About Us

An aerial photo of the University of Delaware's Townsend Hall on South Campus

Welcome

 

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) is an educationally rich environment bursting with life and learning, and where students are invited and encouraged to be full partners in their education. We will strongly encourage our students to question, discuss, and develop the expertise necessary to formulate solutions to real world challenges in whatever career you pursue.

Mission and Vision

Mission: Our college's mission is synonymous with the mission of land-grant universities — the generation, translation and dissemination of knowledge in the public interest. Agriculture and natural resource issues affect everyone, every day. We play an exemplary role in fulfilling the land-grant mission of the University of Delaware.

Vision: We envision a college that contributes exceptionally to the overall mission of land-grant colleges of agriculture and related sciences in areas of unique strength that define and guide us, are relevant to our stakeholders, and have impact on Delaware, the region and the world. 

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531 South College Avenue
Townsend Hall
Newark, Delaware 19716-2103
(302) 831-2501

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CANR is committed to promoting an inclusive and supportive environment for all faculty, staff and students.

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Photo of CANR Dean, Mark Rieger

Message from our dean

There has never been a more immediate and pressing need for agriculture and natural resource professionals than now. The current generation of professionals entering the workplace must find ways to double food production without increasing the amount of land and water devoted to agriculture — truly one of the world’s grand challenges. The students who enroll in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources want more than just jobs; they want careers that matter and provide opportunities to make a difference in the world. I can’t think of nobler professions than those dedicated to preserving our earth for future generations.

The University of Delaware is strongly committed to undergraduate education, and in our college, each student is welcomed and treated as an individual. With less than ten percent of the student population of UD, our faculty-to-student ratio is more favorable than most other colleges. And with our 350-acre classroom just steps from main campus, we can provide hands on experience with animals, crop plants, wetlands, forest, greenhouses and more for every student, in every major. If you’re looking for a small college feel but still want to reap the benefits of attending a world class research university, thousands of successful alumni around the world are evidence of the academic excellence rooted at the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. 

– Mark Rieger, Dean

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Congrats to our 2020 award winning faculty and staff!

 

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CANR Inclusive Excellence Award (Faculty/Staff)

The award recognizes individuals whose work embodies UD’s Inclusive Excellence initiative to advance inclusive excellence within the institution or community.

NOMINATION FORM

Inclusive Excellence Award Winners

Year

Recipient

Department

2019

Dr. Tanya Gressley

ANFS

 

 

 

 

CANR Excellence in Research Award

(Faculty)

The award recognizes individuals that are involved in research that involves the mentoring of graduate students, post-docs, undergraduates, and/or junior faculty

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Excellence in research award winners

Year

Recipient

Department

2020

Dr. Kali Kniel

ANFS

2018

Dr. Yan Jin

PLSC

CANR Teaching & Advising Award

(Faculty)

The award recognizes CANR faculty involved in teaching, mentoring and advising students.
 

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Teaching and advising award winners

Year Recipient Department
2019 Dr. Thomas Evans PLSC
2017 Dr. Joshua Duke APEC
2015 Dr. Kali Kniel ANFS

CANR Excellence in Service

(Support Staff)

Recognizes superior work ethic, noteworthy performance, outstanding and meritorious service, and positive impact on the goals of the department and CANR.

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Excellence in service award winners (support staff)

Year

Recipient

Department

2019

Susan Biddle

PLSC

2017

Michele Walfred

CARVEL

2015

Sharon Webb

CARVEL

CANR Excellence in Service

(Research Support Staff)

Recognizes superior work ethic, noteworthy performance, outstanding and meritorious service, and positive impact on the goals of the department and CANR.

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Excellence in service award winners (research staff)

Year

Recipient

Department

2020

Tecle Weldekidan

PLSC

2018

Maddi Valinski

APEC

2016

Richard Morris

ANFS Newark Farm

CANR Excellence in Extension

The​ ​CANR​ ​Excellence​ ​in​ ​Extension​ ​Award​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​ECOP​ ​National​ ​Excellence​ ​in​ ​Extension Award.​ ​The​ ​CANR​ ​Excellence​ ​in​ ​Extension​ ​Award​ ​is​ ​presented​ ​in​ ​even​ ​years​ ​to​ ​an​ ​individual​ ​who has​ ​strived​ ​throughout​ ​his/her​ ​career​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​the​ ​benchmarks​ ​reflective​ ​of​ ​excellence​ ​in Extension​ ​educational​ ​programming.​ ​​

Benton Graduate Student Award

The award is presented annually to two graduate students (one PhD and one MS) who have excelled in research and have an outstanding record of academic accomplishments and service to their profession are eligible for nomination.

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Excellence in service award winners (research staff)

Year

Recipient

Department

2020

Sergio Cabrera-Cruz

Shania Craighead

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (Ph.D.)

Animal and Food Sciences (Ph.D)

2019

Alyssa Lutgen

Tyler D. Sowers 

Water Science & Policy Program (M.S.)

Plant and Soil Sciences (Ph.D.)

2018

Hannah L. Clipp

Desiree L. Narango

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (Ph.D.)

2017

Adrienne Shearer

Grace Savoy-Burke

Animal and Food Sciences (Ph.D)

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)

2016

Amanda Roberson

Solny Adalsteinsson

Plant and Soil Sciences (M.S.)

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (Ph.D.)

2015

Sarah Markland

Melissa Savin

Animal and Food Sciences (Ph.D.)

Agriculture & Natural Resources (M.S.)

2014

Rebecca Kern

Allison Rogers 

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (Ph.D.)

Animal and Food Sciences (M.S.)

2013

Jacquelyn Marchese

Michelle Windle

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)

Animal and Food Sciences (Ph.D.)

2012

Rachael Vaicunas                    

Kirsten Hirneisen                   

Jixian Zhai                               

Bioresources Engineering (M.S.)

Animal and Food Sciences (Ph.D.)

Plant and Soil Sciences (Ph.D.)

2011

Sudarshan Dutta

Jacob Fooks

Plant and Soil Sciences (Ph.D.)

Food and Resource Economics (M.S.)

2010

Zachary Ladin

Laura Nemec

Meredith Biedrzycki

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)

Animal and Food Sciences (M.S.)

Plant and Soil Sciences (Ph.D.)

2009

Ellen Lake

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)

2008

Hudaa Neetoo

Bridget Collins

Animal and Food Sciences (Ph.D.)

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)

2007

Kristian Paul

Anthony Gonzon

Plant and Soil Sciences (Ph.D.)

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)