The Hawaiian Islands support the greatest levels of biodiversity per unit area in the World. The geological history of the archipelago has allowed certain early colonizing groups to undergo adaptive radiations on successively emergent volcanic islands. I have been studying all of the estimated 425 native species of the beetle family Carabidae (predaceous carabid beetles), and have studied the patterns of extinction in various groups based on historical and present-day collections from the field. Recent collaboration with Dr.
Natural habitats are disappearing quickly on Eastern Long Island. Many agencies and government programs are working to preserve existing natural areas and to enhance disturbed areas to improve habitat for native species. Homeowners, by using native plants in their landscapes, can provide habitat for many species. In this project, students learned about habitat restoration and planted native plant species in their home landscapes.
PROJECT 1: "We`re bringing together a select group of faculty from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, demography, economics, human development, policy analysis, psychology, sociology, and women`s studies. The aim of the working group will be to put Cornell at the forefront of research on the family." (Quote from Elizabeth Peters, project leader, professor, Policy Analysis and Management, College of Human Ecology.)\n\nPROJECT 2: This project seeks to understand patterns of cooperation and conflict within family groups.
Farm owners from nine western NY counties face a changing, challenging human resources risk management environment. Greater uncertainty as to whether labor will be available in sufficient quantity, and quality such that owners will be able to realize desired results exists. This project sought to enhance participants' capacities to manage human resources risk through better people management and improved problem solving.
Production of fruits and vegetables requires animal, primarily bee, pollination. While honey bees are widely used for crop pollination, honey bee populations are in decline due to a combination of factors, including heavy pathogen load and pesticide use. Native bees—wild bees that occur naturally in the environment surrounding agricultural areas—are contributing significantly to crop pollination, but it is difficult to estimate their exact contribution, and limited resources exist for farmers who want to preserve their native bee fauna.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC is co-leading a 2.5 year national project that involves approximately 60 schools in 4 States in a randomized controlled trial examining effects of school gardens on fruit and vegetable consumption and other outcomes.
Ladybugs are important because they provide natural control of insect pests of plants, particularly aphids. Unfortunately, native ladybugs seem to be declining. Some seem to have declined to near extinction in the last decade, and these changes may interfere with our ability to produce the crops we rely on. We have developed the Lost Ladybug Project to teach non-specialists about ladybugs and the importance of biodiversity and to recruit them to participate in our search for ladybugs.
Ladybugs are important because they provide natural control of insect pests of plants, particularly aphids. Unfortunately, native ladybugs seem to be declining, some seem to have declined to near extinction in the last decade and these changes may interfere with our ability to produce the crops we rely on. We have developed the Lost Ladybug Project to teach non-specialists about ladybugs and the importance of biodiversity and to recruit them to participate in our search for ladybugs.
Our long-term goal is to contribute to a complete and accurate annotation of the human genome, ultimately specifying the functional role of every "letter" (nucleotide) in the genome sequence. We use a combination of computational and experimental methods to improve genome annotations, drawing from the fields of machine-learning, statistics, and molecular evolution. In addition, we study the evolutionary patterns of functional elements in the human genome, by comparing these elements in humans and other mammals.\n\n
Through a Community Improvement Through Youth (CITY) project initiative, CUCE-NYC is strengthening the adolescent sexual health knowledge and skills of youth, as well as their capacity to inform other youth about this important issue, while working with agency staff to enhance organizational capacity in this area.