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Cornell gets $10 million NSF grant to establish new sustainability institute
Date:9/4/2008

ing graduate and undergraduate students in the Cornell community in other disciplines. If there is someone who has a nice computational problem about wind turbines or solar energy, for example, we want to collaborate with and help support them."

The institute already has several interdisciplinary research projects under way, including:

  • Wildlife Corridors for Grizzly Bears Optimizing the design of land corridors for grizzlies that now live in three separate areas in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana to find a viable route while reducing the cost of land acquisition.

  • Biofuels Developing models to transition to an ethanol economy, taking into account the needs of households, landowners, ethanol producers, gasoline refiners and food producers.

  • Bird Conservation Preserving bird habitats and designing bird corridors by analyzing hemispheric-scale bird migrations involving literally billions of birds. Studies will use detailed data on bird populations collected through the citizen-science programs at Cornell's Lab of Ornithology.

  • Rotational Management of Fishing Grounds Conserving and buffering valuable fish stocks and marine biodiversity with a computer model to decide the optimal number of "no-fish zones," their location, size and the number of years they should be open or closed to fishing.

  • Pastoral Systems in East Africa Better understanding how the interaction between precipitation and forage resources, the location of water wells, the dynamics of groundwater stock and the possibility of fencing and rotating livestock to different pastures influence poverty, food security and environmental stress in Africa.


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Contact: Blaine Friedlander
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607-254-8093
Cornell University Communications
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