PORTLAND - Jacob was hired at Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory (CLEREL) in January of 2016. In his role as Field Coordinator for the LERGP research team, Jankowski has operated and maintained a project management system for all research and applied extension projects at CLEREL. Jacob has also taken a lead role in directing and performing general vineyard, farm, and laboratory activities to complete team research objectives. Since his hire he has obtained a Class A CDL license so that he is able to deliver grapes and transport equipment. In addition Jacob has assisted with the set up and planting of 1 acre of Vincent grapes, organized 2016 Veraison to Harvest sampling, coordinated a vegetable trial with Darcy Telenko from the Cornell vegetable program, planned a facility wide cleanup effort to improve the appearance of CLEREL grounds, and has become an apprentice for obtaining a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation pesticide applicator license.
Born and raised in Dunkirk, Jankowski received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from the State University of New York at Fredonia after transferring from the State University of New York at Oswego where he studied Technology Education. Previously employed as a Sanitary Chemist at the City of Dunkirk's Water Treatment Facility, Jacob brings experience in both laboratory practices and data collection. He was also responsible for ensuring strict compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, requirements, regulations, and policies at the water treatment facility.
Jankowski's earliest experience with viticulture was during the 2013 growing season, when he interned at CLEREL as a technician under post-doctoral fellow, Dr. James Taylor. During his time at the research lab, he implemented high-resolution NDVI canopy sensor technology for the collection of vineyard spatial data. Jacob also assisted with pruning, planting, and vineyard maintenance, allowing him to gain first-hand experience in field work operations. During the 2014 growing season he returned to CLEREL to continue NDVI data collection and also began gathering vineyard soil data using highly accurate GPS implements.
The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (LERGP) at CLEREL in Portland is excited to recognize Jacob Jankowski, as he has become an irreplaceable asset to the research team as a Field Coordinator.
Jacob is an integral part of the LERGP team at CLEREL and has worked diligently with all team members to accomplish the many goals that were set for the 2016 growing season and beyond. He continues to use the knowledge he gains to help increase the productivity and profitability across the Lake Erie grape region. We are very pleased to have him here as part of our team.
The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.