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Graduate Field Faculty

Individual professors in the graduate field of Soil and Crop Sciences welcome inquiries, and prospective students are urged to correspond with faculty members whose interests are nearest their own.

Ludmilla Aristilde

Adjunct Associate Professor
Organic contaminant trapping in soils and waters, microbial metabolism of organic contaminants, metabolomics of organic matter breakdown, activity of extracellular environments in different chemical environments, engineering of microbial metabolism, engineering of natural nanoparticles
Many aspects of soil microbial communities are still a mystery and soil remains a fertile habitat for discovery. Daniel Buckley's research makes use of genomic tools to examine the microbial communities that live in soils, to explore their diversity, and to delineate the mechanisms by which they influence environmental processes in terrestrial ecosystems.
Jerome H. Cherney

Jerome Cherney

Professor
Jerome H. Cherney was born and raised on a dairy farm in central Wisconsin, receiving a B.S. degree in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin. After a three year tour as a North Vietnamese linguist for the U.S. Army Security Agency, he received a M.S. degree in agronomy from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in agronomy from the University of Minnesota. He has recently focused research effort on the feasibility of grass combustion as an alternative energy source.

Antonio DiTommaso

Professor and Chair
The overall goal of Antonio Ditommaso's research program is to study and gain a more in depth understanding of the basic biological/ecological principles governing agricultural and environmental weed population dynamics that ultimately lead to the development and implementation of safe, effective, sustainable and economically viable weed management strategies.

Timothy Fahey

Professor
Dr. Fahey's current research is focused on forest soil carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics, tropical montane forest ecosystems and fine root dynamics in forests.

Christine Goodale

Associate Professor
Acid rain, biogeochemistry, carbon sequestration, climate change, ecosystem ecology, forest ecosystems, global change, land-use change, nitrogen cycling, nitrogen retention, watershed processes
Peter Hobbs

Peter Hobbs

Adjunct Professor;Associate Director IP-CALS academic program
Peter Hobbs is a crop scientist and agronomist with 30 years of experience with IRRI and CIMMYT,  working mainly on rice and wheat systems and conservation agriculture in South Asia. He is presently an Adjunct Professor in SCS and also an International Professor in CALS IP, teaching various courses on international agriculture systems, agroforestry and GMO's.
Julie Lauren

Julie Lauren

Instructor
Julie Lauren has been involved in building and facilitating functional relationships between international and national NGOs, community based farmer groups, agricultural extension and national agricultural scientists, so that research activities become more demand driven and relevant to farmers needs. These connections also involve efforts to improve the technical capabilities of national scientists to adequately measure critical soil chemical properties or to assess the quality of their existing data.
Research and teaching in soil biogeochemistry and soil fertility management. Specialization in soil organic matter and nutrient studies of managed and natural ecosystems. Focus on soil degradation and sustainable agriculture in the tropics (especially Africa), bio-energy, greenhouse gas emissions from soil and headwaters, and synchrotron-based methods for soil research.
Enid Martinez
Carmen Enid Martínez is a soil and environmental chemist and biogeochemist. Her research and teaching foci are soil minerals, soil organic matter, reactions at the solid-solution interface, and their associated (biogeo) chemical processes.
Murray McBride

Murray McBride

Professor
Murray McBride's long-term interests focus on understanding the behavior of contaminants at the soil-water interface in the environment, with particular emphasis on the phytotoxic and zootoxic trace and heavy metals. He is interested in the issue of soil health, as it is impacted by the contamination of soils by various waste materials, commercial fertilizers and manures.

Andrew McDonald

Associate Professor
Andy is a cropping systems ecologist who addresses global challenges to agricultural sustainability and food security through process-based agronomy, integrated systems analysis, development of decision frameworks, and by fostering alliances for technology scaling. Much of Andy’s current research program is anchored in South Asia where he previously led CIMMYT’s sustainable intensification program.  Current areas of research include: managing tradeoffs at the nexus of food, energy, water, and air quality; identification and assessment of resilience strategies for coping with monsoon variability; building a soil intelligence system for selected states in India; and, developing ‘big data’ reconnaissance networks for technology targeting and investment prioritization.  Andy’s program emphasizes transdisciplinary collaborations with leading thinkers in the policy, applied social sciences, water resources, and climate domains.
Jeffrey Melkonian

Jeffrey Melkonian

Senior Research Associate
Jeffrey Melkonian's work involves the application of dynamic simulation modeling combined with field experimentation to better understand resource use, productivity, and the fate of nitrogen and water in agricultural and biomass crops.

Susan Riha

Professor
Soil-plant-atmosphere dynamics and modeling, land use and climate change, plant water use
Jonathan Russell-Anelli

Jonathan Russell-Anelli

Senior Lecturer
Jonathan Russell-Anelli's research examines the spatial dynamics and characteristics of the environment. The focus is on land cover, soil and management topology and their effects on biogeophysical processes. His research also addressed the spatial arrangement and characterization of soil properties including nutrient and contaminant distribution.
Matt Ryan

Matthew Ryan

Associate Professor
Over the next decades, agriculture will undergo a transformation as farmers learn to produce more food while decreasing the environmental impact of their practices. Between feeding another two billion people and adapting to climate change, we face unprecedented challenges. However, at the same time, there has never been as much interest in agriculture as more and more consumers want to know the origins of their food and new farmers are increasingly from non-farm backgrounds.

Tim Setter

Professor
Tim Setter is Professor in the Soil and Crop Sciences Section, with joint membership in the Plant Breeding and Genetics Section. He currently collaborates with researchers at CIMMYT, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, on studies of drought tolerance of maize, and collaborates on cassava research with colleagues at national institutes in Nigeria, Ghana, and Uganda, and at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

Ying Sun

Assistant Professor
Dr. Ying Sun is Assistant Professor of geospatial sciences whose past and present research has focused on processes governing land-atmosphere interactions.

Alan Taylor

Professor
Seed science and technology with emphasis on seed treatment and coating technologies Seed science and technology with emphasis on seed treatment and coating technologies
Janice Thies

Janice Thies

Associate Professor
Janice Thies is a current associate editor of the Soil Science Society of America Journal and past member of the Editorial Board of Applied and Environmental Microbiology and the CALS Faculty Senate, where she served on the Executive Committee and as both Secretary and acting Chair. Her research program in soil ecology focuses on developing, testing and implementing methods to assess soil biological quality, remediate degraded soils, and improve soil management practices to ensure the long-term sustainability of agricultural ecosystems.

Harold van Es

Professor
Harold van Es is a Professor of Soil and Water Management with extension, research and teaching duties. He also directs the Cornell Initiative on Computational Agriculture. He works in New York, and also has project experience in Central and Eastern Europe, Central America, Africa, the Middle-East, and New Zealand.
Olena Vatamaniuk
Olena Vatamaniuk joined the Cornell faculty in 2005. Her research program focuses on analyses of transition metals homeostasis and crosstalk between essential and toxic metals in plants and C. elegans.

David Wolfe

Professor
Horticulture, crop physiology, soil ecology, nitrogen management, climate change impacts on agriculture, science communication
Peter Woodbury

Peter Woodbury

Senior Research Associate
In his research, Peter Woodbury develops models to understand and improve the sustainability of agricultural and forest ecosystems. Current projects include response to climate change, greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation, effects of land management practices on soil, water, air quality, and ecosystem services, and sustainable bioenergy feedstock production. In his extension and outreach, he develops and shares information about agricultural and forest management approaches that can improve air, soil and water quality, and mitigate climate change.