Welcome to EFB
From Molecules to Ecosystems
The critical importance of natural resources and environmental quality to modern society demands that aspiring biologists both understand natural ecosystems and learn to be effective problem solvers. The Department of Environmental and Forest Biology (EFB) is committed to ensuring these educational outcomes.
The department offers a dynamic array of professional opportunities in biology via course work enriched by an active program of research. Through a suite of electives in addition to a required core, undergraduate students may customize their studies toward a particular field of interest. Graduate students may pursue master's or doctoral degrees within several areas of study.
Both undergraduates and graduates can take advantage of the rich variety of academic programs in EFB, which introduce concepts of biodiversity conservation, physiology, and ecology of plants, animals, and microorganisms, and emphasize the interactions and changes in biological systems in the context of the broad fields of aquatic and wetland sciences; biotechnology and chemical ecology; conservation biology; environmental interpretation; fisheries and wildlife biology; forest health; and global, landscape, and urban ecology.
All EFB undergraduates spend two summer weeks at the remarkable Cranberry Lake Biological Station.
Events of Interest
Antibiotic Resistance as an Environmental Contaminant: Balancing Water Sustainability and Public Health Goals
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Nifkin (Alumni) Lounge, Marshall Hall, Website
Take our Kids to Work Day
Thursday, April 27, 2017
, Gateway Center and other spaces, Website
Dissertation Defense -Thomas Evans
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, 8 Illick Hall,
IES Abroad Galapagos Visit
Friday, April 28, 2017, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Gateway Tabling,
Syracuse CoE Invites Proposals for Seed Projects in Environmental, Energy Systems
Washington Post: Salt from icy roads is contaminating North America’s lakes
TWC Going Green: Black Ducks
New York Upstate: Can Atlantic salmon thrive again in once, highly polluted CNY lake?
Toronto Star: How road salt is contaminating North America’s lakes
WAER: Heading Outdoors? SUNY ESF Professor Offers Tick and Lyme Disease Tips as Warmer Temps Settle in
Toronto Star: Science finds a way to bring back the American chestnut tree
Scientific American: Do Baby Eels Use Magnetic Maps to Hitch a Ride on the Gulf Stream?
Daily Orange: SUNY-ESF pledges to not use bee-toxic pesticides after designation as ‘pollinator friendly campus’
Daily Orange: SUNY-ESF team receives portion of state grant to manage overpopulation of white-tailed deer
More ESF News