The Thousand Island Biological Station's research program focuses on the aquatic ecology of the river with an emphasis on fisheries, wetlands, limnology, invasive species, and ecological perturbations.
The mission of TIBS is to conserve aquatic resources through generating scientifically based information on the ecosystem to assist the decision making process of managers, while providing high-quality opportunities in the areas of education and outreach.
Governor' s Island was named for island summer resident Thomas G. Alvord, Lieutenant Governor of New York State in 1864. James and Lorraine Lewis donated the island to SUNY-ESF in 1973. The Lorraine E. Lewis Thousand Islands Biological Station (TIBS) was created in 2000 and received its first Director in 2001. Through the faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology an important aquatic research program was developed beginning with the St. Lawrence Seaway Winter Navigation Studies in the 1970' s. Research has continued through fisheries management studies with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) from 1983 to present.