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State University of New York
College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Department of Environmental and Forest Biology

Don Leopold

Donald J. Leopold, Ph.D.
Distinguished Teaching Professor & Chair
Department of Environmental & Foresty Biology
333 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: 315-470-6760
Fax: 315-470-6934



My main teaching responsibility each year is Dendrology EFB 336. I teach graduate seminars about conservation about every other year. During the summer, I co-teach Adirondack Flora (EFB327) at our Cranberry Lake Biological Station.

My general research interests are in trying to understand drivers of diversity and causes of varity in terrestrial and wetland ecosystems. Knowing such information, how can ecosystems be managed or restored for unique communities and rare species, and what can be done at the landscape level to enhance regional biodiversity? Most recently many of my graduate students and I are studying these topics in fens, inland salt marshes, and alvar communities.

Current graduate research projects under my direction attempt to understand: the restoration of coastal marshes in bays along the St. Lawrence River (Thousand Islands region); effects of water level changes and watershed land use on wetlands in Lake Ontario; relationships between hydrogeology and plant species diversity in fens in NYS; long-term demography and recovery of a threatened fern (hart's-tongue fern); restoration of an urban stream (Onondaga Creek); restoration of alkaline wastebeds; predicting ocurrences of rare plant species, using GIS; ecology and control of invasive plant species and relationships between timber harvest and stream quality in the Catskills region. Orchid

Graduate Students

Matt Distler

Tony Eallonardo

Molly Farrell

Joe Gawronski-Salerno

Kay Hajek

Alison Halpern

Jaime Jones

Catherine Landis

Brandon Murphy

Patrick Raney

Jess Riddle

Sara Scanga

Biographical Sketch

Professional Affiliations
Awards for Teaching,
   Research and Public
Graduate Students

Book Chapters
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Grants Received

Invited Presentations and
Theses and Dissertations
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Recognition for
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College and University
Professional Service
Community Service
Recognition for Service

EFB 336
EFB 542

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