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.
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.
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.
- Gardner, J., & Hoffmann, M. P. (2016). Aerodynamic separation of parasitized from unparasitized insect host eggs. Biocontrol Science and Technology. 26:718-721.
- Gardner, J., Hoffmann, M. P., & Mazourek, M. (2015). Striped cucumber beetle aggregation in response to cultivar and flowering. Environmental Entomology.
- Dixon, G., Deline, M., McComas, K., Chambliss, L., & Hoffmann, M. P. (2014). Using comparative feedback to influence workplace energy conservation: A summative evaluation of the CALS Green energy conservation and sustainability initiative. Environment and Behavior.
- Gardner, J., Yong, T., Pitcher, S. A., & Hoffmann, M. P. (2013). Overwintering of Trichogramma ostriniae (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) within target and non-target host eggs. Biocontrol Science and Technology. 23:367-380.
- Gardner, J., Wright, M. G., Kuhar, T. P., Pitcher, S. A., & Hoffmann, M. P. (2012). Dispersal of Trichogramma ostriniae in Field Corn. Biocontrol Science and Technology. 22:1221-1233.
- Gardner, J., Hoffmann, M. P., Pitcher, S., & Nyrop, J. P. (2012). Recurrent warming to improve cold storage of Trichogrammatids (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae). Biocontrol Science & Technology. 22:261-270.
- Gardner, J., Hoffmann, M. P., Pitcher, S. A., & Harper, J. K. (2011). Integrating insecticides and Trichogramma ostriniae to control European corn borer in sweet corn: economic analysis. Biological control. Biological Control. 56:44-50.
- Smyth, R. R., & Hoffmann, M. P. (2010). Seasonal incidence of two co-occurring adult parasitoids of Acalymma vittatum in New York State: Centistes (Syrrhizus) diabroticae and Celatoria setosa. BioControl. 55:219-228.