Building resiliency: Cornell Cooperative Extension’s environment and natural resources programs engage individuals and communities to sustain the quality and diversity of the natural assets in New York state.  Research-based education is focused on conserving and protecting the environment, boosting sustainable energy and mitigating climate change. 

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Fostering Mastery

CCE offers education for citizens to become Master Gardener Volunteers, Master Forest Owners, Master Naturalists and Master Composters, fostering a sense of ownership and understanding of the environment and natural world. 

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New York Sea Grant (NYSG)


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Study: Air pollution laws aimed at human health also help birds
Improved air quality under a federal program to reduce ozone pollution may have averted the loss of 1.5 billion birds during the past 40 years, the study found. That’s nearly 20% of bird life in the United States today. The study, conducted by...
  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Environment
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Doctoral student contributes to global ocean-predator study
The multiyear study showed how – as persistent global warming heats the oceans – rising temperatures can reconfigure entire communities of marine predators and impact creatures lower on the food chain. The study was led by the Marine Global...
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Plants
  • Water
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Meet our faculty: Angeline Pendergrass
Academic focus: Extreme precipitation, Earth’s hydrologic cycle and climate change Research summary: I study precipitation and the flow of water and energy through the climate system with which it is associated. My interests include extreme...
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Water
  • Climate
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Meet our faculty: Anne Weber
Academic focus: Working landscapes, green and living infrastructures, resiliency planning, rural design, community engagement Research summary: My research focuses on rural landscapes, particularly landscapes of extraction, production and...
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape
  • Climate


Meet our faculty: Meredith Holgerson

Academic focus: Freshwater ecology Research summary: I study ponds, which I think of as underdogs in freshwater science. Ponds dot the landscape, comprising over 75% of the world’s lakes, not including the hundreds of millions of additional...

  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Water