By the end of the course, you'll be able to access, understand, apply concepts in ecology, plant science, soil science, and engineered environmental control systems as they relate to the study of agroforestry in greenhouse systems. In addition, you will solve real-world greenhouse challenges through environmental assessments of Trella case studies and experiments.
Eco-Solutions: Greenhouse is divided into two phases: Phase 1: Agriculture and Forestry in a Greenhouse Context; and Phase 2: Greenhouse Humidity Reduction - A Trella™ Experiment. In Phase One of the course, students will be introduced to the ecology, structure, and functions of agroforestry systems across field, greenhouse, and ponics systems.
In Phase Two, students will apply their knowledge in greenhouse science and infrastructure to propose solutions to real environmental issues in the experiment, Math Engineering - Greenhouse Humidity Reduction. Using Trella’s greenhouse facility as the virtual lab and resource tool, students will identify their own research questions, develop hypotheses, analyze data, and use scientific analysis to craft and justify solutions to environmental problems commonly faced in greenhouses. All participants will then submit a final report and present their findings to a panel of fellow students and Cornell researchers.
The top 20% of the class will also receive a letter of recommendation signed by Trella's Chief Horticulturist, Eric Hammond and Trella's Founder, Jonathan Krane.
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Weeks 1 – 2.5 (July 27 - Aug 12)
Agriculture and Forestry in a Greenhouse Context
Stage 1 will start with a brief introduction to and comparison of the ecology, structure, and functions of agriculture and forestry systems across field-based systems, greenhouse-based systems, and ponics systems (e.g. aquaponics, aeroponics). The course will then focus on understanding plant and soil science concepts and principles in the context of the ecological and engineered environment of greenhouses. Students will also be introduced to the feedback and effects of greenhouse environmental control systems on plant growth, quality, and production.
Stage 1 of the course will also include an investigative case study called Math Engineering - Greenhouse Air Exchanges, in which students will perform an environmental assessment, formulate hypotheses, analyze evidence, and propose solutions to a real-world, greenhouse challenge faced by IvyOnline Academy collaborator Trella™ , a world-class, urban forestry company based in China. The case study and supporting assignments will be used to help guide students in how to plan and write scientific research reports.
Weeks 1-2.5 will also consist of recorded lectures, assignments, small activities, virtual tours, quizzes, and teaching assistant office hours.
Weeks 2.6 – 5 (Aug 13 - Aug 28)
Greenhouse Humidity Reduction - A Trella Experiment
Stage 2 will be a guided research project in which students will be exposed to a greenhouse-based experiment provided by collaborating organization Trella™ called Math Engineering - Greenhouse Humidity Reduction. The students will be able to observe and participate in the experiment through experimental design and methodology writeups, videos, images, live-webinars with Trella™ professionals, and environmental data from the Trella™ greenhouses. The students will formulate hypotheses based on their initial observations and assessment. The students will then analyze the data, use the data to justify their proposed conclusions, and propose next steps in the research. Stage 2 will conclude with a final research paper and a final closeout webinar in which students will present an overview of their Stage 2 research.
Students will gain competencies in greenhouse science and engineering and its use in meeting fundamental research goals and real-world applications. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method by developing research questions, formulating hypotheses, identifying and explaining appropriate methods, gathering and interpreting data, and reporting research findings.
Morgan Irons is a Soil and Crop Sciences PhD student in the Lehmann Lab at Cornell University, where her research focuses on microbial- and organo-mineral stabilization mechanisms in soil aggregates and their contribution to the long-term sequestration of soil organic matter and carbon. Morgan is a 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a 2019 Norfolk Institute Fellow, a Carl Sagan Fellow, and the recipient of the 2019 Ken Souza Memorial Spaceflight Award of an experimental payload on a Blue Origin New Shepard Launch. Morgan is also the Founder and Chief Science Officer of Deep Space Ecology Inc., a space and agricultural business startup working to solve the challenges of food security on Earth and deep space as we venture out into our solar system. Her work concentrates on “quasi-closed, agroecological systems” for sustainability in extreme environments and long duration space habitation.
Eric Hammond is the Lead Propagation/Production Manager of Trella Urban Forestry Technology. He has extensive experience working with Chinese species. He understands their propagation requirements. He has over 25 years of experience working as a Head Propagator for America’s most respected nurseries. Eric knows what drives the nursery business. Developing best management practices for efficient and optimal nursery output is his passion. Eric developed propagation cycles, for over 1,000 plant varieties. For the past fifteen years, he was responsible for the annual production of more than ten million seedlings and a half million grafted trees. Eric has a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from Washington State University and is a licensed Pesticide Applicator. He is a member of the International Plant Propagator’s Society and served on the selection committee for Great Plant Picks.
Trella is dedicated to the establishment of a world-class urban forestry system. Through innovation and assembling a world class team of professionals and best practices, Trella aims to increase economic, environmental, and social benefits for China’s growing population by advancing ecological services with cutting-edge technology, a superior product, education, training, and an improved standard of tree care. A full-service company, Trella’s offerings include landscape design, seedling cultivation, personnel training, and tree maintenance.
Jonathan Krane is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of KraneShares, an asset management firm delivering China-focused exchange traded funds to global investors listed on the NYSE. KraneShares focuses on providing expert access and products for investors to gain exposure to China’s capital markets. Jonathan has spent the last fifteen years working with companies in China. He previously founded a leading media and entertainment company in China which was later sold to a publicly traded multi-national corporation. Jonathan received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Connecticut College. He is on the board of the US-China Strong Foundation and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). In addition, Jonathan is a founding investor of Trella, an urban forestry and technology company helping Chinese cities, as well as a Founding Partner and Principal Owner of Queensboro FC, the first professional men’s soccer team in Queens, New York.