Professor Thomas Whitlow
Department of Horticulture
Faculty Fellow, Ecology House
Tom Whitlow grew up in a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC, where he spent his free time riding his bike beyond the urban fringe in search of natural habitats, preferably inhabited by snakes and other herps. While pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at SUNY ESF, he became intrigued by plant ecology. After several years of working for the federal government and consulting firms, he entered a PhD program at the University of California, Davis where he studied the physiological ecology of inter tidal salt marsh species. Since coming to Cornell, he has studied the mechanisms trees have for tolerating environmental stresses, invasion biology, and phytoremediation. Most recently his research has focused on the process by which trees filter fine particulates from the air. He teaches a popular fall course in Restoration Ecology (HORT 4400). Dr. Whitlow is currently on the faculty of the Department of Horticulture and serves as a faculty fellow for Ecology House. In his free time, he enjoys bicycling, photography, woodworking and playing guitar.
“Biodiversity, Ecocomplexity, and the Human Experience”
Kennedy Hall, Call Auditorium