Dermestid beetles in the process of cleaning out a small mammal.

Meet the Beetles

October 21, 2020

With Halloween around the corner, we'd like to share some spooky science! Keith Barker, curator of the Bell’s genetic resources collection, shares information about the museum's dermestid beetle colony, which provides the neatest way to get a skeleton from a carcass. Sushma Reddy, Breckenridge chair of ornithology and curator of birds, also offers her take on the beetles.

Flowers made out of Christmas lights light up the surrounding snow blue and green.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Winter in Bloom will feature more lights outdoors

October 20, 2020

( The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is featured.

A field of golden wheat.

With CFANS involvement, report finds 10 to 1 ROI on investment in international agricultural research

October 19, 2020

CFANS professor Philip Pardey co-authors SoAR Foundation report, The Payoff to Investing in CGIAR Research.

One hands points at a brown work that is being held in another hand.

Getting their hands dirty: University of Minnesota digs into worm research

October 19, 2020

(Minnesota Daily)  Lee Frelich, director of the Center for Forest Ecology and fellow at the Institute on the Environment; Kyungsoo Yoo, a professor in Soil, Water and Climate and Erin Buchholz, integrated pest manager for the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, are quoted. The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center is mentioned.

A group of penguins stand together on a sheet of ice with large ice features in the background.

All-female scientific coalition calls for protection of Antarctic Peninsula

October 19, 2020

(Reuters UK) Anne Christianson, a Natural Resources Science and Management student, is quoted.

Child Care spelled out with colorful block letters.

Coronavirus Threatens to Push the Child-Care Industry Over the Edge

October 17, 2020

(Wall Street Journal)  Elizabeth Davis, a professor in Applied Economics, is quoted. 

A territorial coalition of two male Asian lions in their prime. Photo by Stotra Chakrabarti.

Explaining teamwork in male lions

October 16, 2020

In new research by biologists from CFANS and the Wildlife Institute of India demonstrated the how and why of cooperation among male lions. By studying one of the rarest lion populations in the world — the Asian lions that live as a single population in the Gir Forest of India — researchers found that cooperation among lions does not necessarily indicate that they are related.


Matt Clark, assistant professor of grape breeding and enology in the department of horticultural science at UMN’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), and UMN Extension horticulture specialist in a UMN vineyard.

The U's Itasca grape could put Minnesota wines on the map

October 15, 2020

(StarTribune) Matt Clark, an assistant professor in Grape Breeding and Enology, is quoted. The Horticultural Research Center at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, is mentioned.

Applied economics alumnus Quentin IkutaSchodde on a train.

5 questions with Quentin: Meet an applied economics alumnus

October 14, 2020

Discover what it's like to be an applied economics major in CFANS in this interview with Quentin IkutaSchodde, BS '19. He shares an update on what he does in his current professional role and discusses the opportunities he had as a student in our college. 

Applied economics alumna Tory Bradley stands against a brick wall.

5 questions with Tory: Meet an applied economics alumnus

October 13, 2020

In this interview with Tory Ahmann Bradley, BS '13, you'll learn more about what it's like to be an applied economics major in CFANS. She shares an update on what she does in his current professional role and discusses who left a lasting impact on her while she was a student here.