Soil Water Food Nexus

The School of Earth & Sustainability is committed to harnessing the collective intellectual capacity of the university to address complex societal issues at the nexus of soil, water, and food systems. This area of excellence has over 50 SES faculty and staff members connecting their teaching, research, creative work, and engagement to one of these systems or the nexus.  SES provides ideation opportunities and staff support to help foster community, explore collaborations, and create new opportunities for research, creative work, education, living lab experiences, and extension at the intersection of these fields. Through seed funding, we are organizing community-building events as a first step in our work together.  We are actively seeking to connect to other faculty, staff, programs, and partners engaged in this work.  Please reach out to helloSES@umass.edu to learn more.  

 

2023 Lightning Talk Series

In Fall 2023, SES hosted a 2-part lightning talk series around the nexus of soil, water, and food (SWF) systems.  The series featured 16 UMass experts from across education, research, extension, and operations over two days. The presenters and the recording are provided below for each day.  We invite our community and the broader public to check out the talks and take part in future events.  

Watch Part 1 (Oct 25) Here

Opening Remarks by Daniel Cooley, Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Presenters:

Christine Hatch, UMass Extension Professor, Associate Director for Academics and UMass iCONs Program

Ashley Keiser, Assistant Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

David Julian McClements, Professor, Food Science

Jason Lanier, Extension Team Leader, Turf and Greenhouse Crops & Floriculture and LNUF, UMass Extension

Rachel Hestrin, Assistant Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture 

David Boutt, Professor, Earth, Geographic, and Climate Sciences (EGCS) and the Environmental Sciences Program

Susan Scheufele, Production Agriculture Leader, and Genevieve Higgins, Extension Educator, Vegetable Production, UMass Extension

 

Watch Part 2 (Nov 8) Here

Presenters:

Isaac Larsen, Associate Professor, Earth, Geographic, and Climate Sciences

Hannah Naughton, Assistant Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Daniel Bensonoff, Sustainability Coordinator, UMass Permaculture, Auxiliary Enterprises

Om Parkash Dhankher, Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Matthew Winnick, Assistant Professor, Earth, Geographic, and Climate Sciences

Emily Kumpel, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Masoud Hashemi, Extension Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Michelle Dacosta, Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture