People in Horticulture

Our mission

The Horticulture Section serves professionals, students and citizens of New York State, the nation, and the world, by generating and extending knowledge about fruits, vegetables and landscape plants, for the purpose of sustaining the environment, enhancing economic vitality, and improving the quality of life of individuals and their communities. 

Horticulture contacts

Chair: Justine Vanden Heuvel
justine [at] cornell.edu

Chair's Assistant: Michele Blackmore
mb2525 [at] cornell.edu

Ithaca campus
Horticulture Section
Cornell University
135 Plant Science Building
Ithaca, NY 14853 USA
Phone: 607-255-8659
Fax: 607-255-0599

Geneva campus
Horticulture Section
Hedrick Hall - Cornell AgriTech
635 West North Street
Geneva, New York 14456
Phone: 315-787-2394
Fax: 315-787-2216

 

Director of Graduate Studies
Taryn Bauerle
hortgrad [at] cornell.edu

Graduate Field Assistant
Josh Balles
jeb527 [at] cornell.edu
607-255-9573

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Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty, Senior Research Associates, Senior Extension Associates, and Senior Lecturers

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These faculty have primary affiliations with other SIPS sections and Cornell units or with USDA-ARS

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Faculty emeriti and other retired academics

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Graduate students in the Field of Horticulture

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Post-doctoral associates, research associates, extension associates, and lecturers

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Staff members support research scientists, maintain greenhouses and research fields, and manage administrative functions

Horticulture by the numbers

50+ Horticulture Section faculty and adjuncts

100+ support staff, post-doctoral associates & other academics

40+ horticulture graduate students & 60+ plant sciences majors

Horticulture News

Multimedia

News

Cornell AgriTech summer program draws undergrads from across US
Cornell AgriTech’s Summer Research Scholars Program provides hands-on research experience for undergraduate students. The goal of the program is simple but impactful: to excite students about careers in agriculture and food science. Now in its...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Department of Entomology
  • Food Science
Kenong Xu stands in an orchard and measures a weeping apple branch in an orchard at Cornell AgriTech

News

Plant geneticists have identified a mutation in a gene that causes the “weeping” architecture – branches growing downwards – in apple trees, a finding that could improve orchard fruit production.

  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
A hummingbird at a feeder.

News

Ten years ago, Juliet Carroll was intrigued when a New York state berry grower asked if hummingbirds could be used to prey on spotted-wing drosophila (SWD), a pest species new to the region but quickly wreaking havoc on the state’s $20 million...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • New York State Integrated Pest Management
  • Department of Entomology
A vegetable field

News

Canadian wildfires are impacting air quality here in the Northeast. Smoke has filled the sky and warnings have been issued for outdoor activities. This is making many growers and gardeners worried about the potential impact the smoke will have...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
(L-R) Fred Frank, Richard Ball, and Hans Walter-Peterson survey vineyard damage along Keuka Lake

News

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