Invasive Species Statewide Outreach Program

Worksite Location
CCE Saratoga
Faculty Sponsor
Antonio DiTommaso, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Deborah Grantham, Dept. of Crop & Soil Sciences
Stipend Amount
$6,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Inventory and map known invasive plant species in or bordering agricultural lands (field crops/pastures), especially swallowwort, Japanese knotweed, and knapweeds. Also, assess the presence of common milkweed in these areas since this plant is likely to provide ecosystem services in the form of nectar/pollen for pollinators and a food source for Monarch butterflies. This work will support the work of the CCE Invasive Species Statewide Outreach Program and the NYS PRISMs (Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management) (see nyis.info). Agricultural pests will be the focus of the project.

Roles and Responsibilities

Intern will identify, inventory, and map specific invasive plant species in or bordering agricultural fields in the Capital District. Results will be analyzed with Professor DiTommaso and reported to the Capital District and other PRISMs and the CCE Invasive Species Statewide Outreach Program. CCE Educator Laurel Gailor will assist in identifying suitable fields and obtaining landowner permission to enter the property.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full-time CALS freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.

Intern will need to be able to identify the species of interest, know inventory methods, and be able to map point and extent data (use of GPS and an on-line mapping system).

Benefits and Skills

Intern will learn about invasive species, their impacts, potential management strategies, and design of an applied research approach to the issue. Agricultural pests will be the focus of the project. The intern also will learn about Cornell Cooperative Extension, its mission and approaches, and how CCE interacts with and supports partners.