Taylor, Bennett and Lupi recognized

Three faculty receive honors for work that spans from campus to global

Justin Morrill Hall of Agriculture

Three CSIS faculty have been honored both on campus and nationally for their far-reaching excellence in research and scholarship.

“This has been a proud month for the center and the university,” said Director Jianguo “Jack” Liu. “These recognitions underscore both the quality and impact of the work done here and will serve as inspiration to continue to address some of the world’s most critical challenges.”

William Taylor, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Global Fisheries Systems has been named a

William Taylor

Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the agriculture, food & renewable resources section.

He is an internationally recognized expert in Great Lakes fisheries ecology, population dynamics, governance, and management. Throughout his career, Taylor has been active in the American Fisheries Society, serving as president of the society, the Michigan Chapter, and the North Central Division. He has been named to the inaugural class of the American Fisheries Society Fellows Program.

Abigail Bennett is one of three recipients of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) 2024 Early Career Researcher Awards which recognizes the outstanding contributions of CANR researchers to the research mission of MSU. In particular, the awards focus on the impact that their achievements have had on academic and/or external stakeholder communities. 

Abigail Bennett

The Early Career Researcher Award recognizes individuals with less than five years of service and research experience at MSU/CANR.

Bennett is an assistant professor of global inland fisheries ecology and governance in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Her research studies the role of fisheries in livelihoods and food security, with particular emphasis on how governance and trade shape connections between fisheries and human well-being. Working closely with entities such as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Bennett hopes to emphasize how geographic understanding of fisheries and aquaculture can inform policies to aid individuals who depend on aquatic resources.

In 2023, Bennett received the John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader in Advancing International Studies and Programs for recognition of her impactful work.

Frank Lupi, professor of agricultural, food and resource economics, was part of the Metrics, Management, and Monitoring: An Investigation of Pasture and Rangeland Soil Health and its Drivers (3M) Team that was awarded the CANR Excellence in Research Impact Award.

Frank Lupi

The awards recognize the outstanding contributions of CANR researchers to the research mission of MSU. In particular, the awards focus on the impact that their achievements have had on academic and/or external stakeholder communities. The Impact Award, co-sponsored by ABR and MSUE, recognizes research projects that have made an outstanding impact in the external stakeholder community.

The 3M Team project works to provide farmers and ranchers tools to accurately measure outcomes of soil health in grazing land environments, in turn guiding management decisions and quantifying the impact of intentional management. The project also examines social and economic sustainability, otherwise known as producer well-being, items rarely studied in livestock agriculture.

In collaboration with 60 farms, the team collects intensive data from sites in Michigan, Oklahoma and Wyoming. The project uniquely combines technology, ecology, social and economic sciences in a holistic approach to allow producers to make informed decisions that benefit their operations.

Bennett and Lupi will be recognized at the CANR Faculty and Staff Awards Reception May 2. Taylor will be celebrated at an AAAS forum on Sept. 21 in Washington, DC, and will join Liu, CSIS senior communications strategist Sue Nichols and faculty members Thomas Dietz and Emilio Moran as AAAS Fellows.



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