Vanessa Constant ’14 receives Shoals Lab award!

Congratulations to Vanessa Constant for receiving the John M. Anderson Award for Excellence in Natural History at Shoals Marine Laboratory!

Constant is a graduating senior in the Department of Natural Resources, with a minor in Marine Biology. It is because of her continued commitment and exemplary academics that Constant was chosen to receive this award. She took her first class at Shoals Marine Lab during her sophomore year of high school, and has been involved with the Lab ever since. In addition to excelling in her courses and research work at Shoals and interning there over multiple summers, Constant has also served as a Marine Laboratory Alumni Ambassador.

The full article can be read here!

Paul Curtis discusses swan control on NPR!

The mute swan is a common invasive species in North America. While these swans are often protected because of their beauty, their aggressive nature and extreme consumption of underwater vegetation can be extremely harmful to native species. Paul Curtis, associate professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, recently weighed in on the issue of mute swan control. The full article can be read here!

ForestConnect program receives Family Forests Education Award!

The National Woodland Owners Association (NWOA), in cooperation with the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP), presented Cornell’s Forest Connect program with the annual FAMILY FORESTS EDUCATION AWARD at the 2013 Society of American Foresters (SAF) national convention in Charleston, South Carolina on October 23rd, 2014.

Congratulations to everyone involved in obtaining this achievement









Top row from (left):  Peter Smallidge, Gary Goff, and Diana Bryant
Bottom row (from left):  Kristi Sulivan and Shorna Allred

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!


Keith Tidball named USDA visiting scholar!

Congratulations to Keith Tidball for being named as a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) 2014 visiting scholar!

Tidball is a senior extension associate in the Department of Natural Resources, as well as a state program leader of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s New York Extension Disaster Education Network. His nomination as a visiting scholar will give him the opportunity to work with various federal agencies and international programs to help spread information about disaster education and recovery.

“It’s a great honor to be selected for this opportunity, and I am looking forward to the challenge of better integrating the climate change discourse within USDA/NIFA and other federal agencies, and the preparedness and disaster response discourses,” Tidball said.

The full article relating to Tidball’s nomination can be found here!

“Air dancer” scarecrows stop birds!

Paul Curtis, an associate professor for the Cornell Department of Natural Resources, and Heidi Heinrichs, a graduate student in the Department of Natural Resources, are working on a project to find economical solutions to keep birds away from fruit orchards. Curtis was inspired by the inflatable scarecrows used near fish farms and car dealerships, and decided to implement the idea into New York fruit orchards. Together, Curtis and Heinrichs are gathering data to see if these “dancing” scarecrows are more effective at driving off birds than other methods.

More information about their project can be found here!




(an “air dancer” scare crow implemented at a fruit orchard)


Stephen Morreale contributes to Research to save Sea Turtles

Stephen Morreale, a Cornell senior research associate and member of the Department of Natural Resources, recently co-authored a study tracking Leatherback turtles throughout the Pacific Ocean. These turtles frequently fall victim to the the fishing hooks used in the Pacific. The information about turtles’ movements obtained from this work can be used to help minimize conflict between turtles and the fishing industry. Researchers hope that by identifying the areas in which turtles are active, fishing can be prevented in those regions.

More information on this topic can be read here!