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

Research Seminar: Hydrologic Connectivity and Ecological Engineering Applications, C. Nathan Jones, PhD

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, 437 Baker Lab,

Hydrological System Science Seminar Series: Plant Communities of the Onondaga Lake Watershed

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Moon Library Room 110, HSS Seminar Series on Onondaga Lake

Talk: Kyungsun Lee, "The Transition to Eco-Industrial Parks: Experiences from Korea and Japan"

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm, Marshall 213, Website

Community Art Project

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Website

EFB News

  • News Channel 9: SUNY ESF professor: spring-like weather could be dangerous for crops
  • Indian Country Media Network: Native American Students Can Combine Traditional and Scientific Knowledge at SUNY ESF
  • WRVO: Trump Tuesday rally in Syracuse focuses on science, environment
  • TWC News: Trump Tuesday: A Weekly Occurrence in Downtown Syracuse
  • The Conversation: Galapagos giant tortoises make a comeback, thanks to innovative conservation strategies
  • Darwin Celebrated in Moon Library
  • ESF Alum Honored by White House
  • Daily Orange: In a backward step for conservation, Onondaga County could seriously threaten its lake’s bald eagle population
  • New York Upstate: Duck hunters' dilemma: 'We shot a mallard with a radio transmitter on its back'
  • Auburn Citizen: Baltimore Woods Nature Center's new executive director looks to keep building community
  • More ESF News


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