13 Plant Science
I'm engaged in rural economic development through research and education on development of non-timber forest products, as well as online education (distance learning) in public horticulture. Agroforestry, which I am involved in, is a sustainable approach to rural/forest land use, including my research and extension in forest mushroom cultivation, and development of online resources for agroforestry.
My research focuses on the agroforesty practice of forest farming, with a particular emphasis on forest cultivated mushrooms.
My extension activities include both online horticultural distance learning for adult education, and public education regarding forest farming and mushroom cultivation. I conduct workshops and other activities for training forest owners in non-timber forest products. Many activities are centered on the MacDaniels Nut Grove, an agroforestry research and demonstration center adjacent to the Cornell campus that we've developed in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources and Cornell Plantations.
I teach Hort 4000 (Plant Propagation) and Hort 4260 (Practicum in Forest Farming). I am also responsible for horticultural distance learning courses in organic gardening, plant propagation and other topics. I have contributed to teaching IARD 4020 including lectures and a month long course-related field trip to India (Jan. 2012)