Through the URBIS Partnership Initiative, we have positioned Cornell CALS, CCSF, DNR, and CEL to experience a large degree of visibility as experts and key planners for global efforts to promote urban sustainability and resilience.
1) We are working with a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional team to quantify the environmental impacts of biofuel production in New York state.
Only by looking over a time span almost three times the age of most high school students does the tight connection between wetland science and politics become evident. Most students have a limited view of environmental science. I took the invitation to deliver one of the 25th Anniversary Nosanchuck Memorial Lectures at Ithaca High School to give students a longer perspective -- from the Swamp Lands Acts of the mid-1800's to recent wetland decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The objectives of this project are: (1) to determine what species of Phytophthora are causing decline and death of European beech in Northeast U.S. landscapes, (2) the geographic and host ranges of the respective pathogens, (3) determine why these diseases have become so prevalent in recent years, and (4) to develop reliable management strategies.
Accurate and timely pest identification activities are crucial and a prerequisite to facilitate rapid response to the inadvertent introduction of invasive plant pests into the United States. As a trained identification specialist, my research centers on screening commonly encountered species, as well as the uncommon species, collected during organized surveillance activities at or near ports of entry along the northeastern seaboard and the Pacific Northwest.
We are studying the patterns of attack by a community of insect herbivores on plants; the work involves field biology, chemical ecology, genetics, and entomology. Our basic research involves milkweed plants, nearly 120 species from North America (and 20 from South America), which grow in various habitats and are attacked by a specialized community of insects. Some of the work is evolutionary in terms of quantifying phylogenetic patterns associated with the evolution of specialization (in insects parasites) and other work is more ecological, based on community interactions.
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.
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educators are Cornell University’s front line in helping New York field crop producer clientele with crop production and pest management issues. Keeping CCE personnel informed on the latest information and developments helps us meet Cornell’s high standards for extension outreach and provides clientele with quality, pertinent, timely and user-friendly programs and resources that maximize our educational impacts.
The Science Links program of our Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study provides scientific information in accessible forms for public audiences, especially policy makers. In this forest carbon project, we are translating knowledge and information regarding the dynamics of carbon sequestration for evaluating the use of forest ecosystems as carbon offsets in cap-and-trade schemes like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (REGGI). Further, development of forest carbon offsets could aid in meeting net emission targets and improving management of forested lands.
Grape fruits are being analyzed to better understand disease resistance.