My current projects include development of educational software for the teaching of mathematical modeling in animal behavior and acoustics and hearing. For mathematical modeling, I wrote software and lab exercises for testing in a large lecture course. Results of educational assessment show that this project met its learning goals, and I have now received a full-development grant from National Science Foundation. This project is ongoing.
The project is focused on the safe and effective development and commercialization of bio-engineered crops in developing countries.
I develop cost-effective methods of producing food fish and shrimp in an environmentally sustainable manner and work with developing countries to assist in implementing new businesses.
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.
I teach biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory and lecture classes to Cornell undergraduate and graduate students. Many of the students who take these classes are biology majors, and many of them continue on in their studies later to become doctors, veterinarians, or scientists.
Development of an ultrasound method to examine sheep and goat lungs would improve animal health and would permit some animals to be screened out of the pool of animals for kosher slaughter.
Ladybugs are important because they provide natural control of insect pests of plants, particularly aphids. Unfortunately, native ladybugs seem to be declining, some seem to have declined to near extinction in the last decade and these changes may interfere with our ability to produce the crops we rely on. We have developed the Lost Ladybug Project to teach non-specialists about ladybugs and the importance of biodiversity and to recruit them to participate in our search for ladybugs.
In 2007-2008, we continued delivery of a new model for teaching science communication and outreach skills to science graduate students. In addition to delivering the course at Cornell, we helped institutions both in the US and internationally in developing similar courses and workshops.
It is well accepted that conservation efforts worldwide must involve a cross-section of stakeholders, including those most affected by changes in land use, to promote the long-term protection of biodiversity, critical habitats, and fragile landscapes. Conservation organizations and land trusts, both big and small, are searching for better ways to build functional alliances for the protection of nature.
Our research uses comparisons of genomic variability within and between species of insects, mammals, and plants to provide novel insights into biological function and mechanisms of genetic change.