M.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.
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.
- Melissa K. Fierke; firstname.lastname@example.org
forest entomology, forest ecology, invasive forest pests, insect-tree interactions, tree defenses
- Elizabeth Folta; email@example.com
natural history & interpretation, informal biology education, environmental education.
- Donald J. Leopold; firstname.lastname@example.org
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; email@example.com
ecology, management and restoration of forest ecosystems; STEM education
- Rebecca Rundell; firstname.lastname@example.org
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; email@example.com
forest entomology, insect behavior, pheromones of forest insects, insect ecology, pest management, chemical ecology, evolution of pheromone communications
- Alexander Weir; firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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Current Graduate Students in Environmental Interpretation
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Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Weir and Turner
Previous Graduate Study: Boston College (Secondary Biology In)
Graduate Research Interests
My interests lie at the intersection of environmental justice and environmental knowledge. My research will focus on the relationship between race and modern American colonialism in urban, rural, and wilderness contexts.
Graduate Research Topic
New York State Parks and Augmented Reality: Exploring the relationship between visitor learning and sense of stewardship through augmented reality games at Green Lakes State Park and Clark Reservation State Park.
Graduate Research Topic
I am investigating the visitor experience at Beaver Lake Nature Center through surveys and focus groups. The data collection is scheduled to be completed in November '15. Specific areas of the experience that I am looking into include on-site activities, motivation for visitation, seasonal and temporal variation, program attendance, and interactions with others. The purpose of the study is to help Beaver Lake Nature Center have a better understanding of their who their audience is and how their experiences are shaped.