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Beth Ahner

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

Nina Bassuk

Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science
Urban trees and soils, plant propagation, woody plants inn the landscape. HortiUrban Tree selection, evaluation and propagation. Urban soil remediation. Propagation of difficult to root woody plants, Transplanting research.Sustainable landscape practices.culture learn more

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. learn more

Thomas Bj├Ârkman

Horticulture
Two biological questions are addressed. 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?  learn more

Edward Buckler

Institute for Genomic Diversity
Our lab uses functional genomic approaches to dissect complex traits in maize, biofuel grasses, and grapes. We exploit the natural diversity of these plant genomes to identify the individual nucleotides responsible for complex (quantitative) variation. learn more

Itai Cohen

Physics
My lab is obsessed with motion on different length scales, from the cellular behavior of bacteria and the growth of plant roots, to the flight of insects, the dancing of human beings, and even the collective motion of people in mosh pits formed at heavy metal concerts. learn more

Paul Curtis http://ccwc.cornell.edu/index.cfm/dir.detail/6962.htm

Natural Resources
Primary research activities include evaluation of wildlife behavior and population ecology. Various applied management techniques for reducing human-wildlife conflicts and potential disease transmission have been investigated. Novel methods for evaluating herbivore damage to plants are currently being studied. learn more

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. learn more

Julia Finkelstein

Nutritional Sciences
The goal of the Finkelstein Laboratory is to elucidate the role of micronutrients in the etiology of anemia and adverse pregnancy outcomes, to improve the health and survival of mothers and young children. learn more

Christine Goodale

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Effects of air pollution, particularly nitrogen, on northeastern forests; capacity of northeastern forests to serve as sinks for atmospheric CO2 and other greenhouse gases; the roles of disturbance history and individual tree species in governing patterns of nutrient cycling. learn more

Michael Gore

Plant Breeding and Genetics
Our lab uses quantitative genetic and genomic approaches in combination with analytical chemistry and remote sensing technologies to elucidate the genetic basis of complex trait variation in maize (dent and sweet corn), cotton, industrial rapeseed (Brassica napus L.), and guayule. learn more

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. learn more

Maureen Hanson

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Plant organelle biogenesis, nuclear/organelle interactions, RNA editing, floral development and senescence learn more

Laura Harrington

Entomology
Dr. Harrington is interested in the biology, ecology and behavior of disease vectors; global health and epidemiology. She offers courses in Medical and Veterinary Entomology (ENTOM 352), a non-majors course Plagues and People (BIO&SOC/ ENTOM 210) and teaches the malaria module of Introduction to Global Health (NS 206). learn more

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. learn more

Jian Hua

Plant Biology
We are interested in how plants respond and adapt to environment at the molecular level. One approach we take is to assay natural variations in environmental responses (such as heat tolerance) and uncover the genetic basis for such variation. learn more

Georg Jander

Boyce Thompson Institute, Department of Plant Biology
The Jander lab uses genetic, genomic, biochemical and molecular approaches to study plant interactions with insect herbivores. learn more

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. learn more

Xingen Lei

Animal Science
antioxidant enzyme on diabetes, obesity, and fatty liver, biotechnology of hydrolytic enzymes for nutrition and environment, defatted microalgae as new feed and food, enrichment of n-3 fatty acids in eggs and chicken learn more

Katja Poveda

Entomology
Agroecology, Plant-Insect Interactions, Plant defenses, Insect ecology learn more

Lars Rudstam

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

Rebecca Schneider

Natural Resources
Schneider has an integrated theoretical and applied research program examining the ecological processes in watersheds that are critical for protection of water resource quantity and quality. learn more

Tim Setter Tim Setter

Soil and Crop Sciences
The goals of my research are to further our understanding of plant response to environmental stresses such as drought and global climate change issues, to identify potential targets for future crop improvement, and identify genes responsible for desirable stress tolerance traits. learn more

Larry Smart

Horticulture
My lab focuses on the breeding and genomics of shrub willow bioenergy crops. We have assembled a large and diverse collection of willows, which serves as a basis for genomics-assisted breeding. We have produced over 500 new families of willow, including a number of novel species hybrids that display high yield and disease and pest resistance. learn more

Jed Sparks

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
The research in the Sparks lab is focused on understand ing how processes occurring in plants and soils control atmospheric chemistry. Biological processes generate many of the compounds that control air quality and atmospheric. learn more

Janice Thies

Crop and Soil Sciences
Impact of soil and plant management practices on soil microbial diversity, abundance and activity, Development and testing of biopesticides and biofertilizers, Molecular approaches to bacterial source tracking and their potential use in monitoring total maximum daily load learn more

Mingming Wu

Biological and Environmental Engineering
My lab aims at understanding the physical principals that living systems operate, in particular, through their interactions with fluids. The questions we address are motivated by contemporary problems in health and environment. learn more