Soil & Crop Sciences contacts

Soil & Crop Sciences Section
School of Integrative Plant Sciences
Cornell University
233 Emerson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

Chair, Toni DiTommaso  
Phone: (607) 255-5459
Email: ad97 [at]

Assistant to the Chair, Amy Collins
Phone: 607-255-2180
Email: acl10 [at] cornell.educlass="spamspan"

Senior Financial Reporting Specialist, Kara Gibson
Phone: 607-255-9629
Email: kc947 [at]

Director of Graduate Studies: Matt Ryan
1113 Bradfield Hall
mrr232 [at]

Graduate Field Coordinator: Shelby Champlain
Graduate Field Coordinator
231 Emerson Hall
Phone: 607-255-2154
Email: sdc98 [at]

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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 Soil & Crop Sciences

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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

Soil & Crop Sciences News

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Maps reveal biochar’s potential for mitigating climate change

New maps, made from a global dataset of crop residues, reveal areas where biochar may be sustainably produced, offering a path to lowering atmospheric carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Climate Change
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A new paper shows that promised yield increases at a global scale from increasing organic carbon in soils would be negligible with current technologies and optimal management practices.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Soil
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A survey of farmers in four Northeast states, including New York, found that incentive payments encouraged participants to plant twice as many acres of cover crops as they did prior to receiving funds – a change that can both improve their farms...

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Agriculture
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Painter Kirsten Kurtz, MS ’21, manages CALS’ soil health lab—and turns leftover samples into works of art
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Soil
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More than 140 farmers, educators, consultants and researchers viewed the latest Cornell grain and forage crop research at 2023 Musgrave Research Farm Field Day in Aurora, N.Y., August 3. “As leaders in agriculture research, it’s really important...
  • Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Musgrave Research Farm