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Welcome to the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University. With expertise ranging from ecosystems services and disease management, to plant breeding, genomics, and food safety, we provide leadership and deliver programs that are internationally recognized and respected and have impact at local, national, and international levels. To provide this leadership, we work in an interdisciplinary and collaborative manner to effectively address complex problems and emerging threats that challenge food production and security. Above all, we value our missions of teaching, extension/outreach, research, international, service, and stewardship.   We are home to 70 faculty, 100  graduate students, 86 post-docs and staff members, and 200 undergraduate and certificate students.

For more information see our mission statement.

 

Meet a Staff Member

IT Professional Cal Bricker sitting at desk.

Since 2003, IT Professional Cal Bricker has provided the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University technology support to faculty, staff and graduate students.

Bricker started his career at MSU as a research technician for soil fertility. His career as a researcher lasted for nearly 30 years before Bricker’s interest for computers turned into a career.

As a research technician, Bricker was introduced to the early age of computers.  With little previous experience, Bricker soon purchased his own computer and taught himself.

“I was the one in need of support at that time,” Bricker said.

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