Task Force Member
"Sustainability in the agricultural sector is supported by improving efficiency of resource use for food production and concurrent stewardship needed to protect those resources, support the nutritional needs of individuals and maintain the economic viability of food production systems and rural communities."
Donald Beermann became chair of the Department of Animal Science in 2015. He grew up on a farm near Denison, and is an Iowa State alumnus, earning a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1971.
Diane Birt is a Distinguished Professor of food science and human nutrition. She conducts research on diet and cancer prevention related to environmental toxicology. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. She served as chair of the food science and human nutrition department from 1997 to 2004.
Steve Bradbury is a a professor of entomology, working in the area of environmental toxicology. He is a faculty member in the Toxicology Program, and contributes to research and extension in toxicology, environmental, agricultural and natural resource science and policy programs.
Kristina Craft is a graduate student working toward a master’s degree in agricultural and biosystems engineering. The goal of her graduate work is to increase understanding in the science involved in mitigating adverse water quality and soil health impacts of row crop systems while maintaining or improving upon production.
Bob Dodds is the assistant vice president for the county services unit of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, working with the 100 county offices and county extension councils across the state.
Tom Isenhart is a professor of natural resource ecology and management. His research interests include stream, riparian and watershed management; design and establishment of conservation buffers to improve the environmental efficiency of agriculture, land use/hydrology and stream bed and bank erosion; watershed assessment; and land use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Catherine Kling is a Charles F. Curtis Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a professor of economics, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and the President’s Chair in Environmental Economics. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2015. Her research interests in environmental economics relate to the theory and practice of valuing environmental goods and the design of environmental policy.
Paul Lasley, an extension rural sociologist, has been a faculty member at ISU since 1981. Lasley has been extensively involved in sustainability discussions throughout his career through surveys with farmers on the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. In 2015 he concluded a 13-year term as chair of the Department of Sociology. In 2016, he is serving as acting chair of the department.
Matt Liebman is a professor of agronomy and the Henry A. Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture. He helped launch the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture. His research, teaching and outreach focus on ways to improve environmental quality and agricultural productivity while reducing dependence on agrichemicals and fossil fuels.
Ajay Nair is an assistant professor of horticulture and the extension commercial horticulture specialists. He pecializes in the area of sustainable vegetable production. His extension, research and teaching program supports vegetable growers and develops strategies that enhance crop production, soil health and cropping system profitability for Iowa vegetable farms.
Gail Nonnecke is a University Professor and Morrill Professor in the Department of Horticulture. Her research and teaching efforts for nearly 30 years have focused on developing new approaches in sustainable fruit crop systems. Nonnecke serves as the faculty coordinator for the college-wide major, Global Resource Systems, and holds its Global Professorship.
Matt O'Neal is an associate professor of entomology. He oversees research related to the management of insect pests of annual crops, with a focus on soybeans, to develop pest management programs that are economically and environmentally sustainable.
Mark Rasmussen has served as director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture since 2012. His appointment followed a career as a research microbiologist at the USDA National Animal Disease Center. He is a tenured professor in the Department of Animal Science.
Kurt Rosentrater, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, focuses on the sustainability of biorenewable systems, including foods, feeds, fuels and industrial materials. His expertise is in value-added product development, alternative recycling and reprocessing strategies, modeling and simulation of processing systems, process design and plant layout.
Ivan Rudik is an assistant professor of economics. He currently is investigating how uncertainty in the relationship between climate change and economic damages affects how climate policy should be approached over the next century. He is a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’s sustainability cluster.
Kan Wang, professor of agronomy, is director of the Center for Plant Transformation and the co-principal investigator of the Crop Bioengineering Consortium. She holds the Global Professorship of Biotechnology. Her research interests include exploring plant genetic transformation technology, developing a production system for corn-based pharmaceutical and industrial products and investigating the functional roles of agrobacterium noncoding RNAs.