12 projects


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We have continued to shape discussion among local government and school leaders in terms of creative response to fiscal stress.


Spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, originally from Asia, is an invasive fruit fly that became established in NY and surrounding states in autumn of 2011. Unlike other fruit flies that typically only infest overripe and rotten fruit, female SWD oviposit in ripe fruit, thereby making them unmarketable. Economic loss projections for NY fruit are estimated at $5M. Soft-skinned fruits are at greatest risk.

2012 to 2013

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.

2011 to 2017

This project strives to improve food availability, nutrition and health in eastern India and Africa while providing opportunities for diversification of income and consequent economic and social advancement of the rural poor and women in particular.
The project aims to strengthen both the agricultural education and extension systems in these institutions by addressing cross-cutting areas, including governance, gender and equity, innovative education programs, and modern information and communication technology.


The viticulture and enology steering committee created a quarterly electronic newsletter, Appellation Cornell, to provide in-depth research articles written for laypersons, as well as faculty profiles, student profiles, industry profiles, and brief articles to highlight research, extension, and teaching activities of Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program to a national and international audience. In its first year, readership comprised 1000 to 1500 online subscribers in 45 states, three Canadian provinces, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Fifty articles were published in 2010.

2008 to 2011

The thrust of my research is understanding and enhancing teachers and students’ understandings of scientific inquiry and the nature of science, including knowledge of models and modeling in science and evolutionary concepts.


Hybrids of native and European grapes are widely planted in the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. However, so-called "hybrid" aromas typical of these crosses often compromise the flavor quality of wines from these grapes. Preventing these unpleasant aromas is difficult due to a lack of understanding of optimal growing conditions for these species and the hands-off approach many hybrid grape growers take.


By the end of the century, climate change projections under business-as-usual emissions scenarios suggest a warming of 3 – 5 degrees C accompanied by an increased occurrence of very dry and very wet periods in North America. If these forecasts are realized, agricultural systems are likely to experience an increased vulnerability to invasive weed species.

2005 to 2010

Increasing coastal development coupled with recent, very active hurricane years have severely stressed the capacity of the US insurance industry to absorb financial risks associated with hurricane damages. A novel financial market for mitigation of financial losses from hurricane landfalls has been developed that spreads hurricane risks across the entire Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the U.S.