Douglas J. Daley, P.E.

















Department of Environmental Resources Engineering


Associate Professor
SUNY Center for Brownfield Studies
Office: 420 Baker Lab
Mail: 402 Baker Lab
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry,
1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 470-4760 (Office)
(315) 470-6633 (Dept)
(315) 470-6958 (Fax)


Research Interests

·       Ecological Engineering (water budget modeling, phytotechnology in an evapotranspiration landfill cover system, sustainability using emergy analysis)

·        Brownfield Redevelopment (collaborative efforts to re-use abandoned urban property)

·        Stormwater Engineering (green infrastructure such as bioretention, green roof, wetlands)

Projects and Funded Activities:

Daley, D.J. Workshops to Develop Faculty Mentors and Sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates in Water Resources Science and Engineering. SUNY 4E Network of Excellence. 2014.

Daley, D.J. Fire as a Forcing Function in Ecological Restoration. 2014 STEM Undergraduate Research Program, Research Foundation of SUNY. 2014.

Daley, D.J. (PI). Carbon Exchange in Green Infrastructure Practices.  SUNY ESF ERE/OBG Seed Grant. 2014.

Smith, J., M. Driscoll, S. Bhatia,  and D. J. Daley. Development of Innovative PAM-Coated Fibers for Erosion and Sediment Control. Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center. 3/13 – 9/13.

Sustainable Reuse Demonstration Project using Short Rotation Woody Crops for Water Budget Management. Volk, T.A. and Daley, D.J. Honeywell Inc. Syracuse NY, 2003 – current.

Heat and Water Fluxes in a Restored Salt Marsh on Industrial Fill. Daley, D.J. Honeywell Inc. Syracuse, NY. 2010 – present.

Sustainable Green Roof Design using Native Plant Communities. Toland, T., Daley, D.J. and Leopold, D. New York State. 2012 – present.

Beneficial Use Determination: Wood Ash as a Substitute Construction Material for Road Stabilization. Daley, D.J.  and Smith, J. Syracuse University and SUNY ESF. 2012 – present.

Feasibility of Using Post-Consumer Food Waste for Raising Tilapia and Lettuce in an Aquaponic Nutrient Recovery System. Amadori, M. and Daley, D.J. 2010 – 2012.


Director, SUNY Center for Brownfield Studies

Member, Center for the Urban Environment




Project and Student News:

April 30 2014: Congratulations to Samuel Asare-Adjebeng (MS, ERE). Samuel completed his thesis research on the use of eddy covariance method to determine evapotranspiration rates for a restored inland salt marsh.

April 2014: Daley and student Eliott Alexander present Stormwater Retention on the Gateway Center Green Roof to the Central NY Chapter NYWEA Spring Meeting

August 2013: Read Daley's article in NY Water Environment Association's quarterly publication Summer 2013 Clearwaters Emergy Accounting for Assessing the Sustainability of Wastewater Management Systems here.

June 2013: Conference presentation. Daley, Douglas, Timothy Toland and Don Leopold. Design of an Intensive Green Roof Based on Native Plant Communities. New York Water Environment Association Spring Meeting. Syracuse, NY

May 2013: My first visit to the alvar plant communities at Lucky Star Ranch. Don Leopold and Tim Toland based the green roof plant selection and design using these communities as a template.

April 2013: Undergraduate student research aides Elliot Alexander (green roof, willo cover, green infrastructure), Sam Steele (polyacrylamide coatings on rolled erosion control products) and Sara Chin (testing rolled erosion control products made from forest product residuals) join the team. Thanks to Jen Smith (SCME) for lab and technical leadership.

December 2012: Claudia and Gino complete their MPS degrees. Congratulations!

November 2012: I had another appearance as a tlaking head on the local public TV show (Insight, Episode 132) about Redefining Garbage. My former MS student and entrepreneur Michael Amadori is also featured as he attempts to convert food waste into doggie treats at a commercial scale. Visit WCNY insight if you want to see the show.

September 2012: My current graduate students include: Stephanie Lewis, Samuel Asare-Adjebeng, Claudia Losada, Owen Hunter, Daria Medicis, Caroline Romano, Gino DosSantos (GPES), and Krystal White (GPES). You can find out more about the ERE students at

May 2012: Received a grant through SU's Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP) to obtain a Beneficial Use Determination (BUD) to use ash from the College's wood-fired boilers as a road construction material. I'm also working with Ken Tiss and Jen Smith from ESF's Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering Department on another SEP-funded project for An Evaluation of the Central New York Commercial Construction Industry Awareness of Sustainable Construction Techniques and Requirements.

April 2012: I have a cameo appearance in a locally-produced show on public television. Host of WCNY's Insight Farah Jadran interviewed me along with several other ESF experts about the status of Onondaga Lake cleanup for a show entitled Onondaga Lake, How Clean is Clean? from their website: "Onondaga Lake, unfortunately, takes the brunt when it comes to environmental disasters. This summer, after many years of investigating, researching and development, a major component of the lake clean-up will begin.  With the biggest phase of clean-up commencing, many residents are feeling hopeful that Onondaga Lake has a chance at being more than just Central New York’s punch line of pollution. "

August 2010: Welcome to new graduate students Nick Pasco (MS, ERE, Ecological Engineering), Daria Medicis (MPS, ERE, Environmental Management) and Jordan Gross (MS, GPES).

June 2010: Michael Amadori (MS 2011) is pursuing thesis research involving nutrient fluxes in aquaponics systems. Michael's research will combine elements of ecological engineering with horticulture to reduce the discharge of nitrogen to the environment.

May 2010: Deborah Ofori (MS, 2010) completed her thesis examining Heat and Water Fluxes in a Willow-based Alternative Landfill Cover System.

April 2010: Students from engineering and landscape arcitecture combined efforts in a semester-long design studio to develop a plan for improving two former paper mill sites in Lyons Falls, NY and Groveton, NH. Student design included aquaponics, a combined hyrdoponics and aquaculture system, as a method to increase the supply of locally grown food, and to take advantage of transporation infrastructure to convey fresh produce to markets in New York City. The SUNY Center for Brownfield Studies is pursuing the long-term redevelopment strategy for the Groveton site.