Please join us for our first CSS Research Forum of Fall 2019.
Whether you are brand new to CSS or a veteran, you are strongly encouraged to come join us and hear about the work other researchers are doing. This
We will serve a selection of PIES.
When: Friday, December 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
Where: 2024 Dana Building
We'll hear a Master's thesis presentation from:
Allie Frost - MS Sustainable Systems student
Bio: Allie is currently a master's student at the School for Environment and Sustainability in the Sustainable Systems track conducting thesis research on aquaponics. Before the University of Michigan, she received her B.S. in Applied Physics and Environmental Science from Alma College where she conducted research involving local water quality stressors. She plans to graduate from the University of Michigan in December of 2019 with her M.S. and from there go into a career that focuses on sustainable food, water, and energy systems.
Title: The Sustainability of Tilapia Aquaponics: A Case Study
Abstract: As closed-loop systems gain popularity with the environmental movement, research on aquaponics has also gained popularity. The combination of raising fish (aquaculture) and growing crops outside of soil (hydroponics) in compact systems appeals to many, especially in low-resource areas. But how environmentally friendly is it really, especially when compared to other farming technologies? This talk discusses the energy, water, and nutrient inputs of an aquaponics system over a growing season and compares those numbers to the food outputs. Then, the data is compared to traditional farming and hydroponics technologies to determine which has the best input to output ratios in each category.