Outreach & Press

StoryMap – Pests and Profits: Bug-Bitten Tea Production and Climate Resilience

Learn how bug-bitten tea can help farmers adapt to climate change. Watch here.


Dr. Wen-Yan Han delivered a talk on the effects of climate change on Tea at the UC Davis 3rd annual Global Tea Initiative symposium on Feb 23, 2018.  Watch here.

Watch a video clip of our research on national television featured on The Weather Channel’s America Morning Headquarters: Tea Tastes Worse When it Rains Too Much

Let’s Talk Tea with Dr. Selena Ahmed (23 Nov 2014) on Let’s Talk Tea 

Eric Scott’s instagram live stream campaign, #TeaScienceTuesday




MSU Professor, Colleagues’ Research Shows that Shifting Precipitation Patterns Affect Tea Flavor and Health Compounds on MSU website by University Communications

Tea Taste and Quality Affected by Climate Change by American Botanical Council

Read the Tea Leaves: Impact of Climate Change in Tufts Now Magazine Online

MSU Professor Wins Grant to Study How Weather Changes Impact Tea Quality on MSU website by University Communications

National Science Foundation awards $19.4 million for research on coupled natural and human systems on NSF website


Ahmed, S. 2017. Environmental and Management Effects on Tea Quality. The Global Tea Initiative 2nd Annual Symposium. The Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science, University of California at Davis, CA

Robbat, A.; Kfoury, N.; Connors, A.; Kern, A.; Orians, C.; Scott, E. 2017. Effects of Extreme Weather on Tea Quality from a Sensory and Nutritional Perspective. Fourth International Conference on Cocoa Coffee and Tea, Turin, Italy.

Ahmed, S.; Stepp, J.; Orians, C.; Griffin, T.; Robbat, A.; Cash, S.; Han, W.; Matyas, C.; Boehm, R.; Kfoury, N. 2017. Climate Effects on Crop Quality and Agroecological Adaptation: A Case Study on Tea. 2nd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference: Climate Ready Resource Use-Efficient Crops to Sustain Food and Nutritional Security, Spain, March 2017

Cash, S.B. 2017. Experimental Elicitation of Willingness to Accept: Methodological Issues and Novel Applications. Organized session. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, July 2017.

Ahmed, S. A 2016. Flavorful Cup of Diversity: Learning from Stewards of Tea Agro-forests. 6th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference, Stockbridge, MA

Boehm, R., Cash, S.B., Kowalsick, A., Kfoury, N., Griffin, T.S., Robbat, A. Jr., Stepp, J.R., Ahmed, S., Orians, C.M. 2016. Climate change and consumer food choices: Linking a choice experiment and product sensory evaluation to elicit consumer interest in carbon footprint mitigation, seasonality, and climate-driven quality changes.. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.

Robbat, A. Jr., Kfoury, N., Kowalsick, A., Orians, C.M., Cash, S.B., Griffin, T.S., Ahmed, S., Stepp, J.R. 2016. Metabolomic Profiling to Assess Environmental Effects on Tea Quality. 40th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography. Riva del Garda, Italy.

Kfoury, N., Kowalsick, A., Robbat, A. Jr., Scott, E., Orians, C.M., Ahmed, S., Griffin, T.S., Cash, S.B., Stepp, J.R. 2016. Development of Analytical Methods for the Investigation of Environmental Effects on Tea. Plant Volatiles Gordon Research Conference. Ventura, California.

Matyas, C.; Stepp, J.R.; Orians, C. Ahmed, S.; Griffin, T.; Cash, S.; Robbat, A. 2015. Precipitation Variability at Three Tea-growing Sites in China. Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers. Pensacola, Florida.

Boehm, R., Cash, S.B.. Anderson, B., Ahmed, S., Griffin T.S., Orians, C.M., Robbat, Jr., A., Stepp, R. “Climate Change, Monsoon Dynamics, and Tea Production in China, ” presenting author at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, July 2014.

Robbat, Jr., Kowalsick, A., Kfoury, N., Cash, S.B., Ahmed, S., Griffin, T.S., Orians, C.M., A., Stepp, R. “Monitoring Key Tea Metabolites to Assess Climate Variability Effects on Tea Quality” International Symposium on Capillary Chromotography, Riva del Garda, Italy, May 2014.


Scott, Eric. 2019. The Chemistry of Tea. A guided tea tasting through the chemicals that give tea its flavor.  Presented at MEM tea in Somerville, MA on September 27, 2019 and at The London Tea Room in Saint Louis, MO on November 20, 2019

Han, Wenyan 2017. Dealing with climate change in tea production. Presentation given at a Chinese Agricultural Academy of Sciences workshop for tea farm owners titled Upgrading the Tea Industry Using New Technologies. Sanming, Fujian Province. July 15, 2017.

Ahmed, S. June 2017. Building Student Capacity to Lead Sustainability Transitions in the Food System through Farm-based Authentic Research Modules in Sustainability Sciences (FARMS). 2017 Food Systems Workshop, Teaching about Food Systems: Creating a Community of Practice, Columbia University, New York City, NY

Scott, Eric. April 26, 2017. Climate change and the quality of tea. Presentation given at Taste of Science Boston.

Orians, Colin. February 2016. Effects of Climate and Herbivory on Tea Growth and Chemistry: implications for farmer livelihoods. University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

Ahmed, S. December 2016. Farm to Cup Tea Tasting. 6th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference, Stockbridge, MA
Ahmed, S. October 2016. Tea Horse Road: Connecting Socio-ecological Landscapes with Natural Resources in the Tibetan Plateau, The Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Ahmed, S. June 2016. Pu-erh and the Science of Fermentation. Focused Tasting and Workshop, World Tea Expo, Las Vegas, NV
Ahmed, S. June 2016. Climate-Smart Tea Systems. Panel Session (with Kevin Gascoyne of Camellia Sinensis and Mike Harney of Harney & Sons), World Tea Expo, Las Vegas, NV
Ahmed, S. June 2016. Taste and Tea Chemistry. Skill Building Workshop, World Tea Expo, Las Vegas, NV
Ahmed, S. March 2016. Tea and the Taste of Climate Change, Environmental Science, Policy and Management Seminar Series, University of California at Berkeley, CA
Ahmed, S. April 2016. Tea Horse Road: China’s Ancient Trade Road to Tibet. SigEp Lecture Series, Montana State University, MT
Ahmed, S. December 2015. The Impact of Climate Change on Tea Production. In: Research and Development in the Tea Industry Webinar. Tea 2030, UK
Ahmed, S. September 2015. Beyond Yields and Calories: Tapping into Agro-ecological Management for Food System Quality, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia
Ahmed, S. June 2015. Tea and the Taste of Climate Change: A Socio-Ecological Framework to Assess Botanical Quality. Geography and Environment Seminar Program, University of South Hampton, UK
Ahmed, S. April 2015. Tea and the Taste of Climate Change: A Socio-Ecological Framework to Assess Botanical Quality. Environmental Studies Program, Amherst College, MA
Ahmed, S. April 2015. Tea and the Taste of Climate Change: A Socio-Ecological Framework to Assess Botanical Quality. Department of Food Science, Pennsylvania State University, PA
Ahmed, S. March 2015. Tea and the Taste of Climate Change: A Socio-Ecological Framework to Assess Botanical Quality. Tea Research Institute (TRI), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), Zhejian, China
Ahmed, S. March 2015. Tea and the Taste of Climate Change: A Socio-Ecological Framework to Assess Botanical Quality. Institute of Chinese Medicine Seminar, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK
Ahmed, S. February 2015. Tea and the Taste of Climate Change. Land Resources and Environmental Sciences Seminar, Montana State University, MT
Ahmed, S. February 2015. Tea and the Taste of Climate Change. Plant Biology Seminar, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Ahmed, S. February 2015. Tea in Cultural, Health and Environmental Perspective. Medical Ethnobotany Course, Department of Plant Sciences, Cornell University, NY
Ahmed, S. October 2014. Climate Effects on Tea Functional Quality. Office of Research and Economic Development. Pecha Kucha Research Seminar. Montana State University, MT

Ahmed, Selena. February 2015. Tea Horse Road. Traveling the Silk Road Exhibit and Lecture Series, Denver Museum of Science (Featured Lecture), CO

Ahmed, Selena. January 2014. Tea Horse Road. Traveling the Silk Road Exhibit and Lecture Series, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (Featured Lecture), CA

Ahmed, Selena. April 2014. Tea and Sustainability. Montana Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Meeting (Keynote Speaker), MT

Ahmed, Selena. October 2013. Tea and the Taste of Climate Change. Sustainability and Women in Science Seminar Series. Babson College, MA

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