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

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CALS award ceremony recognizes faculty, staff contributions
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
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The faculty recipients of the 2021 Innovative Teaching and Learning Awards will use grants of up to $20,000 to explore new teaching technologies and strategies to enhance the student learning environment across campus.
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Neurobiology and Behavior
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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A team of researchers have identified a gene that regulates tomato softening independent of ripening, a finding that could help tomato and other fruit breeders strike the right balance between good shelf life and high-quality flavor.
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
  • Agriculture
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Academic focus: Synthetic biology, structural biology and biochemistry Research summary: I study nature’s vital, but notoriously inefficient, carbon fixing enzyme called Rubisco. The aim is to target Rubisco function to enhance the efficiency of...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
  • Biology