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.
We oversee coordination of subcontracted partner institutions on various continents to screen wheat germplasm for resistance to the Ug99 race of black stem rust, discover and deploy new sources of genetic resistance through varietal development, and the multiplication and popularization of these durably resistant varieties to the benefit of small shareholder farmers and urban poor in developing countries of the world.
It is well accepted that conservation efforts worldwide must involve a cross-section of stakeholders, including those most affected by changes in land use, to promote the long-term protection of biodiversity, critical habitats, and fragile landscapes. Conservation organizations and land trusts, both big and small, are searching for better ways to build functional alliances for the protection of nature.
We are creating new materials and approaches for promoting collaborative instructional programs and research projects that will effectively address the growing worldwide challenge to develop new food and fiber production systems that also maintain healthy ecosystems and viable rural livelihoods. An Internet-based platform has been designed that efficiently and effectively connects students, researchers, and practitioners to examine case studies of "real-world" conservation and sustainable development issues.
Conservation of biodiversity is as essential as it is difficult in the current global setting, where billions of people are vying for increasingly limited resources. A simplistic preservationist approach is no longer successful. Rather, human patterns of resource use and behavior and ethics all need to be considered to ensure long-term sustainability of our natural resources