Two new articles identify integrated social-ecological strategies that are necessary for transforming food systems toward resilience and sustainability:

Wittman, H., Chappell, M.J., Abson, D., Bezner-Kerr, R., Blesh, J., Hanspach, J., Perfecto, I., and J. Fischer. 2016. A social-ecological perspective on harmonizing food security and biodiversity conservation. Regional Environmental Change. doi:10.1007/s10113-016-1045-9.

Schipanski, M.E., MacDonald, G.K., Rosenzweig, S., Chappell, M.J., Bennett, E.M., Bezner-Kerr, R., Blesh, J., Crews, T., Drinkwater, L.E., Lundgren, J., and C. Schnarr. 2016. Realizing resilient food systems. BioScience. doi:10.1093/biosci/biw052.


Ryan presents at Diversity Symposium


Ryan explains the benefits of legume cover crops

Ryan Nelson, our very own Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, presented a poster today entitled “Out of Thin Air: Assessing Legume Nitrogen Fixation Inputs on Organic Farms” at the Diversity in Environmental Programs Symposium (Ann Arbor). This symposium capped off the 8 week DDCS Program, which brought undergraduates from around the country to the University of Michigan. Best wishes, Ryan, as you head back to Wesleyan University for another semester!

Welcome new lab members


Elliot collecting soil cores from a study site

This summer two new undergraduates received scholarships to conduct research in the Blesh Lab.  Elliot Nichols, a UM undergraduate in LSA, received a Michigan Research Community Cromer Fellowship, and Ryan Nelson from Wesleyan University is joining us through the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program.

New course to be offered Winter 2017


As part of a USDA-HEC award, Jennifer will teach a new interdisciplinary course, Food Literacy for All, together with a community co-instructor, Malik Yakini. The course will be an evening seminar series open to the public that will bring high profile speakers from UM and across the country to discuss challenges and opportunities for developing more sustainable food systems.