18 projects

2013 to 2020

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.

2011 to 2017

We have developed pathogen detection systems for the identification of known and emerging viruses of grapevine.

2009 to 2017

In this study, we attempt to identify the functions of compounds secreted by herbivorous insects that interact with plants. Herbivore-derived elicitors are specific compounds found in the foregut or saliva of plant-eating insects that trigger specific plant responses, such as increasing plant resistance to herbivory or otherwise changing the interaction of the plant with the insect community.

2009 to 2013

We are developing a multi-pathogen detection system for the rapid identification of known and emerging pathogens of solanaceous crop plants (potato, tomato, pepper and eggplant).

2008 to 2009

Executive education programs provide strategic and financial benefits to both the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and CALS. Executive education programs have contributed in excess of $2.5 million to the operations of the Food Industry Management Program (FIMP) for the period 2001-2009. Moreover, the impact of these programs extends well beyond FIMP to help create the virtuous cycle of outreach, teaching, and research that exists in the undergraduate program in the Dyson School.

2008 to 2009

The 2007 IPCC Report on Climate Change states that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal” and documents widespread evidence of global warming and other major climatic changes. The impacts of these changes on agriculture and the farmers, rural households and communities that depend on agriculture worldwide can be expected to be substantial. This project reports the results of research to identify and prioritize stakeholder driven, locally relevant response options to climate change.


We are developing a multi-pathogen detection system for the rapid identification of known and emerging pathogens of solanaceous crop plants (potato, tomato, pepper, and eggplant).


Research in my lab examines the functional significance of animals in aquatic ecosystems. This includes examining the consequence of species loss as well the addition of novel organisms through invasion. In addition, we are interested in how organisms interact with their environment in an evolutionary context.


Neotropical Birds Online (http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu) is an innovative collaboration of researchers, birders, and the conservation community that provides an authoritative online resource with life histories of neotropical birds. We cover the region from Mexico and the Caribbean through all of South America, including the 4,000 bird species that occur there. Neotropical Birds Online provides a survey of the life history of each species.


eClips is a digital database of 10,000 clips and more than 40 podcasts, focused on entrepreneurship, business, and leadership. The material is based on hundreds of in-depth interviews as well as business presentations. eClips makes it possible for business people (including small business owners and entrepreneurs), educators, and students to find targeted and focused information, because it is organized by entrepreneur, company, demographics, topics, and keywords.