Advancing society’s stewardship of the environment

Cornell University has a long and distinguished history in the fields of wildlife conservation and forest ecology and management, hosting the first New York State College of Forestry in the early 1900s. Our mission is to create knowledge and facilitate learning that will advance society’s stewardship of the environment. To pursue of our mission, faculty and students in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment engage in basic and applied research of ecological processes at scales from organisms to ecosystems that provide a framework for investigating important aspects of human-accelerated environmental changes. Efforts occur locally, regionally, and at national and international levels. A strength of the department is the integration of our ecological knowledge with social science research to address important questions that provide insight into community-based resource management, habitat impacts, and climate change.

We guide students in systems-thinking at levels ranging from genes to ecosystems, and from individual actors to institutions and cultures, as well as toward expanded perspectives to address problems whose solutions reside at multiple scales. Examples of current programs in terrestrial ecology include conservation biology, invasive species management, biodiversity, and agroforestry in systems that range from forests to estuaries and wetlands. Examples of current programs in wildlife ecology include population management, behavioral ecology and habitat conservation using approaches that include quantitative models, conservative genetics, and community dynamics. Coursework for undergraduate and graduate students combines ecological and social science principles in an active-learning environment.

Affiliated Faculty

Bernd Blossey

Professor

Natural Resources and the Environment

Bernd Blossey
David Bonter

Senior Extension Associate

Natural Resources and the Environment

Arthur A. Allen Director of Citizen Science

Laboratory of Ornithology

David Bonter
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Carrie Brown-Lima
Carrie Brown-Lima

Director, NY Invasive Species Research Institute and Sr. Extension Associate

Natural Resources and the Environment

Carrie Brown-Lima
Natalie Cleavitt stands beside a tree in a forest.
Natalie Cleavitt

Senior Research Associate

Natural Resources and the Environment

Natalie Cleavitt
Evan Cooch

Associate Professor

Natural Resources and the Environment

Evan Cooch
Paul Curtis
Paul Curtis

Professor and Department Extension Leader

Natural Resources and the Environment

Paul Curtis
Tim Fahey teaches in a classroom.
Timothy Fahey

Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor

Natural Resources and the Environment

Timothy Fahey
Angela Fuller
Angela Fuller

Leader, New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Professor

Natural Resources and the Environment

Angela Fuller
Steve Grodsky
Steve Grodsky

Assistant Professor

Natural Resources and the Environment

Steve Grodsky
Stephen Morreale
Stephen Morreale

Senior Research Associate and Adj. Associate Professor

Natural Resources and the Environment

Stephen Morreale
Portrait image of Amanda D. Rodewald
Amanda Rodewald

Garvin Professor

Natural Resources and the Environment

Senior Director of the Center for Avian Population Studies

Laboratory of Ornithology

Amanda Rodewald
Peter Smallidge
Peter Smallidge

NYS Extension Forester, Senior Extension Associate

Natural Resources and the Environment

Peter Smallidge
Mark Whitmore
Mark Whitmore

Director of the New York State Hemlock Initiative and Senior Extension Associate

Natural Resources and the Environment

Mark Whitmore
Adam Wild
Adam Wild

Senior Extension Associate, Henry and Mildred Uihlein Director, Uihlein Maple Research Forest

Natural Resources and the Environment

Adam Wild
Joseph B. Yavitt
Joseph Yavitt

Professor

Natural Resources and the Environment

Joseph Yavitt