Philippe Vidon (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 current research focuses on the impact of shrub willow on soil water quality and greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional land use (corn and hay)  in Cape Vincent, NY. The project is also investigating the wide range of ecosystem services and disservices associated with shrub willow as a biofuel source for the ReEnergy power plant at Fort Drum.

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.

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.

Piotr Domaszczynski (Post-doctoral fellow: The integrated water-system of the Great Lakes Region: Its conditions and challenges for the future). Piotr received his B.S. and M.S in Electrical Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology. After a short experience working for energy sector he moved to study Water Resources Engineering at the University of Iowa.  After completing his Ph.D. in 2012, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA analyzing spatio-temporal patterns in precipitation. His Research interests include environmental management, watershed hydrology, flooding, environmental remote sensing, spatial statistics and economic impacts of natural hazards.

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.


Molly Welsh (Ph.D. student in Wetland and Water Resource Studies). Molly earned her B.S. in Environmental Science and Management with a minor in Marine and Environmental Policy from the University of Rhode Island. While at URI, Molly conducted research on nitrogen removal in headwater streams with the Watershed Hydrology Laboratory.  Her senior honors thesis focused on quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from beaver ponds in southern Rhode Island. She also collaborated with the RI Department of Health on a research and outreach campaign on pet waste on public beaches. Molly earned her M.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where her research investigated environmental drivers of denitrification in restored and unrestored streams and riparian zones in agricultural watersheds. Her current research interests include surface water-groundwater interactions, coupled biogeochemical cycles, and seasonal controls on nutrient chemistry along the stream-floodplain-riparian continuum. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.  

Matt Allen (Ph.D. student in Wetland and Water Resource Studies).  Hailing from Connecticut, Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in geography at UConn and worked in the environmental and natural resources fields in that state. Most recently Matt completed a master’s degree in geography at the University at Buffalo where his research dealt with the spatial analysis of large woody debris loadings and recruitment potential in western New York watersheds. As a Ph.D. student at ESF Matt will continue to pursue research in watershed science and management working with Dr. Vidon and others on a USDA project investigating riparian zone functions in formerly glaciated settings.