Dr. Richard Beal has been working in ESF Outreach since 2001 and is currently the Assistant Dean, Educational Outreach and Credit Programs and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology. Rick Teaches The Global Environment (EFB 120) in the fall and spring Semesters and acts as the Primary Mentor for High School Teachers who also teach Global Environment through the ESF in the High School program. Rick is currently Co-PI on a three-year $1.4 million grant from the NSF that brings college research into Central and Western New York high schools and middle schools through the ESF Science Corps. Rick worked two years prior to his appointment in Outreach with Dr. Charlie Hall on projects involving biophysical economics and simulation modeling. Rick has been active in several outreach projects during his time at ESF. He participated in committees that developed both the new Urban Ecology Minor as well as the Urban Ecology course. He has worked on developing a distance version of EFB 120 (Global Environment) and has taken part in recruitment efforts that focus on urban and minority students.
Rick is a board member for Project Watershed and is a member of the Onondaga Lake Partnership Outreach Committee. In addition, he holds a steering committee post for the Greater Syracuse Scholastic Science Fair and is the Director at Large of Environmental Science for the Science Teachers Association of New York. Rick received a BS degree in biochemistry from the University of Buffalo in 1991 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the same institution in 1997. He was a Peace Corps teacher in Eritrea (East Africa) from 1997 to 1998 and has over ten 10 years of experience in coaching soccer. He is currently the faculty advisor to the ESF Club Soccer Team. Rick is interested in hiking, snorkeling, as well as both playing and coaching soccer.