Earlier this month, University of Minnesota graduate student Tyler Imfeld went to an informational meeting for a biology grant. He was hoping to use the research funding to make 3D models of songbirds and mentor an undergraduate student. The following week, Imfeld, a student in the department of ecology, evolution and behavior, received bad news.
About 25 years ago, David Tilman began to explore biodiversity’s importance. Working with the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, Tillman and other researchers first thought they would find some significance but underestimated just how important it is. “Biodiversity matters immensely, much more than we ever imagined,” he said. Today, Tilman reviews how human growth has historically affected biodiversity.
Nearly two years ago, University of Minnesota faculty and staff travelled to Paris to watch world leaders broker the Paris Climate Agreement. Last week, President Donald Trump chose to start a withdrawal from the agreement.
A team of University of Minnesota scientists has developed a futuristic method of 3D printing. Michael McAlpine, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University, and his lab created a new method of 3D printing that prints working electronics on uneven surfaces.