My research develops mathematical models that might be used to improve the management of fishery, forest, and water resources or the dynamic control of pests or disease.
The Polson Institute for Global Development is an endowed program based in the Department of Development Sociology. The Institute facilitates collaborative research by funding Research Working Groups and research seed grants. It also assists graduate student dissertation research, sponsors seminars, and outreach programs, including documentaries and the Rural New York Initiative, and hosts visiting scholars from throughout the world.
The Agricultural Marketing and Management Program Work Team's (PWT) mission is to give New York food and agriculturally related businesses a competitive advantage over the rest of the world by significantly improving marketing knowledge and general management capacities and skills. The PWT is committed to exploring new ways to improve communication and resource sharing between on-campus, off-campus, and external stakeholders to accomplish the mission of the team. As part of these efforts, the PWT sponsors the annual Cornell Strategic Marketing Conference each fall.
The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center, jointly administered by Cornell University and The Pennsylvania State University, works with New York, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the New England states. We foster the development and adoption of integrated pest management, managing pests in ways that generate economic, environmental, and human health benefits.
My early work in the environment revealed that traditional economic models failed to explain behavior around Superfund sites and the extreme reluctance to make trade-offs involving environmental assets. These problems pushed me into asking basic questions in a controlled laboratory environment in collaboration with colleagues from psychology.
In keeping with its core principles and long-standing commitment to education and outreach, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is responding to a variety of stakeholders who seek a scientific, economic, and environmental understanding of the issues associated with Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration and drilling. In 2010 we focused more heavily on Marcellus Shale community task forces and local government officials and provided enhanced, targeted outreach to communities. More faculty and students have become involved in this issue.
In this newly funded National Science Foundation research project, the goal is to enhance understanding of the nature of science and evolutionary concepts, as well as to motivate all children to learn more about science.
The Fossil Finders project uses research-based practice to support teachers in engaging children in classrooms across the country in an authentic investigation of Devonian fossils in order to enhance learning about evolutionary and earth science concepts, inquiry, and the nature of science.
Organic agriculture has come to the forefront as an important opportunity for all farm sectors, across the country. Through our efforts, we have increased the research and extension support of these producers. We have identified strategies and developed grower tools to improve production and reduce environmental impacts of organic vegetable, grain and dairy systems in the Northeast U.S. A new initiative has focused on understanding the community supported agriculture model for impacts on consumer behavior and health awareness.
The Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP) is a participatory adult learning program designed to create and support reciprocal educational experiences between Cornell students and Cornell employees.
This project assessed whether news coverage influenced sales of products containing trans fats between Dec. 13, 2004 and June 24, 2007, both before and after new federal labeling policy went into effect. News coverage about trans fat, combined with labeling information, appeared to influence consumer behavior in the short term. News coverage and product labeling may not be sufficient, however, to promote sustained changes in trans fat purchases.