People

 

Philippe Vidon (Associate Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources Management & Division of Environmental Science)

Research interests include Water Quality, Riparian Zone/Watershed Biogeochemistry and Hydrology, Watershed Management, Best Management Practices, Surface and Subsurface Hydrology, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Mercury and Carbon Cycling

Alison Bressler (M.S student in Wetland and Water Resource Studies) Alison holds a B.S. in Political Science and Earth and Environmental Sciences from Furman University. Her undergraduate research focused on LID features in suburban South Carolina in order to reduce large scale eutrophication. Her current  research is focusing on the impact of willow birch on water quality, quantity, and associated ecosystems services in addition to investigating the broader social implications of growing willow birch as a biofuel and potential phytoremediation technique.

Sara Marchese (MS/PhD student in Environmental Science)

Sara is focusing on stream restoration impacts on the hydrology and biogeochemistry of near-stream zones. Her research examines surface water-groundwater interactions and solute and greenhouse gas fluxes in impacted areas.

Satish Serchan (MS student in Environmental Science)

Satish holds a B.S. from the University of Vermont (UVM). He received his degree in Environmental Science in 2008. He accepted a research Assistant position at Parks and People Foundation (P&PF) in Baltimore, MD after graduating from UVM. After a year and half with the P&PF, he accepted a research assistant position (SCA-Americorps) with the USDA-Pacific Northwest Research Station's Juneau Forestry Sciences Lab in Juneau, AK. After spending a little over 24 months with the Juneau Forestry Lab, in June 2012, he was one of the twelve students selected nationally under a USDA Forest Service Student Career Employment Program (SCEP). His graduate school is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service Research and Development team. His research interests include stream restoration, greenhouse gases production and consumption in streams draining forested landscapes. He will focus on quantifying the array of environmental drivers (climatic and geomorphological drivers) and indicators of greenhouse gas dynamics in streams. His field work takes place in the Archer Creek watershed, located in the Huntington Wildlife forest, in the Central Adirondacks.

Whitney Carleton (MS student in Forest and Natural Resources Management)

In my undergraduate work at Minnesota State University, Mankato I majored in Plant Biology and Environmental Sciences. The focus for this degree will be on Watershed and Wetland Resources. I have a strong interest in wetlands and hope to focus on both their hydrology and geomorphology while at ESF.

Kate Powers (M.S student in Wetland and Water Resource Studies). As an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University, I conducted research under Dr. Amanda Lavigne regarding the potential power output of pre-existing micro-hydro dams in Northern New York. This experience greatly influenced my MS concentration of Water and Wetland Resource Studies, as well as my focus on holistic, interdisciplinary approaches to environmental issues. With my current research I plan to discuss both the ecological risk assessment and public risk perception of hydraulic fracturing. Beyond academic courses and research, I work for the SUNY-ESF Outreach Office as a STEM Mentor, teaching 1st and 4th graders at Van Duyn and Dr. King Elementary Schools.

Tim Koch (M.S student in Wetland and Water Resource Studies). After undergraduate I did an internship with the US Forest Service conducting watershed health surveys throughout the Pacific Northwest. Looking at land use on watershed maps and then hiking across the land to get to the sampling locations really got me interested in watershed science. I would like to look at the impact of land cover change on ephemeral stream channel morphology and water quality from a managerial view point in order to best mitigate these changes in the future.