Senior Extension Associate
My program provides extension and applied research in viticulture to support the continued growth and profitability of the New York wine and grape industry. To accomplish this task, I work closely with faculty, regional extension educators, and industry groups in enology and viticulture to provide growers and wineries with educational programs, workshops, newsletters, and applied on-farm research that supports profitable production of grapes, grape products and wine.
My research focuses on collaborative vineyard trials and surveys in commercial vineyards of NY, addressing sustainable production, soil health, grapevine virus incidence and management, and impact of cultural practices and climate on fruit quality. I collaborate with numerous scientists at Cornell and elsewhere to generate data that can inform management decisions for growers in New York.
Outreach and Extension Focus
My program responsibility is to provide extension leadership and applied research in viticulture to support the growth and profitability of the New York Wine and Grape Industry. To accomplish this task, I work closely with Faculty, Regional Extension Educators, and industry groups in Enology and Viticulture to provide growers and wineries with educational programs, workshops, newsletters, and applied on-farm research that supports profitable production of grapes, grape products and wine in New York.
Leader of outreach team for SCRI VitisGen2 project
I am project leader for the Northern Grapes Project, which integrates research and extension in viticulture, enology, and marketing targeted at Cold climate wine grape cultivars and the businesses they have spawned in 12 Midwestern and Northeastern states.
I teach VIEN 3440 Viticulture and Vineyard Management.
Awards and Honors
- Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension (2015) CALS Cornell
- Industry Award (2012) New York Wine and Grape Foundation
- Ricketts, K., Gomez, M., Atallah, S., Fuchs, M. F., Martinson, T., Battany, M., Bettiga, L., Cooper, M., Verdegaal, P., & Smith, R. (2015). Reducing the Economic Impact of Grapevine Leafroll Disease in California: Identifying Optimal Disease Management Strategies. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture. 66:138-147.
- Fuchs, M. F., Martinson, T., Loeb, G. M., & Hoch, H. C. (2009). Survey for the three major leafroll disease-associated viruses in Finger Lakes vineyards in New York. Plant Disease. 93:395-401.
- Wolf, T., Boyer, J., Westover, F., & Martinson, T. (2008). Vineyard site selection. p. 14-37 Wine Grape Production Guide for Eastern North America Tony K. Wolf (ed.), Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), Ithaca, NY.
- Londo, J., & Martinson, T. (2016). Research Focus: Grapevine Winter Survival and Prospects in an Age of Changing Climate. p. 7 pp Appellation Cornell Koeberle, Alex (ed.), Cornell University, Geneva, NY.
- Martinson, T., & Burr, T. J. (2012). How close are we to Crown Gall-Free Nursery Stock. p. 6 pp Appellation Cornell Martinson, T. E. and C. Gerling (ed.), Cornell University, Geneva, NY.
- Zabadal, T. J., Dami, I. E., Goffinet, M. C., Martinson, T., & Chien, M. L. (2007). Winter injury to grapevines and methods of protection. Extension Bulletin E2930 Michigan State University.
- Wise, A., Martinson, T., Hawk, J., Weigle, T. H., & Tarleton, L. (2007). New York Guide to Sustainable Viticulture Practices - Grower Self Assessment Workbook. p. 125 Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, NY, USA.
Presentations and Activities
- Impact of crop load & training systems on viticultural & enological performances of Marquette and Frontenac grown in Michigan & New York,. Northern Grapes Webinar. April 2014. Northern Grapes Project. Electronic/Internet.