Plant Biology contacts

233 Emerson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-5459

Chair: Jocelyn Rose
Phone: 607-255-4781

Section administrative support: db669 [at] (Danielle Fox)
Phone: 607-255-5459

Administrative manager: lal262 [at] (Leslie Larsen)
Phone: 607-255-8522

Director of Graduate Studies:mjs298 [at] ( Michael Scanlon)
Phone: 607- 254-1156

Graduate Field Assistant:kpg2 [at] ( Karin Jantz)
Phone: 607-255-4075

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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 Plant Biology

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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

Plant Biology News

Solanum lycopersicoides growing in a BTI greenhouse


Wild tomato genome will benefit domesticated cousins

A team of researchers has assembled a reference genome for Solanum lycopersicoides, a wild relative of the cultivated tomato, and developed web-based tools to help plant researchers and breeders improve the crop.

  • Boyce Thompson Institute
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
The winning team of the hackathon stands and takes a bow


Students from 28 fields across six different schools gathered at the fourth annual Digital Agriculture Hackathon, March 11-13, to find solutions to global food system issues while competing for cash prizes.
  • Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture
  • Food Science
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
Bram Govaerts


Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large Bram Govaerts is visiting Cornell’s Ithaca campus the week of March 14. Govaerts is the Director of the Integrated Development Program and Regional Representative for the Americas in the International Maize and...
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
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Benjamin Houlton, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean, recognized 41 faculty and staff members for their remarkable accomplishments at the 2021 CALS Research, Extension and Core Value Staff Awards ceremony.
  • Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Department of Communication
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Isoetes under water


Researchers have assembled a high-quality Isoetes genome that furthers understanding of how these aquatic plants regulate CAM photosynthesis to compete for carbon dioxide underwater, and how that regulation differs from terrestrial plants.
  • Boyce Thompson Institute
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section