25 projects

2015 to 2017

This study developed a simple and effective method for using BMSB monitoring tools as a trigger to initiate pest management. Management strategies to determine the most effective and least labor-intensive method for employing pest monitoring and management were recommended and tested in the field. Trapping assessments of populations employed multiple lure formulations in boarder traps, attract and kill strategies and passive trapping to determine presence and density.

2014 to 2016

For over a decade, Cornell scientists have been documenting the critical contributions of roadside ditches to flooding, water pollution, and droughts. A parallel extension effort to highway staff and local governments gained regional recognition when we held a ditch conference for the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed in 2014. Recommendations from this conference were officially adopted in 2016, providing a new suite of tools for communities throughout the Bay watershed to meet their TMDL pollution requirements, as well as to help buffer climate extremes.


Planted stormwater retention and infiltration practices are important for reducing runoff and maximizing green space in urban areas. While a wide variety of herbaceous plants are often successfully used in these spaces ... they can present maintenance issues because of the need to annually cut back dead foliage and stems.
Utilizing woody plants decreases the need for additional seasonal maintenance while successfully adding aesthetic and
functional vegetation to stormwater retention practices.”


The Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) serves as a focal point to facilitate research, education, and outreach to help farmers in the Northeast become more resilient to extreme weather and climate variability and reduce their impact on climate change, through increased use of renewable energy and adoption of best management practices.

2011 to 2017

Davies spent one year (2011-2012) as a Jefferson Fellow in residence at the Department of State in Washington DC, serving as a senior science adviser to the office of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Textile Trade Affairs in the Bureau of Economics and Business. The Fellow position continues with Davies in the role of consultant.

2010 to 2013

The European honey bee, an important pollinator of New York’s most lucrative vegetable crops, continues to suffer population declines due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) as well as other biotic and abiotic factors. Consequently, fewer honey bee hives are available, causing hive rental fees to increase dramatically and forcing growers to either spend more on renting hives or gamble by not renting hives and hope wild bees will pollinate their crops.

2008 to 2011

To better understand the local food phenomenon, this project offers a rigorous comparison of local and mainstream supply chains in multiple social, economic and environmental dimensions using the case study method. The 15 case studies offered and the systematic comparison of case study findings are intended to shed light on the factors that will influence the structure, size and performance of local supply chains in the coming years.

2008 to 2009

The mission of the Sun Grant Initiative is to: 1) enhance national energy security through development, distribution, and implementation of biobased energy technologies; 2) promote biobased diversification and environmental sustainability of America's agriculture; and 3) promote opportunities for biobased economic diversification in rural communities.

2008 to 2011

In this newly funded National Science Foundation research project, the goal is to enhance understanding of the nature of science and evolutionary concepts, as well as to motivate all children to learn more about science.
The Fossil Finders project uses research-based practice to support teachers in engaging children in classrooms across the country in an authentic investigation of Devonian fossils in order to enhance learning about evolutionary and earth science concepts, inquiry, and the nature of science.

2008 to 2013

This project explores the societal and ethical implications of nanotechnology, particularly in relation to users of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). It also involves the maintenance and development of a portal related to social and ethical issues of nanotechnology on the NNIN's website (http://www.nnin.org/society-ethics). Finally, it involves the coordination of social and ethical research among NNIN sites.