With the tax pressure on marginal land increasing, there is an apparent interest in putting productive agricultural crops back onto such land. Our research aims to determine what crops are the best options for environmental sustainability and integrity.
Many homeowners have conflicts with nuisance wildlife. We have developed a curriculum for managing nuisance wildlife that is specifically targeted for wildlife control operators. The course contains two printed books, online web content, and a certification exam.
The migration of birds between seasons and, at times, between continents has been the subject of some of the earliest ornithological studies. Yet, we still know little about the cues that birds use to decide when to start a migratory route and the factors that determine the routes that birds take. This information has practical implications because collisions between birds and man-made structures (e.g., tall lighted buildings, towers, tall wind turbines) occasionally cause substantial mortality of migrating birds.
Western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) are tiny insects, but are considered one of the most-economically important pests of agricultural crops worldwide. They cause substantial losses not only through direct feeding, but also by transmitting viruses. Due to their small size and secluded behavior, chemical control is the most effective way to achieve control. However, intensive insecticide use combined with a short generation time, high fecundity and haplodiploid reproduction system promote the rapid development of resistance.
Graduate students in the Department of Landscape Architecture were engaged in the adaptive re-use of a former Brooklyn industrial site for both neighborhood and regional recreational use. The project was engaged through the office of Michael VanValkenburg Associates, which was contracted to execute the project.
We have developed a bio-assay that allows us to predict the intestinal digestibility of protein sources for lactating and growing cattle. The prediction of the assay, when used as an input in our nutrition model, the CNCPS, allows us to formulate diets for high producing lactating cattle with very high precision, thus reducing the excretion of nitrogen into the environment, improving the efficiency of use of protein by the cow and reducing the cost of production.
Cornell faculty, working collaboratively with researchers from USDA and China, are working on techniques for restoring desertified and degraded agricultural grassland soils in order to decrease irrigation demands and increase resiliency to climate extremes.
Through multiple venues, I have become actively involved in building a program for sustainable, ecological, watershed-based management of water resources in China.
I am a biophysicist who studies plants using the tools of mathematics, physics, and chemistry.
We are developing algal bioenergy as both an alternative to fossil fuels and a source of energy for powering systems that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thus reducing the concentrations of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere and decreasing ocean acidification. We are also investigating protein by-products as potential nutritional supplement in animal feeds. In tis regard, our findings indicate that algae can meet much of the global protein demand by mid-century. Algae are likely to be the basis for the next revolution in global agriculture.