A principal component of our research program is training future scientists, land managers and technicians capable of addressing the complex challenges farmers face around the world, especially with climate change. These challenges will require a team of professionals well versed in the management and science of agricultural production, and technical skills that include field sampling, laboratory analysis, computing skills and predictive modeling. Furthermore, they need to have the ability to effectively translate research results into actionable information that farmers and other land managers can utilize in their decision making. The SAL Lab includes training at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral levels in all aspects of our research.
To date, the SAL Lab has trained a diverse group of students who are now working in the private, non-profit and government sectors, and at academic institutions all over the globe. The primary limitation to training more students is funding. While occupations that provide support for those producing food, fibre and fuel in the face of climate change for a rapidly expanding population may be some of the most important jobs out there, the reality is they are not necessarily well paid. With your support we can provide performance-based financial help to students in the SAL Lab and help ensure that we are able to cultivate problem solvers of the future.