11 projects

2015 to 2018

Nutriphone is a smartphone based micronutrient testing system that utilizes camera phones to analyze blood results for vitamins, cholesterol and other health markers.


I work on developing communication strategies for the SRI-Rice Center at Cornell University and on implementing knowledge-sharing efforts that serve global communities involved with the system of rice intensification (SRI) and conservation agriculture (CA). Specifically, I design and manage the SRI and CA websites and associated social media, facilitate links among international, national and topical SRI networks, and develop databases and platforms for sharing research related to SRI, CA and related systems of crop intensification.


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.


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.

2007 to 2013

We use the tools of molecular biology to document the biodiversity of birds and other animals and to explain their behaviors, ecologies and evolutionary histories. Our research program integrates studies of evolutionary trees (phylogenetics), speciation, hybridization, animal behavior, ecology, disease ecology and conservation genetics.


As it stands now, Latin American biodiversity is jeopardized by a lack of resources dedicated to conservation. In order to ameliorate this situation we aim to conduct research into the causes of reduced conservation capacity and formulate recommendations for reversing said causes.


The McKnight Foundation's Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) is a competitive grant program that funds research and development work in selected parts of the world where rural families face hunger and malnutrition. The work was recently re-focused on four "hunger hot-spots," and we are developing project clusters to take a systems approach to confronting food insecurity.