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Biodiversity

Rob Denton

assistant professor of biology

  • Evolutionary biology
  • Genetics
  • Wildlife conservation

Economics

Stephen Burks

professor of economics and management

  • US trucking industry and truck driver labor market
  • Behavioral economic field experiments
  • Behavioral personnel economics

Environment

Troy Goodnough

sustainability director

  • Sustainability in rural communities
  • On-site energy production
  • Community-based sustainability projects

Kara Nell

assistant professor of chemistry

  • Water quality
  • Nitrate and arsenic in water
  • Materials for water purification

Brian Twenter

assistant professor of English and Native American and indigenous studies

  • Indigenous peoples and the environment

Equity and Access

Adrienne Conley

assistant director for student life and LGBTQIA2S+ programs

  • LGBTQIA2S+ student experience

Becca Gercken

chief diversity officer / associate professor of English and Native American and indigenous studies

  • Representations of Native and indigenous peoples in books, film, and television
  • Federal Indian policy

Health

Rachel Johnson

assistant professor of biology

  • Immunotherapy treatments for cancer
  • Infectious diseases
  • The spread of diseases

Kerry Michael

assistant professor of psychology

  • Opioids
  • Addiction
  • Drug court
  • Public health,
  • Rural health,
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Stress

Minnesota

Stephen Gross

archivist / associate professor of history

  • Minnesota history
  • Rural history
  • History of American immigration

Politics and Policy

Tim Lindberg

assistant professor of political science

  • Rural-urban divide in Minnesota politics
  • Political behavior
  • American political development

Popular Culture

Janet Schrunk Ericksen

interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean / associate professor of English

  • Medieval literature in contemporary popular culture
  • History of the English language
  • Humanities in higher education

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