Principal Investigator


Dr. Kyle Wickings

Phone: (315) 787-2337

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325 Barton Lab, 15 Castle Creek Drive, Geneva, New York 14456




Abigail Wentworth


Phone: (315) 787-2334

B.S. Geology: Environmental Earth Science, State University of New York at Oswego

323 Barton Laboratory


Graduate Students

Ashley Jernigan


B.S. International Agriculture and Rural Development, with minors in Soil Science and Human Nutrition, Cornell University, 2016 

6132 Comstock Hall, 311 Barton Laboratory

I am interested in helping farmers build more resilient agroecosystems by improving the biological soil health of their fields. Soil microarthropods influence many important soil processes including include organic matter decomposition, nutrient cycling, pathogen suppression and transmission. My current research in the lab investigates the role of microarthropods regarding nutrient cycling, plant pathogen transmission and suppression, and the tradeoffs between the benefits and drawbacks associated with microarthropods in agroecosystems.



Hayden Bock


BS in Plant Science (Agroecology) with minors in Entomology and Agronomy, The Pennsylvania State University


I am interested in both basic and applied questions in the ecology of built environments, with a special interest in how landscape matrices and management intensities combine to change relationships between soil arthropods, microbes, and plants. In my research I plan to combine a biogeographical approach with my root ecology and soil science experience to examine how greenspaces across development gradients differ in soil fauna and the ecosystem services they provision, like soil carbon cycling.




Morgan Swoboda
B.S. Plant and Environmental Soil Science, Entomology double major, Texas A&M University, 2019
I am interested in how sod producers can use beneficial fungi to protect their sod against root feeding herbivores. Entomopathogenic fungi (EPF) have the ability to kill insect pests or suppress their feeding, and have a greater potential for providing long-term pest control throughout the production, harvest, and installation of sod under many different soil conditions. My current research is focused on identifying potential EPF that already inhabit soils of New York State and establishing successful seed treatments of EPF for use in sod production. 





Post-Doctoral Researcher

Louise Roberts


L Roberts CV

My interests span bioacoustics, biotremology and behavioural & sensory ecology. I have particular interests in passive acoustic/vibrational monitoring, detection abilities of animals and anthropogenic noise (both as substrate-borne vibrations or acoustic waves). I am currently working on the “Sounds of the Soil” project, which seeks to monitor soil-dwelling organisms and to assess the health of soils by utilising sound and vibration. The project is a multidisciplinary research collaboration for the SAEL lab, with Cornell partners Johannes Lehman (Soil and Crop Science), Holger Klink (Director of Bioacoustics, Cornell Lab of Ornithology) and Greg McLaskey (Civil Engineering).


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 Former Lab Members

Lindsay Fennell – Graduate Student

Natalie Bray – Graduate Student

Dr. Huijie Gan -Post-Doctoral Researcher

Maxwell Helmberger – Graduate Student

Dr. Pengfei Wu – Visiting Scholar

Southwest University for Nationalities, Chengdu, Sichuan, P.R. of China