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Dairy Environmental Systems
Water  •  Air  •   Energy •  Economics

Pro-Dairy
 
formerly Manure Management Program

PROJECT TEAM

The Cornell Dairy Environmental Systems Program is a multi-disciplinary effort among members of the Cornell PRO-DAIRY and SPEAR programs, and collaborative faculty and staff in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences  to address critical aspects of dairy farming and its impact on the environment.  A major goal of the Dairy Environmental Management Program is to develop and deliver sound information and tools to dairy farmers and their advisors engineered and packaged in ways that allow farmers to make sound business decisions in production areas that influence air quality, the climate, and water quality. Renewable energy (dairy manure-based anaerobic digestion) is also a major focus area of the program.



Curt Gooch          
Curt Gooch Cornell University
425 Riley-Robb Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-5701
Phone: (607) 255-2088
E-Mail: cag26@cornell.edu

Curt Gooch, P.E. (MD registration No. 22020) is an Agricultural Engineer in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. Curt heads up the dairy facilities engineering component of Cornell's PRO-DAIRY program, a joint-venture educational program by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Curt is responsible for the development of educational and training programs related to dairy housing and waste management systems. He also conducts applied research with the goal of furthering the understanding of dairy housing and waste management systems and their effects on dairy animals and farm profitability. Curt has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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Jenny Pronto              
Jenny Pronto Cornell University
425 Riley Robb Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 227-7943
Email:jlp67@cornell.edu
           

Jenny Pronto is a Research Assistant in the Biological and Environmental Engineering department at Cornell University. Jenny currently works with the Dairy and Environmental Systems group at Cornell University. She has worked on anaerobic digester-related projects including: digester performance monitoring, greenhouse gas emission reductions and carbon credits, and a regional AD feasibility study. She has written and co-written several documents for technology transfer, outreach and education. Current efforts include developing anaerobic digester workforce training programs and curriculums, and the facilitation of the first farm-based anaerobic digester discussion group. Jenny received B.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering and Science of Natural and Environmental Systems (focus: Sustainable Development) from Cornell University in 2007. She has worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell since 2007.
               
               
Tim Shelford
Tim Shelford Cornell University
425 Riley Robb Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Email: tjs47@cornell.edu
 
           

Tim Shelford is a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. Tim’s duties within Cornell PRO-DAIRY have included developing a white paper outlining the challenges facing small farm anerobic digestion, assisting with the organization of a national Manure Management conference, monitoring existing AD projects, and various other AD projects. Tim graduated from Cornell University with a Ph.D. in 2010 in Biological and Environmental Engineering with a focus in Controlled Environment Agriculture where he gained experience in modeling agricultural production systems and instrumentation and control. Previously, Tim received a bachelors (1997) and masters (2000) of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia, in Bio-resource Engineering. Before that Tim grew up in Vancouver, BC where he was exposed to production agriculture through his uncle’s 200 cow dairy and the research labs of his father (a former professor of Dairy Nutrition at the University of British Columbia.)
               
Joe Usack              
Cornell University
425 Riley Robb Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
jgu3@cornell.edu

           

Joseph Usack is a PhD Candidate in the field of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. He majors in Bioenergy and Integrated Energy Systems, with minors in Environmental Processes and Systems Engineering. He received a Master of Science degree from Cornell in 2014 for his research on anaerobic digestion, which focused specifically on agricultural applications and co-digestion. The central aim of his PhD thesis is to understand the benefits and current limitations of anaerobic digestion technology for energy production and waste treatment on dairy farms in the United States. Towards this end, he is investigating the relationship between economic and environmental performance of anaerobic digestion systems on dairy farms using a techno-economic and environmental life-cycle framework.


Jason Oliver              
Cornell University
425 Riley Robb Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
jpo53@cornell.edu

           
Jason Oliver, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University working with the Dairy and Environmental Systems team; part of the PRO-DAIRY program. His expertise in microbial degradation and pollutant mitigation systems includes work on wood decay dynamics, biofiltration of odor and greenhouse gases, biotrickling filters for biogas upgrading, and water filter woodchip bioreactors. His postdoctoral work will focus on the efficacy of manure management at mitigating and limiting the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria and bacterial genes. Jason received his Ph.D. in Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2015, his M.S. in Ecology & Environmental Science from the University of Maine in 2008, and his B.S. in Environmental & Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry in 2006. Jason has worked on several livestock, dairy, vegetable and mushroom farms throughout his career. For more about Jason, visit his webpage.

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Peter Wright              
Cornell University
425 Riley Robb Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853  
Email: pew2@cornell.edu
           
               
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COLLABORATORS
Norm Scott              
Norm Scott Cornell University
Professor Emeritus
Email:  nrs5@cornell.edu
           

"I have been involved in bioengineering research and teaching throughout my academic career. A principal theme of my research has been biothermal engineering for plants, animals and humans.  I have now redirected my research and teaching interests to sustainable development. I believe "sustainable development" is the dominant economic, environmental and social issue for the 21st century.  Characteristics of a sustainable community will be based in biologically-derived fuels, renewable energy, recycling, energy conservation, reduced transportation, managed ecosystems, advanced housing systems and sustainable agriculture. "

Lars Angenent
Lars Angenent Cornell University
Associate Professor
Email:  la249@cornell.edu
Website: http://angenent.bee.cornell.edu/AngenentHome.html

Lars Angenent is interested in converting organic materials with undefined mixed cultures, defined mixed cultures, or pure cultures of microbes to generate specific products, such as the energy carriers – methane; carboxylates; electric current; n-butanol.  Lars  is also interested in the microbial community dynamics in engineered systems. For this reason, his lab utilizes second-generation sequencing platforms in combination with powerful bioinformatic tools and ecology theory.


Allison Chatrchyan
Cornell University
 Director, Cornell Institute for Climate Change and
 Agriculture
Email:  amc256@cornell.edu
Website: http://climateinstitute.cals.cornell.edu/

Mike Hoffman
Cornell University
Executive Director, Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture
Email:  mph3@cornell.edu
Website: http://climateinstitute.cals.cornell.edu/