Soil & Crop Sciences contacts

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

Section Head, Toni DiTommaso  
Phone: (607) 255-5459
Email: ad97 [at] (ad97[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Assistant to the Section Head, Amy Collins
Phone: 607-255-2180
Email: acl10 [at] (acl10[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Senior Financial Reporting Specialist, Kara Gibson
Phone: 607-255-9629
Email: kc947 [at] (kc947[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Director of Graduate Studies: Matt Ryan
1113 Bradfield Hall
mrr232 [at] (mrr232[at]cornell[dot]edu)

Graduate Field Coordinator: Karin Jantz
Graduate Field Coordinator
233 Emerson Hall
Phone: 607-255-4075
Email: kpg2 [at] (kpg2[at]cornell[dot]edu)

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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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Postdoctoral 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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CHESS receives $20M from NSF for new X-ray beamline

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source $20 million to build a new precision X-ray beamline for research on biological and environmental systems.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Plant Biology Section
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While New York’s farmers face more extreme weather events, they are learning to adapt, says a new statewide climate impacts assessment, led and written by two Cornell researchers.

  • Soil
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
Cornell professor Johannes Lehmann, center, examines the biochar kiln at Spruce Haven Farm with officials from NYSERDA and Arcadis


An alumnus-owned farm in Union Springs will become New York’s first commercial dairy to run cow manure through a kiln to make eco-friendly biochar – thanks to Cornell agricultural expertise.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Department of Global Development
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
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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