Sustainable Crop Production, Food Systems and Agroecology 

Protecting the planet and people while providing profit

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Faculty Interest and Expertise

  • Cornelius Barry

    Associate Professor
    Biochemical Evolution of Specialized Metabolism within the Solanaceae Family; Genetic Determinants of Fruit Quality and Ripening
    (517) 884-6959

  • Bridget Behe

    Marketing of horticultural crops, both edible and ornamental
    (517) 353-0346

  • Daniel Brainard

    Associate Professor
    Development of reduced-tillage, cover-crop intensive vegetable production systems; weed ecology and management, with an emphasis on seed biology

  • Bert Cregg

    Physiology and management of trees in landscapes and nursery production

  • Todd Einhorn

    Associate Professor
    Tree fruit physiology, plant-water relations, rootstock biology, plant growth regulation
    (517) 353-0430

  • Tom Fernandez

    Sustainability of wholesale production nurseries, water management and quality

  • Gregory Lang

    Tree fruit horticulture, physiology, and genetic evaluation, including high efficiency training systems and orchard climatic modification systems

  • Haddish Melakeberhan

    Associate Professor
    Integrated and sustainable nematode, nutrient cycling, and soil health management in cropping systems.
    (517) 355-4487

  • Erik Runkle

    Lighting applications in greenhouses and indoor vertical farms; light-emitting diodes; greenhouse energy conservation; crop production in controlled environments
    (517) 353-0350

  • Paolo Sabbatini

    Associate Professor
    Grapevine physiology; photosynthetic carbon assimilation and partitioning; viticulture; cultivar evaluation of Michigan.
    (517) 353-0302


Internships and Careers

Our students find internship and career opportunities in:

  • Production
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Education
  • Research

In addition, our graduates often open their own business enterprises such as fruit or vegetable production, landscape design/build and maintenance companies, nurseries, greenhouses and garden centers.

Job and Internship Links:

MSU Horticulture's Jobs and Internships Site

Sustainable Farming Internships

Sustainable Food Jobs

Careers In Horticulture, The American Society for Horticultural Science

The Land Lovers

Other Educational Opportunities and Resources

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Specialization

Ecological Food and Farming Systems Specialization

Center for Regional Food Systems 

Student Organic Farm

Sustainable Ag and Food Systems

Opportunities for independent study, research projects, and lab experiences:

Most faculty offer undergraduate research experience opportunities.  Information about ongoing projects can be found on individual faculty web pages above.  The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) also provides funding opportunities for undergraduate research.