Natural Resources Graduate hired at Institute of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Pu Wang (’14, Ph.D., Natural Resources) is a newly hired faculty member at Institute of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Pu’s dissertation – jointly supervised by Professors Steven Wolf and Jim Lassoie in the Department of Natural Resources – addressed the relationships between socioeconomic inequalities and environmental policies. After graduating from Cornell, he worked as a Belfer postdoctoral fellow at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he did research on energy and climate policies. Building upon the theoretical and applied work during Cornell and Harvard, his current research involves China’s climate governance in the context of socioeconomic transition, as well as international climate policies. Besides scientific research, he also provides strategic consulting services to the Chinese government on energy, climate change, and sustainable development.

Angela K. Fuller elected to “Fellow” in The Wildlife Society!

DNR’s own Associate Professor Angela K. Fuller has been elected as a The Wildlife Society Fellow in recognition of her exceptional service to the wildlife profession. TWS Fellows are appointed for life and serve as ambassadors of The Wildlife Society. The Award will be presented during The Wildlife’s 24th Annual conference at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Congratulations, Angela!



Cornell’s Master Naturalist Program

The Naturalist in all of us. Cornell’s Master Naturalist Program lead by Krsiti Sullivan, an extension associate in the Department of Natural Resources, was featured in the latest issue of Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine.

Cabin-690x394“The Master Naturalist Program is a statewide, adult education initiative “designed for educators, land trust personnel, private landowners, land managers, natural resource professionals, and citizens with a passion for our natural environment,” according to a program brochure. Implemented in 2010, the certification process requires individuals to complete 30 hours of instruction in three subject areas – ecosystems, conservation issues and identifying organisms – and 30 hours of volunteer participation in an environmental project tailored to his or her personal interests.”

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Stephen Childs Recognized for Maple Contributions

Stephen Childs: Making It All Maple

Stephen Childs, a New York State Maple Specialist and Cornell Coopertive Extension partner, was acknowledged by the New York State Maple Producers Association (NYSMPA) for his help, commitment, and educational contributions at the Verona Winter Conference this past January. His accomplishments in both scientific research and maple-based classroom instruction make him a treasured member of the Maple community. Click on the image to the right to view a bigger version of the article.

DNR Alumnus wins Fulbright

Endreny Receives Fulbright Award as Distinguished Chair in Italy

ERE chair to serve semester at Parthenope University in Naples 1/12/2016


Dr. Theodore Endreny, chair of the ESF Department of Environmental Resources Engineering, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to serve as Distinguished Chair in Environmental Science at Parthenope University in Naples, Italy.

Endreny will hold the prestigious position during the spring semester this year. His appointment was announced recently by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

“I am honored, inspired, and delighted to advance the field of ecological engineering during this sabbatical experience with the many talented students, staff, and faculty across Italy,” Endreny said. “Parthenope has structured its curricula in a manner consistent with the Italian Renaissance, creatively combining science, technology, engineering, art, math and medicine to address the grand challenge of sustainability.”

Endreny’s work focuses on how ecological engineering of urban watershed restoration can solve several interrelated energy, water, food, sanitation, and biodiversity scarcity problems and improve human health. At Parthenope University, he plans to teach two courses: Ecological Engineering for Urban Restoration and Modeling Urban Watersheds. He also plans to mentor undergraduate students on opportunities for study in the United States and to mentor Ph.D. students on research.

His research objective is to ecologically engineer urban watershed restoration using trees and green infrastructure, among other innovations, to increase ecological services that secure the interrelated goals of social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

Beyond the university, he said, he will offer walking tours, lectures, and workshops to local, city, and regional groups of professionals interested in the new paradigm of ecological engineering, the i-Tree tools (software for urban forestry), and how they can address urban energy and resource sustainability. He has also coordinated scholarly research, seminars, and workshops on urban watershed restoration with the department heads at two other Italian universities, University of Trento and University of Florence, and with a scientist at the European Commission Joint Research Center (ECJRC) Institute for Environment and Sustainability, in Ispra, Italy.

Endreny received a B.S. in 1990 at Cornell University in Natural Resources, an M.S. in 1996 at North Carolina State University in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and a Ph.D. in 1999 at Princeton University in Civil and Environmental Engineering. From 1990 to 1992, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer with the Honduran Forest Service working in the Capiro-Calentura National Park and Guaimoreto Lagoon Wildlife Reserve. He served as a research associate at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., before joining the ESF faculty in 1999. He was licensed as a professional engineer and professional hydrologist in 2002.

Endreny is one of only three U.S. faculty members to receive the highly competitive Italian distinguished chair positions.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in other countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The program operates in more than155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 318,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists and other professionals the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.


Jonathan Hunn ’15 Remembered for Campus Contributions

It is with great sadness we bring to your attention a Natural Resource students recent passing.


Jonathan Hunn ’15 — a natural resources major and co-founder of the Cornell Environmental Collaborative — died on Nov. 10 in West Bloomfield, N.Y. He was 22.

Hunn will be remembered for his contributions to the Cornell community, including the founding of ECO, his work with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, research with the Cornell Biological Field Station and additions as a field research technician to the Department of Natural Resources.

Hunn’s memorial service will be held at a later date, according to an obituary printed Sunday in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

The Cornell Daily Sun has also provided a nice piece about Jonathan:


An Exhibit Collaboration Between DNR’s Professor Kassam and the Johnson Museum

Drawing on works by indigenous peoples from the Arctic, Australia, ancient South America, southwest North America, and the Pacific Northwest from the Museum’s permanent collection, the American Indian Program collection, and private collections, Transformations is about change in indigenous communities historically and contemporaneously. The objective of this exhibit is to engage students in addressing change among indigenous societies by transforming their perspective. It exposes students to the human ecological relations of indigenous communities with their habitat. Transformations is co-curated by Dr. Karim-Aly Kassam, Department of Natural Resources and American Indian Program and Dr. Andrew Weislogel, Askin Curator at the Johnson Museum, for the course “Ways of Knowing: Indigenous and Place-Based Knowledge” (NTRES/AIS/AMST 3330). The Exhibit is on view in the Johnson Museum’s Study Gallery from October 20th to November 1st, 2015.


Freda Diesing

Haida, 1925–2002, born Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Raven Inside of the Wheel, 1978


Gift of Malcolm Whyte, Class of 1955, and Karen Whyte


Clark’s Nutcrackers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Clark's nutcracker

Since 2009, Taza Schaming, a PhD student in the Department of Natural Resources and the Lab of Ornithology, has been studying how the decline of whitebark pine is impacting Clark’s nutcrackers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. She is currently satellite-tracking Clark’s nutcrackers to find out how they adapt as their food disappears. Her ultimate goal is to aid managers in designing biologically informed management interventions to help ensure persistence of Clark’s nutcrackers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and throughout their range.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s quarterly magazine, Living Bird, which has 50,000+ print subscribers, is featuring Taza’s research and the Clark’s nutcracker-whitebark pine story. Read more at

Taza just launched a 31 day crowdfunding campaign to fund the second year of satellite tracking. For more information on the research and the crowdfunding campaign please read more at

USDA EDEN Team Visits the LeAD Center


DILIMAN, Quezon City – The Learning and Discovery (LeAD) Center of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) was recently visited by some representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN). The team was in the country for a series of briefings and consultations with ATI and other partner agencies for the possible establishment of EDEN in the Philippines. As a start, the team had a meeting with the Institute’s executives about the project and to provide technical assistance in developing its framework.

The USDA EDEN is a collaboration of the various extension services to improve the nation’s ability to mitigate, prepare, prevent, respond, and recover from disasters. It provides disaster education resources delivered through the Land Grant University system and is funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

In photo (L to R): Yovina-Claire Pauig, Information Officer of ATI-ISD; Virginia Morgan White, EdD, a visiting scholar of the USDA NIFA from Auburn University; Beverly Samuel, CFCS, the National Program Leader of the USDA; Joeven Calasagsag, Agriculturist of ATI-ISD; Keith Tidball, a visiting scholar of the USDA NIFA from Cornell University; and Vicente Dayanghirang, Jr., the focal person of ATI’s Climate Change Core Group. (Theresa Aurora B. Cosico)