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Speech and Environmental Science Learning Community

This guide will provide research and resources to support students enrolled in EVR 1001 and SPC 2608 learning community.


Agriculture, as a major land use activity, significantly impacts the environment and is influenced by environmental science. Environmental science provides insights into how agricultural practices affect ecosystems, soil health, and water quality. Additionally, climate change directly affects agriculture by altering growing seasons, precipitation patterns, and pest dynamics, making the collaboration between agriculture, environmental science, and climate change crucial for developing resilient and sustainable food systems.


Listen While You Learn

Stream these podcast episodes online in your browser or on your mobile device through the following apps: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify. Use the Listen Notes Podcast Search Engine to find additional podcast episodes about your topic. 

Agriculture Podcasts

It might seem strange for an ecologist to spend time on pastoral lands, but that’s exactly what Imogen Semmler does. She ‘meanders’ across paddocks to measure the health of their ecosystems and quantify their biodiverse value. With over 58% of Australia managed for agricultural production, Imogen’s work is part of a new ‘natural capital accounting’ initiative that recognises that if we are to feed and clothe our planet, while protecting it, then we need to be looking at innovative ways to boost ecosystem health across agricultural lands. Part of the solution? Putting biodiversity on the books.  

Farming and ranching are an integral part of American culture and food production. For generations, families have been providing crops and livestock to people across the country. So, how are they doing this successfully and sustainably? 

Sustainable agriculture is a concept that takes an immense amount of attention and commitment. The disconnect between society and our food sources is staggering – and in this episode, we get familiar with food origins from the ground level

Today’s episode is broken down into three parts: first, a brief primer on some of the issues contributing to the issues in California. Second, one potential hydrological solution going forward: groundwater recharge. And finally, we’ll talk about water markets by highlighting the new Nasdaq Veles California Water Index. To help me tell each of these three stories I have for you three different guests that you’ll hear from today: Dr. Safeeq Khan, Dr. Helen Dahlke, and Lance Coogan.

In this episode, our first of our beekeeping series, we tackle the thorny question of native pollinators and non-native honeybee pollinators-- how do they impact one another? More importantly, are we actually too focused on saving the wrong pollinator?

Some of the insects we dislike in the garden provide incredible pollinator value, like flies. Learn which surprising pollinators you should be respecting a bit more in the garden.

Pollinators are absolutely crucial to supporting our ecosystem and life on earth. Building your home garden to support pollinators is vital for the health of your garden. As David says, “If you plant it, they will come!”

Fish consumption is on the rise worldwide, and with it, fish farming. Land-based aquaculture and recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) offer a lot of environmental promise, but do they live up to the hype? In this episode host Georgia Ray discusses the findings of a new ELI report, Fish Forward.

Upside Foods’ cultivated meat products can help the pivot to a more sustainable food supply chain. In this Tech Disruptors podcast episode, co-founder and CEO Uma Valeti, MD, sits down with Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Jennifer Bartashus to discuss the inspiration behind Upside Foods, the technology used to create real meat without an environmental impact on the feeding and raising of animals, and how it’s assisting consumers to embrace change.

New modeling estimates that food production could add a degree Celsius to global warming. But it also points to powerful ways to make diets more sustainable.

Research Database

Use this library database to search for research articles about your topic. See below for featured articles to get started on learning more about your topic. 

Find full-text articles in: Applied Science & Technology Source, General Science Full Text, and GreenFILE.

Agriculture Books