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Deborah Grantham

Deborah Grantham

Senior Extension Associate

101B Rice Hall
(607) 255-8879

Throughout my career, I have focused on environmental resources management with significant overlap with agricultural issues. Increasingly, I am working at the intersection of water, climate change, and agriculture and approaches to mitigation and adaptation to climate change impacts. I am involved with the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions and with the NYS Water Resources Institute. In that work, I look at practices that protect water quality, conserve soil, and enhance agricultural adaptation to changing climate. As of September, 2018, I am directing the Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center (NEIPMC), housed at Cornell University. One of four Centers nationwide, the NEIPMC fosters the development and adoption of integrated pest management, a science-based approach to dealing with pests—one that provides economic, environmental, and human health benefits. We engage with stakeholders in agricultural, urban, and rural settings who work with us to identify and address regional priorities, whether for research, education, or outreach. The NEIPMC serves 12 states. My research at Cornell University has focused on the use of remote sensing techniques and imagery to address problems related to soils, plant stress, and other agricultural questions. Currently, I am considering how unmanned aerial systems can support agriculture.

Research Focus

I am conducting research in the application of hyperspectral reflectance to soil characteristics. Currently funded research interest is in the use of unmanned aerial systems, advantages and limitations, in agricultural applications of geospatial sciences. One interest is in decomposing or restructuring the spectral measurements to match the Munsell charts and, therefore visual response.

Outreach and Extension Focus

Throughout my career, I have focused on environmental resources management with significant overlap with agricultural issues. Increasingly, I am working at the intersection of water, climate change, and agriculture and approaches to mitigation and adaptation to climate change impacts. I am involved with the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions and with the NYS Water Resources Institute. In that work, I look at practices that protect water quality, conserve soil, and enhance agricultural adaptation to changing climate.

As of September, 2018, I am directing the Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center (NEIPMC), housed at Cornell University. One of four Centers nationwide, the NEIPMC fosters the development and adoption of integrated pest management, a science-based approach to dealing with pests—one that provides economic, environmental, and human health benefits. We engage with stakeholders in agricultural, urban, and rural settings who work with us to identify and address regional priorities, whether for research, education, or outreach. The NEIPMC serves 12 states.

Currently, I am PI on a Smith-Lever project, Geospatial Sciences Education for CCE Educators, with co-PI Senior Extension Associate Susan Hoskins.

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  • Grantham, D. G., Josey, Jr., C. V., Stoquert, E. F., & Applebee, G. J. (2010). Cornell Cooperative Extension Gains Efficiencies and Increases Capacity with a Central Database. Journal of Extension. 48:Article 4TOT3.

Software

  • Grantham, D. G., & Schusler, T. (2006). LEAPE: Locally-led Education and Action for Protecting the Environment, Version 2.0 (core software)..

Others

  • Grantham, D. G., Josey, C. V., Stoquert, E. F., & Applebee, G. J. (2010). Cornell Cooperative Extension Gains Efficiencies and Increases Capacity with a Central Database. p. Article Number 4TOT3 Extension Journal, Inc., USA.
  • Grantham, D. G., Kent, R. J., & Anderson, K. (2008). Land Use Planning: An Informative CD for Communities Concerned with Water Quality. New York Sea Grant, Stonybrook, NY, USA.