PhD Field of Plant Biology

Revealing fundamental principles of plant biology and evolution

Graduate study in Cornell's Integrative School of Plant Science is organized into five Graduate Fields providing unparalleled opportunities to connect disciplines, creatively solve problems, and integrate complex systems, preparing graduates for diverse careers and futures as leaders in science and society.

Programs in the Field of Plant Biology range from the molecular/genetic investigation of fundamental plant processes and mathematical modeling of plant development to study of plant diversity and evolution. Most of the faculty advisors in the Field of Plant Biology are affiliated with the Section of Plant Biology in the School of Integrative Plant Science. The Graduate Field of Plant Biology encompasses a broad range of topics.


Contact Us

Karin Jantz
Graduate Field Coordinator
233 Emerson Hall
Phone: 607-255-4075
Email: kpg2 [at] cornell.edu

Mike Scanlon
Director of Graduate Studies
261 Plant Science Building
Phone: 607-254-1156
Email: mjs298 [at] cornell.edu

What's happening in Plant Biology?

Learn more about research, education, and outreach in the Field of Plant Biology

A person doing lab research

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Six grants support joint research in China through pandemic
The Cornell China Center (CCC) has announced six new grant awards, totaling $140,000, to support research by Cornell faculty teams partnering with researchers in China.
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
Anthocerotibacter panamensis under a microscope

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Led by Boyce Thompson Institute faculty member Fay-Wei Li, researchers have discovered a new species of cyanobacteria, Anthocerotibacter panamensis, which could help illuminate how photosynthesis evolved to create the world as we know it. The...
  • Boyce Thompson Institute
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
A group of women with bt eggplant in a field

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The award recognizes Cornell Alliance for Science Director Sarah Evanega, Ph.D. ’09 for outstanding achievement in the advancement of science in the public policy arena.
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
Paullinia up close

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The new species, named Ampelorhiza heteroxylon, belongs to a diverse group of tropical lianas called Paullinieae, within the soapberry family (Sapindaceae). More than 475 species of Paullinieae live in the tropics today. Researchers identified...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
  • Biology
Alejandra Gandolfo

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Alejandra Gandolfo, associate professor in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, is profiled in Daring to Dig: Women in American Paleontology, an exhibit from the Museum of the Earth and the Paleontological...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section