Minnesota’s living laboratory

Cedar Creek; photos by Jacob Miller

I have always admired the University of Minnesota for its work in ecology, with pioneering research like Dave Tilman’s work at Cedar Creek. I believe that big things are possible here, in this Minnesota sandbox, where the prairie meets the forest, the river and the Great Lakes, Fortune 500 companies, and a Big 10 university. And it’s exciting to be working at the Institute on the Environment, a interdisciplinary community of scholars and students.

If I could do any job other than what I’m doing now, I would still be working at a university. Whether we’re ecologists, economists, sociologists, chemists, engineers or artists, universities are the place where ideas–ideas that are shared freely–make the future come alive, to make the world a smarter, better place. In the end, good ideas should, and usually do, win the day.

In its strategic plan MPACT25, the University of Minnesota adopted a focus on “MNtersections,” interdisciplinary research and education that centers the issues of the state we serve. At the Institute on the Environment, we call this “in Minnesota, for the world.”


Check out the Institute on the Environment where you can learn more about how we are using Minnesota to help realize a future where people and planet prosper together.