Learn how agriculture affects ecosystems by studying how organisms interact with each other and their environment.
Questions about this concentration can be directed to
Dr. Fred Kolb
Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator
AE-120 B Turner Hall
Michael Schaefer hopes his fond memories from his years at the College of ACES and the University of Illinois, along with his experiences since, can be a testament for current students.
“U of I prepares students for excellence. That sounds cliché, but it's true. There is a broad spectrum of quality among professionals and jobs in the world. As students at Illinois, we are still learning and unfortunately do not always make the right choices when it comes to excellence in our academic training; but, we can be guaranteed to see it every day in our professors. So that standard was set very high as a reference in my college and graduate school years.”
He credits Illinois for offering hands-on experiences to students while they are in the college setting.
“U of I has impressive access to learning resources and connections to industry in agriculture. Useful information can be learned at a lot of places. But, getting real hands on experience while in the school environment--U of I really stands apart on that.”
What Michael enjoys most about his job is being outside and learning the tools to succeed in a physically and mentally demanding environment.
Looking ahead, he says U of I will continue to have a lasting impact on his future.
“Being exposed to such intelligent and generous professors is one of the lasting benefits of my Illinois education. The friendship I formed with my graduate advisor, will continue to affect my life’s path.”