With the balmy February weather, the Arnot Teaching and Research Forest has been producing outstanding syrup. The sap has run all night and 150 gallons of syrup was made! Fore more information on the Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, click here.
The Naturalist in all of us. Cornell’s Master Naturalist Program lead by Krsiti Sullivan, an extension associate in the Department of Natural Resources, was featured in the latest issue of Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine.
“The Master Naturalist Program is a statewide, adult education initiative “designed for educators, land trust personnel, private landowners, land managers, natural resource professionals, and citizens with a passion for our natural environment,” according to a program brochure. Implemented in 2010, the certification process requires individuals to complete 30 hours of instruction in three subject areas – ecosystems, conservation issues and identifying organisms – and 30 hours of volunteer participation in an environmental project tailored to his or her personal interests.”
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Stephen Childs, a New York State Maple Specialist and Cornell Coopertive Extension partner, was acknowledged by the New York State Maple Producers Association (NYSMPA) for his help, commitment, and educational contributions at the Verona Winter Conference this past January. His accomplishments in both scientific research and maple-based classroom instruction make him a treasured member of the Maple community. Click on the image to the right to view a bigger version of the article.
Endreny Receives Fulbright Award as Distinguished Chair in Italy
ERE chair to serve semester at Parthenope University in Naples 1/12/2016
Dr. Theodore Endreny, chair of the ESF Department of Environmental Resources Engineering, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to serve as Distinguished Chair in Environmental Science at Parthenope University in Naples, Italy.
Endreny will hold the prestigious position during the spring semester this year. His appointment was announced recently by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
“I am honored, inspired, and delighted to advance the field of ecological engineering during this sabbatical experience with the many talented students, staff, and faculty across Italy,” Endreny said. “Parthenope has structured its curricula in a manner consistent with the Italian Renaissance, creatively combining science, technology, engineering, art, math and medicine to address the grand challenge of sustainability.”
Endreny’s work focuses on how ecological engineering of urban watershed restoration can solve several interrelated energy, water, food, sanitation, and biodiversity scarcity problems and improve human health. At Parthenope University, he plans to teach two courses: Ecological Engineering for Urban Restoration and Modeling Urban Watersheds. He also plans to mentor undergraduate students on opportunities for study in the United States and to mentor Ph.D. students on research.
His research objective is to ecologically engineer urban watershed restoration using trees and green infrastructure, among other innovations, to increase ecological services that secure the interrelated goals of social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
Beyond the university, he said, he will offer walking tours, lectures, and workshops to local, city, and regional groups of professionals interested in the new paradigm of ecological engineering, the i-Tree tools (software for urban forestry), and how they can address urban energy and resource sustainability. He has also coordinated scholarly research, seminars, and workshops on urban watershed restoration with the department heads at two other Italian universities, University of Trento and University of Florence, and with a scientist at the European Commission Joint Research Center (ECJRC) Institute for Environment and Sustainability, in Ispra, Italy.
Endreny received a B.S. in 1990 at Cornell University in Natural Resources, an M.S. in 1996 at North Carolina State University in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and a Ph.D. in 1999 at Princeton University in Civil and Environmental Engineering. From 1990 to 1992, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer with the Honduran Forest Service working in the Capiro-Calentura National Park and Guaimoreto Lagoon Wildlife Reserve. He served as a research associate at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., before joining the ESF faculty in 1999. He was licensed as a professional engineer and professional hydrologist in 2002.
Endreny is one of only three U.S. faculty members to receive the highly competitive Italian distinguished chair positions.
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in other countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The program operates in more than155 countries worldwide.
Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 318,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists and other professionals the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
It is with great sadness we bring to your attention a Natural Resource students recent passing.
Jonathan Hunn ’15 — a natural resources major and co-founder of the Cornell Environmental Collaborative — died on Nov. 10 in West Bloomfield, N.Y. He was 22.
Hunn will be remembered for his contributions to the Cornell community, including the founding of ECO, his work with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, research with the Cornell Biological Field Station and additions as a field research technician to the Department of Natural Resources.
Hunn’s memorial service will be held at a later date, according to an obituary printed Sunday in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/democratandchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=jonathan-hunn&pid=176506451&fhid=27499
The Cornell Daily Sun has also provided a nice piece about Jonathan: http://cornellsun.com/2015/11/17/jonathan-hunn-15-remembered-for-campus-contributions/
Drawing on works by indigenous peoples from the Arctic, Australia, ancient South America, southwest North America, and the Pacific Northwest from the Museum’s permanent collection, the American Indian Program collection, and private collections, Transformations is about change in indigenous communities historically and contemporaneously. The objective of this exhibit is to engage students in addressing change among indigenous societies by transforming their perspective. It exposes students to the human ecological relations of indigenous communities with their habitat. Transformations is co-curated by Dr. Karim-Aly Kassam, Department of Natural Resources and American Indian Program and Dr. Andrew Weislogel, Askin Curator at the Johnson Museum, for the course “Ways of Knowing: Indigenous and Place-Based Knowledge” (NTRES/AIS/AMST 3330). The Exhibit is on view in the Johnson Museum’s Study Gallery from October 20th to November 1st, 2015.
Haida, 1925–2002, born Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Raven Inside of the Wheel, 1978
Gift of Malcolm Whyte, Class of 1955, and Karen Whyte
Since 2009, Taza Schaming, a PhD student in the Department of Natural Resources and the Lab of Ornithology, has been studying how the decline of whitebark pine is impacting Clark’s nutcrackers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. She is currently satellite-tracking Clark’s nutcrackers to find out how they adapt as their food disappears. Her ultimate goal is to aid managers in designing biologically informed management interventions to help ensure persistence of Clark’s nutcrackers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and throughout their range.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s quarterly magazine, Living Bird, which has 50,000+ print subscribers, is featuring Taza’s research and the Clark’s nutcracker-whitebark pine story. Read more at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/soul-mates-nutcrackers-whitebark-pine-and-a-bond-that-holds-an-ecosystem-together/.
Taza just launched a 31 day crowdfunding campaign to fund the second year of satellite tracking. For more information on the research and the crowdfunding campaign please read more at https://crowdfunding.cornell.edu/nutcrackers.
DILIMAN, Quezon City – The Learning and Discovery (LeAD) Center of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) was recently visited by some representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN). The team was in the country for a series of briefings and consultations with ATI and other partner agencies for the possible establishment of EDEN in the Philippines. As a start, the team had a meeting with the Institute’s executives about the project and to provide technical assistance in developing its framework.
The USDA EDEN is a collaboration of the various extension services to improve the nation’s ability to mitigate, prepare, prevent, respond, and recover from disasters. It provides disaster education resources delivered through the Land Grant University system and is funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
In photo (L to R): Yovina-Claire Pauig, Information Officer of ATI-ISD; Virginia Morgan White, EdD, a visiting scholar of the USDA NIFA from Auburn University; Beverly Samuel, CFCS, the National Program Leader of the USDA; Joeven Calasagsag, Agriculturist of ATI-ISD; Keith Tidball, a visiting scholar of the USDA NIFA from Cornell University; and Vicente Dayanghirang, Jr., the focal person of ATI’s Climate Change Core Group. (Theresa Aurora B. Cosico)
Barbara Knuth, Ph.D., of Cornell University, was named as a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) at the society’s 145th Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Knuth was part of the inaugural group of Fellows named under the new AFS program that designates as Fellows of the Society certain members who have made outstanding or meritorious contributions to the diversity of fields that are included in the American Fisheries Society. Contributions include, but are not restricted to, accomplishments in leadership, research, teaching and mentoring, fisheries resource management and/or conservation, and outreach or interaction with the public.
“We wanted to honor AFS members who are recognized by their peers as distinguished for their outstanding and/or sustained contributions to the discipline,” said AFS Past President Donna Parrish, who presided over the ceremony. “The Fellows program will help make outstanding AFS members more competitive for awards and honors when they are being compared with colleagues from other disciplines and support the advancement of AFS members to leadership positions in their own institutions and in the broader society.”
Knuth is a professor of Natural Resource policy in the department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, and serves as Dean of the Graduate School and Senior Vice Provost overseeing undergraduate admissions, financial aid, and the university registrar. Her research focuses on the human dimensions of fisheries management, specifically risk communication and management associated with chemical contaminants in fish. She served as president of the American Fisheries Society in 2004-2005.
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Founded in 1870, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest fisheries science society. The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. With five journals and numerous books and conferences, AFS is the leading source of fisheries science and management information in North America and around the world.
On November 13th, 2015 the event Challenges to the Catskills Forests: Understanding Issues, Moving Towards Solutions program will take place at the Windham Mountain Resort in Windham, NY.
Our regional trees and forests are being impacted by invasive insect pests, overwhelmed by competing ground vegetation, and eaten by deer!
Why should we care? Trees and forests clean our water and air, sequester carbon, support wildlife, provide local energy and valuable wood resources, plus provide places to recreate and relax. Come hear about these topics, have discussions on how we can find solutions and learn about valuable resources to help deal with these issues.
This program is for anyone who cares about trees and forests including municipal officials, forest landowners, resource manag-ers, foresters, loggers, and agencies and organizations working on these topics. Credits will be available for planning board members, SAF foresters and TLC loggers.
For additional information and to register visit our website click here