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!

Dr. Paul Curtis contributes to “All About Birds” article

A recently published article on The Cornell Lab of Ornithology blog “All About Birds” features the insight of Dr. Paul Curtis, the Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell, as well as Dr. Ken Rosenberg, who is the Director of Conservation Science at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. The article addresses the drastic population increase of Canada Geese, the problems with this increase, and what management techniques can or should be implemented. The article can be found here!

Aims and Actions in Urban Ecology

Last spring, Cornell’s very own Marianne Krasny, a professor in the Department of Natural Resources, and Kevin Prattassistant professor of architecture, teamed up with Michael Hensel, professor of architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, to give a highly informative presentation on urban ecology at the Hans and Roger Strauch Symposium. Video footage of their presentation is available below!



Laura Martin awarded an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant

Laura Martin has received a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant from the NSF Science, Technology, and Society program. The grant will be supervised by Clifford Kraft and Sara Pritchard (STS), and will support Laura’s research on the relationship between ecological science and environmental management in the postwar United States.

Ecologist taking radiation readings from a crab, Bikini Atoll, 1964.

Phil Silva’s Work featured in the New Yorker

DNR PhD student Phil Silva’s work developing metrics for outcomes of community gardening in NYC has been featured in a short article in the New Yorker. This is related to Phil’s PhD work developing monitoring protocols to measure impacts of civic ecology practices and to his long-standing collaboration with the Public Lab for Open Technology and Science.

There are over 700 community gardens in NYC alone—this means from the outreach point of view over 700 small pieces of land where we can teach about the environment and the coupled nature of social and ecological processes. Although there are also formal parks in the City, community gardens are much more accessible and also more readily enable active participation in stewardship, an important means of learning.

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Greening in the Red Zone- Now Available

Greening in the Red Zone: Disaster, Resilience and Community Greening a book edited by Keith Tidball and Marianne Krasny is now available for purchase through the Springer website.

Here is the description of the book from Springer:

  • Makes a first foray into the intriguing and potentially important field of “greening”
  • Paints a comprehensive picture of how greening might be useful after major disasters
  • Gathers renowned experts and practitioners from around the world

Creation and access to green spaces promotes individual human health, especially in therapeutic contexts among those suffering traumatic events. But what of the role of access to green space and the act of creating and caring for such places in promoting social health and well-being? Greening in the Red Zone asserts that creation and access to green spaces confers resilience and recovery in systems disrupted by violent conflict or disaster. This edited volume provides evidence for this assertion through cases and examples. The contributors to this volume use a variety of research and policy frameworks to explore how creation and access to green spaces in extreme situations might contribute to resistance, recovery, and resilience of social-ecological systems.

This book takes important steps in advancing understanding of what makes communi­ties bounce back from disaster or violent conflict. The authors’ findings that creating and caring for green space contributes positively to recovery and resilience add to the toolkit of those working in disaster and conflict zones. W. C. Banks, Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University

Greening in the Red Zone is a highly relevant book. At a time when society is more separated than ever from the natural world, it offers additional reasons why our ongoing experience of nature is essential for the human body, mind and spirit. This book is both instructive and inspiring. S. R. Kellert, Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus, Senior Research Scholar, Yale University

This is a fascinating book that greatly elevates our understanding of how the perspective of humans as an integrated part of nature may contribute to the resilience discourse. I warmly recommend this book to anyone interested in how we may prepare ourselves for an increasingly uncertain future. T. Elmqvist, Department of Systems Ecology and Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Greening in the Red Zone is an important contribution to science and security policy and practice. This edited volume provides unique and novel approaches from a participatory, transparent, ecosystem-based perspective that puts those affected by disasters and conflict into positions of empowerment rather than weakness and dependency. This book is an interesting and timely contribution. C. Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists