Cornell in NYC: Spotlights

From restaurants and laboratories to entrepreneurs and entertainers, explore how we impact the fabric of life in the greatest city on Earth.

A moment with a hydroponics and aquaponics scientist

Philson Warner

Philson Warner

Scientist, Cornell University Cooperative Extension – New York City

Philson Warner, Cornell University Cooperative Extension associate, founded the Cornell Hydroponics, Aquaculture and Aquaponics Learning Labs at Food and Finance High School, an Eco-School in Manhattan.

Our greenhouse — with its mutually sustainable hydroponic and aquaculture systems — is used for teaching, food production and as a science hub for the New York City area. Using minimal energy, it may even contribute to the city's power grid.
It's a joy to help students learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) lessons through this experiential, inquiry-based, project-focused curriculum. They gain firsthand knowledge of how science is used to produce the cleanest and freshest food possible — training that will really give them a leg up in getting into good colleges.

Cornell University Cooperative Extension - New York City offers programs in family and youth development, diversity and parenting, youth civic engagement, and nutrition and health.