Kudos & Awards

Cornell Doctoral Student Janelle Morano is One of Seven Fellows in National Program

Last summer, Janelle Morano was named as New York Sea Grant’s 2021 fellow of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) – Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program. Through this program, NMFS and Sea Grant provide support to Ph.D. students studying population and ecosystem dynamics and marine resource economics. Janelle is one of seven fellows that began their three-year fellowship ahead of fall 2021. 

Why Did the Salamander Cross the Road?

On a brisk, rainy evening last March, Laura Heady, a biologist, was wearing a reflective orange vest and headlamp, scouring a road near New Paltz,
New York. Heady is the director of the Amphibian Migrations and Road Crossings Project, a joint effort between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Cornell University. 

Good Things: Frogs and Salamanders | WNYC News | WNYC 


EPA Awards $6.7 Million to Cornell University to Monitor Food Web in the Great Lakes Ecosystem

“We at Cornell University, with our collaborators at the Great Lakes Center at SUNY Buffalo State College, are excited to have been selected to monitor biological communities within the Great Lakes ecosystem,” said James Watkins, Ph.D., senior research associate, Cornell University. “This information is indeed vital for assessing the health of these remarkable lakes and for guiding management of one of the largest surface freshwater resources in the world and its fishery.”  

DNRE Graduate Student and Allred Lab Member, Aalayna Rae Green to present at Digital Storytelling Community of Practice.  Friday, April 1, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Digital storytelling and storytelling practices hold the promise of being democratic, accessible, and empowering for their creators. Offering a chance for this community of practice to meet with a skills workshop will allow our teaching community to deepen or become familiar with an inclusive teaching strategy that helps build digital literacy; research and argumentation skills; and effective, persuasive advocacy techniques. Instructors might incorporate digital storytelling assignments into a course or offer them as alternatives to writing, following the principles of Universal Design for Learning.

Congratulations to Richard Stedman as a Highly Cited Researcher for 2021 by Clarivate.

Each year, Clarivate identifies the world’s most influential researchers ─ the select few who have been most frequently cited by their peers over the last decade. In 2021, fewer than 6,700, or about 0.1%, of the world's researchers, in 21 research fields and across multiple fields, have earned this exclusive distinction.


DNRE Ph.D. Candidate Anne Armstrong is a co-author on a paper that was a finalist for the AASHE the Campus Sustainability Research Award


Brendan Quirion quoted in Nature Conservatory

First-of-its-kind study finds forest insects and diseases are leading to nearly 50 million more tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere each year.

Janelle Morano Among the New 2021 Sea Grant Fellows

The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Since 1990, Sea Grant and NMFS have partnered to train students through this joint fellowship program in two specialized areas: population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resource economics.

2021 Dean’s Awards

Congratulations to our faculty for their outstanding achievements in academics, teaching, advising and professional service!

  • Cliff Kraft – Donald C. Distinguished Advisor Award
  • Rebecca Schneider – Professor of Merit Award
  • Nina Overgaard Therkildsen – CALS Young Faculty Teaching Award

2020-2021 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Recognition

Congratulations to Anne Armstrong on being selected as an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment!

2021 Pack Natural Resources Essay Contest

On behalf of the Charles Lathrop Pack Foundation Essay Contest, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DNRE) and the Environment & Sustainability (E&S) major we would like to congratulate the winners of the 2021 Pack Natural Resources Essay Contest.

  • This year’s top prize was awarded to Alice Soewito (E&S) for the essay entitled, ‘The Stories we Tell Ourselves’. The essay was a wonderful piece about the ways that our worldviews, stories we hear, and trust in evidence often come into conflict when we make up our minds about natural resource management decisions.
  • The second place prize was awarded to Hannah Mirando (E&S) for the essay entitled, ‘Relationships and Resources: A Japanese Perspective on the Natural World’.
  • We also congratulate three Honorable Mention winners, Christine Sit (E&S), Matthew Sorge (IARD), and Kate Warren (E&S).

2021 Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Award

Congratulations to Taylor Brown for receiving the 2021 Early Career Exemplary Service Award!