Lab Research

College Priorities

For more than a century, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) has translated robust and responsible scientific exploration into sustainable innovation for the public good. The broad expertise and programmatic reach of the college coalesce around four focal areas:

Food & Energy Systems

With the world population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, scientists at CALS are creating new means to strengthen and secure food and energy systems by developing innovative and sustainable ways to feed a growing populace and its growing demand for energy. Integrated teams of scientists are improving the nutritional quality, safety and availability of the world’s food supply, while driving a compatible evolution of bioenergy products and systems.

Social Sciences

Building economic and community vitality has been a priority of the college for more than a century, since the first dean of the college, Liberty Hyde Bailey, committed resources to strengthening the agricultural economy and rural communities in New York. In fact, CALS is home to the nation's first department of rural sociology, founded in 1915. Today, that vision encompasses addressing how people communicate, interact, learn, lead, and shape organizations and enterprises of all scales to improve the well-being of individuals, communities, and economies around the world.

Life Sciences

Life-changing advancements start with insights into fundamental life processes. From foundational to translational research, CALS faculty, students and staff strive to discover the essential nature of life and to apply this knowledge to solve global problems for the benefit of society. Researchers not only pioneer breakthroughs ranging from molecular and cellular biology to human and animal health, but also explore the ethical and social aspects of scientific discovery.

Environmental Sciences

Home to the first departments of entomology and ecology in the United States, CALS has been shaping environmental science since its inception. From classroom to laboratory, field, forest, and watershed, CALS’ scientists enhance the understanding of issues regarding air, water, soil, and climate as they develop “greener” approaches to remediation, and enhance the stewardship and sustainability of the world’s scarce resources.