Introduction to Yangfan Li

Dear DNR Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students,

We have a recently arrived Chinese visitor, Dr. Yangfan Li, in DNR for one year (October 2011-October 2012). He is a Lecturer in the Environment School at Nanjing University, China. His research is focused on urbanization, environmental change and ecosystem resilience. If you would like to meet with Yangfan Li, pls contact him at the following email. He welcomes discussions in his office space in Bruckner Hall!


Please welcome Yangfan.

Marianne E. Krasny, Professor and Chair

NY EDEN Responds to Recent Flooding Disasters

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE)’s NY Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) actively assisted the residents of at least 33 New York counties, during the “prodromal” stages of the recent hurricane and tropical storm, Irene and Lee.

When it was clear that there would be a crisis due to flooding, NY EDEN notified the counties and disseminated information about how to proceed. They “ensure[d] that timely information and regular communication were deployed such that loss of life was minimized.”

Read more about the crucial role that NY EDEN had in responding to the floods in this article.

DNR in the news: Rapid response

Check out the link below! It indicates an area where DNR is taking the lead on a rapid response to a potential environmental disaster on Cayuga Lake and the other Finger Lakes and Great Lakes to which Cayuga Lake is connected. DNR SEA and NYS Invasive Species Institute Coordinator Holly Menninger is leading an effort to respond to the local Hydrilla infestation, hopefully nipping it in the bud before it spreads throughout the lake and beyond. Holly is trying to garner DEC and other support for this effort.


Holly Menninger, coordinator of the NY Invasive Species Research Institute located within DNR, has been integrally involved in coordinating a rapid response to the newly detected hydrilla infestation in the Cayuga Inlet.  Hydrilla, considered one of the most aggressive invasive aquatic plants in the world, had not previously been found in Upstate New York, and there is serious concern that it will spread into Cayuga Lake and lakes in the region.


Recently, the work of DNR SEA and NYS EDEN Director Keith Tidball is doing in response to Hurricane Irene and flooding in NYS has been noticed by many across NYS, particularly in CCE and Ag & Markets.

Introduction to Thomas Elmqvist and Asa Norrman

Dear DNR Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students,

We have two Swedish visitors, Thomas Elmqvist and Asa Norrman, in DNR for fall semester. Below are their short cvs. If you would like to meet with Thomas or Asa, pls contact them at the following emails. They welcome discussions in their office in Rice Hall or over burritos at Manndibles!

Please welcome Thomas and Asa.

Marianne E. Krasny, Professor and Chair


Thomas Elmqvist, PhD, is a professor in Natural Resource Management at Stockholm University. His research is focused on ecosystem services, land use change, natural disturbances and components of resilience including the role of social institutions. He is coordinating a major interdisciplinary research themes as part of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, focusing on governance and management of ecosystem services in urban landscapes, involving 12 cities around the world. He was involved in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and principal investigator of several multidisciplinary projects in Africa. He serves as associated editor for the journals Ecology and Society, Conservation and Society, Ambio and Sustainability Science. He is currently a co-chair of the Science Committee bioSustainability, as part of Diversitas  and participated as a coordinating lead author in the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity project.

Åsa Norrman, EcoLegal International, former Director at the Government offices, Sweden, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of environmental law and policy. Åsa Norrman has held the position of Director for Natural resources at the Ministry of Environment 2006-2010, with overall responsibility for biological diversity, nature conservation, marine and water policy encompassing ie the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ramsar, CITES, HECOM, IWC, Natura 2000 and Water framework directive. She was the EU-representative to the CBD COP 10 bureau 2008-2010 and followed closely the negotiations of the ABS-protocol. She has been active in the networks of European Nature and Water directors and led the EU ministerial High level meeting 2009 Visions for Biodiversity Beyond 2010. She has been instrumental in supporting the work of TEEB (The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity) and the negotiations of the IPBES (International science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). She was formerly director at the Ministry of Agriculture responsible for Rural development, Common fisheries policy, Hunting and wildlife and Sami affairs. She has held the position of deputy director for the division for Environmental quality encompassing climate policy, air quality, nuclear safety, environmental monitoring. She has chaired the Committee of the North Sea senior officials. She worked 92-98 with licensing of environmental hazardous industries and is co-author of the book “Miljöfarlig industri och bostäder, en rättslig studie“.  Åsa Norrman is a Swedish national, born 1962. She holds a master of Law -87, Uppsala University followed by three years of legal work in district and appeals court.