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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

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)

ESF Landscape Architecture Students Receive ASLA Honors

Six students in ESF's Department of Landscape Architecture received honors from the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA). (6/7)

Student's Project Dishes Up Food to Those in Need

Samantha Moore Guillaume still has two years to go before she graduates from ESF with a degree in sustainable energy management. Already, the wheels are turning and she is thinking about career options. In the meantime, she created a project that keeps food out of the waste stream and into the hands of those who need it. (6/7)

ESF Student Finalist for Olmsted Scholar Award

Kathryn Chesebrough, a recent graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), was a finalist for the National Olmsted Scholar award. The award is presented by the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). (6/7)

ESF Lists Top 10 New Species for 2016

A hominin in the same genus as humans and a fossil ape nicknamed "Laia" are among the discoveries identified by ESF as the Top 10 New Species for 2016. The list also includes a giant Galapagos tortoise, a red seadragon, an anglerfish, a tiny isopod, a beetle named after a fictional bear, a damselfly with a suggestive name, a carnivorous sundew and a small tree. (5/23)

Advice for Graduates: Stay United, 'Enjoy Your Wisdom'

The ESF Class of 2016 got some advice during Commencement May 14 from their peers, the college's academic and alumni leaders, and a magazine editor who received an honorary degree. (5/16)

NYSERDA Launches Climate Change Science Clearinghouse

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced the launch of a new web-based information source for climate-related information developed by New York state in a partnership that includes ESF. (5/9)

Millions of Native Orchids Flourish at Former Mining Waste Site

Millions of native orchids are flourishing on the site of a former iron mine in the Adirondacks, suggesting that former industrial sites - typically regarded as blighted landscapes - have untapped value in ecological restoration efforts. ESF graduate student Grete Bader, who completed her master's thesis on the site, said the plants are growing on a wetland that developed naturally on iron mine "tailings," the waste left over from the process of separating the valuable part of an ore from the rock that has no economic value. (4/27)

Two ESF Students Earn SUNY Chancellorís Award

ESF seniors Margaret Foley and Fareya Zubair have been honored with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon students by the State University of New York. (4/25)

Summer Semester 2016

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Upcoming ESF Events

Capstone Seminar - Matthew Bethurem
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. 213 Marshall Hall.

Ranger School Summer Bridge Program
July 10 - August 5, 257 Ranger School Rd. Wanakena. Event Website

2016 ESF Golf Tournament
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. Timber Banks Golf Club. Click Here For More Information!

Huntington Lecture Series- New York Bats: Natural History and Current Status
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852.

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

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