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Faculty and Staff


Cohen, Jonathan, Associate Professor and Graduate Director
BS, Cornell University, 1994; MS, University Of Connecticut, 1998; PHD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University, 2005; wildlife ecology and management, population and habitat ecology, threatened and endangered species
Diemont, Stewart, Associate Professor
BA, The University Of Texas At Austin, 1991; MS, University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill, 1997; PHD, Ohio State University-Main Campus, 2006; systems ecology, ecological engineering, traditional ecological knowledge, Latin America, ecosystem restoration, sustainability analysis, natural wastewater treatment systems and re-use, less-developed countries, agroecology
Dovciak, Martin, Associate Professor
PHD, University Of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2001; Plant Ecology, Forest Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Global Change,
Downs, Cynthia, Associate Professor
BS, SUNY College Of Environmental Science And Forestry, 2004; PHD, University Of Nevada-Reno, 2011; Animal Physiology, ecoimmunology, physiological trade-offs, organismal ecology, scaling, allometry, Ecological and evolutionary consequences of variation in physiological phenotypes
Drew, Joshua, Assistant Professor
BA, Drew University, 1998; MS, SUNY At Albany, 2000; PHD, Boston University, 2008
Farrell, John, Professor and Director, Thousand Island Bio Station
BS, Cornell University, 1987; MS, SUNY College Of Environmental Science And Forestry, 1991; PHD, SUNY College Of Environmental Science And Forestry, 1998; aquatic ecology, fisheries science & management, freshwater coastal wetlands, St. Lawrence River studies & Great Lakes, invasive species, restoration
Fernando, Danilo, Associate Professor
BS, Benguet State University, 1983; MS, University of The Philippines, 1986; PHD, University of Alberta, 1996; plant structure and development, reproductive biology of conifers, pollen transformation, genomics and proteomics of pine pollen tube development, willow flowering and tissue culture, genetic diversity of rare and endangered ferns, and plant evolution, diversity and conservation.
Fierke, Melissa, Professor
AA, North Arkansas College, 1988; BS, Arkansas Tech University, 1998; MS, Oregon State University, 2002; PHD, University Of Arkansas Main Campus, 2006; forest entomology, forest ecology, invasive forest pests, insect-tree interactions, tree defenses
Frair, Jacqueline, Professor and Director, Roosevelt Wildlife Station
BS, Cornell University, 1994; MS, University Of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1999; PHD, University of Alberta, 2005; wildlife ecology and management, ecology of large herbivores and predators, animal movements, resource selection, population demography, quantitative methods in conservation, landscape ecology
Gibbs, James, Distinguished Professor
BS, University Of Maine, 1986; MA, University Of Missouri-Columbia, 1988; PHD, Yale University, 1995; herpetology, vertebrate conservation biology, genetics and ecology in birds, reptiles and amphibians, songbirds, giant tortoise, statistics, wildlife population monitoring, galapagos islands, conservation biology, ecological monitoring, population genetics, applied demography, undergraduate conservation education
Hall, Charles, Emeritus
BA, Colgate University, 1965; MS, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus, 1966; PHD, University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill, 1970; systems ecology, meaning synthetic studies of populations and ecosystems, including studies of fish migrations, estuaries, tropical land use change and energetics of both natural and human-dominated ecosystems. Emphasis on measuring and modeling human-dominated ecosystems and geographic modeling as well as biophysical and ecological economics, GIS, energy, general systems thinking, coupled human and natural systems
Horton, Thomas, Emeritus
BA, Humboldt State University, 1986; MA, San Francisco State University, 1992; PHD, University Of California-Berkeley, 1997; mycorrhizal plant ecology, molecular ecology, ecology, fungal communities, mycology, fire ecology
Kimmerer, Robin, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment
BS, SUNY College Of Environmental Science And Forestry, 1975; MS, University Of Wisconsin-Madison, 1978; PHD, University Of Wisconsin-Madison, 1982; plant restoration ecology, bryology, bryoecology, restoration ecology, ethnobotany, conservation biology and bryophyte ecology, traditional ecological knowledge
Leopold, Donald, Distinguished Teaching Professor
BS, University Of Kentucky, 1978; MS, University Of Kentucky, 1981; PHD, Purdue University-Main Campus, 1984; forest and freshwater wetland ecology, conservation, and restoration, peatland ecology and conservation, local and regional controls of species richness and rarity, dynamics of plant communities as affected by man and environment, management for unique communities and rare species, dendrology, native plants, restoration ecology, rare species conservation
Limburg, Karin, Distinguished Professor
BA, Vassar College, 1977; MS, University Of Florida, 1981; PHD, Cornell University, 1994; riverine fish and estuarine ecology, fisheries ecology, watershed ecology, systems ecology, ecological economics, fisheries and ecosystem science, coupled human-natural systems, biogeochemistry, fisheries ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemical tracers, modeling
McGee, Gregory, Associate Professor
BS, Allegheny College, 1987; MS, SUNY College Of Environmental Science And Forestry, 1993; PHD, SUNY College Of Environmental Science And Forestry, 1998; ecology, management and restoration of forest ecosystems; STEM education
McNulty, Stacy, Associate Director of Research
BA, SUNY College At Geneseo, 1994; MS, SUNY College Of Environmental Science And Forestry, 1997; PHD, SUNY College Of Environmental Science And Forestry, 2023; forest and wildlife ecology, plant and animal relationships, phenology, long-term system dynamics, biodiversity conservation, field stations, Biosphere Reserves, and relationships of human land use planning, recreation, policy and management to ecosystem function.
Parry, Dylan, Associate Professor
BS, University of Alberta, 1991; MS, University of Alberta, 1994; PHD, Michigan State University, 2000; Biological invasion, climate change, and conservation, primarily in the context of insects in forested ecosystems.
Rundell, Rebecca, Associate Professor
BS, Cornell University, 1996; MS, University Of Chicago, 2004; PHD, University Of Chicago, 2008; evolutionary biology, conservation biology, speciation, adaptive and nonadaptive radiations, biogeography, phylogenetics, systematics, Pacific island radiations and biodiversity conservation, land snails, marine/aquatic microscopic invertebrates
Schulz, Kimberly, Associate Professor
BA, Cornell University, 1990; PHD, University Of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1996; nutrient and exotic species effects on aquatic ecosystems, ecological stoichiometry, aquatic community and ecosystem ecology, bioenergetics, nutrient cycling, lower food web studies, great lakes, finger lakes, plankton, limnology, aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, invasive species
Sheehan, Kit, Advisor/Curriculum Assistant/CLBS Academic Program Coordinat
AAS, Onondaga Community College, 1999; BS, SUNY College At Brockport, 2002; MS, University Of Maine, 2005
Teale, Stephen, Professor and Chair of Environmental Biology
BAS, The College Of Saint Rose, 1980; MS, University Of Kansas Main Campus, 1983; PHD, SUNY College Of Environmental Science And Forestry, 1990; forest entomology, insect behavior, pheromones of forest insects, insect ecology, pest management, chemical ecology, evolution of pheromone communications
Weir, Alexander, Professor
BS, University of Bradford, 1986; PHD, University of New Castle Upon Tyne, 1997; conservation mycology, fungal biodiversity and conservation, fungal-arthropod interactions, biology of parasites and symbionts, systematics and evolutionary biology of fungi, fungi and humans, biology of parasites and symbionts
Whipps, Christopher, Director, SUNY Center for Applied Microbiology and Professor
BS, University of Victoria, 1997; PHD, Oregon State University, 2004; fish parasites and diseases, wildlife diseases, parasitology, microbiology, taxonomy, molecular systematics, diagnostics, parasites as biological tags and ecological indicators, epidemiology and control of pathogens of ecological and veterinary importance, evolution and biology of disease causing organisms in animal populations using molecular systematics


  • Kavanagh, Danielle, Administrative Assistant 1, Graduate Secretary
    242 Illick Hall,, 315-470-6760
  • Adams, Kim, Instructional Support Specialist, Director, Tree Pest Information Service
  • Ettinger, Terry, Instructional Support Specialist, Greenhouse Manager
  • McHale, Patrick, Instructional Support Specialist
  • Walker-Kopp, Nancy, Instructional Support Specialist

Visiting Instructors

  • David Bullis, GenBio (Fall), Genetics (Spring), SysEnto lab (Spring)
  • James Johnson, Non-major Biology (Spring)
  • Stephanie Johnson, Aquatic Ento (Fall), CompVertAnat (Spring)
  • Jamie Lamit, Freshwater Wetland Ecosystems (Spring)
  • Linda McGuigan, Plant Tissue Culture (Fall)
  • Jason Meany, Scuba (Fall & Spring)
  • Nancy Walker-Kopp, General Biology lab (Spring & Fall)

Affiliated Faculty & Researchers

  • Beier, Colin, Associate Professor, SRM
  • Drake, John, Assistant Professor, SRM
  • McNulty, Stacy, AEC Associate Director and Research Associate
  • Newhouse, Andrew, Research Staff and Assistant Director of the Chestnut Project
  • Quinn, Sam, Research Assistant
  • Rojas, Vanessa, Assistant Professor, Ranger School
  • Stella, John, Professor, SRM