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
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)
Scores of tiny American chestnut seedlings that grow in a field in the upstate New York countryside could be the vanguard in the resurgence of what was once the most dominant tree in the eastern forests. The young trees carry one gene, added by ESF scientists to the 38,000 genes that occur naturally in American chestnuts, that make them capable of withstanding the invasive blight that wiped out billions of their ancestors a century ago. (3/6)
The Peace Corps named ESF as a top volunteer-producing college. (3/2)
ESF researchers published a study in the journal PLOS ONE that says between 1990 and 2000, the average distance from any point in the United States to the nearest forest increased by 14 percent - or about a third of a mile. And while the distance isn't insurmountable for humans in search of a nature fix, it can present challenges for wildlife and have broad effects on ecosystems. (2/22)
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ESF in the Media
- Auburn Citizen: SUNY-ESF students propose landscape designs, visitor center site for Harriet Tubman park:
ESF Landscape Architecture students are lending their skills to develop proposals for the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn. 5/7/17
- Syracuse.com: Onondaga Lake restoration projects fulfill decades of dreaming:
ESF professors Neil Ringler and Don Leopold submitted a letter to Syracuse.com encouraging public support for upcoming restoration and recreation projects for Onondaga Lake. 5/9/17
- EIN News: Biomass Powering a Military Base in Upstate New York:
EIN News reports on the collaboration between ESF's Willow Project and Fort Drum, which generates much of its electricity with a biomass power plant. 5/9/17
- Motherboard: The March for Science Forced Scientists to Talk Straight to the Public:
Dr. Paul Hirsch is featured in a Motherboard article on the March for Science and the need for public science communication. 4/24/17
- Watertown Daily Times: Hooks and Antlers: DEC’s annual fish assessment report bears bad news:
ESF's Thousand Islands Biological Station contributed to the NYS DEC's annual report on the state's fisheries.4/23/17