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Complete profiles of the multiple research interests of many faculty and senior academics can be found in the Faculty and Senior Academics Directory. To search for faculty in specific disciplinary areas, see lists in the various Graduate Fields.

Environmental Conservation

This grand challenge concerns the development of sustainable agroecosystems that improve soil health and provide forage, fuel, and fiber. Three focus areas are described in detail, though all are closely linked to foundational research, food security, and human health and well-being.

Agroecosystem management for soil health and conservation

See the Soil Health web site for additional information

  • Matt Ryan is focuses on enhancing sustainability of agroecosystems through improved cover crop management, ecological weed management, and conservation agriculture (news) (see also Organic@Cornell)
  • David Wolfe's research includes improved accounting of soil carbon and greenhouses gasses and prediction of climate change impact on agriculture
  • Laurie Drinkwater focuses on the role of variables such as cover crops and agricultural practices (organic/conventional) on retention of soil nitrogen

Imaging technology for environmental analysis, resource management, and digital agriculture

See the Institute for Resource Information Sciences (IRIS) for additional information

  • Ying Sun, uses remote sensing of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and land surface modeling to quantify photosynthesis and its response to changing climate/stress (news)
  • Susan Hoskins, Remote Sensing Program Leader at IRIS, collects and summarizes information on the type and location of land use and land cover, as well as on other renewable and non-renewable resources
  • Stephen Smith, GIS Program Leader at IRIS, is focused on methods of spatial analysis, statistics and cartography, and their many applications to environmental analysis

Development of sustainable agro-industry

See the Industrial Hemp and Willowpedia web sites for additional information

  • Larry Smart investigates breeding and cultivation of willow and industrial hemp, and the genetics of biomass and yield to maximize potential as sources of bioenergy
  • Jerome Cherney researches the profitable and sustainable production of forage crops for use as biofuels and livestock feed
  • Don Viands and Julie Hanson focus on genetics of perennial, herbaceous plant species for forage, biofuels, and other uses.

Strategies for grower adaptation to climate change

  • Matt Ryan's research program is focuses on enhancing sustainability of agroecosystems through improved management of cover crops, ecological weed management, and conservation agriculture
  • David Wolfe's research includes improved accounting of soil carbon and greenhouses gasses and prediction of climate change impact on agriculture

Faculty and senior researchers working in Environmental Conservation:
Johannes Lehmann - Harold Van Es - Jerome Cherney - Laurie Drinkwater - Murray McBride - Matthew Ryan - Larry Smart - Donald Viands - David Wolfe - Ying Sun - Toni DiTommaso - Susan Hoskins - Stephen Smith - Jean Bonhotal - Deborah Grantham- Julie Hansen - Julie Lauren - Jeffrey MelkonianAnu Rangarajan - Juliet Carroll