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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.

Lab website

 

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. 

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 198 - 01 BIOL of Urban Agriculture - T - R - - - 1900 - 2040 OSS 127

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1900 - 2040

Location:

OSS 127

Course Registration Number:

22126 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 198 - 51 BIOL of Urban Agriculture/Lab - - - - - - U 1300 - 1500 OWS 264

Days of Week:

- - - - - - U

Time of Day:

1300 - 1500

Location:

OWS 264

Course Registration Number:

22127 (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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 393 - I5 Individual Study - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23060 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Adam D. Kay

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 398 - 02 BIOL of Urban Agriculture - T - R - - - 1900 - 2040 OSS 127

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1900 - 2040

Location:

OSS 127

Course Registration Number:

22124 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 398 - 51 BIOL of Urban Agriculture/ Lab - - - - - - U 1300 - 1500 OWS 264

Days of Week:

- - - - - - U

Time of Day:

1300 - 1500

Location:

OWS 264

Course Registration Number:

21390 (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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 478 - 01 Experiential Learning - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22993 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Adam D. Kay

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 198 - 02 BIOL of Urban Food Systems - T - R - - - 1800 - 2000 OWS 250

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2000

Location:

OWS 250

Course Registration Number:

30575 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Adam D. Kay

There are tremendous inequities in the food system both locally and around the world. In the Twin Cities, there are extensive areas of the city categorized as “food insecure”, meaning that residents don’t have access to affordable healthy food. Why do these conditions exist, and what can we do about it? This course will provide intellectual content and experiential opportunities to help students understand the challenges and opportunities associated with healthy food access in urban areas in the United States. The focus of the study will be BrightSide Produce, the nation’s only financially sustainable model for delivering fruits and vegetables to small stores in lower-income urban neighborhoods. This ongoing operation is co-run by university students and local youth. Students in the course will have the opportunity to learn a lot about local food systems, critically evaluate scientific literature, get an introduction to experimental design, data analysis and effective communication of scientific results, and gain some experience communicating science content to a general audience. Most importantly, students will work in groups to create and implement new ideas related to BrightSide Produce. As a result, students will become immersed in making social change. One specific project will be to collaborate with local youth to implement and host sidewalk farm stands at corner stores in underserved neighborhoods. The course is designed for non-majors and biology majors to work together on projects and other course content. BIOL 198 fulfills the core-area in natural science in the Natural Science and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum. BIOL 398 counts as major elective credits in Biology.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 198 - 52 BIOL of Urban Food Syst./Lab - - - - - S - 1300 - 1600 OWS 264

Days of Week:

- - - - - S -

Time of Day:

1300 - 1600

Location:

OWS 264

Course Registration Number:

30576 (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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 398 - 03 BIOL of Urban Food Sysytems - T - R - - - 1800 - 2000 OWS 250

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2000

Location:

OWS 250

Course Registration Number:

30577 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Adam D. Kay

There are tremendous inequities in the food system both locally and around the world. In the Twin Cities, there are extensive areas of the city categorized as “food insecure”, meaning that residents don’t have access to affordable healthy food. Why do these conditions exist, and what can we do about it? This course will provide intellectual content and experiential opportunities to help students understand the challenges and opportunities associated with healthy food access in urban areas in the United States. The focus of the study will be BrightSide Produce, the nation’s only financially sustainable model for delivering fruits and vegetables to small stores in lower-income urban neighborhoods. This ongoing operation is co-run by university students and local youth. Students in the course will have the opportunity to learn a lot about local food systems, critically evaluate scientific literature, get an introduction to experimental design, data analysis and effective communication of scientific results, and gain some experience communicating science content to a general audience. Most importantly, students will work in groups to create and implement new ideas related to BrightSide Produce. As a result, students will become immersed in making social change. One specific project will be to collaborate with local youth to implement and host sidewalk farm stands at corner stores in underserved neighborhoods. The course is designed for non-majors and biology majors to work together on projects and other course content. BIOL 198 fulfills the core-area in natural science in the Natural Science and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum. BIOL 398 counts as major elective credits in Biology.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 398 - 52 BIOL of Urban Food Syst./Lab - - - - - S - 1300 - 1600 OWS 264

Days of Week:

- - - - - S -

Time of Day:

1300 - 1600

Location:

OWS 264

Course Registration Number:

30578 (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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 478 - 01 Experiential Learning - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

30640 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Adam D. Kay

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

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)