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

Antonio DiTommaso in the Cornell Weed Science Teaching Garden

News

Unlikely coincidence blooms as classic weed guide gets updated

The classic identification guide “Weeds of the Northeast” sprouted from a collaboration of Cornell researchers. Now, a new edition of the book brings together a pair of uncannily named weed scientists: Antonio DiTommaso and Joseph DiTomaso.

  • New York State Integrated Pest Management
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
Maylin Murdock operates a drone

News

Maylin Murdock is a second-year plant breeding Ph.D. student working in the lab of Larry Smart, professor of horticulture at Cornell AgriTech. Maylin is originally from Vallejo, California, and came to Cornell AgriTech after receiving her B.S...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
Andrew Scheldorf

News

Andrew Scheldorf is challenging long-held beliefs about wild apples—and advocating for a more inclusive scientific community.
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
Andrew Scheldorf with apple

News

Andrew Scheldorf is challenging long-held beliefs about wild apples—and advocating for a more inclusive scientific community.
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Horticulture
kao-kniffin lab with soil monoliths

News

Jenny Kao-Kniffin applies evolutionary methods to constructing plants’ soil microbiome—to control weeds, yield more seeds—increasing crop production.
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section