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.
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.
The conservation science program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology conducts original research on conservation related topics and provides science support for conservation planning initiatives. We work through citizen science participation in large-scale research as well as through numerous partnerships with agencies and organizations throughout the U.S. and internationally.
The goal of this project is to lay grounds for transmission genetics in arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi (Glomeromycota). We use a cosmopolitan species Glomus etunicatum as a model. Our objectives are to investigate: (i) evolution of the ribosomal RNA genes, (ii) the reproductive mode, and (iii) the developmental patterns of spore formation. We discovered that (i) the polymorphism of rRNA genes in the G. etunicatum lineage is inconsistent with the concerted evolution model of rRNA, which is one of the paradigms of evolutionary biology, (ii) the population structure of G.
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.