Michelle is the Director of the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program and Associate Professor of Soil Fertility/Ecology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

Contact Information
N-225 Turner Hall, MC-047
1102 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-333-9471
Email: mwander@illinois.edu

Interests: include plant-soil interactions, soil organic matter management and sustainability assessment focused on the science behind organic farming and ecological soil management.  She also studies how different kinds of voluntary marketing and decision support tools, regulations and government programs can encourage soil stewardship.  Teaching: includes classes on soil and water conservation, nutrient cycling, soil organic matter management, ecological soil management and tools for sustainability.  Education:  includes a BS in soil science from UW Madison, MS in international agricultural development with a focus in agronomy from UC Davis, and a PhD from Ohio State University in agronomy with a focus on ecological soil management.

Michelle Wander with soil samples
Professor of Fertility and Soil Ecology, Michelle Wander, holds soil samples from the Morrow Plots. The darker soil in her right hand (at left) contains more organic matter because it is in a three-crop rotation (corn, oat, hay). In her left hand (at right) is lighter colored soil from the plots where continuous corn has been planted.