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The ARS will be led by Stacy McNulty, ecologist and associate director of ESF’s Adirondack Ecological Center; Marianne Patinelli-Dubay, environmental philosopher with ESF’s Northern Forest Institute for Conservation Education and Leadership Training (NFI); Ross S. Whaley, former president of ESF and former chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency; and Paul B. Hai, program coordinator for NFI/AEC. The unique experiences and expertise of these four core faculty provide a powerful interdisciplinary approach to teaching and understanding the complex human and natural landscapes that form the Adirondack Park.

  • Paul B. Hai has spent all or part of 41 of his 46 years living in the Adirondacks, the last 12 years as program coordinator for the Adirondack Ecological Center, which now includes the development of the Northern Forest Institute for Conservation Education and Leadership Training (NFI). His passion is developing interdisciplinary programs teaching natural history and the process of science.
  • Stacy A. McNulty is a wildlife ecologist with a focus on temperate forests. The complex relationship between public and private land management in the Adirondack Park and the crossroads between science and policy is a focal point of her interests. Ms. McNulty’s professional background includes positions at universities and non-profit organizations and she has been fortunate to live and work full-time in the central Adirondacks for more than 13 years.
  • Marianne Patinelli-Dubay is an environmental philosopher with ESF’s NFI. Her academic background in philosophy and interdisciplinary humanities includes a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. (ABD) anticipated in 2013. Ms. Patinelli-Dubay’s dissertation research is titled Long Suffering: The Great Experiment for Humanity. She lives and works in the central Adirondacks.
  • Ross S. Whaley’s scholarly interest is focused on the political economy of sustainable development. He comes to this interest after a career as an academic teacher, researcher, and administrator. He has served as chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency and advisor on natural resources issues at state, national and international levels.


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