Nathan Mueller, assistant professor in ecosystem science and sustainability and soil and crop sciences.
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has named Colorado State University assistant professor Nathan Mueller one of eight recipients of the 2019 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research award, given to early-career scientists working in one of the foundation’s six Challenge Areas.
Mueller is an assistant professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, and in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. He investigates the reliance of irrigated crop production on snowmelt water resources globally. His FFAR project will heighten understanding of snowmelt-dependent agriculture hotspots and how trends in water supplies and crop water demands influence water scarcity.
Recipients will receive a total of $1,744,803 over three years, with matching funds from each recipient’s respective institutions to double FFAR’s investment for a total of $3,494,132.
The New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award provides early-career scientists with funding to conduct cutting-edge food and agriculture research. Investing in these scientists in the early years of their careers allows them to pursue innovative and transformational ideas uninhibited by the pressure of identifying their next grant, according to the foundation.
The following other individuals are also 2019 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award recipients:
- Jared Ali, Pennsylvania State University
- Jessica Cooperstone, The Ohio State University
- Paul Dyce, Auburn University
- Andres Espindola Camacho, Oklahoma State University
- Landon Marston, Kansas State University
- Neha Potnis, Auburn University
- Susan Whitehead, Virginia Tech
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization originally established by bipartisan Congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. FFAR leverages public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population.