Discover CALS

See how our current work and research is bringing new thinking and new solutions to some of today's biggest challenges.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences welcomed seven new faculty members this fall, advancing the college’s commitment to pursuing purpose-driven science and improving the lives of people across New York state and around the world.

Confronting complex challenges and pioneering new solutions are key facets of the college’s mission. Learn more about all our new faculty members in the profiles below.
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Assistant professor, Department of Animal Science

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Associate professor of the practice, Department of Global Development

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Assistant professor, Plant Biology Section in the School of Integrative Plant Science

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Professor, Department of Global Development; Cornell Atkinson Scholar; Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator in the Life Sciences

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Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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Assistant professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering

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Assistant professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering

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David J. Nolan Dean of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; professor of applied economics and policy

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(L-R) Fred Frank, Richard Ball, and Hans Walter-Peterson survey vineyard damage along Keuka Lake


Following a mid-May freeze, two Cornell viticulture experts are advising grape growers in New York on how to rescue their season, as vineyards now face a reduced crop and economic loss.

  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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Nineteen faculty and professional staff members in Cornell’s four state contract colleges have been selected for the 2022-23 State University of New York Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.

  • Department of Communication
  • Food Science
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics