40 Under 40, Class of 2015

Neil Mattson


Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Job Title

Associate Professor/Greenhouse Extension Specialist


Authored or co-authored 27 peer-reviewed papers, 38 articles in trade journals, 30 newsletters and book chapters and delivered 160 extension presentations. Research program focuses on the influence of environmental factors and cultural practices on the physiology, development and biochemical characteristics of greenhouse crops.


Tooting His Own Horn: Neil likes to play his valve trombone at the Cornell horticulture department’s annual holiday party.

Fun Facts

Down Time: Neil enjoys reading a good book with a cat curled up on his lap — especially books by Garrison Keillor. “I enjoy his folksy Minnesota humor, which I never truly appreciated until I moved out of state.””

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