Director of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Nutrient Analysis Lab
Analytical Chemist for the USDA Robert W. Holley Center
Room G36, 538 Tower Road
Phone: (607) 255-2455
- Doctorate: Cornell University, 2002
- Bachelor of Science: Elmira College , 1977
AAS: Corning Community College, 1975
Michael A. Rutzke, Ph.D has a strong interest in developing new technologies in the field of agricultural analytical chemistry. His research focuses on improving analytical methods in atomic spectroscopy for measuring the concentration of minerals in biological materials. Two of these technologies have been patented. These and other technologies he has developed provide researchers in many fields new opportunities in cutting edge research in agriculture, cell biology, human nutrition, and environmental sciences.
He also has a family farm in Ithaca NY where he grows green house tomatoes and other vegetables, processes sap into maple syrup, and collects eggs from free range chickens. He also has two goats used for milk. This farming experience gives him insight into which new methods of analysis need to be developed to improve agricultural practices.