Special Seminar!

If you are free on Tuesday, May 6th from 3:30 to 4:30, this special seminar might be of incredible interest to you! Entitled “Constructing Collaboration and Dialogue – the Lower Mekong Public Policy Initiative (LMPPI) of Southeast Asia”, this seminar will be hosted by the renowned Dr. Rainer Asse, Ph.D. Asse’s associations include being the director of the LMPPI, Vietnam Program Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and the Harvard Kennedy School. The seminar will take place in Fernow Hall G24, so if you are free, please make an effort to attend what will surely be an  interesting and engaging seminar!


Cornell PhD Student Feature

Before the end of last year, Paul Simonin, a PhD candidate in Natural Resources at Cornell, was featured in an article published by the Seattle Times. Simonin is a fisheries ecologist, and recently did work in rural Indonesia to learn more about small-scale coral reef fishing in various communities there. Simonin not only had a research role within the project; he had also helped facilitate the trip for the Seattle Times to come to Thailand. The project itself looked as fun as it was informative! To read more about Simonin and his project, click the following link!

Article: http://apps.seattletimes.com/reports/sea-change/2013/dec/21/food-for-millions-at-risk/

Schaufler wins at SAF National Convention!

Congratulations are in order! Recently, Cornell’s very own Don Schaufler was one of ten foresters who were awarded with the Presidential Field Forester Award at the 2013 SAF National Convention held in Charleston, South Carolina! Schaufler has been involved with forestry for over 40 years, and has extensively worked as a manager in Cornell’s Arnot Forest by helping improve many acres and support the local economy.

The full story can be read in the attached file below, or in the latest issue of NYFOA’s magazine (New York Forest Owners Association; http://nyfoa.org/)


Scary Dancers!

Thanksgiving may have just passed, but with the prominence of “scary dancers” on the rise, it may start to feel like Halloween!

Mentioned in the Cornell Chronicle and Wall Street Journal, a Web-based survey of fruit growers developed by Cornell’s Human Dimensions Research Unit and administered across California, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Washington revealed a total of close to $200 million in self-reported losses due to bird damage. Furthermore, the study also concluded that various forms of management could total up to $860 million, which led farmers to think outside of the  box when looking at ways to scare off these pesky birds. The result? Utilizing scary dancers; the ones most commonly seen at car dealerships to advertise a sale or grab a customer’s attention.

“My observation is that they worked better than any of the other things that were tested,” said Heidi Henrichs, a Cornell graduate student in the field of natural resources, who has been conducting fieldwork in New York state to assess bird damage to orchards across the country for the past two summers. “The vineyard managers and people who worked around these places said they just didn’t see birds like they normally do when these [figures] are dancing,” she added.

To read more about this “scary” phenomenon, click on the links below!




Cornell Wins 2013 Family Forest Education Award

Congratulations are in order! Cornell’s ForestConnect Program was recently announced as a joint winner, alongside the University of Georgia, of the prestigious 2013 Family Forest Education Award. The award is given to recognize an educational institution that has delivered the most effective education program that benefits non-industrial forestland owners in the United States. Cornell won under the award’s comprehensive category, which recognizes the regional impact the program will have.

More details about the ForrestConnect can be found here: http://www2.dnr.cornell.edu/ext/forestconnect/index.html

Life at Dr. Tom’s

Recently, Dr. Thomas Gavin of the Department of Natural Resources launched a new website, entitled Dr. Tom’s Natural History. Here’s what he had to say about his new site!

To all students of the natural world:

My hope is that this site will be interesting and useful to aspiring field biologists of all kinds—students of all levels from primary school to university, home-schooled children, and members of the general public who desire to learn more about our natural world.

If you’re interested in visiting his new site, here’s the link: www.lifeatdrtoms.com

Environmental groups help increase lake sturgeon population in upstate waters

Cornell’s own Department of Natural Resources recently collaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) in order to help restore and increase the population of lake sturgeon, specifically in upstate areas. The collaborative effort has already seen results, with there being sturgeon caught that were too young to have been stocked, implying that the sturgeon are successfully reproducing. While there is still a long way to go, it’s good to see that progress is indeed being made. Read more about this project here!


Also, check out some pictures of the sturgeon below!

Tom Brooking with a naturally reproduced lake sturgeon caught in Oneida Lake during standard fish sampling by the Cornell Biological Field Station personnel

Tony VanDeValk and Kathy Gumtow holding a mature sturgeon from Oneida Lake. The fish was released unharmed.

Cornell’s Environmentalists Take DC!

Last week, some of Cornell’s PhD and graduate students attended the North American Association for Environmental Education meetings in Baltimore, Maryland. A picture of those in the Department of Natural Resources who attended and presented can be seen below!

Names and presentations from left: Santi Saypanya (social marketing campaign for tiger conservation in Laos); Eunju Lee (village grove restoration in South Korea); Zahra Golshani (U IL, Nature Cleaners civic ecology practice in Iran); Olivia Aguilar (Dennison University, community environmental education); Kendra Liddicoat (U WI-Stevens Point); Marianne Krasny (DNR faculty, practice theory and civic ecology, EPA’s national environmental education program), Yue Li (social network analysis in environmental education); Alex Kudryavtsev (accessing environmental education research for practitioners). Missing from photo DNR PhD student Phil Silva (DIY science for public-access monitoring).

NTRES Awards!

Congratulations are in order for both Patrick J. Sullivan and Daniel Joseph Decker!

Dr. Sullivan was recently awarded the 2013 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Research and Extension Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy, which honors an individual who is able to implement scientific research into the fields of public policy and or management. Dr. Decker was honored with the 2013 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Research and Extension Award for Outstanding Service to the CALS Community, which recognizes an individual who has exhibited leadership in a specific role such as a chair or leader of a task force or program.

Both will be presented with their awards at a reception that will be held on Monday, November 4, from 4-6 PM in Biotech G10.

Making an “EDEN” Bigger Difference

In the wake of disaster, Keith Tidball, Department of Natural Resources at Cornell, played a big role in making  a difference for those affected by natural disasters in the New York area. Keith Tidball is a state coordinator for the New York Extension Disaster Education Network (NY EDEN), which is a Cornell University based program designed to assist NY residents prepare for, survive, and recover from sorts of calamities. Better yet, the NY EDEN program is directly run through the Cornell Cooperative Extension, which utilizes information from Cornell, such as the “effects of post-storm salinization on farmland to the potential hazards of having untold gallons of milk wash into rivers from flooded Upstate dairies”. Furthermore, NY EDEN’s work helped with evacuation and recovery procedures in the aftermath of last year’s Hurricane Sandy. For more information on Tidball’s work and NY EDEN program, be sure to read this article here!