Research and Innovation

Feeding the world. Protecting the planet.

Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary solutions. For 150 years, the daring innovations of our graduates have shaped the world we know today. Now, we carry on that daring spirit, using cutting-edge technology and scientific advances to envision a better tomorrow.

Focused on identifying and addressing future challenges, students and faculty of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are mastering research in five areas of unique strength:

  • Climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation;
  • Human dimensions of food, agriculture and natural resources;
  • Sustainable food systems, landscapes and ecosystems;
  • Genetics and genomics for plant, animal and ecosystem improvement; and
  • One Health intersections among animal, plant, human and ecosystem health.

Explore the exciting research we’re leading and the entrepreneurial ecosystem we’re building.

UD Research Initiatives

In an age of technology and innovation, the future has never looked more exciting.

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Upcoming events

  • Compassion in her genes

    Article by Dante LaPenta | July 13, 2020

    Alumna Victoria Dortenzio lives out passion for genetic counseling, helping others

  • Charting the Earth’s course

    Article by Dante LaPenta | July 07, 2020

    Don Sparks, nation’s leading researchers pinpoint investment areas for earth sciences research

  • Understanding city forests

    Article by Lauren Bradford | July 02, 2020

    New research finds forest age, not urbanization, corresponds to invasive species prominence

  • Charting the Earth’s course

    Article by Dante LaPenta | July 07, 2020

    Don Sparks, nation’s leading researchers pinpoint investment areas for earth sciences research

  • Coastal Observer App

    Article by Jon Hynson | June 05, 2020

    UD and Delaware Sea Grant create app to document current and increasing impacts of weather

  • Understanding city forests

    Article by Lauren Bradford | July 02, 2020

    New research finds forest age, not urbanization, corresponds to invasive species prominence

Faculty expert spotlights

Headshot of Professor Kyle McCarthy
Kyle McCarthy
Townsend Hall
302-831-1412

Areas of research include: Evaluation of wildlife behavioral response to human recreation; Application of resource selection, diversity of mammals and population models to rare and elusive species.
Headshot of Professor Changquing Wu
Changqing Wu
Townsend Hall
302-831-3029

Areas of research include: Separation and identification of bioactive compounds from foods, spices, using column chromatography techniques; Impact of bioactive compounds on obesity and heart disease.

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