Huntington Wildlife Forest Personnel
Program Faculty & Staff
(518) 582-4551 ext 102
I am an ecologist with research interests in forest ecology, landscape ecology, and the impacts of land use on wildlife habitat. I have projects relating to songbirds, white-tailed deer, amphibians, and wildlife populations in northeastern forests. I received a B.A. in Biology from SUNY-Geneseo and an M.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY-ESF ('97). Before returning to ESF in 2000, I worked for the Conservation Management Institute of the Fisheries and Wildlife Department of Virginia Tech. I also helped manage the Geographic Information System for the Great Lakes Program of The Nature Conservancy and collaborated on an analysis of conservation priorities for reptiles and amphibians. I am a member of the Ecological Society of America, Society for Conservation Biology, and The Wildlife Society (including the GIS, Remote Sensing, and Telemetry Working Group). I share two amazing daughters with Paul Hai and enjoy hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and anything that gets me outdoors.
(315) 470- 6578 Syracuse or (518) 582-4551 ext 106 in Newcomb
I joined the AEC in August 2007. I completed a bachelor's in biology and psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a master's in forest ecology at Virginia Tech, where I studied ecophysiology of oak regeneration beneath evergreen understory shrubs in southern Appalachian forests. I just recently completed a Ph.D. at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, where I was a National Science Foundation Fellow in the IGERT Resilience and Adaptation program. My doctoral work focused on ecological, economic and political aspects of forest management in the Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska, with studies ranging from climate change impacts on temperate rainforests, to the outcomes of the Alaska conservation debate for both ecosystems and human communities, to the rise and fall of industrial timber in Alaska. My responsibilities at the AEC emphasize research on climate change, forest management and conservation, ecological economics, renewable energy, and sustainability in the Adirondacks and Northern Forest, and will include teaching and outreach. I am strongly interested in collaborating with our many partners - academic, stakeholder and governmental - in the region. I split my time between the Huntington Wildlife Forest and Syracuse with my Alaskan-born-and-bred wife April and my daughter Nora.
(518) 582-4551 ext 103
My educational background includes as A.A.S. in Environmental Science and a B.S. in Environmental Forest Biology from SUNY-ESF. I am responsible for collecting and maintaining the databases associated with the AEC's ALTEMP research. My primary research interest revolves around small mammals and their importance in forested ecosystems. Current research projects include the impact of uneven aged silvicultural systems on cavity abundance and subsequent impact on cavity nesting species.
(518) 582-4551 ext 104
I am responsible for the educational outreach program drawing on the AEC’s research at Huntington Forest and throughout the Adirondacks, developing partnerships with and program content for diverse audiences. Outreach programs are typified by the use of natural history, inquiry-based activities and outdoor experiences as the foundations for teaching the process of science and for getting students outside. My educational interests include a passion for making cross-disciplinary connections, infusing science and nature into all disciplinary studies; a deep interest in the environmental, ecological and cultural legacy of resource exploitation and management in the Adirondacks; and a strong commitment to reconnecting children and nature. I am co-founder of Children in Nature, New York, serve on the Grassroots Leadership Team of the national Children and Nature Network, and serve on the NYSOEA-led committee to draft an Environmental Literacy Plan for New York State. These interests and my commitment to leaving no child inside are major themes of the new Northern Forest Institute for Conservation Education and Leadership Training I am currently working to develop.
(518) 582-4551 ext 113
I am the Business Manager, assisting the Director in all manner of financial management for AEC. I have a M.S. in Math Education and previous experience as the Office Manager and Bookkeeper for a small accounting partnership. After a life of living in other parts of the country and New York State I have called the Adirondacks home for 13 years, and couldn’t think to live anywhere else. I became a member of this wonderful team of educators and researchers in March 2010. I live in Newcomb with my husband who is the NYS DEC Forest Ranger for the Southern High Peaks.
Adirondack Forest Property Manager
(518) 582-4551 ext 105
I oversee the forest management of the College's Adirondack properties. This includes Huntington Wildlife Forest - Newcomb (15,000 acres), Pack Demonstration Forest - Warrensburg (2,500 acres), and Dubuar Memorial Forest - Wanakena (2,500 acres). Management activities involve forest inventory, mapping, management planning, timber sale administration, maintain the continuous forest inventory system, and maintain various ground control systems. Our management goals are designed to support the College's mission of teaching, research, and demonstration. I have been with the College as Forest Manager since 1983. Active member of Society of American Foresters (1978), SAF Certified Forester and New York Trained Logger Certified.
Adirondack Property Forester
(518) 582-4551 ext 107
I have been working at HWF since 1982. I was originally hired to work exclusively at the Newcomb Campus, but now have responsibilities at the college properties in Warrensburg and Wanakena. I am Certified Forester under the Society of American Foresters certification program. My duties include general forest management activities ( inventory, stand evaluation and prescription, boundary and grid line maintenance, trail maintenance, etc.), maintaining and updating records and files on forest management activities, assisting the Adirondack Forest Properties Manager in administering timber harvest programs (marking stands, scaling products, contract supervision, etc.), supervising the Forest Operations summer crew and assisting in instructional, research and public service activities.
Mark Miller became the HWF maintenance supervisor in the summer of 2007. A Newcomb native, Mark is a skilled mechanic and brings a wealth of skills and experience in building construction, maintenance and landscaping to the station.
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