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Faculty

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.
Bernd Blossey

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
Carrie Brown Lima

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.   

Louise Buck

Senior Extension Associate
The focus of Louise Buck’s work is the facilitation of multi-stakeholder innovation to develop systems of natural resource management that integrate ecological conservation, agricultural production and livelihood goals. Current applications are in forest farming systems of agroforestry land use in the northeastern United States and ecoagriculture systems of landscape management in Eastern Africa.
Evan Cooch

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
Daniel Decker

Daniel Decker

HDRU Director
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.
Human Dimensions Research Unit
Janis Dickinson

Janis Dickinson

Professor of Citizen Science
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
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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.
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.
Barbara Knuth

Barbara A. Knuth

Senior Vice Provost; Dean of the Graduate School; Professor
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.
Human Dimensions Research Unit
American Fisheries Society
 
Clifford Kraft

Clifford Kraft

Associate 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
James Lassoie

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

Senior Research Associate
Bruce Lauber conducts research on the human dimensions of natural resource and environmental management, 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.
Human Dimensions Research Unit
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.
Nina Therkildsen

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.
Amanda Rodewald

Amanda Rodewald

Professor; 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.  

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 biogeochemical functions.
Suresh Sethi

Suresh Sethi

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.
Forest Connect 
Richard Stedman
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

Patrick Sullivan

Professor and Department Chair
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.
 
Keith Tidball

Keith Tidball

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.
Civic Ecology Lab
Keith Tidball Website
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.
David Weinstein

David Weinstein

Senior Research Associate
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.
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.