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Thomas Björkman

Thomas Björkman
Department: 
Horticulture
Office: 
Hedrick Hall, Cornell AgriTech Campus, Geneva
Phone: 
4-9218 from Ithaca campus phone, 315-787-2218 from elsewhere

I study two main biological questions. How does temperature regulate reproductive development in the massive inflorescence of broccoli? How do cover crops’ roots alter the rhizosphere to improve soil health and improve the sustainability of vegetable production?

Research Interests: 
Climate Change
Physiology
Plant Biology
Paid Work Study: 
Yes
Paid Non-Work Study: 
Yes
Volunteer: 
No
Honors Thesis: 
No
Research Activities in Which Undergraduates Participate: 
Most undergraduates work full-time during the summer following sophomore or junior year. That timing is appropriate for fieldwork and makes the logistics of working in Geneva easy. Students apply experimental treatments under horticultural production conditions and measure plant and soil responses. We also do advanced genotyping and phenotyping. Some students have a substantial science communication role as well. Students can expect to learn rigorous experimental design and inference, as well understanding the social and environmental impact of their research. Many previous students have found rewarding career directions based on their projects.
Approximate Number of Students in the Lab per Semester: 
0-2 in the summer
Is There a Minimum Number of Hours per Week: 
Yes
If So, How Many?: 
Summer, 39 hours for 10-12 weeks (full-time)