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William E. Bemis William E. Bemis

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I study the comparative anatomy of living and fossil vertebrates using techniques ranging from dissection and osteology (study of skeletons) to histology and micro-computed tomography (micro-CT). My research focuses on fishes, but I have worked on and am interested in all major groups of vertebrates.

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.

Joyce G. Chery

Plant Biology
The Chery lab is broadly interested in understanding the evolution of development of plant movement from the perspective of plant vasculature architecture.

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.

Casey Dillman Casey Dillman

Museum of Vertebrates and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
We are interested in understanding the evolutionary history of life on earth. We use fishes as a model and examine them from multiple avenues including phenotypic and genomic investigations.

John Fitzpatrick John Fitzpatrick

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

Maria A Gandolfo Maria A Gandolfo

Plant Biology
I am interested in all aspects of Paleobotany and Plant Anatomy and Morphology. My research emphasis is on plant evolution and development, origin of angiosperms, Cretaceous and Tertiary floras and paleoclimate of North and South America and Antarctica.

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.

Carl D. Hopkins Carl Hopkins

Neurobiology and Behavior AND CornellUniv.Museum of Vertebrates
The goal of this research is to publish formal taxonomic descriptions of 15 new species of electric fishes (Mormyridae, Actinopterygii) from Lower Guinea in West-Central Africa based on preserved specimens in the collections at the CUMV (Cornell Univ.

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.

Melissa Luckow Melissa Luckow

Plant Biology
Phylogeny of flowering plants; legume systematics; cultivated-plant families

Amy McCune Amy McCune

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ichthyology; evolutionary biology; systematics; development and evolution; paleobiology

Kevin Nixon Kevin Nixon

Plant Biology
Biodiversity, Plant Evolution, Plant Systematics, Phylogenetics, Bioinformatics

Lars Rudstam Lars Rudstam

Natural Resources
I study ecology of freshwater lakes and fisheries in an ecosystem context.

Jeremy Searle Jeremy Searle

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Evolutionary and related studies of small mammals.

Chelsea D. Specht Chelsea Specht

Plant Biology
The Specht Lab studies the evolution and diversification of Plant Form and Function.