Plant Biology contacts

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

Chair: William Crepet
wlc1 [at]
Phone: 607-255-4075

Chair's Assistant: Karin Jantz
kpg2 [at]
Phone: 607-255-4075

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

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Plant biologist Laura Gunn receives DOE Early Career Award

 Plant biologist Laura Gunn has been awarded a Department of Energy Early Career Award to study ancient enzymes for potential use in modern photosynthesis.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
  • Plants
Tobacco plants growing in rows in an agricultural field


Cornell researchers have successfully transferred key regions of a highly efficient red algae into a tobacco plant to dramatically improve plant productivity and increase carbon sequestration.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
  • Field Crops
Kenong Xu stands in an orchard and measures a weeping apple branch in an orchard at Cornell AgriTech


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
Shayla Salzman examing Zamia furfuracea ovulate cones


Humidity is as important as scent in attracting pollinators to a plant, new Cornell-led research finds, advancing basic biology and opening new avenues to support agriculture.

  • Neurobiology and Behavior
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
Rendering of the Agrivoltaic Pavilion, part of the project Sustainable Architecture & Aesthetics, which was funded by the Grainger Foundation.


With a $3 million National Science Foundation grant, Cornell researchers are creating a new approach to architecture by learning how plants and animals form internal structures.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
  • Biology