What is a Fellow?

A Faculty or Community Fellow’s primary responsibility is to provide students in their residential community with opportunities to explore and cultivate the students’ academic, intellectual, and cultural interests. To accomplish this, Fellows work closely with the Residence Hall Director (RHD); and potentially other Faculty/Community Fellows. The RHD can help both envision and implement programs. The RHD and their student staff, Resident Advisors (RAs), are also responsible for health/well-being and community building activities, which Faculty and Community Fellows are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Taryn Bauerle

Associate Professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science

Dr. Taryn Bauerle joined the Ecology House as a Faculty Fellow in 2015. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science. Taryn in interested in tree physiological responses to their environment, particularly how trees move water and what that means for tree responses to a changing climate. Taryn teaches “The Nature of Plants” (PLHRT 1115), Arboriculture (PLHRT 3050), and Root and Rhizosphere Ecology (PLHRT 6190). Taryn lives in Ithaca with her husband Marc, a Research Associate in the Department of Natural Resources, and their two children Siena and Max. Taryn’s hobbies include, running, soccer and backpacking.

Dr. Marc Goebel

Research Associate in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

Marc Goebel is a Senior Lecturer & Research Associate in the Department of Natural Resources, College of Ag & Life Science. Marc joined the Ecology House as a Fellow in the Fall of 2018. He is a forest ecologist with a specific interest in plant soil interactions. Marc received his BSc degree at the Technische Universität in Dresden, Germany, and his MSc degree at the Technische Universität in München, Germany. Before Marc started to teach a 4-cr course Introductory Field Biology (NTRES 2100) at Cornell, he completed his PhD in Ecology at the Pennsylvania State University. Currently he conducts research in the US, Poland, and Germany. His spare time activities are hiking, biking, skiing and having fun with his family.

Kim Anderson

Sustainability Engagement Manager for the Campus Sustainability Office

Kim is a current lecturer for ALS 2000, a part-time CIPA grad student at Cornell, a former RHD for 4 communities on campus, a Cornell Alum '06, and a former High Rises RA for 3 years. She's built a career focused on helping people and building communities, and that's one of the reasons she signed on as a Community Fellow — she'd like to learn who you are, who you want to be, what you want to do, etc. — and she'd like to provide one more source of support for you on campus, in whatever ways would be helpful. More about her, she lives with 5 animals, 7 people, and a community kitchen of sorts — so basically she has created an Eco House annex about 1/2 mile down the street from Eco.

Iván Solís Cruz

Assistant Director for Student Services, College of Veterinary Medicine

Iván is the Assistant Director for Student Services at the College of Veterinary Medicine where he supports students’ access to appropriate resources, collaborate with Wellbeing Director, and Alumni Affairs, to mention a few. Iván joined Cornell in January 2020 from his previous role as Resident Director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks “Go Nanooks!”, where he created a mentorship program for men of color. Iván is the former Residence Hall Director for Low Rise 6 & 7 and the Latino Living Center.

Originally from Guerrero, México, Iván migrated to Chicago, Illinois where most of his family resides. Iván completed his bachelor of science in biology from Ashford University in 2011 and his M.S. Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2018. Through his involvement in Student Affairs, Iván had the opportunity to work with folx from many different backgrounds and identities including students of color and undocumented students.

Iván lives with his spouse, pet dog and bunny as they all continue to explore access to the outdoors for communities who have been historically excluded, food justice, and many other ways to learn from people and the Earth.

Sylvie Fronck

Leadership Programs Coordinator, Cornell Team & Leadership Center

Sylvie Froncek is an Ithacan, in some respects. She attended Ithaca High School and got involved with Cornell Outdoor Education back in 2005. After graduating from high school, she attended Pitzer College in California and received a degree in American Studies and French. A life long love affair with California led to a 2-month, 2000+ mile bike tour of the west coast and a few years of living in the border city of San Diego. Sylvie has also spent time biking, hiking, skiing and paddling in Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and New Zealand.

She attended the Universiteit van Amsterdam in 2017 where she studied Human Sexuality.

Sylvie's side projects include Vie Cycle, an organization devoted to empowering women and LGBTQI+ folx through bicycle skills, and Freedom Discovery Project, an educational resource for people who were formerly incarcerated.

As an Ecology House Fellow Sylvie is excited to bring students into nature and play outside!

Lou Farino

Campus Life Facilities Management

Lou has been working at Cornell since 1974. Lou has been an integral part of taking care of Eco House and making it students Eco Home by ensuring it is a safe place to live. When Lou is not at Cornell he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, and keeping busy! Lou has been assisting with re-envisioning Eco's Greenhouse,  installing our own Eco Volley Ball Court, and making our back entrance accessible to all members of our community. Be sure to say hi when you see him with RHD Liz in the building!

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