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Office of Research Programs

Led by the VP of Research, the Office of Research Programs (ORP) seeks to stimulate, facilitate and highlight research at ESF, and strives to make research opportunities at the College as broad and achievable as possible. We are the central resource for the initiation, funding and management of all ESF research activity.

Research Resources

Summer Office Hours

Monday - Thursday | 8 AM - 4:00 PM

The ORP office in 200 Bray Hall will be staffed, though some individuals may be working remotely.

Friday | 8 AM - 4:00 PM

All staff will continue to work remotely on Fridays and the office will not be staffed.

Friday | 12 PM -4:00 PM

Please use, this email box will be monitored for urgent items.


ORP PI Proposal Initiation Packet

IRB Specific Questions

  • ESF collaborates with Syracuse University’s Office of Research Integrity and Protections (ORIP) to ensure that Human Research being conducted complies with federal, state, and local regulations, along with the ethical standards outlined in a statement of ethical principles governed by Federalwide Assurance (FWA). ORIP also provides recommendations for required educational training for investigators and research staff via
  • All Institutional Review Board (IRB) applicable forms should be submitted to the Office of Research Programs (ORP) for formal submission to ORIP. Please submit to 
  • To access application forms and any additional information, please visit: Syracuse University Human Research.

  • For any additional questions regarding Human Research, please contact Dr. Sharon Moran at 

Staff Directory

Interim Vice President for Research

headshot of Lindi Quackenbush


Lindi Quackenbush, Ph.D
Interim Vice President for Research
200 Bray Hall

As Interim Vice President for Research, Dr. Lindi Quackenbush provides leadership, coordination and support for College-wide research programs through the initiation, development and implementation of research management, administrative and financial/budgetary strategies. Research-oriented Center, Institutes, Councils and Consortia report to the Vice President, who works closely with the Provost in support of these entities. The Interim Vice President works synergistically with the ESF administration and with counterparts at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University, the business community and other college partners to develop research opportunities and new initiatives.

Staff and Responsibilities

Name Role Email Phone Number
 Kate Edwards Interim Director of Sponsored Programs, Director of Research Finance, RF Deputy Operations Manager  315-470-4877
 Rebecca McClain
Assistant Director of Finance

 Fiona McKinney

Sponsored Programs Associate II

  • New York Natural Heritage Program  315-470-6606 
 Tammy Baker

Sponsored Programs Associate I

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Environmental Studies
  • Office of the President
  • Student Affairs
  • Open Academy  315-470-6606 
 Sean C. Nicholson

Sponsored Programs Associate I

  • McIntire- Stennis
  • Chemical Engineering  315-470-4730
 Morgan Bronner

Sponsored Programs Assistant I

  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Resources Engineering
  • Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions 315-470-4873
 Lauren Van Derzee

Sponsored Programs Assistant II

  • Office of the President
  • Adirondack Ecological Center
  • Environmental Biology
  • College Foundation  315-565-3026
Lauren Bristol

Sponsored Programs Assistant I

  • Sustainable Resources Management 315-470-6607
Jermaine Graham

Sponsored Programs Assistant I 315-470-6610
Tiffany Castor Contracts and Compliance Coordinator  315-470-6682
Isaac Liptak Administrative Staff Assistant I  315-565-3009
Patricia Henson Senior Clerical Specialist  315-470-4739
Cassie Lembo-Sheridan Sponsored Programs Assistant I  315-470-6707
 Erica Ward Sponsored Programs Assistant II  315-470-4950
Holly Wormworth Senior Administrative Assistant 315-470-6606

*** If your department is not listed under a specific staff member, please contact the Office of Research Programs to determine who has been assigned to manage your proposal and or award.  Not all programs will fall into a specific category; for those awards, staff will be assigned on a case-by-case basis.

The Office of Research Programs actively utilizes Microsoft Teams chat and calling features. Please consider contacting staff who may be working remotely utilizing these features.