Joining in Progress
Welcome to ESF
The 21st century will be defined by environmental challenges of unprecedented number and complexityand 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
ESF's president is among 1,219 governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and university leaders from across the U.S. or with significant operations in the U.S., representing the broadest cross section of the American economy yet assembled in pursuit of climate action, who this week declared their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions. (6/7)
The State University of New York ranked 38th in the "Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents for 2016," according to the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association, which publishes the ranking annually based on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office data. SUNY campuses were awarded 57 U.S. utility patents for advances in biotechnology, cancer research, manufacturing, renewable energy, and much more. ESF is among that group, with a patent related to research led by Dr. Christopher Nomura, a chemist who is ESF's vice president for research. (6/6)
Six employees of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) were honored by Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher for their service to the State University of New York (SUNY). (5/22)
A spider and an ant whose names are drawn from references in popular modern-day literature, a brilliant pink katydid and an omnivorous rat are among the discoveries identified by ESF as the Top 10 New Species for 2017. The list also includes a strikingly colored freshwater stingray and two plants - a bush tomato that appears to "bleed" when it's cut and an orchid with the face of the devil. Two leggy creatures - a millipede with more than 400 legs and an amphibious centipede - crawled onto the list, which is completed by a marine worm that looks a lot like fried pastry. (5/19)
Dr. Nosa Egiebor, who most recently served as chief international officer and professor of chemical engineering at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, joins ESF as provost and executive vice president. (5/15)
ESF's Class of 2017 joined the ranks of alumni Saturday, May 13, outfitted with their academic degrees and ESF flags to take with them on their adventures. The college conferred approximately 400 degrees during Commencement exercises at the SRC Arena and Events Center in Syracuse. (5/15)
ESF senior Curtis Wilhelmsen was honored by the Environmental Chemistry division of the American Chemical Society. He carried out research to help predict the identity of the mercury compounds formed in the atmosphere. (5/10)
The College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will confer approximately 400 degrees during Commencement exercises Saturday, May 13, at the SRC Arena and Events Center, Syracuse. (5/5)
More than 1500 Native American and Indigenous scientists, scholars and allies worldwide have endorsed the March for Science that will be held in more than 500 locations around the world this Saturday. One of the co-authors is Dr. Robin Kimmerer of ESF. (4/18)
ESF co-sponsored and participated in the Earth Day Teach-Ins this Saturday, April 22, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The college invited alumni, friends and anyone interested in learning about science to join the ESF session. (4/18)
Upcoming ESF Events
ESF in the Media
- Indian Country Today: Native American Students Can Combine Traditional and Scientific Knowledge at SUNY ESF:
Indian Country Today features ESF's Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and ESF's new degree in blended scientific and traditional ecological knowledge. 6/20/17
- WRVO: Syracuse deer count underway in effort to start curbing herd growth:
ESF's Dr. Brian Underwood is working on an updated count of Syracuse's urban deer to prepare for a city management plan. 6/21/17
- Eagle News: State Parks unveils plans for education center, boardwalk at Green Lakes:
ESF is working with Green Lakes State Park to build a new environmental education center at the park. 6/2/17
- Olean Times Herald: Biorefinery adds $1.5M to grant total thanks to ARC:
The Alfred State/ESF biorefinery project has received additional support from the Appalacian Regional Commission. 6/15/17
- New York Upstate: Toxic blue-green algae blooms could 'explode' soon in Upstate NY:
Dr. Greg Boyer says this summer's outlook for toxic blue-green algae blooms doesn't look good. 6/14/17