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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

FutureCast

Restoring Long Island's shellfish population
“Clamming and fishing, they’re in your blood,” says Warner, as Hampton Bays, a coastal village in Southampton, New York, fades into the distance. “It’s a lifestyle, not a job.” That lifestyle – and Long Island’s coastal ecosystem, economy and...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Animals
  • Organisms

FutureCast

Why has North America lost 3 billion birds?
According to research published Sept. 19 by the journal Science, the total breeding bird population in the continental U.S. and Canada has dropped by 29 percent since that year. “We were astounded by this result … the loss of billions of birds,”...
  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Animals
  • Environment
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News

Quadrupling turbines, U.S. can meet 2030 wind-energy goals
“The United States currently produces about 7% of its electricity from wind energy,” said Sara C. Pryor, professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. “This research shows that a quadrupling of the installed capacity of wind...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Environment

News

Cornell scientists amplify ‘green’ research at AAAS

Researchers – including nearly a dozen from Cornell – met in seminar rooms, ballrooms, hallways, coffee shops, lunch counters and the exposition hall. Drew Harvell, professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, spoke at a Feb...

  • Atkinson Center
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Fish