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NameHoward V. Cornell
TitleProfessor Emeritus
Office3132 Wickson Hall
Office LocationOpen Floor Plan
WebsiteWeb link
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EducationPh.D. 1975 Cornell University, Ithica NY / B.A., 1969 Tufts University, Medford, MA
Areas of InterestOver the past several years, I have been investigating the effects of processes operating at different spatial scales on the number of species occupying local habitats. My most important discovery is that regional scale processes play profound role in shaping the structure of local species assemblages. This encourages me to think that appropriate explanations for differentially diverse communities must include biogeographic and evolutionary processes occurring over broad geographic areas as well as interactions within habitats.
Recent Publications1. Kraft, N. J. B., L. S. Comita, J. M. Chase, N. J. Sanders, N. G. Swenson, T. O. Crist, J. C. Stegen, M. Vellend, B. Boyle, M. J. Anderson, H. V. Cornell, K. F. Davies, A. L. Freestone, B. D. Inouye, S. P. Harrison, and J. A. Myers. 2011. Disentangling the drivers of β-diversity along latitudinal and elevational gradients. Science 333: 1755-1758 (cover article)
 2. Cornell, H. V. 2013. Is regional species diversity bounded or unbounded? Biological Reviews 88: 140-165.
 3. Cornell, H. V. and S. H. Harrison. 2013. Regional effects as important determinants of local diversity in both marine and terrestrial systems. Oikos 122:288-297.