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Environmental Interpretation
M.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.

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Environmental interpretation sharpens the cutting edge of communication among scientists and various public sectors. Graduate study enables students to explore interpretation/conservation education processes through application to specific projects in the natural sciences and science education. Students pursue career pathways in natural resource agencies, in nature centers, museums, aquaria, botanical gardens and especially in the science classroom. The environmental interpretation program incorporates a 15,000-acre reserve in the heart of the Adirondack Park and an associated Adirondack Interpretative Center with trail system. Internships and partnerships with a variety of conservation-based programs are vital to the program. Students develop their course of study from a large palette of graduate courses in Environmental and Forest Biology.

Participating Faculty

  • Melissa K. Fierke;
    forest entomology, forest ecology, invasive forest pests, insect-tree interactions, tree defenses
  • Elizabeth Folta;
    natural history & interpretation, informal biology education, environmental education.
  • Donald J. Leopold;
    forest and freshwater wetland ecology, conservation, and restoration, peatland ecology and conservation, local and regional controls of species richness and rarity, dynamics of plant communities as affected by man and environment, management for unique communities and rare species, dendrology, native plants, restoration ecology, rare species conservation
  • Gregory McGee;
    ecology, management and restoration of forest ecosystems, effects of atmospheric nitrogen deposition on northern hardwood forests, plant ecology
  • Rebecca Rundell;
    evolutionary biology, conservation biology, speciation, adaptive and nonadaptive radiations, biogeography, phylogenetics, systematics, Pacific island radiations and biodiversity conservation, land snails, marine/aquatic microscopic invertebrates
  • Stephen A. Teale;
    forest entomology, insect behavior, pheromones of forest insects, insect ecology, pest management, chemical ecology, evolution of pheromone communications
  • Alexander Weir;
    conservation mycology, fungal biodiversity and conservation, fungal-arthropod interactions, biology of parasites and symbionts, systematics and evolutionary biology of fungi, fungi and humans, biology of parasites and symbionts


Current Graduate Students in Environmental Interpretation

Current Students

Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Tiffany DeaterTiffany Deater

Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Weir and Turner

Qing RenQing Ren

Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Folta

Personal Statement
I became interested in environmental education when I was a undergraduate student in the Communication University of China. After graduated in 2004 with a BA in Animation Art, I worked at an local nonprofit in Beijing for four years as an environmental education project manager. I am currently pursuing a MS from ESF in environmental interpretation. I am interested in the management and evaluation of non-formal environmental education programs and the roles of science and culture in environmental communication.

Kyle TeufelKyle Teufel

Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Folta

Emily Van NessEmily Van Ness

Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): McGee and Folta

Sara VelardiSara Velardi

Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Folta

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