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Graduate Field Faculty

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The faculty members of the Graduate Field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology come from a variety of Departments across campus, including (but not limited to) Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Entomology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Natural Resources and the Environment, Neurobiology and Behavior, Plant Biology, and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Only a subset of EEB field members accept new students for any given year. Please follow the link for Faculty Considering Grad Students for a list of EEB field members considering new graduate students for 2021.

  • Agrawal, Anurag, (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Plant-animal interactions; evolutionary and community ecology of plant-insect interactions.
  • Aquadro, Charles F., (Departments of Molecular Biology and Genetics & Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) and Director of the Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics. Molecular population genetics and evolution; comparative genomics.
  • Babonis, Leslie, (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). evolutionary development (Evo-Devo), origin of novelty, invertebrate biodiversity, cnidarians, ctenophores, gene regulation, cell identity, tissue morphogenesis, regeneration , evolution of multicellularity. Arriving January 2021.
  • Bemis, William E., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Evolutionary biology of fossil and living fishes.
  • Clark, Andrew G., (Departments of Molecular Biology and Genetics & Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Genomic basis of adaptive evolution; theoretical and statistical population genetics; genetics of complex traits.
  • Cooch, Evan G., (Department of Natural Resources and the Environment). Response of populations & ecological communities to environmental change, and the evolutionary and ecological consequences of these responses, development and application of novel and robust analytical and modeling techniques.
  • Danforth, Bryan N., (Department of Entomology). Phylogeny, systematics, evolutionary biology, insects, bee biology.
  • Danko, Charles G., (College of Veterinary Medicine). Evolutionary and comparative genomics; gene regulation; transcription; bioinformatics; functional genomics.
  • Dhondt, Andre A. F. D., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Bird populations; behavioral ecology; conservation biology.
  • Dillman, Casey B., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates). Systematics; ichthyology; evolution; biogeography; natural history.
  • Doyle, Jeffrey J., (Departments of Plant Biology & Plant Breeding and Genetics). Plant molecular systematics and comparative genomics; polyploidy; legume nodulation symbiosis.
  • Drinkwater, Laurie E., (Department of Horticulture). Agroecosystem biogeochemistry, plant-microbial interactions, agroecology, global N cycle.
  • Ellner, Stephen P., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Theoretical population biology and evolutionary ecology; ecological modeling.
  • Fahey, Timothy J., (Department of Natural Resources and the Environment). Dynamics of forest ecosystem; biogeochemistry, primary productivity, physiological ecology.
  • Fitzpatrick, John W., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology). Conservation biology, behavioral ecology, population biology, avian systematics.
  • Flecker, Alexander S., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Community and ecosystem ecology; conservation biology; sustainability science; freshwater ecology; tropical ecology.
  • Geber, Monica A., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Population and evolutionary biology, with emphasis on plants.
  • Goodale, Christine L., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Forest biogeochemistry; land-use history and change; terrestrial carbon balance; and alteration of the global nitrogen cycle.
  • Greene, Charles H., (Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences). Climate change science; conservation oceanography; marine ecosystem ecology; sustainable Earth, energy and environmental systems.
  • Greischar, Megan A., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Life history evolution, malaria, disease, transmission, epidemiology, population dynamics.
  • Hare, Matthew P.,  (Department of Natural Resources). Population genetics, phylogeography, conservation genetics.
  • Harrington, Laura C., (Department of Entomology). Mosquito biology and behavior, disease ecology and evolution, epidemiology.
  • Harvell, C. Drew, (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Evolutionary ecology of colonial marine invertebrates; population biology and life history evolution of clonal and colonial seas.
  • Hendry, Tory A., (Department of Microbiology). Bacterial genomics, evolution, host-microbe interactions, symbiosis, host-pathogen interactions.
  • Hewson, Ian, (Department of Microbiology). Pelagic marine ecology; microbial and viral ecology; ecological genomics and community trancriptomics; ocean biogeochemistry.
  • Holgerson, Meredith, (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Freshwater ecology, ponds and lakes, food webs, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, greenhouse gases, conservation, amphibians.
  • Houlton, Benjamin, (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Climate Change; Agricultural and Environmental Sustainability; Biogeochemical Cycles; Global Ecology; Carbon Capture and Removal; Planetary Resilience.
  • Howarth, Robert W., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Comparative ecosystem analysis; biogeochemistry; management of aquatic ecosystems, particularly large rivers, estuaries, and coastal seas.
  • Kessler, Andre, (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Molecular and chemical ecology, plant-insect interactions, multitrophic interactions, induced plant responses to herbivory.
  • Lazzaro, Brian P., (Departments of Entomology & Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Evolutionary genetics of host-pathogen interactions in insects.
  • Lodge, David M., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future). Aquatic ecology, including freshwaters and marine coastal environments; ecology and evolution of invasive species; eDNA-based monitoring and surveillance of rare species; bioeconomics; science-management-policy interface.
  • Losey, John E.,  (Department of Entomology). Agricultural impacts of transgenic plants; causes and consequences of color polymorphism in insects; interactions between insect predators.
  • Lovette, Irby J., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Ecological genetics; populations biology; systematics.
  • McCune, Amy R., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Evolution of fishes, particularly macroevolution; diversification; character evolution; evolutionary morphology; evolutionary developmental biology.
  • McIntyre, Peter B., (Department of Natural Resources and the Environment & Ecology and Evolutionary Biology).  Freshwater conservation, freshwater landscape ecology, limnology, climate change, fish and fisheries, food webs, aquatic biogeochemistry, biodiversity.
  • Messer, Philipp W., (Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology). Broad range of topics in evolutionary biology and population genetics.
  • Moeller, Andrew H., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Evolutionary biology, genomics, microbiology, ecology.
  • Moreau, Corrie S., (Departments of Entomology & Ecology and Evolutionary Biology).  Ecology and evolution of symbiosis; macroevolution; social insect evolution; host-microbe interactions; speciation and evolutionary diversification; evolution of gut microbiota; biogeography; phylogenetics/phylogenomics; molecular clocks and divergence dating; biodiversity genomics; ant-plant mutualisms; entomology; comparative biology; microbiomes.
  • Osofsky, Steven A., (College of Veterinary Medicine). Wildlife health, wildlife conservation, one health, planetary health, biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, rural development, science policy.
  • Power, Alison G., (Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Science and Technology Studies). Ecology and evolution of plant viruses; insect and pathogen dynamics in natural and agricultural ecosystems; agroecology.
  • Raguso, Robert A., (Department of Neurobiology and Behavior). Chemical ecology; plant reproductive ecology; the evolution of mutualism and deception; pollination ecology; evolution of communication.
  • Reed, Robert D., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Evolutionary developmental biology; functional genomics; gene regulation; adaptation; color pattern evolution.
  • Searle, Jeremy B., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Evolutionary biology of small mammals including studies of speciation, phylogeography, and archaeogenetics.
  • Shaw, Kerry L., (Department of Neurobiology and Behavior). Evolutionary biology, sexual selection, speciation, evolutionary genetics and genomics.
  • Smith, Michelle K., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Discipline-based science education research; biology education research.
  • Sparks, Jed P., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Plant physiological ecology, ecosystem ecology, and biosphere-atmosphere interactions.
  • Specht, Chelsea D., (Department of Plant Biology). Population ecology, ecological genetics, paleobiology, population biology, systematics, physiological ecology.
  • Thaler, Jennifer S., (Departments of Entomology & Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Insect-plant interactions, chemical ecology, tritrophic interactions.
  • Therkildsen, Nina O., (Department of Natural Resources and the Environment). Population and evolutionary genomics, rapid adaptation, fisheries, conservation.
  • van Nouhuys, Saskya, (Department of Entomology). Insect community and metapopulation ecology; behavioral ecology; spatial ecology; parasitoid biology.
  • Vitousek, Maren N., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Evolutionary physiology and behavioral ecology.
  • Walter, M. Todd, (Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering). Ecohydrology, terrestrial biogeochemistry, agro-ecology, environmental biophysics, pollutant fate-transport, water-climate change, modeling.
  • Wolfner, Mariana F., (Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics). Function and evolution of reproductive proteins and developmental genes involved in fertilization, primarily in insects.
  • Xu, Xiangtao, (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Ecological modeling/forecasting, ecological remote sensing, plant functional ecology, global change biology, terrestrial ecosystem ecology
  • Zamudio, Kelly R., (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Vertebrate zoology, population biology, ecological genetics, and systematics.