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Zoology and Wildlife Conservation

Field Description

The Graduate Field of Zoology & Wildlife Conservation (ZWC) integrates two broad fields of biology: animal biology and conservation biology. Opportunities exist for study and research in comparative and functional anatomy, developmental biology, and comparative and experimental embryology. The survival of threatened and endangered species requires innovative and integrative ideas and approaches to wildlife conservation, and our faculty are those innovators – conservation studies focus on individual animals, species, and ecosystems. As a member of the Biomedical and Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BBS), ZWC is part of a vibrant graduate community in the Veterinary College.


Field of Zoology & Wildlife Conservation students also have an opportunity for collaboration with Conservation Biology Institute of the Smithsonian Institute (SCBI) through the Joint Graduate Training Program (JGTP) between Cornell University and SCBI. Please see JGTP document for more information.

Contact Information

Website: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/bbs
Email: bbscornell@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 253-3276

College of Veterinary Medicine
Office of Graduate Education
S3-009 Schurman Hall, Box 38
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Zoology

  • animal cytology
  • comparative and functional anatomy
  • developmental biology
  • ecology
  • histology
  • wildlife conservation

Faculty

Concentrations: Zoology: comparative and functional anatomy Research Interests: macroevolution; paleoecology; molluscan systematics
Concentrations: Zoology: comparative and functional anatomy
William E. Bemis - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Zoology: comparative and functional anatomy; developmental biology; ecology; histology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: Comparative vertebrate anatomy, ichthyology, paleontology, systematics, and embryology with a focus on sharks and basal bony fishes.
Concentrations: Zoology: comparative and functional anatomy; ecology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: nematode and protozoan biology; taxonomy; systemic biology
Adam Boyko - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Zoology: ecology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: My research is focused broadly on canine genomics, including understanding the mechanisms and consequences of inbreeding, drift and adaptation in populations undergoing natural and artificial selection. This research includes studying the genetic basis of inbreeding depression in small populations, and changes in the genetic architecture of complex traits as a consequence of strong artificial selection, natural selection, and drift. In particular, I use free-breeding village dogs as a model system to understand the evolutionary history of dogs and the genetic changes accompanying domestication and local adaptation in comparison to the modern signatures of artificial selection seen in purebred dogs.
Janine L. Brown - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Zoology: wildlife conservation Research Interests: Comparative endocrinology of wildlife species; elephant biology; aging; prolactin regulation; mechanisms of infertility; animal welfare; non-invasive hormone monitoring; population sustainability.
Concentrations: Zoology: comparative and functional anatomy; ecology; histology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: how diseases of animals impact them on an individual and population level; conservation medicine
Yung-Fu Chang - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Zoology: ecology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: mechanisms of infection, particularly leptospira and salmonella
Concentrations: Zoology: ecology Research Interests: evolution and adaptive significance of acoustic signaling behaviors in animals with particular emphasis on marine mammals
Pierre Comizzoli - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Zoology: developmental biology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: reproductive physiology; fertility preservation and control for rare and endatngered species; assisted reproductive techniques; cryobiology of gametes and reproductive tissues; biostabilization
Paul D Curtis - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Zoology: ecology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: animal behavior; population ecology; reproductive biology
Concentrations: Zoology: comparative and functional anatomy; developmental biology; histology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: comparative and functional morphology; bone growth and development
Concentrations: Zoology: developmental biology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: reproductive biology/endocrinology, particularly the development and function of ovarian follicles. The current focus is the formation of ovarian follicles and their transition from the resting stage (primordial follicle) to the growing stage. We have developed, and are currently using, in vitro models to study the regulation of these early stages of follicular development in bovine ovaries
Brian Gratwicke - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Zoology: wildlife conservation Research Interests: conservation biologist focusing on developing actions to mitigate the threat of an amphibian fungal disease called chytridiomycosis
Matthew P. Hare - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Zoology: ecology; wildlife conservation
Concentrations: Zoology: comparative and functional anatomy Research Interests: invertebrate zoology; evolution of invertebrate life histories; colonial invertebrates
John W Hermanson - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Zoology: comparative and functional anatomy; histology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: comparative and functional morphology; muscle development, structure, and function
Holger Klinck - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Zoology: ecology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: soundscape ecology; animal communication; anthropogenic noise; impacts on the physiology and behavior of marine and terrestrial animals; passive acoustic monitoring
George V Kollias - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Zoology: comparative and functional anatomy; ecology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: wildlife health and pathobiology
Amy Reed McCune - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Zoology: comparative and functional anatomy Research Interests: ichthyology; morphology; systematics; development and evolution; paleobiology
Concentrations: Zoology: ecology Research Interests: epidemiology of infectious diseases; quantitative and analytical epidemiology; epidemiological risk assessment and analysis; veterinary public health and food safety; production medicine
Concentrations: Zoology: animal cytology; comparative and functional anatomy; developmental biology; ecology; histology Research Interests: mechanisms of vertebrate craniofacial development; neuroembryology
Concentrations: Zoology: ecology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: conservation of free ranging wildlife, sustainable conservation, system resilience
Ned J. Place - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Zoology: comparative and functional anatomy; developmental biology; ecology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: mammalian reproductive biology with a focus on the life history of trade-offs associated with timing of hormone secretion and reproductive effort; sexual differentiation
Concentrations: Zoology: developmental biology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: Comparative Reproductive Biology; Assisted Reproductive Technologies; Wildlife Conservation
Vimal Selvaraj - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Zoology: animal cytology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: mammalian reproductive physiology; stem cells; technologies for wildlife conservation
Concentrations: Zoology: developmental biology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: reproductive biology; cyrobiology; wildlife conservation
Concentrations: Zoology: developmental biology; ecology; wildlife conservation Research Interests: reproductive biology focusing on sperm and spermatogonial stem cells; wildlife conservation through approaches integrating studies of animals, humans, and the environments they share
Concentrations: Zoology: comparative and functional anatomy; ecology Research Interests: evolutionary and behavioral ecology; ornithology