MSU named a top 20 school for sustainability
MSU is one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review.
Plant specimens provide powerful data about life in the Anthropocene
Researchers from MSU and Carnegie Museum of Natural History report plant specimens are being used in novel new ways that could influence future environmental policy, species conservation and collections-based science. Specimen digitization and new data analysis technologies increase the relevance of herbaria for scientific research, education, and societal issues like climate change and invasive species. The study was published Sept. 4 in BioScience.View story photos
Hyena expert receives Distinguished Animal Behaviorist Award
MSU integrative biologist Kay Holekamp, one of the world's leading behavioral ecologists, has been awarded the 2019 Distinguished Animal Behaviorist Award from the Animal Behavior Society, in recognition of her outstanding career in animal behavior.View story photos
Assigning workers to new networks boosts sustainability
Organizations looking to lead quests for sustainability can train troops within their ranks, but the traditional boundaries like experience, seniority and departments aren’t where the payoffs lie.View story photos
Use of drone technology releases sterile insects
Chris Adams and Larry Gut, entomologists in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU, are using large drones to release sterile insects as a more sustainable and cost-effective way to disrupt reproduction of codling moths, or CM, in apple orchards.View story photos
Helpful insects and landscape changes
We might not notice them, but the crops farmers grow are protected by scores of tiny invertebrate bodyguards. Naturally occurring arthropods like spiders and lady beetles patrol crop fields looking for insects to eat. These natural enemies keep pests under control, making it easier to grow the crops we depend on.
Bird bacteria is key to communication and mating
Birds use odor to identify other birds, and researchers at Michigan State University have shown that if the bacteria that produce the odor is altered, it could negatively impact a bird’s ability to communicate with other birds or find a mate.View story photos
Study provides framework for 1 billion years of green plant evolution
Gene sequences for more than 1100 plant species have been released by an international consortium of nearly 200 plant scientists, the culmination of a nine-year research project.View story photos
Joan Rose presents interactive exhibit on water and health at Science Gallery Detroit
What do you know about water and health? This was the question posed by Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at MSU, to thousands visiting the most recent Science Gallery Detroit exhibit–DEPTH.View story photos
Sustainability team wins Ford Motor Company Fund grant to light bus stops
There will be new solar-powered lighting at bus stops across MSU’s campus thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund awarded to the Sustainable Spartans student group.