Department of Crop Science
Dr. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno

Associate Professor and Agroecology Education

2406 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Office: 2406 Williams Hall
Phone: 919.513.0085
Fax: 919.515.7959

Curriculum Vitae
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Michelle Schroeder-Moreno
Dr. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno

One of the primarily things Dr. Schroeder-Moreno does is direct the Agroecology Minor Program and the Agroecology Concentration in the Plant and Soil Sciences Program.

Agroecology is a new discipline that uses concepts from ecology and systems perspectives to design and manage sustainable food systems. In other words, agroecology is the science behind sustainable agriculture. If you are interested in knowing more about agroecology or sustainable agriculture, consider enrolling in one of the classes below or the agroecology programs.

Throughout the agroecology programs and agroecology courses, Dr. Schroeder-Moreno emphasizes active and interactive learning where students learn from each other, from various faculty experts in sustainable agriculture across a diversity of disciplines, from local sustainable farmers and from community organizations focused on sustainable food systems. Students also participate in service learning experiences with community partners such as InterFaith Food Shuttle.

Dr. Schroeder-Moreno is an ecologist by training and her interests and work at NC State are twofold - developing agroecology and sustainable agriculture education curriculum that attracts new and diverse students to agriculture and developing research projects that focus on understanding the benefits of mycorrhizal fungi and associated sustainable management practices for a variety of production systems. Dr. Schroeder-Moreno advises for the student run Campus Farmers Market at NC State, serves as the Assistant Director of Education Programs at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, and serves on the Steering Council of the national Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA).
Throughout all her courses and teaching, she focuses on two core guiding principles – 1) engaging students in active learning and critical thinking about the larger food system and community around them and 2) promoting a global perspective and international learning opportunities in sustainable agriculture for students. Dr. Schroeder-Moreno actively engages students in service learning opportunities with community gardens and the Interfaith Food Shuttle in her courses. She also directs the Agroecology Education Farm, a novel student and community education farm that focuses on hands-on learning about sustainable and organic agriculture located at the Lake Wheeler Field Station. In 2010 she was recognized for her innovation in teaching and awarded the NC State Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award and serves as a NC State Community Engaged Faculty Fellow.


Courses I Currently Teach:
Introduction to Agroecology (CS 230, 3 crdt) - Offered every fall and offered online (CS 230-601) every spring. More information about enrolling in the Online Introduction to Agroecology course

Advanced Agroecology course and lab (CS 430/590, 4 crdt)- Offered every spring

Critical Issues in Sustainable Agriculture (CS/SSC 620, 3 crdt)- Graduate seminar co- taught with Dr. Julie Grossman in Soil Science and offered once every other spring- Look for it for Spring 2012.

Sustainability of Tropical Agroecosystems (CS 495, 3 crdt) study abroad course in Costa Rica. More information on course application and study abroad scholarships can be found at

Dr. Schroeder-Moreno also teaches in the CEFS Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program (CS 495, 6 credits), which is Sustainable agriculture internship program that occurs 8 weeks every summer at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)

More program information and application information can be found at


Dr. Schroeder-Moreno’s research is focused on understanding benefits from mutualistic mycorrhizal fungi and sustainable management practices for a variety of agricultural crops.

Recent Publications


Schroeder-Moreno, M., S. Clark, C. Byker, X. Zhao. 2012. Internationalizing sustainable agriculture education. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development. 2(3):55-68.

Jacobsen, K., K. Niewolny, M. Schroeder-Moreno, M. Van-Horn, M. Williams, D. Parr. 2012. Creating sustainable agriculture education programs: A land-grant university mission. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development. 2(3):13-26.

Schroeder-Moreno, M.S. 2010. Enhancing Active and Interactive Learning Online - Lessons Learned from an Online Introductory Agroecology Course. North American College Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). 54:21-30.

Creamer, N.G., J.P. Mueller, C. Reberg-Horton, M. Schroeder-Moreno, S. Washburn, and J. O’Sullivan. 2009. Center for Environmental Farming Systems: Designing and Institutionalizing an Integrated Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program. In: Organic Farming: The Ecological System; Francis, C (ed.), Agronomy Monograph 54, American Society of Agronomy (ASA)

Schroeder, M.S., N.G. Creamer, H.M Linker, J.P. Mueller, and P. Rzewnicki. 2006. Interdisciplinary and Multi-level Approach to Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Education at North Carolina State University. HortTechnology. 16(3):418-426.


Schroeder-Moreno, M.S, T.L. Greaver, S. Wang, S. Hu, T.W. Rufty. 2012. Mycorrhizal-mediated nitrogen acquisition in switchgrass under elevated temperatures and nitrogen enrichment. Global Change Biology Bioenergy. 4:266-276.

Garland, B, M. Schroeder-Moreno, G. Fernandez, N. Creamer. 2011. Influence of Summer Cover Crops and Mycorrhizal Fungi on Strawberry Production in the Southeastern United States. HortScience. 46(7):985-991.

Schroeder-Moreno, M.S. and D.P. Janos. 2008. Intra- and interspecific density affects plant growth responses to arbuscular mycorrhizas. Botany. 86:1180-1193.

Schroeder, M.S. and D.P. Janos. 2005. Plant growth, phosphorus nutrition, and root morphological responses to arbuscular mycorrhizas, phosphorus fertilization, and intraspecific density Mycorrhiza. 15(3):203-216.

Schroeder, M.S. and D.P. Janos. 2004. Phosphorus and intraspecific density alter plant responses to arbuscular mycorrhizas. Plant and Soil. 264:335-348.

Janos, D.P., M. Schroeder, B. Schaffer, and J. Crane. 2001. Arbuscular mycorrhizas stimulate the growth of air-layered Litchi chinensis Sonn. trees. Plant and Soil. 233:85-94.

Carpenter, L.F., S. Palacios-Mayorga, E. Gonzalez-Quintero, and M. Schroeder. 2001. Land use and erosion of a Costa Rican ultisol affect soil chemistry, mycorrhizal fungi and early regeneration. Forest Ecology and Management. 144:1-17.

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