Research and Innovation

Feed the world. Protect 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

Robot captures imaging of root systems at UD Farm: youtube.com/watch?v=HKqOdS-i4BI

  • Wildlife advocate

    Article by Dante LaPenta | September 22, 2020

    Alumna Jamila Blake spearheads diversity efforts in wildlife science, management and conservation

  • Science diplomacy during COVID-19

    Article by Dante LaPenta | September 14, 2020

    UD alumna Patricia Westenbroek confronts infectious diseases and public health throughout the Middle East

  • Victory gardens

    Article by Michele Walfred | August 20, 2020

    UD Cooperative Extension volunteer helps neighbors plant during the coronavirus pandemic

  • 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

  • Wildlife advocate

    Article by Dante LaPenta | September 22, 2020

    Alumna Jamila Blake spearheads diversity efforts in wildlife science, management and conservation

  • Victory gardens

    Article by Michele Walfred | August 20, 2020

    UD Cooperative Extension volunteer helps neighbors plant during the coronavirus pandemic

Faculty expert spotlights

Professor Angelia Seyfferth takes a lab sample.
Angelia Seyfferth
Townsend Hall
302-831-4865

Seyfferth focuses on understanding the soil biogeochemical processes that dictate contaminant and nutrient cycling and uptake by plants.
Ryan Arsenault holds up test sample to show graduate student
Ryan Arsenault
Townsend Hall
302-831-7579

Arsenault investigates animal biology from a kinome perspective, gut health and immunometabolism and disease pathogenesis.

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