Kevin Wolz

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Kevin Wolz
Institute for Genomic Biology
1206 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, Illinois 61801


Evolving out of my multidisciplinary undergraduate education in both biology and engineering, my unique perspective on agriculture has led me to study the agricultural and ecological characteristics of savanna-based agroecosystems. My approach includes field measurements, ecological modeling, and economic analyses.

 A Woody Perennial Polyculture (WPP) is an assemblage of plant species that aims to mimic the structure and function of natural ecosystems to sustainably produce an agricultural yield while simultaneously restoring ecosystem services. Rather than perpetuating the separation of nature and humans, this system attempts to break down the dichotomy between ecological restoration and agriculture. This concept has grown and evolved out of fields such as agroecology, agroforestry, permaculture, silvopasture, carbon farming, and ecological restoration, but the application of this paradigm to large-scale industrial agriculture is a relatively new idea.

The WPP community studied at this research site is an example of such a system that has the potential to become an ecologically sound, agriculturally productive, and economically viable alternative to the corn-soybean rotation (Herbaceous Annual Monoculture) that currently dominates agriculture in the Midwestern U.S. My research focuses on assessing and modeling the systemís biogeochemical, ecological, and economic sustainability.

For more information about the WPP Research Site, please visit

Last Updated on: Tue Jun 4 10:13:35 2013