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Anurag Agrawal Anurag Agrawal

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ecology and evolution of plant-insect interactions, including aspects of herbivory, community ecology, phenotypic plasticity, coevolution, plant defense and herbivore offense, coevolution.

Beth Ahner Beth Ahner

Biological and Environmental Engineering
Biofuel production from plants and algae, lipid biosynthesis in algae.

Nina Bassuk Nina Bassuk

Horticulture
Urban trees and soils. Developing techniques to improve plant growth in cities.

Gary C. Bergstrom Gary C. Bergstrom

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Biology, population genetics, and epidemiology of diseases of corn, wheat, and bioenergy feedstock grasses. Host resistance, cultural, biological, and chemical disease control strategies as components of integrated crop management of corn, forage legume, small grain cereal, oilseed, and bioenergy feedstock crops.

Bernd Blossey Bernd Blossey

Natural Resources
impact of invasive plants on native flora and fauna, biological control of non-indigenous plant species in natural areas, plant-insect interactions, and invasion and conservation biology

David Bonter David Bonter

Lab of Ornithology
I'm an ecologist primarily studying questions related to the behavior, foraging, and survival of birds. My students work at various scales.

Dwight Bowman Dwight Bowman

Vet Microbiology and Immunology
Parasitology, most aspects. Interested in the practical application of modern methods to disease prevention, diagnosis, and unraveling the mysteries of zoology.

Dan Buckley Dan Buckley

Crop and Soil Sciences
Microbial Ecology, Microbial Evolution, Microbial Genomics, Soil Microbiology, Biogeochemistry

Clare Casteel

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
The primary research goal of the Casteel lab is to identify the functions of microbes in plant-insect interactions and elucidate the key molecular mechanisms responsible for these relationships.

Christopher Clark Christopher Clark

Lab of Ornithology
Regional and large-scale population level distributions, abundances, and acoustic behaviors of birds, fish, frogs, and whales; evolution and function of acoustic signaling behavior in animals using advanced sound analysis techniques.

Paul D. Curtis Paul D. Curtis

Natural Resources
My research program deals with human-wildlife interactions. I study animal ecology, behavior, and population biology. I tend to work with wildlife species that are either locally overabundant, or experience conservation threats. Most of my research opportunities are off campus summer internships at remote field sites.

Bryan Danforth Bryan Danforth

Enthomology
Phylogeny and systematic of bees, bee evolution and diversity, role of native bees in crop pollination, genomic approaches to phylogeny reconstruction.

Andre Dhondt Andre Dhondt

Lab of Ornithology
Bird ecology and behavior; disease ecology; conservation; citizen science

Antonio DiTommaso Antonio DiTommaso

Crop and Soil Sciences
Weed biology/ecology and population dynamics, weed seed biology, biological weed control using pathogens and insects, biology of invasive weeds in cropland and natural areas, integrated weed management, restoration ecology.

Stephen Ellner Stephen Ellner

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Theoretical population and evolutionary ecology

John Fitzpatrick John Fitzpatrick

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Animal and applied ecology; vertebrate zoology; systematics

Alexander Flecker Alexander Flecker

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Animal ecology; community and ecosystem ecology; limnology; population ecology; vertebrate zoology; tropical river systems; ecology of tropical managed ecosystems

Christine Goodale Christine Goodale

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Role of northeastern forests in offsetting climate change (carbon sequestration, nutrient limitation to growth, responses to climate change). Effects of air pollution on forest ecosystems

Yrjo Grohn Yrjo Grohn

Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
My research interests have evolved from studies of basic metabolism in ruminants and genetics to veterinary epidemiology, economic modeling and food safety. The two main areas of investigations currently ongoing in my laboratory are: 1) mathematical modeling of zoonotic infectious diseases, and 2) optimizing health and management decisions.

Rayko Halitschke Rayko Halitschke

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
As a Research Associate in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology I am interested in the mechanisms of herbivore-induced responses in several different plant species including wild tomato and tobacco, milkweed, and goldenrod.

Drew Harvell Drew Harvell

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Marine Evolutionary ecology, life history evolution, functional morphology

Tory Hendry Tory Hendry

Microbiology
We study ecology and evolution in host-microbe interactions. Work in the lab focuses on interactions between the bacterium

Kathie T. Hodge

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
I’m a mycologist interested in systematics and ecology of fungi: Extremophile fungi and food spoilage; insect pathogenic fungi; fungal systematics and ecology, and lately, post harvest pathogens of apples. I direct the Cornell Plant Pathology Herbarium, a research collection of preserved fungi and plant pathogens.

Robert Howarth Robert Howarth

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Work in our lab is diverse, but generally focuses on how human activity affects the chemistry and ecological functioning of the Earth and aquatic ecosystems.

Renata Ivanek Miojevic

Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Ivanek Lab is a computer lab that uses cutting-edge modeling and epidemiologic methods to solve societal problems related to infectious and foodborne diseases, and food production to develop new and sustainable approaches for improving health of human and animal populations, and optimizing food production systems.

Georg Jander Georg Jander

Plant Biology
The Jander lab investigates genetic and biochemical mechanisms that mediate plant interactions with insect herbivores. This includes not only the identification of novel defense-related plant metabolites, but also characterization of the genes and enzymes that are involved in their biosynthesis.

André Kessler André Kessler

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Plant-insect interactions, herbivore-induced plant responses, plant defenses, indirect defenses, multitrophic interactions, plant secondary metabolite production, insect elicitor identification, GC-MS, HPLC.

Clifford Kraft Clifford Kraft

Natural Resources
We study ecosystem interactions that influence the management of lakes and rivers, with a major focus on understanding fish population dynamics.

Fay-Wei Li Fay-Wei Li

Boyce Thompson Institute
The Li lab uses genomic tools to investigate the evolution and biology of seed-free plants: ferns, fern allies, and bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts). We are particularly interested in their symbioses with N2-fixing cyanobacteria, which provide plants with their own source of nitrogen fertilizer.

Scott McArt Scott McArt

Entomology
Research in our lab is focused on pollinator health.

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