2008 ESF S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Team
Terhi Majanen - ESF SCIENCE Project Coordinator
A warm welcome to all ESF SCIENCE and Stewards of Syracuse participants!
Terhi is the coordinator for the ESF SCIENCE program and the National Science Foundation GK12 project. Prior to joining ESF Outreach in 2007, she worked at Conservation International in Washington, DC. Terhi has a B.A. in Geography from University College London and an M.Phil. in Environment and Development from the University of Cambridge, U.K. Her interests include protected areas and biodiversity, sustainable development, and environmental education.
Alexander Howe – Stewards of Syracuse Project Coordinator
Growing up in southwest Florida, I never expected to go to school in central New York. Now, I am a recent graduate from SUNY-ESF with a B.S. in Natural Resources Management focusing on Recreation Management. Since graduating I am able to claim the title “Recreation Specialist” which I feel is the coolest job title ever. This is my second year working with the Stewards of Syracuse. I am very excited to be so intimately involved in the program. As Project Coordinator I feel that I will enable the Stewards of Syracuse to be a wonderful summer experience for both the youth and staff. A favorite quote: "Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral." - John Burroughs
Lee Raza - ESF SCIENCE
Lee is currently a graduate student in Environmental Interpretation at ESF. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York has given her a special interest in urban ecosystems. She plans to pursue a career as a science teacher and share her knowledge and curiosity of urban nature with ESF SCIENCE campers, as well as future city students. Lee is very excited to get started on her third year with ESF SCIENCE!
Fernando Maldonado – ESF SCIENCE
Fernando is an Environmental Biology major going into his junior year of college at ESF. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Fernando had very few nature experiences growing up. He had not ever taken nature as a serious subject until one event changed his whole perspective on life in the city and the nature around it. During one of Fernando’s late football practices a wild rabbit was on the practice field. This was extremely unusual for different reasons: the practice field was around a railroad field, this was the south Bronx, and it was the beginning of November. This was Fernando’s first time seeing wild in the city and to his complete awe something wild can survive in the busy city of New York. Now as an inspired biologist, Fernando will work in ESF SCIENCE to help participants understand the nature around them while living in the city of Syracuse.
Jessica Orkin – ESF SCIENCE
Jessica Orkin grew up in Ithaca, NY until she was 20 and then moved to NYC. A love of the environment challenged her to pursue a job with Americorps through New York Restoration Project where she worked on the Bronx River doing stream bank restoration for two years. She then worked another two years for the New York City Parks Department as a gardener for Greenstreets in the Bronx. Jessica then decided to go back to school full time for Natural Resources. She moved back upstate and attended Finger Lakes Community College where she attained her Associates in Natural Resources in 2006. Jessica is at full time student at ESF finishing her bachelors in Environmental Studies focusing on Communication and Culture. She hopes to someday work with urban communities focusing on environmental issues, outreach, education and leadership.
Kerri Rosen – ESF SCIENCE
Currently a senior Environmental Communications and Culture major at ESF, Kerri is hoping to pursue a career in environmental education or advocacy. Originally from New Paltz, New York, Kerri attributes her interest in environmental science to the Shawangunk Mountains she was raised around, as well as the extensive work she has done with animals. Kerri spends her free time horseback riding, hiking, and rock scrambling, and enjoys volunteering for human and animal welfare organizations. Prior to joining the ESF SCIENCE team, Kerri was given the opportunity to intern at both Mohonk Preserve and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Kerri feels that ESF SCIENCE offers a unique and challenging experience, and is looking forward to working with (and learning from) from the campers.
Rebecca Williams – ESF SCIENCE
Becky grew up in the outskirts of Waterville, NY, nestled between rolling farms and forest wonderlands. Her astrological sign is cancer and she enjoys hiking and camping in her free time. Becky is a senior at ESF in the Natural History and Interpretation field and loves to explore nature with children of all ages. Growing up in the country with only her little brother to entertain, Becky developed a deep passion and admiration for the wildlife around her, keeping a continuous nature journal of her adventures. Inspired by her dad AKA Nature Bob, a self-taught naturalist in his own right, Becky decided she would turn her love of all things nature into a career. She currently resides in downtown Syracuse with her two beautiful cats, escaping to the Adirondacks at every opportunity. Becky aspires to be an environmental educator teaching children about the wonder and importance of the world around us.
Emily Waldt – Stewards of Syracuse
Emily Waldt is from Baldwinsville, NY, not too far from the City of Syracuse. While growing up, she enjoyed camping and fishing with her family. Most of their vacations were spent exploring the Adirondack Park. As an avid outdoor enthusiast Emily also enjoys hiking, hunting and canoeing. Currently she is working on her Masters degree at SUNY ESF, majoring in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management. She is concerned with restoring and maintaining fish stocks and their environment for use by future generations. After college, Emily would like to get a job working somewhere in the Great Lakes area, where she could help to maintain freshwater fisheries.
Shea Lambert – Stewards of Syracuse
Shea is a fourth year Conservation Biology undergraduate at ESF. He has had a lifelong passion for animals, especially the often overlooked herpetofauna. While Shea will be sad to leave ESF campus next spring, he looks forward to (hopefully) moving to a climate with more of the creatures he has spent so much time searching for and observing. Shea is also quite excited about the opportunity to both teach and learn this summer as a member of the Stewards of Syracuse program.
Shannon Romeling – Stewards of Syracuse
Growing up in a very rural area of eastern New York, I grew up with woods as my backyard and have always loved being outdoors. After taking Biology in middle school, I knew science was the only subject that really inspired me. I am currently a senior at ESF in Wildlife Biology and have loved it since my first week here. Although living in a city is still a bit strange, I've actually come to like Syracuse as well. After graduation, I am planning to get my Masters in wildlife biology or zoology. I like camping, playing with my cat and dog and traveling. I love how much ESF promotes community service from its students and am excited to have a job where I can give back to the city I have come to love.
Stephanie Sears – Stewards of Syracuse
I'm the 5th generation of high peak locals in my family on both sides, so when people ask me my ethnicity I usually say I’m 100% North Country mountain woman. As you can imagine, most of my hobbies include enjoying the lakes, rivers, mountains and anything that involves venison or maple syrup. Mmmm. When I'm in Syracuse I like to explore the all the great areas in and around the hill with my friends and go for bike rides to the co-op or the P&C. I'm also very fond of naps on our porch swing, playing music, and reading good books. I'm very, very excited to start working with the stewards and I’m looking forward to an awesome summer.
Megan Miller – Lake Stewards
Megan is currently a senior at ESF in Aquatics and Fisheries Sciences. She grew up in a military family that moved around every few years, but her parents always found the time to take her and her brother hiking and on walks outside. For the last 10 years she has lived in Gardiner, NY in close proximity to the beautiful Shawangunk Mountains. Her love and closeness of nature has come from not only her family’s love of the outdoors, but her own love and curiosity of it. After visiting a fish hatchery when she was 12 years old with her uncle to stock his pond, she has forever had a passion to own one herself. Megan’s first and foremost love and curiosity is for the water and all of the creatures that live in and around it. She scuba dives, fishes, hikes, and just enjoys nature. Working as a Lake Steward will allow her to convey and interpret her love of aquatics and ichthyology to children, and will hopefully help them form a closer tie to nature.
Matt Brincka – Lake Stewards
Matt is currently a senior at ESF studying Aquatic and Fisheries Science. Born and raised in Webster, NY, he has always been connected to nature. He owes his deep passion for the outdoors to his mother and father, who being a nurse and biology teacher respectively, have showed him not only to explore the world and all it is worth, but how to appreciate every aspect of nature. His love for aquatics and fish comes from his father, grandfather and uncle, who taught him that fishing isn’t about the size and number of the fish you caught (although it is always fun to “out-fish” family members) but rather the experience gained while standing in the stream, becoming absorbed with the nature that surrounds you. Traveling around the United States, Ireland and New Zealand, he hopes that his experiences will further motivate him to share his knowledge of the Earth with others. Through his admiration for nature and children, Matt hopes to one day educate youth about the world they live in and help aid them in becoming closer to and respect nature.
Heidi Busa - ESF in the High School Teacher/Project Consultant
Heidi is a teacher at Marcellus High School and a SUNY ESF Board of Trustees member. Currently, she is teaching environmental studies, biomedical and chemical technologies, Regents Living Environment, and Global Environment (part of ESF in the High School). Heidi is a graduate of SUNY ESF where she majored in Wildlife Biology, minored in Botany, and received a B.S. in Forest Biology. She also received an M.S. from Syracuse University in Science Education.
Professionally, Heidi has over 25 years of experience educating students. She has taught as an environmental educator for the NYSDEC and at Stone Environmental Schools in Maine and Massachusetts. Before teaching high school students at Marcellus, Heidi instructed at Fowler and Corcoran High Schools, along with Lincoln and Grant Middle Schools in the Syracuse School District.
Outside of the classroom, Heidi is a consultant to the Associate Dean for Educational Outreach at SUNY ESF, where she works on curriculum and professional development. Heidi is also an item writer for the NYS Regents Exam on the Living Environment; she is a facilitator for Project Wild, a wildlife oriented education program; and a facilitator, state chair, and national consultant to Project Learning Tree, an environmental education program dealing with forest resources.
Previously, Heidi has acted as chair for the Science Curriculum Steering Committee for the Syracuse City School District. She was an instructor for the NYS Institute for New Biology Teachers, the NYS Institute for Science and Mathematics, and the National Science Foundation Frontiers of Science Program at Syracuse University. Heidi was also a reviewer for the revision of the Prentice-Hall text, “Biology”, by Miller and Levine. In addition, Heidi was an advisor to Operation Green Eyes, a national award winning high school student team, who developed reclamation plans for a mining site in Marcellus, NY.
Heidi has been elected as secondary and elementary chair for the North American Association for Environmental Education, in 1995 she was named as New York State’s Outstanding Educator and one of five National Outstanding Educators for Project Learning Tree.
Heidi can also be found coaching track and cross-country for Marcellus, cheering on her son at his Lacrosse games, routing for her daughter in soccer, or working with her husband in the garden.
Chris Nomura - ESF Faculty
Christopher T. Nomura was born in East Los Angeles, CA and grew up between East Los Angeles and South Central Los Angeles. Dr. Nomura received a B.A. with honors, from UC Santa Cruz and earned his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology. After earning his Ph.D., Dr. Nomura went to the RIKEN Institute in Japan where he began his research in producing biodegradable plastics from renewable resources. Dr. Nomura's interest in research for producing biodegradable plastics and natural products from waste streams was inspired from having grown up in urban environments and seeing first hand lots of pollution in the form of discarded plastic bottles, bags, and trash on the streets and beaches. Dr. Nomura is also a proponent of equity in education and has benefited from participating in several outreach programs as both a student (MBRS, MARC, MIRT) and mentor (MIRT) program.
Ted Endreny - ESF Faculty
Dr. Endreny is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering (ERFE) at SUNY-ESF. He is a member of the Council on Hydrologic Systems Science at SUNY ESF. Endreny received a B.S. in 1990 at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), a M.S. in 1996 at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and a Ph.D. in 1999 at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
From 1990 to 1992 Endreny served as a Peace Corps volunteer with the Honduras Forest Service (COHDEFOR), and from 1992 to 1994 Endreny worked as a research associate at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC. Endreny became a member of the SUNY ESF faculty in 1999, and was licensed as a Professional Engineer and Professional Hydrologist in 2002. Endreny was trained by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in flood mitigation design in 2002 and by the Fish and Wildlife Service in fluvial geomorphological assessment and restoration in 2003.
Currently Endreny teaches courses in Engineering Hydrology & Hydraulics, Ecological Engineering in the Tropics, and River Classification, as well as provides regular graduate seminar series and guest lectures in Urban Forestry and Introduction to Environmental Engineering. Endreny’s current research interests focus on the use of spatially distributed modeling for coupled ecological-social-hydrological restoration of urban watershed and channel runoff quantity and quality. Endreny also participates on research of rural non-point source runoff modeling and best management practices design and analysis.
At the invitation of Drs. M. Mitchell and C. Driscoll, he has been involved with discussions related to the development of a joint graduate program related to water at ESF and SU. The USDA, EPA, HUD, DoEd, and UNESCO have funded his research. Awards and honors include: Cornell-Ford Foundation Undergraduate Research Scholarship (1989), Peace Corps Tropical Forestry Scholarship (1991), Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society (1996), Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (1996), Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society (1996), EPA Graduate Fellowship (1995-1996), GTE Teaching Incentive Grant (1996-1999), NASA Graduate Student Research Scholarship (1997-1999), NSF/Carnegie Mellon Engineering Education Scholar (2000), SUNY Chancellor’s Internationalization Award (2004), and Fulbright Commission Sabbatical Award (2005-2006).
Endreny serves as Graduate Curriculum Coordinator for ERFE and as an academic advisor to ESF’s student chapters of Engineers without Borders and American Water Resources Association. Endreny is an associate editor of the Journal of River Basin Management and editorial board member for Hydrological Processes.