Dr. Thomas Graham stands in front of trees and a field.
Dr. Thomas Graham

Dr. Thomas Graham, a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences who specializes in controlled environment agriculture, spoke to Scientific American about vertical farming and robotic pollinators. 

Graham noted that vertical farms can supplement outdoor crops without taking up too much space and said these farms “have the potential to contribute a meaningful amount to our diets.” 

The PhytoGro Research Chair in Controlled Environment Systems, Graham studies the use of vertical farming for tree crops and bioregenerative life support for human space exploration. He is also a jury member on the Deep Space Food Challenge.