Blossey keynote speaker at the Northeast Invasive Plant Species Forum

Dr. Bernd Blossey of the Department of Natural Resources will be the keynote speaker at the NE Invasive Plant Species Forum.  The Forum is scheduled for March 21-22, 2012 at the USDA ARS Beltsville Campus in Maryland.  The purpose of the Forum is to bring together researchers and Extension educators from multiple disciplines and Land Grant functions in a think tank approach to define opportunities for regionally coordinated research and extension programming in support of invasive species management in the Northeast.  The concept of the Forum evolved from discussions at a NERA meeting two years ago where the need to have broader representation from our institutions on a multistate proposal in the area of invasive species was suggested.

Read more about this event here.

DNR Faculty Member Dr. Mark Bain Passed Away February 8th

The Department of Natural Resources was very sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Mark Bain on February 8, 2012. He was an active faculty member in our department right up until the time of his death. He will be greatly missed by all the people who worked with him and knew him well. No formal plans for cards or a celebration of his life have been made as of yet, but if you would like to be added to an email list for updates, please contact Erin at If you have a fond memory of Mark, or would like to comment, feel free to post it on the comments section of this article (lower right hand side of this box).

The following obituary was published in the Ithaca Journal.

Mark B. Bain

Lansing: Mark B. Bain, of Lansing, NY, formerly of Brooktondale, passed away on February 8, 2012 at the age of 56. Born April 11, 1955, in Gary, Indiana, he was the oldest son of Sam and Rose (Bombardo) Bain, who survive him. He married Jane Barden on July 27, 1980. Mark earned his PhD. from the University of Massachusetts and joined the faculty of Cornell University in 1991. He was a Professor of Systems Ecology in the Department of Natural Resources. His research of aquatic systems took him all over the world where he made many contributions, had many adventures, made many friends, and fostered his love of cooking. Besides being the best father, husband, and son imaginable, he was a mentor to many. His love of fishing from a young age never wavered. Mark was a member of the American Fisheries Society, the Ecological Society of America, and the Association for the Advancement of Science, published over 100 scientific articles, and received numerous awards. In addition to his parents, Sam and Rose Bain of Bethel Park, PA. Mark is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jane Barden Bain; two sons, Paul and Gary Bain, both of Ithaca, NY; his siblings, Keith (Judy) Bain of Dallas, TX, Jeff (Sandy) Bain of Baden, PA, Terese Bain of Monaca, PA, and Sam (Lee) Bain of White Oak, PA. Mark is also survived by a large extended family and his wife’s family. For those wishing to remember Mark in the form of a contribution, please consider the ALS Association at Funeral services will be private. A public memorial service is being planned and will be announced at a later date.

Published in Ithaca Journal on February 10, 2012

Link to another article about Mark Bain in the Cornell Daily Sun.