Summer 2017 news & happenings

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Anurag chatting with Michael Polan after his Iscol Lecture in April 2017.
Anurag and Jennifer are off for sabbatical for the 2017-18 academic year… but science in the lab continues.  As a wrap-up, here are some news and happenings from the summer months… Congrats to Jacob and Katie for passing their A-Exams with flying colors (see previous post on their… Read more

A conversation with Paul Feeny

paul I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Paul Feeny, one of the all-time great scientists who studies plant-herbivores interactions.  Paul has been at Cornell since 1967, and was one of the founders of the discipline of chemical ecology.  Over the years Paul has had many successful students, he taught a range of courses, and contributed to the communal… Read more

Thanks to undergraduate researchers!

lab with undergrads 2017 Our lab always has a cadre of excellent undergraduate researchers.  This academic year was especially great as five students engaged in various projects from the study of bumble bee foraging and learning to mechanisms of toxicity in the Malagasy stem-succulent genus Pachypodium.  We are proud of and grateful to all of you… and best wishes to our two graduates, Aliya… Read more

Popping the cork!

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Marc Lajeunesse – Dissertation cork, 2008.  In introducing Marc at his defense talk, I referred to him as my Dick Cheney.
A long-held tradition in E&EB at Cornell (and probably at most institutions) is that of popping a cork when graduate students meet particular milestones. The bubbly can take many forms, from Champagne to sparkling water.  For us, the most familiar… Read more

Gordon Conference – Cornell connections

The women of Cornell’s plant-herbivore group (Jennifer, Natasha, Zoe, Katja, Katie, Lina, and Aino) recently returned from the plant-herbivore interactions gordon research conference. Pictures below by Jennifer Thaler.  As usual, Jennifer described the GRC as a love-fest, seeing old friends and meeting new colleagues.  Especially fun for those in attendance (I was home looking after the family) were all of the… Read more

Jigsaw #3 – Specialists vs. Generalists

Paul Feeny visiting our lab group meeting in the Fern Room, 4th floor of Corson hall.
Last week in the Plant-Interactions-Group we had our 3rd JIGSAW session. Our topic was specialists vs. generalists in plant-herbivore interactions.  I was inspired to cover this topic because it is a persistent issue, one that has been discussed widely in ecology for decades. Are… Read more

PIG: The jigsaw experiment

Cornell’s Plant-Insect Group, affectionately known as PIG, has been meeting for weekly discussions every semester for at least 12 years.  In the old days, Paul Feeny and Dick Root would join us for inspiring discussions, merging the past with the future.  These days, the Ithaca group, digitally connected with folks in Geneva, NY, is frequently a gaggle of over 30… Read more