Back to top

Faculty

All

Louise Buck

Louise Buck

Senior Extension Associate
The focus of Dr. Buck’s work is on facilitation of multi-stakeholder innovation to strengthen systems of natural resource management that integrate ecological conservation, agricultural production, livelihood security and institutional capacity development goals. She specializes in designing and testing analytic frameworks and instructional resources that stimulate social learning across different professional structures (disciplines, sectors, management roles) and knowledge systems (indigenous, scientific). Current applications are in integrated landscape management for people, food and nature primarily in eastern Africa.
Woman with black hair

Shorna Allred

Associate Professor
Shorna B. Allred's research program blends human factors and natural sciences to improve resource management and conservation. The goal of her research program is to develop a fundamental understanding of human behavior for the purposes of improving resource conservation and management.
man with brown hair

Bernd Blossey

Associate Professor
Plant invasions are thought to threaten the function and integrity of ecosystems and native species across the globe. Professor Blossey's research addresses three key areas: How do plant invasions and their management affect native ecosystems; how can we achieve improvements in the success of biological weed control; and what determines the increased competitive ability of invasive plants?
Ecology and Management of Invasive Plants Program
Man wearing glasses

David Bonter

Senior Extension Associate
David Bonter is an avian ecologist focused on mentoring undergraduate research, teaching field courses, and engaging the public in scientific research. He serves as the Arthur A. Allen Director of Citizen Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Young lady with brown hair and brown eyes

Carrie Brown-Lima

Director NY Invasive Species Research Institute
Carrie Brown-Lima, coordinator of the NY Invasive Species Research Institute, works to integrate invasive species science and management to understand and strategically mitigate the environmental, social, economic threats associated with these species.   
Bald man with white shirt

Evan Cooch

Associate Professor
Professor Cooch is an applied evolutionary/theoretical ecologist. His goal is to use the methods and ideas from evolutionary ecology, in an applied context. His primary applied research focuses on the general question of making optimal resource management decisions under uncertainty.
Evan Cooch Website
Paul Curtis

Paul Curtis

Department Extension Leader
Dr. Paul Curtis serves as Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. He has coordinated the Wildlife Damage Management Program for the past 24 years, and his applied research and extension programs focus on reducing human-wildlife conflicts in agricultural and suburban landscapes.
 
Anna

Anna M. Davidson

Senior Research Associate
Dr. Davidson works and teaches at the interface of art and science. She holds an MFA in visual art and a PhD in Plant Science (tree ecophysiology), experiences that coalesce into an interdisciplinary research-based artistic practice grounded in the ecological arts. Her expeditionary field-based work investigates topics in climate change, land and ocean use, ecological memory, and biological/ecological systems. She is currently teaching a course titled, Field Research in the Ecological Arts in the Environment and Sustainability Program. 
 
Daniel Decker

Daniel Decker

Director Emeritus
Professor Decker works with scholars and practitioners to develop a vision of "next-generation wildlife management." A key feature of this pursuit is the articulation of a model of wildlife management that integrates human and biological dimensions in wildlife management and policy making.
Center for Conservation Social Sciences
 
Tommy

Thomas Detmer

Senior Research Associate

Tommy Detmer is a broadly trained aquatic ecologist working on basic and applied questions related to fisheries and aquatic ecosystem health. His research is focused on understanding how habitat influences fisheries, along with investigating the roles of fish and fishing in food web structure and function. He is particularly interested in using an ecosystem level approach to identify strategies for the sustainable management of fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in the Adirondacks and beyond.
 
Janis Dickinson

Janis Dickinson

Professor Emerita in Natural Resources
Professor Dickinson's research spans the fields of behavioral ecology, evolutionary ecology, and molecular ecology of birds and insects. She is interested in citizen science as an ecological tool, and her work involves development of research models that blend exploratory research with citizen participation.
Dickinson Lab
‚Äč
Citizen Science Program
Timothy Fahey

Timothy Fahey

Professor
As a forest ecologist, Professor Fahey’s general interest is in better understanding forest ecosystems, both tropical and temperate. His current research is focused on forest soil carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics, tropical montane forest ecosystems and the dynamics of forest soils invaded by exotic earthworms.
Angela Fuller

Angela Fuller

Courtesy Professor & Leader of New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research
Professor Fuller is a mammalian wildlife ecologist and conducts applied research to inform conservation and management. Her primary research interests center on the effects of forest fragmentation on mammals, species-habitat relationships, animal movements, and ecological thresholds.
New York Cooperative Fish And Wildlife Research Unit
Fuller Spatial Ecology and Decision Science Lab
Grodsky

Steve Grodsky

Courtesy Assistant Professor
Dr. Grodsky is a broadly trained, applied wildlife ecologist. He specializes in the emerging field of renewable energy ecology. Dr. Grodsky’s research program informs sustainable energy development in anthropogenic biomes to facilitate conservation and management of natural resources, including soils, plants, wildlife, and ecosystem services. In addition to his appointment with DNRE, he is an Assistant Unit Leader in the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Co-founder and Co-Director of the Wild Energy Initiative.
 
James Jackson

Randy Jackson

Senior Research Associate
James Randy Jackson studies applied fisheries ecology, including sampling, assessment and management of fish populations that support recreational fisheries. He also serves as a primary liaison between the Department of Natural Resources and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
Karim-aly Kassam
Karim-Aly S. Kassam is International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies. His research focuses on the connectivity of human and environmental relations, addressing indigenous ways of knowing, food sovereignty, sustainable livelihoods, and climate change.
Karim-Aly Kassam Website
 
Barb Knuth
Professor Knuth’s current research examines risk perception, communication and management focused on fisheries affected by chemical contaminants; ecosystem-based management approaches for Great Lakes and marine systems; and factors influencing human stewardship and use of natural resources, particularly fish and wildlife.


 
Clifford Kraft

Cliff Kraft

Professor
Professor Kraft studies ecosystem interactions that influence the management of freshwater fish populations in lakes and rivers -- with an emphasis on Adirondack ecosystems. The overall goal of his research program is to understand ecological interactions regulating the abundance of key aquatic organisms, such as sport fish, nuisance invaders and rare species.
Cliff Kraft Website

Jim Lassoie

Professor
Professor Lassoie studies the ecological and social variables underpinning the decision-making process related to conservation, natural resource and environmental management, and sustainable development. He is particularly interested in the role of local communities the management of parks, protected areas, and otherwise fragile landscapes in developing countries as well as the United States.
T. bruce Lauber

T. Bruce Lauber

Director, Center for Conservation Social Sciences
Bruce Lauber conducts research on the Center for Conservation Social Sciences , with a particular interest in collaboration and conflict resolution in management. His work focuses on a variety of levels, from community-based management to collaboration between government agencies.
Center for Conservation Social Sciences
Pete

Peter McIntyre

Associate Professor
I am an aquatic conservation ecologist. Working with a wide range of collaborators, I develop management approaches that balance human interests with protecting biodiversity. Our work is worldwide in scope, using detailed field studies at sites in New York, the Great Lakes, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Hawaii to gain general insights and identify global patterns. Our goal is to achieve sustainable use of freshwater resources that maintains the integrity of river and lake ecosystems.
Stephen Morreale

Stephen Morreale

Senior Research Associate & Adj. Associate Professor
Stephen Morreale's research in conservation ecology focuses on amphibians and reptiles in terrestrial forest, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. He incorporates remote-sensing, satellite telemetry, GIS and spatial analyses with the goal of improving resource management strategies.

Amanda Rodewald

Garvin Professor; Senior Director of Conservation Science, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Professor Rodewald's research program seeks to understand the behavioral and demographic mechanisms guiding population, community, and landscape-scale responses of birds to land use change and human activity in the eastern United States and Latin America.  
woman with blond hair

Rebecca Schneider

Associate Professor
Professor Schneider's program focuses on integrated, watershed-based, and sustainable water resource management in the face of climate change. Current areas of research include the role of roadside ditches in flooding, droughts, and downstream water quality and how restoration of organic matter in wetland and terrestrial soils can help to improve hydrologic and bio-geochemical functions.
Suresh Sethi

Suresh Sethi

Courtesy Assistant Professor
Suresh A. Sethi joined the Department of Natural Resources in 2016. He is an Assistant Professor in fishery and aquatic sciences, and is the Assistant Unit Leader of the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Suresh is a fisheries ecologist and focuses on quantitative analyses to inform natural resource management problems.
Peter Smallidge

Peter Smallidge

Senior Extension Associate
Peter Smallidge's overall goal is to integrate extension and research in support of productive and healthy forest ecosystems in New York and the Northeast. His research and extension activities focus on forest management impacts on landscape quality, forest regeneration and its limitations imposed through high-grading, and healthy and productive sugarbushes.
 
Stedman

Richard Stedman

Professor and Department Chair
Professor Stedman's teaching, outreach, and research focus on the interaction between social and ecological systems. He is particularly interested the challenges that rapid social and ecological changes pose for the sustainability of forested ecosystems, watersheds, and human communities.
Patrick Sullivan
Professor Sullivan's research objective is to understand what drives the spatial and temporal dynamics of natural populations and communities and how they respond to anthropogenic influences, by focusing on patterns that can be used to tease out and identify important factors and processes that define these systems.
Patrick Sullivan Website
James Tantillo
Jim Tantillo has taught in the Department of Natural Resources since 2001. He teaches courses in environmental history and environmental ethics.
 

Nina Overgaard Therkildsen

Assistant Professor
Nina Overgaard Therkildsen integrates molecular ecology and evolutionary genomics to study contemporary evolution and local adaptation in fish populations. She is keenly interested in developing ways to leverage genomic analysis for improving sustainable fisheries management.
Keith Tidball

Keith Tidball

Senior Extension Associate & Assistant Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Dr. Tidball’s research and extension work is focused on better understanding how to amplify recruitment of citizen conservationists and the development of a 21st century land ethic, elements he theorizes are critical to both community and social-ecological resilience. He is also the State Coordinator for the Cornell Cooperative Extension NY Extension Disaster Education Network, and the Cornell University campus liaison to the NY State 4H Shooting Sports Program.

Keith Tidball Website
Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab
Nancy Trautmann

Nancy Trautmann

Senior Extension Associate
As Director of Education at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Nancy Trautmann leads a team that aims to inspire curiosity, learning, and action related to birds and the natural world.
James Watkins

James Watkins

Senior Research Associate
Great Lakes ecosystem studies.  Jim leads a Cornell/Buffalo State research team that monitors zooplankton, mysid shrimp, phytoplankton, and benthos communities in all five Great Lakes.  The foundation of this project is research cruises sponsored by the EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office and other federal agencies.  The effect of invasive species on native fauna is a primary focus of our research.  
David Weinstein

David Weinstein

Visiting Scientist
David Weinstein's research involves predicting future forest development in response to climate change and invasive species attacks, developing forest management options to reduce future forest vulnerability, simulating Marcellus Shale well development impacts, and coordinating citizen science observations of plant phenology.
Mark Whitmore

Mark Whitmore

Senior Extension Associate
Work with professional land managers, state and federal agencies, government officials, and concerned citizens to understand the issues and strategies for minimizing the impact of forest insect pests, and in particular non-native invasive insects.
Adam Wild

Adam Wild

Senior Extension Associate
Adam Wild is the director of Cornell Universities Uihlein Maple Research Forest located in Lake Placid, NY. At the Uihlein forest and as a part of the Cornell Maple Program Adam provides applied research and education for maple producers and the general public.
Joseph Yavitt

Joseph Yavitt

Professor
Professor Yavitt is an ecosystem ecologist. His research examines the factors that link plant diversity and soil microbial diversity in terrestrial and wetland ecosystems, including northern wetlands, local and tropical forests.