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Field Note

Hunting eelgrass disease in the San Juan Islands
During summer 2020, Drew Harvell, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, postdoc Lillian Aoki and Ph.D. student Olivia Graham traveled to the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state to study the pathogenic causes of seagrass...
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Disease
  • Plants
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Spotlight

Corrie Moreau: Sharing 7 million insects with the digital world
As director and head curator of the Cornell University Insect Collection, Corrie Moreau has numerous tasks on her to-do list, including one that could last her entire career: digitizing the collection’s 7 million specimens. Digitization is a...
  • Entomology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Department of Entomology
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Field Note

Buz Barstow: Resuming research during the pandemic
In March, the pandemic put a pause on most hands-on research. Learn how Professor Buz Barstow and his team kept working on sustainable energy technologies from home and hear how his lab has changed now that campus is starting to re-open.
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Health + Nutrition
  • Biology
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Field Note

Jacob Toth: Improving hemp breeding for New York state through genetic research
What is the focus of your research at Cornell AgriTech? I am working on understanding the molecular genetics of important traits in hemp. The ultimate goal of my research is to develop molecular markers and genetics tools that will allow...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
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Spotlight

Sumanta Basu: Analyzing data, finding hidden structure
“Statistics is unique; it’s like a language of science,” says Sumanta Basu, Statistics and Data Science/Computational Biology. “It gives researchers a rigorous framework to clearly present the logic behind their algorithms and analyses, as well...
  • Computational Biology
  • Statistics and Data Science
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics

News & Events

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News

Using microbes, scientists aim to extract rare-earth elements
Most of the world’s rare-earth elements – there are 17 on the periodic table – have been mined in China for the past quarter-century, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. But the mining and finishing processes there create toxic waste and...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
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News

NSF grant to fund research into ‘microcleaners’ for waterways
Engineers from Cornell and North Carolina State University have proposed a creative solution: an army of swimming, self-propelled biomaterials called ‘microcleaners’ that scavenge and capture plastics so they can be decomposed by computationally...
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Biology
  • Environment