Newcomb Campus Faculty & Staff
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Associate Director and Research Associate
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I am an ecologist with research interests in long-term changes in the northern forest, biodiversity conservation, and relationship of human land use planning, recreation, and forest management to ecosystem function and wildlife habitat. Current research projects include forest songbird communities (including the Rusty Blackbird); citizen science in boreal wetlands; amphibians, vernal pools and land use; phenology and climate change; and relationship of invasive species and native wildlife. I also help administer the Adirondack Ecological Center's research and academic programs. I received a B.A. in Biology from SUNY-Geneseo, an M.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY-ESF ('97) and am currently a member of the Graduate Program in Environmental Studies at ESF. I enjoy hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and anything that gets me outdoors.
Paul B. Hai
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My responsibilities at the Newcomb Campus include leading the Northern Forest Institute for Conservation Education and Leadership Training (NFI), which is the umbrella under which education and outreach at the Newcomb Campus are organized.
NFI draws on the AEC’s near century of research at Huntington Forest and throughout the Adirondacks to create a wide range of program content for diverse audiences. NFI programs are typified by the use of natural history, inquiry-based activities, and outdoor experiences as the foundations for teaching the process of science and for engaging all students in an outdoor setting. In addition to teaching a broad compliment of individual programs I lead NFI’s leadership and diversity initiatives.
Additional responsibilities include building intra- and inter-institutional partnerships; development and fundraising; managing program-related activities including guest services and the Rich Lake Dining Center; and strategic initiatives including Newcomb Campus marketing and special projects such as development of Masten House and renovations of the Adirondack Interpretive Center and Huntington Lodge.
Charlotte L. Demers
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My educational background includes as A.A.S. in Environmental Science and a B.S. in Environmental Forest Biology from SUNY-ESF. I am responsible for collecting and maintaining the databases associated with the AEC's ALTEMP research. My primary research interest revolves around small mammals and their importance in forested ecosystems. I manage the Adirondack Interpretive Center, the outreach facility of ESF's Newcomb Campus.
I am thrilled to work as the Environmental Education Coordinator for ESF’s Newcomb Campus. After growing up in the Northeastern Adirondacks, I earned a B.A. in both Environmental Studies and Religious Studies from St. Lawrence University and a Master in Environmental Management from Western State Colorado University. Along the way, I taught environmental education at a number of different locations, including in the forests of Northeast Vermont, during shorebird migrations along the Oregon Coast, and among alpine wildflowers in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. I am excited to bring these experiences back to the Adirondacks to build and grow a hands-on, robust environmental education program at ESF’s Newcomb Campus.
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I am the Business Manager, assisting the Director in all manner of financial management for AEC. I have a M.S. in Math Education and previous experience as the Office Manager and Bookkeeper for a small accounting partnership. After a life of living in other parts of the country and New York State I have called the Adirondacks home for 13 years, and couldn’t think to live anywhere else. I became a member of this wonderful team of educators and researchers in March 2010. I live in Newcomb with my husband who is the NYS DEC Forest Ranger for the Southern High Peaks.
Natasha L. Karniski
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I am a wildlife ecologist and deal mostly with the long term monitoring programs at the AEC, including collecting and managing data for various ALTEMP projects. I received a B.S. in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois and an M.S. in Conservation Biology from SUNY-ESF. My master's project examined the effects of snow on martens and fishers in the Adirondacks, and my interests generally follow that line; species' interactions both with each other and their surrounding habitat.
Dr. Marianne Patinelli-Dubay
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As an Environmental Philosopher at ESF's Newcomb Campus I am dedicated to supporting and facilitating rich conversations across a range of disciplines, particularly bridging the arts and humanities with science. Ongoing projects include SAF-accredited seminars in ethics for science and forestry professionals, a K-12 curriculum concerning the environmental impact of Aristotle's virtue ethics, an annual revival of the Philosophers' Camp, a series of public "plein air conversations" focused on John Dewey's Art as Experience and an annual academic symposium on land use and ethics.
Guest Services Manager
(518) 582-4551 ext 101I manage guest and conference services at the Newcomb Campus. By working closely with guests and groups to coordinate lodging, meals and related services; my aim is to ensure all who visit the campus are able to reach their goals for research, education, enrichment and professional development. I have a degree in Environmental Studies and a professional background in outdoor education, youth development, event planning and non-profit management.
Adirondack Forest Property Manager
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I oversee the forest management of the College's Adirondack properties. This includes Huntington Wildlife Forest - Newcomb (15,000 acres), Pack Demonstration Forest - Warrensburg (2,500 acres), and Dubuar Memorial Forest - Wanakena (2,500 acres). Management activities involve forest inventory, mapping, management planning, timber sale administration, maintain the continuous forest inventory system, and maintain various ground control systems. Our management goals are designed to support the College's mission of teaching, research, and demonstration. I have been with the College as Forest Manager since 1983. Active member of Society of American Foresters (1978), SAF Fellow (2014), SAF District 6 President’s Field Forester Award (2015), SAF Certified Forester (1999), and New York Trained Logger Certified (1997).
Adirondack Property Forester
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I have been working at HWF since 1982. I was originally hired to work exclusively at the Newcomb Campus, but now have responsibilities at the college properties in Warrensburg and Wanakena. I am Certified Forester under the Society of American Foresters certification program. My duties include general forest management activities ( inventory, stand evaluation and prescription, boundary and grid line maintenance, trail maintenance, etc.), maintaining and updating records and files on forest management activities, assisting the Adirondack Forest Properties Manager in administering timber harvest programs (marking stands, scaling products, contract supervision, etc.), supervising the Forest Operations summer crew and assisting in instructional, research and public service activities.
Mark Miller became the HWF maintenance supervisor in the summer of 2007. A Newcomb native, Mark is a skilled mechanic and brings a wealth of skills and experience in building construction, maintenance and landscaping to the station.
Rich Lake Dining Center