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
Thomas Bjorkman
hortgrad [at] cornell.edu

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

two women looking at samples

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

man standing in front of a pink blooming bush

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

man standing in front of sunflowers

Faculty emeriti and other retired academics

students standing in front of a poster

Graduate students in the Field of Horticulture

man in white hat sitting on tractor

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

two women examining an apple tree

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

Lynn Sosnoskie standing in front of a group of people outside next to a weed and talking about it.

News

Projects aim to manage weeds in organic fruit, hemp farming
Lynn Sosnoskie, assistant professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, is collaborating on a $2 million project to study electric weed control in perennial fruit crops. She is also leading a $325,000 weed management study for hemp. Both...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Agriculture
high density apple planting at Cornell Orchards

News

At the 2021 joint meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) and the American Pomological Society (APS), Cornell apple researcher Terence Robinson was elected an ASHS Fellow, awarded the APS’s Wilder Medal and was co-author...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
Anna Underhill calibrates a leaf disk tray in the BlackBird imaging robot

News

A radical collaboration between a biologist and an engineer is supercharging efforts to protect grape crops, and the technology they’ve developed will soon be available to researchers nationwide.
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
Larry Smart checks industrial hemp plants in a greenhouse

News

Growing hemp for CBD (cannabidiol) is a burgeoning industry, thanks to the compound’s use in treating everything from pain, anxiety and depression to easing cancer-related symptoms.
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Crops
Basil leaves with orange between veins, symptomatic of basil downy mildew

Spotlight

Nothing spells disappointment more during pesto-making season than visiting your basil patch only to find your carefully tended crop ravaged. But that is exactly what happened to Meg McGrath, a plant pathologist based at Cornell’s Long Island...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section