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  • Karim Kassam to give talk to New York Society for Ethical Culture in Manhattan on Sunday, Oct 9, 2023. "The climate crisis forces humanity to fundamentally examine and respond to historic and contemporary prevalence of injustice. Climate change exacerbates existing inequities. At present, it is largely borne by indigenous and rural societies that did not contribute to the causes of climate change. It is not just an injustice to these contemporary communities but future generations of human beings and other life on earth. In essence, it is the death of birth. Therefore, it is also a crime against the planet. It is no longer ethically sufficient to point out the causes of climate change. It is morally incumbent on scholars and their students, who benefit from public funding as well as profit from the technologies and societies that caused climate change, to articulate a methodology of hope in partnership with Indigenous and rural communities."

  • Estimating Pacific walrus abundance and survival with multievent mark-recapture models  Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) roam across the arctic oceans and are an important cultural resource for many indigenous peoples communities. Walrus rely on sea ice as they forage for benthic clams across vast swaths of the seafloor. As ice declines, Walrus may need to increase reliance on shore-based foraging strategies which could impact their long term population trajectory. To inform the current status of the Pacific Walrus population and inform potential future management actions, Dr. Suresh Sethi (DNRE) joined a large collaboration to implement a cutting edge genetic mark recapture study to estimate abundance and survival of Walrus. Published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series, this 10yr+ project included partners across Federal, State, academic, and international organizations. The group’s mark recapture estimates indicate a range-wide Walrus population of approximately 256,000; as sea ice continues to decline throughout the arctic, long term population trends of Pacific Walrus are uncertain. Thus, continued range-wide monitoring of Walrus will be core information needed to track the status of this ice-reliant species as oceans warm further. 

  • In the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Biocontrol Research Lab at Cornell, scientists rear and release insects that gobble up HWA: a specialist predator beetle, Laricobius nigrinus, and two species of silver flies, Leucotaraxis argenticollis and Leucotaraxis piniperda.

  • Finger Lakes Climate Fund Offsetter Stories Marianne Krasny offset her travel to Austria to celebrate her children getting their Austrian citizenships through the program for descendants of Austrians who were victims of Nazi persecution. This is important for her kids, not only to honor their grandfather, but also because they work in Europe and are now eligible for EU benefits. Her offset donation is also for her daughter’s wedding the previous summer.

  • CCE Assistant Director quoted in the Washington Post  A new study reviewing hundreds of scientific papers identified more than 200 unique links through which nature can affect our lives. In a recent Washington Post article, Keith Tidball, CCE's Assistant Director, Natural Resources and the Environment, provides commentary on the linkages between humans and nature.

    A new study reviewing hundreds of scientific papers identified more than 200 unique links through which nature can affect our lives. In a recent Washington Post article, Keith Tidball, CCE's Assistant Director, Natural Resources and the Environment, provides commentary on the linkages between humans and nature.

  • Balancing prey availability and predator consumption: a multispecies stock assessment for Lake Ontario. By DNRE Ph.D. Student, Kimberly Fitzpatrick. 

  • DNRE alumnus Radhames Lora Salcedo (MS ’93; PhD ’95) recently received the Oden al Mérito de Duarte,  Sánchez y Mella, the highest distinction conferred by the President of the Dominican Republic to civilians and military  leaders for distinguished service to the Country

  • Doctoral Grad Is a Leading Researcher of Wildlife Crime Meredith Gore, PhD ’06, travels the world to study the people behind the illegal trade in fauna and flora. 

  • Five workable solutions to deforestation 

    One solution is to prevent unsustainable versions of these products from being sold on the global market. It’s an idea endorsed by Steven Wolf, associate professor of natural resources and the environment at Cornell University, New York.

  • Floating solar power could help fight climate change — let’s get it right
    By Rafa Almeida, Steven Grodsky, and Peter Mcintrye of DNRE
    Covering 10% of the world’s hydropower reservoirs with ‘floatovoltaics’ would install as much electrical capacity as is currently available for fossil-fuel power plants. But the environmental and social impacts must be assessed.

  • 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. Additional reading: Good Things: Frogs and Salamanders | WNYC News

  • 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 on Friday, April 1, 2022 from 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

2021 News

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!

Natural Resources & Environment News


Cornell group to comb data from Lake Superior sailing drones

Seafaring drones soon will allow Cornell scientists to examine the abundance and distribution of forage fish – like zooplankton and shrimp – that nourish species higher on the food chain.

  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Organisms
  • Water


  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
A wolf outside


Re-introducing wolves and other predators to landscapes does not miraculously reduce deer populations, restore degraded ecosystems or threaten livestock, according to a new study.

  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Animals
  • Environment
Patches of green fields taken from above


Cornell Atkinson has awarded seed funding to nine interdisciplinary projects that address a range of sustainability topics.

  • Animal Science
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Ivy on Bradfield Hall


Four Cornell faculty members have received Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Awards, which recognize sustained and distinguished contributions of professorial faculty and senior lecturers to undergraduate advising.

  • Microbiology
  • Natural Resources and the Environment