IoE Special Seminar - Dr. Patrick Ewing - "Digital Agriculture"
- Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
- Lewis Hall, 306 - view map
On Thursday, Feb. 7, Dr. Patrick Ewing, a researcher from the University of Minnesota, will give a talk titled "Digital Agriculture: An Opportunity for Complex, Ecological Management in Commodity Systems."
Patrick is an agroecologist who works at the intersection of soil ecology, cropping systems, and data science. He recently defended his Ph.D. in Applied Plant Sciences at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, working with Dr. Nick Jordan. He has led and contributed to such diverse efforts as managing microbes to improve nutrient cycling, reducing agronomic and economic risk of winter malting barley in Minnesota, and developing data literacy curricula for agricultural students. The common thread is leveraging rich datasets to understand and model agroecological systems, in order to mitigate trade-offs among the needs for ecological complexity, productive stability, and practical viability. He recently moved to Bozeman, Montana, and is completing a remote project producing fine-scale soil carbon maps of central Malawi at Michigan State University.
During his talk, Ewing will discuss how technologies may enable complex, ecologically-informed agriculture in the maize-dominated upper Midwest. His focus will be on opportunities to adaptively manage soil biological processes and to increase crop diversity. He will close with an open discussion of how the opportunities of digital agriculture might be realized in semi-arid regions.
- Institute on Ecosystems