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Emily A. Dustman

Doctoral Student


Throughout her career, Emily A. Dustman has focused on developing collaborative and strategic approaches to solving problems in science, art, education, and communication. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology, Evolution, & Environment from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in 2007, a Master of Science in Biology (M.S.) from Murray State University in 2010, and completed the Natural Science Illustration Certificate Program (CERT) at Rhode Island School of Design in 2015. Previously, she served as the Director of Science Education & Communication for the United Soybean Board, the Director of Communications for the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, and as a STEM Instructor at Harris-Stowe State University.

Research Interests

Emily’s research interests include improving communication and education regarding on-farm issues that pose a serious threat to farmer livelihoods, food security, and meeting the demands of our growing global population. Reducing environmental impact through incorporating principles of ecology and biotechnology will be necessary but communicating and educating about these topics will be critical in reducing vulnerability and building resiliency.

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An illustrated graphic of yellow and green ears of corn on stalks and green soybean stalks. A purple background is behind the plants.

Current Projects

Emily is currently working on the release of the latest issue of her international Art + Science publication, E-Squared Magazine.

Favorite Quote

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman
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Emily’s CV