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Upcoming Events

Managing White Pine in the Adirondacks - A workshop for foresters, loggers and landowners
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Adirondack Interpretive Center - 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb NY.

SUNY-ESF at the New York State Fair
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm. NYS Fairgrounds, Geddes. Science & Industry Building.

SUNY-ESF at the New York State Fair
Monday, August 25, 2014, NYS Fairgrounds, Geddes. Science & Industry Building.

Classes Begin
Monday, August 25, 2014,

EFB News

· Dr. Turner's work with termites on National Geographic website

("A professor of animal physiology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, this rangy intellectual MacGyver does it all in search of clues to a biological mystery: How do tiny termites build such spectacular structures?" 7/31/14) READ MORE

· Chestnut Project in Popular Science

(Popular Science included the Chestnut Restoration Project in this roundup of beneficial and boundary-pushing GMO projects. 7/28/14) READ MORE

· James Gibbs on Galapagos Tortoises

(Dr. James Gibbs was interviewed on Radiolab for a 1-hour special on the Galapagos Islands. His segment, on the legendary and now-extinct Pinta tortoise, begins at 25 minutes in. Click to listen. 7/14) READ MORE

· Quentin Wheeler: Be aware of invasive species

(Quentin Wheeler wrote an op-ed on awareness of invasive species in honor of the first New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week. 7/21/14) READ MORE

· Grad student's Snowy Plover project featured in Pensacola News Journal

(ESF grad student Maureen Durkin was one of the shorebird researchers interviewed in this article that exhorts holiday visitors to be mindful of shorebirds at the beach. 7/3/14) READ MORE

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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.

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