Research at Cornell Botanic Gardens

We are engaged in numerous research efforts to conserve plants and the cultures that sustain them. Our staff work with Cornell faculty, graduate & undergraduate students, and botanic gardens around the world to facilitate research on plants and the natural world.


Learn more about these featured research projects or search for research by specific location or key word.

Beebe Lake and Woods

Researchers have used our Beebe Lake natural area to study a variety of topics from invasive species to American crows to aquatic habitats.

Mundy Wildflower Garden

This natural area and naturalistic garden is an active research site for native plant conservation, invasive plant management, and herbivore effects on plant communities.

Robison Herb Garden

With over 500 varieties of herbs, this garden is used by faculty from many disciplines to enhance their teaching and research.

Urban Trees

Our urban tree collection showcases trees that flourish in urban environments. Research efforts have examined soil health, environmental conditions and tree health.

Climate Change Garden

This garden educates visitors about climate change and demonstrates how higher temperatures may affect plants grown in the upstate New York area.


Our gardens, natural areas, and our LEED gold certified Nevin Welcome Center provide ample opportunities for sustainability research.



Assess the relationships between petal area, ovule number, and anther/pollen size/number. Steven Broyles SUNY Cortland

RESEARCH Mundy Wildflower Garden

Evolution of Impatiens capensis to deer browse Laura Martin Natural Resources, Cornell University

RESEARCH Purvis Road Wetlands Natural Area

Paleoclimatology of the Purvis bog Dan Kairg Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University


Earthworm abundance inside and outside deer exclosures Elizabeth Simpson Natural Resources

RESEARCH Mundy Wildflower Garden, Upper Cascadilla

Seed-associated microbial communities of native and invasive wetland plant species Ellen Crocker Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University

RESEARCH Mundy Wildflower Garden

Function of Nest-associated Calls of Female American Crows Leah M Nettle, Anne B. Clark, and Kevin J. McGowan Lab of Ornithology, Binghamton University


The effect of snow cover on overwinter mortality of engorged Ixodes scapularis larvae James Burtis Natural Resources, Cornell University


Glacial Geology in the Ringwood Preserve Dan Kairg Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University

RESEARCH Bluegrass Lane and Bull Pasture Ponds

Salamander evolution of movement behavior in response to roads Bradley Cosentino Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Natural Areas Research opportunities

Our natural areas provide opportunities for research across a diverse set of high-quality natural communities and rare species habitats. These sites are managed to provide research opportunities for faculty and students. 

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Garden and Plant research opportunities

Our cultivated gardens, arboretum and plant collections provide opportunities for research by faculty and students. 

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Education research opportunties

We offer a wide range of educational programs which provide opportunities for research and evaluation. 

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Natural Areas Research Application

Let us know about your proposed project in our natural areas and how we can work with you.  Researchers are required to submit a research application.

Research Application