Wildlife Conservation

Our researchers help to form the Cornell Center for Wildlife Conservation, and several faculty participate in the Joint Graduate Training Program (JGTP) with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). Any prospective student interested in the JGTP must have made contact or have spent time working with a SCBI scientist. The applicant should address their SCBI connection and interest in the JGTP in their personal statement.

A student enrolled in the joint graduate training program has two research mentors, a Cornell Faculty member as your major advisor (Chair) and a scientific staff member from the SCBI to serve as your co-mentor.  Utilizing expertise from both institutions, you would be working collaboratively and would be expected to study on site at both locations (Cornell in Ithaca, NY and SCBI in Front Royal, VA).  During your 1st year you will have three lab rotations, including one at the SCBI.  This SCBI rotation could occur in the summer prior to or after your first academic year.

A list of our faculty and their research areas
Faculty Research Area(s)

Craig Altier
Molecular basis of Salmonella pathogenesis; the genetic and environmental control of epithelial cell invasion

Dwight Bowman
Nematode and protozoan biology; taxonomy; systemic biology

Adam Boyko
Canine genomics, including understanding the mechanisms and consequences of inbreeding, drift and adaptation in populations undergoing natural and artificial selection

Elizabeth Buckles
How diseases of animals impact them on an individual and population level; conservation medicine


Soon Hon Cheong

Cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology; infectious diseases; population medicine and epidemiology; structural and functional biology - lab

Pierre Comizzoli

Reproductive physiology; fertility preservation and control for rare and endangered species; assisted reproductive techniques; cryobiology of gametes and reproductive tissues; biostabilization 

Faculty member located at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute- works with Smithsonian Joint Graduate Training Program students 


Paul Curtis
Animal behavior; population ecology; reproductive biology

Kathryn Fiorella
Kathryn Fiorella

Planetary Health/One Health, fisheries, livelihoods, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, environmental change - lab

Rodman Getchell
Molecular diagnostics and emerging diseases of fish; target animal safety studies for new aquaculture therapeutants and chemicals

Martin Gilbert
Conservation impacts of wild carnivore health


Laura Goodman

Population and clinical studies; Pathogen discovery and surveillance, with focus areas on tick-borne disease and antimicrobial resistance; exploring the underlying mechanisms of infectious disease emergence and identifying biomarkers to detect and prevent emerging threats to humans and animals

Yrjö Gröhn
Veterinary epidemiology; production medicine; public health; epidemiological and economic methods; risk analysis, communications, and policy

Matthew Hare
Population and conservation genetics of marine organisms; invasion biology; phylogeography and host-parasite co-evolution - lab


Laura Harrington

Vector borne diseases; epidemiology; vector biology physiology; mosquito-parasite interactions - lab

Drew Harvell
Invertebrate zoology; evolution of invertebrate life histories; colonial invertebrates - lab

John Hermanson
Comparative and functional morphology; muscle development, structure, and function

Holger Klinck
Bioacoustics

Hussni Mohammed
Epidemiology of infectious diseases; quantitative and analytical epidemiology; epidemiological risk assessment and analysis; veterinary public health and food safety; production medicine

Ned Place
Mammalian reproductive biology with a focus on the life history of trade-offs associated with timing of hormone secretion and reproductive effort; sexual differentiation; female reproductive aging - lab

Budhan Pukazhenthi

Comparative reproductive biology; assisted reproductive technologies; wildlife conservation

Faculty member located at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute- works with Smithsonian Joint Graduate Training Program students 


Krysten Schuler
Wildlife conservation; infectious diseases; population medicine and epidemiology; One Health

Vimal Selvaraj
Mammalian reproductive physiology; stem cells; technologies for wildlife conservation - lab

Nucharin Songsasen

Reproductive biology; cyrobiology; wildlife conservation

Faculty member located at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute- works with Smithsonian Joint Graduate Training Program students 


Alexander Travis
Reproductive biology focusing on sperm and spermatogonial stem cells; wildlife conservation through approaches integrating studies of animals, humans, and the environments they share - lab

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