Thomas E Michaels


1986 …2023

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Research interests

Tom conducts genetics and breeding research focused on the improvement of the following crops:

  • Dry edible bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
  • Industrial hemp and recreational Cannabis (Cannabis sativa)
  • Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
  • Sweet sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) 


Tom focuses on teaching strategies emphasizing curiosity-driven active learning that help students develop a deeper understanding of the food system and the interconnections of its component parts.  He currently teaches courses addressing plant production systems, and the taxonomy and characteristics of food plants.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Award Date: Dec 31 1981

Research Interest Keywords

  • Phaseolus
  • Cannabis
  • Sorghum
  • Genetics
  • Breeding
  • Intellectual Property


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