In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy NY Sea Grant worked with State officials and marina industry representatives to help business get the resources they needed to begin to recover from this disaster. NYSG documented storm related losses and assisted industry leaders and state officials in identifying, implementing and increasing awareness of grant programs to facilitate recovery efforts. These efforts helped marinas receive over $10 million in storm recovery grants representing the largest percentage of money awarded for any small business sector in the state.
This project has sought to elucidate the life cycles of two rust diseases that are relatively new to New York, pear trellis rust and Japanese apple rust. Finding the rest of the life cycle (as it is being carried out in New York) has required the use of molecular techniques to identify the rust on its juniper hosts. Recently surveys were successful in identifying a host for the pear trellis rust, and two hosts for the Japanese apple rust, providing the green industry with information needed to make good choices for what ornamentals should not be paired together in the landscape.
My work focuses on the ecological and social potential of urban rivers, and especially on integrating changing environmental conditions and cultural values through design. I am interested in how landscape architecture, with its history of constructing beloved outdoor places that are also ecologically resilient, can learn from and contribute to the critical issues and possibilities that come together in urban rivers. My geographic focus includes New York state and South America, in part because these two geographies share many characteristics and histories.
While New York state is urging coastal property owners and managers to use living shorelines as the preferred method for erosion control for environmental reasons, these audiences didn't have the information they needed to make intelligent choices regarding the suitability of this approach for their particular sites. New York Sea Grant organized a workshop that brought together top experts in this field to share their expertise with New York audiences.
This study, funded by NY Sea Grant, will contribute to oyster restoration efforts in the Hudson/Rariton Estuary (HRE) by developing a new strategy for both optimizing restoration design and evaluating restoration success using cutting-edge genomic methods to track larval dispersal patterns. In the second major objective, analysis of the functional genetics related to survival across diverse HRE habitats will be used to adaptively model which brood stock source population(s) will best serve restoration goals under projected climate-change scenarios.
CCE NY EDEN responded to Hurricane Sandy based on previous experience with Hurricanes Lee and Irene. As a result of this response, CCE gained in creased visibility and relevance in disaster readiness and response, which will be increasingly important as intensity and frequency of storms and emergencies continue to rise.
The Youth Voice Youth Choice Project supports youth in taking charge of their health and lifestyles by exploring tools for making informed decisions about what they eat and how they care for their bodies.
Graduate students in the Department of Landscape Architecture were engaged in the adaptive re-use of a former Brooklyn industrial site for both neighborhood and regional recreational use. The project was engaged through the office of Michael VanValkenburg Associates, which was contracted to execute the project.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC (CUCE-NYC) modified, tested, and delivered an outdoor adventures-based ‘Scavenger Hunt Exploration’ to educate the public and the New York Harbor School student body about the ecology, natural landscape, culture, and history of Governors Island, the Hudson River and the New York Harbor, involving a group of NY Harbor School secondary students as assistants.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC (CUCE-NYC) planned and delivered landscape horticulture professional development training courses of varying levels and intensity to multiple audiences, including grounds maintenance staff of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), professionals and green jobs trainees, and as part of the Sustainable South Bronx’s BEST Academy for green collar jobs training.