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Michael Hoffmann

Professor

105A Rice Hall
(607) 255-3132

As Executive Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions I provide visionary leadership, communicate to a wide range of audiences the challenges and opportunities that come with a changing climate, and build partnerships among public and private organizations. As a professor of entomology my goal is to advance the integrated pest management (IPM) strategy through mission-oriented research and extension. My research program is directed at improving our understanding of pest biology and ecology in vegetable crop systems and applying that information to develop practical, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive pest management tactics. The goal of my extension program is to ensure that new knowledge is delivered to the end-user and adapted to their needs.

Research Focus

Responsible for the development of IPM strategies for vegetable and other crops. Program emphasis is on insect population dynamics, biological control, development and application of insect behavior modifying chemicals, and alternative pest management tactics.

Outreach and Extension Focus

As an entomologist, I occasionally speak to stakeholder or extension educator audiences, updating them on recent developments related to IPM in vegetables with an emphasis on biological control. I also occasionally respond to stakeholder inquiries regarding pests of vegetable crops. As an entomologist, my focus is on delivering and implementing IPM in vegetables with an emphasis on biological control.

As Executive Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions I frequently give presentations on climate change and sustainability. Audiences include alumni, trustees, general public, agricultural organizations and others.

Teaching Focus

I currently co-teach courses with a particular focus on sustainability and climate change. Leadership development is imbedded in both courses.

Today humanity faces multiple grand challenges and it is important for our students to fully appreciate those challenges and be prepared to address them in their personal, as well as professional lives.

Selected Publications

Journal Publications