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Pete Marchetto

Phone: 607-255-4992
Office: B62 Riley Robb Hall
Position: Post Doctoral Researcher
Advisor: Todd Walter


Pete joined the Soil and Water Lab in 2014 to work on sensing systems and instrumentation for use in creeks and streams. He got his start in research back in 2001, with a research internship at NJIT working on the physics of biomedical devices. He then graduated with a BS in Physics from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2007, then moved to working in the calibration and genomics software industries for a couple of years. Pete finally got back on track with research at Penn State in the Materials Research Laboratory, then got a job working for the Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as an Engineering Physicist, designing, building, and testing acoustic recording equipment for harsh environments. It was during his time in Bioacoustics that he enrolled in the Cornell Employee Degree Program, which led him to pursue an MS and later PhD focused on his research work in hardened instrumentation.

Current Research Projects and Interests

Of interest to Pete are any projects involving electronics and the outdoors. He is also working on a number of projects that will enable community scientists to build and use their own sensing systems in outdoor environments. Another area where he is passionate is in equipment calibration and traceability, which he thinks should be a requirement for all systems that create publishable data. Pete is also very interested in making certain that the next generation of students has the right skills to build systems that will work, and so is very interested in teaching.