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Ronnie Coffman

Ronnie Coffman

Andrew H. & James S. Tisch Distinguished University Professor

252 Emerson Hall
(607) 255-2554

Ronnie Coffman serves as International Professor of Plant Breeding and Director of International Programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. He also serves as Principal Investigator of the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project (ABSPII), the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat project, the Agricultural Innovations Partnership, and the NextGen Cassava Project. Previous positions include Associate Dean for Research and Director, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station; Chair of the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, and Plant Breeder at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Coffman`s work has been important to the development of improved rice varieties grown on several million hectares throughout the world. He has collaborated extensively with institutions in the developing world and has served as a board member for several international institutes. His Ph.D. is from Cornell and undergraduate work was done at the University of Kentucky, his home state. Coffman is the recipient of the 2013 World Agriculture Prize.

Research Focus

Agricultural biotechnology and crop improvement

Teaching Focus

Agriculture in the Developing Nations

Agriculture in the developing nations

Awards and Honors

  • World Agriculture Prize (2013) Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations
  • Women in Agronomy, Crops, Soils, and Environmental Sciences Mentoring Award (2011) American Society of Agronomy / Crop Science Society of America / Soil Science Society of America

Presentations and Activities

  • The Threat of a New Wheat Stem Rust Race to the World's Food Supply. AAAS Annual Meeting 2012. February 2012. American Association for the Advancement of Science. Vancouver, Washington.