Nick Jordan is a professor of Agronomy & Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; at the University, he is also a Resident Fellow of the Institute on the Environment, and a board member at the Institute for Advanced Studies. His research on agricultural ecology addresses sustainable approaches to weed management and development of healthy soils by cultivation of beneficial soil microbes. He is particularly interested in agriculture that can produce a wide range of social, economic and environmental benefits to society. Scholarship and engagement work in this vein addresses grazing systems, perennial biomass production systems, cover crops and conservation tillage, mitigation/adaptation to climate change, and improving graduate education on complex problems in food and agricultural systems. He is strongly interested in transdisciplinarity, and is particularly involved in linking agricultural science with arts, humanities, and design, e.g., in a current MnDRIVE Transdisciplinary project that he leads, entitled Building Community-based Bioeconomies: Advancing Production, Resource Conservation, and Rural Community Vitality. His education includes Harvard College (1974-1979, A.B., Biology, High Honors) and Duke University (1980-1986, Ph.D., Botany and Genetics).
Professor of Agronomy & Plant Genetics