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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

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 Chancellor’s 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)

ESF Hosts Photo Exhibit of Migratory Birds along Onondaga Lake

The Central New York community has a second opportunity - on Earth Day - to see local wildlife photographers' stunning images of migratory birds taken along the Onondaga Lake shoreline. An exhibit titled "Onondaga Lake: An Important Stop for Birds on an Impressive Journey" will be on display 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. (4/14)

Study Examines Conditions for Growing Young Chestnuts

ESF researchers contributed to a study published in the February issue of "HortScience" that provides new recommendations that can help increase the stock of blight-resistant American chestnut trees to be used in efforts to restore the species. (3/31)

Scientists Honored for Study on Improving Odds for Bats' Survival

Two ESF researchers are part of an innovative team of scientists that has been honored for research focused on improving bats' odds of surviving white-nose syndrome by investigating their migratory patterns, habitat use and ability to fight the disease itself. (3/30)

ESF Earns ‘Tree Campus’ Distinction

ESF has been recognized as a "Tree Campus USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation. (3/29)

Travis Lecture Focuses on Onondaga Lake

Dr. Neil Ringler will present an in-depth look at the renewal of Onondaga Lake at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) March 30. (3/15)

Climate Change Redistributes Global Water Resources

Rising temperatures worldwide are changing not only weather systems, but - just as importantly - the distribution of water around the globe, according to a study published today (March 14, 2016) in the journal, "Scientific Reports." The lead author on the study is an ESF graduate student. (3/14)

ESF Professor Works to Build Community at COP21

When world leaders gathered in Paris in December to put together an unprecedented global climate agreement, ESF Professor Jack Manno was next door, helping people learn to communicate with each other so they can take a grassroots approach to solving the challenge of climate change. (3/11)

Malmsheimer Shares Sustainability Expertise with European Policymakers

Dr. Robert Malmsheimer traveled to Europe this past fall to meet with policy makers to discuss sustainability and the carbon benefits of using wood pellets from the southeastern United States to produce energy. (3/11)

Summer Semester 2016

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Upcoming ESF Events

8th Annual New York State Biotechnology Symposium
May 19 - 20, Gateway Center. Event Website

Thesis Defense -- Michelle Tinner
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. 254 Baker.

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