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Research & Impact

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Field Note

Keelin Kelly '20: Tackling climate change alongside farmers in Armenia
Research is something I love and gets to the heart of my curiosity. What drives me is understanding how climate change impacts real people and societies. Research doesn’t just mean sitting in a lab: For my honor thesis project, it meant speaking...
  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Climate
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Field Note

Global Partnerships Help Armenian Farmers Adapt to Climate Change
Everything changed when I came to Cornell as a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship participant. The Humphrey Fellowship Program provides mid-career specialists from developing countries the opportunity to spend a year at Cornell University learning...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Food
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Field Note

Our common home
While global climate change is an abstract, larger-than-life concept to many, it is deeply personal to me. Nature is universal to all humans, offering no labels, and encompassing everything and everyone as a whole system. Having lived in three...
  • Cornell Botanic Gardens
  • Environment
  • Climate
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Spotlight

CALS propels Cornell's climate change research
Of course, there has always been occasional mixing, as animals and underwater waves move through the lake. But global warming is driving a bigger wedge between Lake Tanganyika’s warm and cool water zones. As the surface warms at an accelerating...
  • Atkinson Center
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Natural Resources
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Spotlight

Meet our faculty: Xiangtao Xu
Academic focus: Ecological modeling, vegetation-environment Interactions, plant functional ecology, plant hydraulics, ecological remote sensing, global change biology Previous positions: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Organismic...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Environment
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News & Events

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News

Students sketch Ossining’s budding waterfront ideas
Cornell graduate students studying landscape architecture examined Ossining last fall, and in mid-December presented the town and village with ideas for climate-change adaptation. The student projects included marrying the built environment with...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Water

News

Cornell-discovered shrimp makes 2019 top 10, but not for taste

James Morin, professor emeritus in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and former director of the Shoals Marine Laboratory, first discovered that Caribbean ostracods use bioluminescence in courtship signaling in 1980. Last fall...

  • Shoals Marine Laboratory
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology