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Featured Profile: Mike Gold

University of Missouri researcher Dr. Mike Gold sows the seeds of interdisciplinary education.

Gold is a longstanding national leader in the field of agroforestry.  Agroforestry integrates trees and shrubs into crop and animal farming systems.  Much of Gold’s research has focused on developing agroforestry specialty products, particularly chestnuts, as economically viable crops for the family farm.

Gold, the Associate Director at MU’s Center for Agroforestry, wears many different hats there including research, administration, outreach, teaching and service. He spearheads many outreach projects including the creation of a five-state, USDA-funded summer academy to train the next generation of agroforestry educators.

The academy is in keeping with Gold’s long history of educational programming. He has launched new undergraduate and graduate agroforestry courses and programs at MU, Michigan State and Virginia Tech universities, as well as a study abroad program in Brazil. Gold is also tremendously interested in online education as a way to deliver educational content and to reach a diverse audience.

Gold serves as education facilitator for The Mizzou Advantage initiative, which capitalizes on MU’s areas of greatest strength. In that role, he connects faculty, staff and students across campus to encourage interdisciplinary educational programs.

Dr. Mike Gold is a research professor in the forestry department at MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

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