As a retired but active Senior Research Associate, my professional training is in plant anatomy, morphology, and whole-plant development. My field of expertise within Cornell is the study of plant structure and development. More specifically, research efforts apply developmental anatomy and morphology to the solution of both fundamental and practical problems concerning structure and development of temperate-zone fruit and vegetable plants.
My view is that my discipline is "applied plant anatomy," that is, I use knowledge of anatomy and plant development to help solve problems growers face in efficiently producing high quality fruits, vegetables, and seeds. Work in cytology, anatomy, morphology, and development is cross-disciplinary in that it contributes critical information to department and Cornell programs in fruit and vegetable breeding, whole-plant physiology, cultural practices, pathology, and post-harvest quality.
I contribute a teaching module of four weeks in the course VIEN/HORT Grapevine Biology in which I present information on grapevine structure, development, flowering, fruiting, and problems with vines that can be assessed via knowledge of grapevine biology under the constraints of vineyard practices and natural factors.
Although I do not have an official extension assignment, I have presented many talks, workshops, and worked with growers on problems and issues on problems relating to poor plant growth, environmental stress, and other factors that impact crop productivity and management.