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Welcome to ESF

The 21st century will be defined by environmental challenges of unprecedented number and complexity—and how society responds to them. ESF is at the forefront of confronting these challenges: educating tomorrow's leaders, opening new possibilities, and inspiring the public to engage in creating a better future.

For more than a century, ESF has been unique among institutions of higher learning in its singular focus on environmental discovery, learning, and sustainability. We offer the excellence of a small campus education in an atmosphere of big ideas. Located in a transcendent triangle, ESF simultaneously offers life in a top-20 small college city, thousands of acres of living laboratory in the Adirondacks, and easy access to New York City. For those who love the natural world, it doesn't get any better than this.

A combination of students among the best in the nation and a faculty of international leaders in their fields create an environment of excellence and boundless possibilities. Discover why ESF is consistently ranked among the best values among its peers. Explore our Web pages. Visit our campus. Talk to our students. Meet our faculty. Find out for yourself the remarkable breadth and depth of our academic, research, and public outreach programs.

Fortunately, challenges and opportunities come in equal measure. ESF is boldly envisioning new and creative ways in which we can meet society's needs today while avoiding the destruction or diminishment of the natural world, living resources, and options open to humans in the future. Whether your passion lies in designing better human-built environments, conserving and understanding biological diversity, or engineering better ways to meet the needs of human survival, ESF is in a league of its own.

Dr. Quentin Wheeler, President

Recent News

ESF Welcomes Strong Class for Fall 2016

ESF is welcoming approximately 327 first-year students to campus this fall. (8/23)

Alumna Launches Career with Saws and Llamas

Lauren Bartl FNRM '15 thought she was headed to Colorado to spend the summer working indoors at visitors center when an injury to a co-worker nudged Bartl into a job that has her working outside and living in a tent for days at a time. And she likes it. (8/8)

NYC Students Learn Hands-on Science

Twenty high school students from New York City will spend a week at ESF this summer, immersing themselves in hands-on science. (8/5)

SRC Fellowship Supports Student in Battle against Mosquitoes

A chemical compound - new to science and never before identified - is being investigated by an ESF doctoral student who is working to replicate it so it can be tested as a weapon in the battle against disease-transmitting mosquitoes. (8/1)

ESF among SUNY Leaders in Support for Minority-, Women-owned Businesses

ESF is one of the leaders among State University of New York (SUNY) campuses in supporting minority- and women-owned businesses. (8/1)

ESF Integrates Indigenous Knowledge into New Graduate Program

An award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) develop a new graduate program integrating indigenous knowledge with scientific knowledge in service to sustainability. (7/29)

Feinstone Environmental Awards Honor Women in Science

Four accomplished female scientists will be honored this fall as recipients of the 2016 Feinstone Environmental Awards. Recipients will be honored in four categories - private industry, non-governmental organizations, academia and government. They will receive the awards during the annual Feinstone Environmental Awards Banquet, to be held Oct. 26 in the Gateway Center on the ESF campus. (7/14)

ESF Monitors Waters of Sodus Bay

A crisp, clear spring morning when sunlight sparkles off the water might seem like an odd time to think about toxic algal blooms that coat the water in a thick blue-green film, but it's precisely when researchers start water monitoring. (7/6)

Newcomb Campus Hosts Sculptor as Artist-in-residence

Sculptor George Bumann, a member of the ESF Class of '98, is the fourth artist-in-residence at the Newcomb Campus, and will be in residence June 29 through July 27. (6/20)

Secret Lives of Amazonian Fishes Revealed by Chemicals Stored in Their Ear-stones

Fish species that are both economically and ecologically important in South America live mysterious lives. Scientists know relatively little about the thousands of fish species living in the world's largest river system. An ESF-led research team has published a study that reports on the use of chemical analysis of ear-stones or "otoliths" as a way to tease out a fish's life story, potentially revealing its migratory routes and the environments it encountered in its travels. (6/8)

Upcoming ESF Events

Talk: Dr. Fengshi Wu, "Democratic Transition and Environmental Governance"
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm. Marshal 213.

Alumni & Family Fall Weekend and Reunions
October 7 - 9, Event website and lodging information

Detecting Microplastics in Waterways with Citizen Science
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. ESF Gateway Center.

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