Cornell and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the creation of a new biological control lab on campus to protect the state’s ecologically important hemlock trees.
The lab, headed by Cornell forest entomologist Mark Whitmore, will research and rear biological controls to slow the spread of hemlock woolly adelgids, invasive pests that threaten trees in roughly half of New York’s 62 counties and in more than 15 other states.
Five Cornell faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.
Amanda Rodewald, Garvin Professor of Ornithology and director of conservation science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Department of Natural Resources, was honored for distinguished contributions to the fields of ecology and conservation biology, particularly population and community ecology, and for science communication and advising.
Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources (Human Dimensions Research Unit and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension) has developed an online educational course—Creating a Community-based Deer Management Plan—aimed at supporting community leaders, wildlife professionals, and Cooperative Extension educators in creating community-based deer management plans.
To better understand and protect Chinook salmon and the economic benefits they generate, Cornell researchers, in collaboration with New York Sea Grant, are using newly developed “pop-off” satellite tags attached to the fish to map their movements and feeding behavior in Lake Ontario.