The Barrett Research Group has done pioneering conceptual and empirical research on many policy and operational issues related to international food assistance. This research has informed policy reforms by major international agencies, such as CARE and the World Food Programme, and by donor governments such as Canada and the United States. It has also fundamentally shaped global research in this area.
The overall purpose of this project is twofold: (1) to provide public- and private-sector decision makers with information to help them judge the appropriateness of continuing authorization for commodity checkoff and export promotion programs, and (2) to collaborate with and provide information to boards of directors and the managers of commodity promotion checkoff programs to help better utilize promotion funds. Commodity checkoff programs are marketing programs responsible for such well-known ads as "Got Milk?," "Beef.
Mangroves and dune plants provide protection to natural coastline environments.
Provided leadership to the BEE department to give it focus on contemporary issues of biological and environmental engineering for teaching, research, and extension. Undergraduates majors have more than doubled, research publications and external grants have steadily increased, and significant extension programs have been established. The BEE department has joined with Civil and Environmental Engineering to create a undergraduate major in Environmental Engineering and the BEE department is in the process of creating the first Biology-based Engineering curriculum in the country.
Yield estimates of traditional cropping systems of indigenous populations in North America have been flawed because scholars who have made these estimates lacked fundamental knowledge of soil and crop sciences. By combining replicated field experiments of a traditional Iroquois cropping system with examination of historical and ethnographic materials, I have established maize yields that are 50% to more than 100% higher than previous estimates by scholars. These new yield estimates will change the interpretation and characterization of Iroquois agriculture.
The book, "Poissons D'eaux Douces et Saumatres de Basse Guinée Ouest de L'Afrique Centrale" Vol 1 and Vol 2 ("The Fresh and Brackish Water Fishes of Lower Guinea, West-Central Africa") edited by Melanie Stiassny, Guy G. Teugels, and Carl D. Hopkins, is the first major book on the fresh water fishes of Lower Guinea, Western Central Africa since 1909. It is a two-volume treatise with 1,400 pages in French and English, with 38 authors.
The study of native insect biodiversity on small, isolated tropical islands provides support for conserving native montane ecosystems. These systems provide the water necessary for life on those islands. Native species are restricted to where invasive alien species have not become established, and so biotic survey for natives provides a signal about environmental health.
Farmers who apply native NY persistent entomopathogenic nematodes to their alfalfa snout beetle infest land are reporting lower insect populations and extended alfalfa stand life
The TAg program is an experiential, hands-on training program in integrated pest and crop management for field crop producers and other agribusiness personnel that has been active in New York since 1990.
The Caesarea Promontory Palace project began in 1990 as a collaboration with Ehud Netzer of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Barbara Burrell of the University of Cincinnati. This heritage and archaeology project has revealed and preserved the remains of Herod the Great's maritime palace near the artificial harbor he created in the late first century BCE. The Promontory Palace excavations are now in the final stages of study and preparation of the Final Reports.