School of Integrative Plant Science

Cornell University

Plant Science, Technology and Communication Courses

Carlyn S. Buckler, PhD

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NEW Master's in
Profesional Studies!

Hemp MPS Program at Cornell University! 

This one-year Master's program focuses on the development of specific skills to understand plant breeding and genetics, hydroponic and field crop production, processing, food, fiber and medicinal applications, and product development. Students will develop a broad-based understanding of the industry from seed to sales, exploring the legal and regulatory environment and challenges facing the cannabis industry today and in the future..



PLSCI 4190: Cannabis: Biology, Society and Industry


PLSCI 4100:  Digital Technologies in Agriculture


PLSCI 3940/5940: Skills for Public Engagement


Cannabis: Biology, Society, and Industry

PLSCI 4190 

This overview course will cover the plant biology, pharmacology, legal, production and processing of the plant, the industrial, 

entrepreneurial and legal issues regarding 

cannabis. The course will feature guest lecturers covering cannabis horticulture, breeding, law, public policy, pharmacology, vet science, business, as well as racial and injustice issues.


Plants are the foundation of life on Earth. Facilitating an informed public on matters that affect food and water systems - climate change, food equity and availability, water rights and access, and other sustainability and social justice issues - is imperative if we are to feed 10 billion people by 2100.

Dr. Carlyn Buckler teaches courses in plant science, science communication and digital technologies at the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University. Her background as a maize geneticist and in  science communication, has led to a career in teaching about, assessing and facilitating the public understanding of science. Communicating science effectively to various cultures, demographics, and stakeholders is an integral part of our curriculum.  The courses are designed to empower undergraduate and graduate students to use leadership, technology and communication skills to further science research, reach under-served audiences, and engaging local, national and international communities in understanding the value of supporting healthy ecosystems and advances in agriculture to ensure food security and equity throughout the world. 

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Carlyn S. Buckler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Practice

Plant Science Rm 118

School of Integrative Plant Science

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,

Cornell University | Ithaca, NY 14853 |