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
General Job Description: Emily uses research, extension, and teaching to understand and develop biomass cropping systems for temperate agricultural regions.
Emily Heaton, an associate professor at Iowa State University, enjoys the feeling that she can help make the world a better place through agronomy.
Emily says her time at the U of I taught her the importance of enjoying your job and cultivating relationships.
“My U of I experience gave me the tools and knowledge I needed, but it also showed me that working hard on something important to you with people important to you is hardly work at all—it is just wonderful,” Emily says.
Emily was involved in multiple clubs and research projects at U of I that taught her the important details of research and the use of extension.
“I was involved in Field and Furrow and the Crop Science Graduate Student Organization, and I found these groups gave me the chance not only to meet my current and future colleagues, but also to try out leadership opportunities,” she says. “The majority of my extracurricular time, however, was spent working as an undergraduate assistant in research labs—first animals, then plants. These job opportunities showed me the nitty-gritty of research and extension implementation. They also let me work alongside faculty, staff, and students that taught me as much as or more than the classroom.”
She says the most rewarding part of being an ACES alum is witnessing all of the new innovations, findings, and technologies that come from Illinois.
“I enjoy seeing new developments and opportunities evolve at the U of I, and how they change the role ACES plays in shaping thought in the state, country, and world,” Emily says.