. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; STAT 220 or MATH 303 recommended.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 330 - 52 Animal Behavior / Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 381

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1730

Location:

OWS 381

Course Registration Number:

41690 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Adam D. Kay

This course includes the study of animal behavior at multiple levels connecting neural, hormonal, and genetic mechanisms of behavior to an evolutionary perspective. The adaptive value of behaviors such as display, habitat selection, foraging pattern, and mating system is examined. Theoretical analysis of sexual selection and the evolution of cooperation and altruism are considered. Laboratory work emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior under natural conditions. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; STAT 220 or MATH 303 recommended.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 490 - 03 BIOL of Urban Agriculture - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OSS 127

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

OSS 127

Course Registration Number:

22684 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Adam D. Kay

Urban agriculture is becoming increasingly common. In developed countries, disenchantment with industrial food production and renewed interest in urban development are fueling a cultural revolution centered around local agriculture. In developing countries, rapid and extensive increases in urbanization have resulted in extensive agricultural activities within densely populated areas. But despite the increase in the extent of urban agriculture, there is surprisingly little research on techniques used by urban farmers and community gardeners. The goal of this class is to try to summarize existing information, identify key research gaps, and assess the scalability and sustainability of the urban agriculture movement. Part of the class will be learning from practitioners and envisioning together how urban agriculture science can be used to make cities more just, equitable, and sustainable. For the laboratory component, students will design and implement independent research projects related to local food production. Prerequisite: C- or better in at least two 300-level BIOL courses.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 490 - 53 BIOL of Urban Agriculture/Lab - T - R - - - 1330 - 1520 OWS 379

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1520

Location:

OWS 379

Course Registration Number:

22685 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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