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2006 ESF S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Team

Tom Hughes, ESF Project Coordinator

Tom Hughes is originally from Rush, NY, just south of Rochester.  He has spent much of his lifetime fishing and exploring the Finger Lakes region. 

Tom received his BS from Cornell University in Natural Resources-Fisheries Science (1995) and his MS from SUNY College at Brockport in Biological Sciences-Aquatic Ecology (2002). 

Professionally, Tom has worked for Cornell University’s Adirondack Fisheries Research Program, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Previous to SUNY-ESF, Tom worked with Cornell Cooperative Extension as an assistant director for an environmentally based alternative education program for Youth at Risk in eastern Long Island. 

Tom earned an MPS in Environmental Interpretation at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry in May of 2006.  On the day following his graduation, Tom traded in his cap and gown to begin a new journey with the Department of Outreach as ESF SCIENCE program coordinator. 

Frank Moses, Project Assistant

Frank is a project assistant for the ESF Outreach office.  Current projects include ESF in the High School and ESF SCIENCE.  Frank has also assisted with professional development workshops on Green Buildings. In addition, he is a project assistant for the ESF Development office. 

From 1998 - 2005, Frank was with the NYSDEC Environmental Education Camps and served as Director of Camp DeBruce in the Catskills for three summers.  During spring, fall, and winter, he worked for four years as an outdoor educator for Nature’s Classroom, a non-profit, in Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.  From 2004-2005, he acted as a Program Coordinator in Colebrook, CT.

Frank is a graduate of Marcellus High School.  He received his A.A. in Environmental Studies from Paul Smith’s College in 1998 and a B.S. in Environmental Studies in 2001 from SUNY ESF.  He is currently pursuing independent studies through the ESF Continuing Education Program.  Frank enjoys writing songs and playing guitar.

Laura Shappel, Project Assistant

As a recent SUNY-ESF graduate, majoring in Environmental Biology, Laura has always been fascinated by the environment. It all started when she was six years old and attended Cayuga Nature Center (CNC) summer day camp programs in her hometown of Ithaca, New York. Over the years, through CNC and backpacking along the Finger Lakes Trail, Laura gained a deep appreciation for the environment and the impact humans have on it. Through these experiences, she gained a profound respect for the environment and how all of its aspects are connected. In high school, Laura developed an interest in biology, specifically environmental science.

Laura learned appreciation and respect for nature though experiencing it and gaining knowledge about it. She loves to inspire others to feel the same through teaching. As a second year Undergraduate Fellow, Laura has had a large amount of experience designing and implementing environmental programs.  She feels educators have an incredible opportunity to reach out and bring students’ interests to the surface. Laura plans to pursue advanced degrees in wetland ecology. Eventually, her goal is to work through a college in a high school with a program similar to ESF in the High School.

Beth Hodson, ESF Undergraduate Student

Beth is entering her senior year at SUNY ESF, majoring in Wildlife Science. She has always enjoyed nature and the outdoors, and has a special interest in animals. She graduated from Baker High School (Baldwinsville school district) in NY and participated in ESF in the High School New Visions program her senior year. Beth volunteered at the zoo for five years through the 4-H program. She believes that ESF SCIENCE is a great opportunity for younger students, along with herself, and enjoys passing on her knowledge about the environment. In her free time, Beth likes to travel and enjoys recreational activities such as running, biking and rollerblading.

Lee Raza, ESF Undergraduate Student

Lee is entering her senior year as an environmental studies student.
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.

Sarah Seib, ESF Undergraduate Student

Sarah Seib is a native of Syracuse. She is a 2003 graduate of George W. Fowler High School (Syracuse City School District), where she participated in ESF in the High School’s Global Environment course. Now entering her senior year of college, Sarah studies Natural History and Interpretation. Upon graduation she plans on working with education programs in zoos, and possibly return to school to become an American Sign Language interpreter. Aside from school and work, Sarah also enjoys being a DJ for WERW, Syracuse University's student-run radio station. This is her second year working with ESF Outreach in the ESF Science Corps.

David Williams, Graduate Assistant

David graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. There he focused on organismal and marine biology, acted as a teaching assistant for introductory level biology courses, and served as a volunteer scientist for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Wood’s Hole, MA.

David received an M.S. in Fisheries and Aquaculture at the University of Rhode Island (URI), where he researched the effects of inshore fish pots.  He was a teaching assistant for zoology and worked as a youth outreach coordinator delivering marine science lessons to K-12 students in Rhode Island.

David was science teaching/department chair at Ocean Tides, an alternative high school for adjudicated and at-risk boys, in Providence, Rhode Island. He taught biology, chemistry, oceanography, astronomy, earth science, general science, marine fisheries, and computers.

Currently, David is working in the Environmental & Forest Biology Department at ESF under the direction of Dr. William Porter.  His specific research is on deer movements in relation to the landscape as it pertains to Chronic Wasting Disease. As a graduate fellow for the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 project, David has brought his research to students in and around Syracuse

David enjoys nature photography as both a hobby and a business, he and his family love the outdoors, and they spend much of their vacation time camping and backpacking around the country.

Emanuel Carter, ESF Faculty

Emanuel Carter is Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program in the Department of Landscape Architecture at SUNY-ESF. A product of Philadelphia public schools, Professor Carter received the Bachelor of Arts in Government (international relations) and the professional Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University. Eleven years of professional practice included positions with the Ithaca Department of Planning & Development, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Recreation & Conservation, Chase Architectural Associates (Syracuse, NY) and the Syracuse Department of Community Development augmented by adjunct teaching in the Landscape Architecture Program at Cornell University and the Department of Geography at Syracuse University.

Professor Carter has been at SUNY-ESF since 1985. Signature courses include Studio in Landscape & Urban Ecology, Community Development Process, Comprehensive Planning and Seminar in Urban Design. He participates in SUNY-ESF’s Off-Campus Program, having worked with students in Spain, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Canada and Great Britain, and he works on joint projects with colleagues at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the Center for Environmental Studies in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) and the University of Chile in Santiago. He is also part of SUNY-ESF’s Onondaga Nation Task Force. In addition to a large portfolio of public service work through SUNY-ESF, Professor Carter also is in private practice with Cynthia Carrington Carter, through Renaissance Studio, which specializes in historic preservation and community planning & design. 

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.