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We study People, Land Use and Society (PLUS). The PLUS lab is directed by Dr. John Tyndall, a natural resource economist and social scientist with broad interests in environmental and natural resource economics, policy and sociology within forestry and agriculture. 

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Recent News

January 6, 2020

We are happy to welcome Haleigh Summers to the PLUS lab here at ISU! Haleigh is starting her PhD in Sustainable Agriculture this spring.

November 20, 2019

Caroline Murray presented "Do prairie strips increase Monarch abundance in Iowa crop fields?" at the November 2019 annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, in St. Louis, MO. She won second prize in the student presentation category. Not too shabby for her first national meeting. Congrats! You'll have to ask her for the answer to the title question...

January 11, 2019

The PLUS Lab is proud of and very happy for Dr. Emily Zimmerman, who defended her PhD dissertation on Friday Jan 11! Yay!

January 3, 2019

We are happy to welcome Emma Bravard to the PLUS lab here at ISU! Emma is starting her MS in Sustainable Agriculture this spring.

December 20, 2018

Congratulations to the STRIPS team that was recently awarded the 2018 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Team Award. 


(* Lab Student; ** Former Student; # Former Post-doc)


Tyndall, J.C. (2019) Being cautiously optimistic: A water quality story. SUS-RURI: Proceedings of a Workshop on Developing a Convergence Sustainable Urban Systems Agenda for Redesigning the Urban-Rural Interface along the Mississippi River Watershed held in Ames, Iowa, August 12–13, 2019 Read more about