Aggie Impact - Land & Environment
As the state’s land-grant institution and as a recognized international research leader, Utah State University is uniquely situated to address our land and environmental challenges. To fulfill our statewide mission to be one of the nation’s premier land-grant universities, we work in laboratories, research field stations, classrooms, and in face-to-face conversations with communities to identify and solve environmental problems facing our world.
Makenzie Holmes is Working to Improve Utah's Public Health
Makenzie Holmes, a registered nurse, is well aware of the damages poor air quality can wreak on public health. As an undergraduate research assistant at USU Uintah Basin, she worked to inform policy and regulation to improve emissions that can worsen Utah’s air quality during inversions.
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Dr. Ben Burger is Forecasting Our Planet's Future
At Utah State University Uintah Basin, Dr. Ben Burger tests ancient rock samples from his discovery of a 250-million-year-old rock layer. His research results helps set safer climate parameters based on the dangerous levels that existed in the past.
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Dr. Ricardo Ramirez is Defending Utah's Crops
Utah State University’s Dr. Ricardo Ramirez leads students in research to create tools, like biopesticides, to help farmers combat destructive insects. Through knowing the pests’ lifecycle predictions, tools can be developed to help defend farmers’ crops.