Located within one of the world’s greatest research universities, the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solution (CICSS) harnesses interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, staff, extension specialists and stakeholders to address one of the most difficult challenges of our time – climate change. In 2008, the United Nations Development Program characterized climate change as “the defining human development challenge of the 21st century.”

Cornell’s Institute was established in 2013 within the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers and Extension Specialists working to help build climate literacy, and build climate smart solutions for agricultural, environmental and community systems.

CICSS Activities

Mission

The mission of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS) is to:

  • Facilitate Research related to climate science and policy, environmental and agricultural systems, food security, and environmental and social resiliency.
  • Conduct Education & Outreach to stakeholders, decision makers and the public using trusted, science-based information to increase sustainability and resiliency to climate change.
  • Build Partnerships and engage stakeholders to share information and develop climate change solutions.

Vision

The Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS) builds stakeholder capacity and works toward a future where agricultural, environmental, and social systems are resilient in the face of a rapidly changing climate and have reduced their impacts on the climate system.

Core Team

Allison M. Chatrchyan

CICSS Director

amc256@cornell.edu

Rice Hall

Michael P. Hoffmann

CICSS Executive Director

mph3@cornell.edu

Rice Hall

Danielle Eiseman

Postdoctoral Associate

dle58@cornell.edu

Rice Hall

Brian Belcher

Senior Developer

bnb2@cornell.edu

Rice Hall

Our Advisory Board

Shorna B. Allred

Department of Natural Resources

srb237@cornell.edu

Sharon Anderson

CCE Tompkins County

ska2@cornell.edu

Toby Ault

Dept. of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

toby.ault@cornell.edu

Katherine Bunting-Howarth

New York State Sea Grant

keb264@cornell.edu

Art DeGaetano

Dept. of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

atd2@cornell.edu

Curt Gooch

Biological & Environmental Engineering

cag26@cornell.edu

Deb Grantham

Cornell Cooperative Extension

dgg3@cornell.edu

Johannes Lehmann

Soil & Crop Sciences

cl273@cornell.edu

Drew Margolin

Communications

dm658@cornell.edu

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea

Dyson School

ao332@cornell.edu

Mark H. Schrader

CUAES

mhs26@cornell.edu

M. Todd Walter

Biological & Environmental Engineering

mtw5@cornell.edu

David W. Wolfe

Horticulture

dww5@cornell.edu

Ave Bauder

Executive Director, Seneca County CCE

whb65@cornell.edu

Fellows & Research Assistants

Carlos M. Carillo

Postdoctoral Associate

cmc542@cornell.edu

Dimitris Herrera

Postdoctoral Associate

dah386@cornell.edu

Brynne Merkley

Research Assistant

bmm243@cornell.edu

Jake Brenner

Research Assistant

jbb292@cornell.edu

Tyler Brewer

Research Assistant

tgb58@cornell.edu

Mitchell Lee

Research Assistant

mal364@cornell.edu