Soil and Crop Sciences

2014-15 Tuition

Research degree: $20,800; professional degree: $30,785

Application deadlines

Fall, Dec. 1

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test for native English speakers

Degrees

  • M.P.S.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences (M.P.S.)
  • Soil and Crop Sciences (M.S., Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • agronomy
  • environmental information science
  • environmental management (M.P.S.(A.L.S.) only)
  • field crop science
  • soil science

The Field of Soil and Crop Sciences occupies a modern and diversified agronomic research facility. An air-conditioned, eleven-story research tower and adjoining wings incorporate fully equipped laboratory, teaching, office, and supporting spaces. Growth chambers and greenhouses are on the campus, and there are three main field stations near Ithaca. Some members of the field are staff members at the Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health or the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, both of which are on campus.

Many of the faculty members have research programs concerning international agricultural and environmental issues in tropical and subtropical regions. A limited number of students can do most or all of their research overseas. In addition, the M.P.S.(A.L.S.) program has a Peace Corps option in which the student undertakes two semesters of academic work at Cornell and a Peace Corps assignment. For information and instructions on how to apply, visit the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences)/Peace Corps Web site, or contact International Programs, 33 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; phone 607 255-3037; e-mail mpsag_peacecorps@cornell.edu.

Field Crop Science covers a wide spectrum, from field-scale applied projects to cell physiology and biotechnology. Studies seek to improve crop productivity and quality, both nationally and internationally, and to identify physiological factors that could be improved through plant breeding or genetic engineering.

Soil Science focuses on the processes and properties of the soil environment. It emphasizes improving the suitability of soil for crop growth while preserving its value as a natural resource by using ecologically sound approaches.

Application:
Native speakers of English must submit GRE general test scores. Ordinarily, students must first complete a master's program, but direct admission into an integrated M.S./Ph.D. program is permitted for exceptionally well-prepared students. Additional information may be obtained from the graduate field office.

Robin Bellinder -- Concentrations: agronomy; field crop science; Research interests: weed science
Daniel Buckley -- Concentrations: soil science; Research interests: soil microbiology; microbial genetics; microbial ecology; microbial diversity and ecosystem function
Jerome Cherney -- Concentrations: agronomy; field crop science; Research interests: forage production management and quality
William Cox -- Concentrations: agronomy; field crop science; soil science; Research interests: crop management and ecology
Stephen Degloria -- Concentrations: agronomy; environmental information science; soil science; Research interests: environmental information science; GIS; remote sensing; soil science
Antonio DiTommaso -- Concentrations: agronomy; field crop science; Research interests: weed ecology; biological control; integrated weed management
Laurie Drinkwater -- Concentrations: agronomy; soil science; Research interests: soil ecology; nutrient cycling; soil/organic matter dynamics; plant-microbial interactions; soil management; agroecology; biogeochemistry; organic agriculture
John Duxbury -- Concentrations: agronomy; environmental information science; soil science; Research interests: soil chemistry; soil organic matter; food systems in developing countries
Timothy Fahey -- Concentrations: soil science; Research interests: forest soils; forest ecosystems
Christine Goodale -- Concentrations: soil science; Research interests: biogeochemistry; carbon cycle; climate change; forest ecosystems; nitrogen cycle
Russell Hahn -- Concentrations: agronomy; field crop science; Research interests: weed science
Anthony Hay -- Concentrations: agronomy; soil science; Research interests: microbiology; soil ecotoxicology
Peter Hobbs (Minor Member) -- Concentrations: agronomy; Research interests: international agriculture; conservation agriculture
Robert Howarth -- Concentrations: environmental information science; soil science; Research interests: biogeochemistry; human acceleration of nutrient cycles at regional to global scales; watershed management; coastal nutrient pollution, eutrophication, and hypoxia; the effects of biofuels on environmental quality; greenhouse gas emissions and water quality problems from shale-gas development
Quirine Ketterings -- Concentrations: agronomy; field crop science; soil science; Research interests: farm nutrient management; soil fertility; fertilizer recommendations; environmental risk indicators
Leon Kochian -- Concentrations: agronomy; field crop science; Research interests: molecular physiology of plant ion transport; plant abiotic stress tolerance
Julie Lauren -- Concentrations: agronomy; soil science; Research interests: sustainable soil fertility management; international agriculture; food systems in developing countries
C. Johannes Lehmann -- Concentrations: soil science; Research interests: soil fertility management; soil biogeochemistry
Carmen Martinez -- Concentrations: soil science; Research interests: Soil chemistry, biogeochemistry, environmental chemistry, soil-plant interactions, metal biogeochemistry, organic matter, soil, soil processes
Murray McBride -- Concentrations: agronomy; soil science; Research interests: soil chemistry and mineralogy; soil surface reactions
Jeffrey Melkonian -- Concentrations: environmental information science; field crop science; Research interests: soil-crop modeling; crop physiology; crop-environment interactions
Charles Mohler -- Concentrations: agronomy; field crop science; Research interests: weed ecology; ecological weed management; organic cropping systems
Jane Mt Pleasant -- Concentrations: agronomy; field crop science; soil science; Research interests: cropping systems; sustainable agriculture
A. Martin Petrovic -- Concentrations: agronomy; soil science; Research interests: turfgrass management; nutrient management; water quality management; soil management
Susan Riha -- Concentrations: agronomy; environmental information science; soil science; Research interests: environmental biophysics; plant-environmental modeling; climate change; drought stress
David Rossiter -- Concentrations: agronomy; environmental information science; soil science; Research interests: Spatial modelling and analysis of soil resources.
Matthew Ryan -- Concentrations: agronomy; field crop science; soil science; Research interests: sustainable cropping systems; cover crops; integrated pest management; weed science
Timothy Setter -- Concentrations: agronomy; field crop science; Research interests: crop physiology; environmental stress responses; drought; elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide; hormonal signaling systems
Margaret Smith -- Concentrations: agronomy; field crop science; Research interests: variety interactions with crop management; farmer seed systems; sustainable agriculture
Tammo Steenhuis -- Concentrations: environmental information science; soil science; Research interests: water scarcity; scion technical aspects watershed management; international hydrology
Alan Taylor (Geneva) -- Concentrations: agronomy; field crop science; Research interests: seed science and technology: aging, storage, quality, coating, enhancement, establishment
Janice Thies -- Concentrations: agronomy; soil science; Research interests: soil biology and biochemistry; soil microbiology
Harold Van Es -- Concentrations: agronomy; environmental information science; soil science; Research interests: soil and water management; precision agriculture; soil quality; nitrogen dynamics
Olena Vatamaniuk -- Concentrations: field crop science; Research interests: molecular analysis of mechanisms of heavy metal detoxification; analyses of specific aspects of proteome and metabolome response of plants, fungi, and c. elegans to heavy metal toxicity
Ross Welch -- Concentrations: agronomy; environmental information science; field crop science; soil science; Research interests: crop physiology; soil-plant-animal-human food systems; nutritional quality
David Wolfe -- Concentrations: agronomy; field crop science; soil science; Research interests: plant environmental physiology; crop and soil ecology; climate change