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Welcome to ESF

The 21st century will be defined by environmental challenges of unprecedented number and complexity—and how society responds to them. ESF is at the forefront of confronting these challenges: educating tomorrow's leaders, opening new possibilities, and inspiring the public to engage in creating a better future.

For more than a century, ESF has been unique among institutions of higher learning in its singular focus on environmental discovery, learning, and sustainability. We offer the excellence of a small campus education in an atmosphere of big ideas. Located in a transcendent triangle, ESF simultaneously offers life in a top-20 small college city, thousands of acres of living laboratory in the Adirondacks, and easy access to New York City. For those who love the natural world, it doesn't get any better than this.

A combination of students among the best in the nation and a faculty of international leaders in their fields create an environment of excellence and boundless possibilities. Discover why ESF is consistently ranked among the best values among its peers. Explore our Web pages. Visit our campus. Talk to our students. Meet our faculty. Find out for yourself the remarkable breadth and depth of our academic, research, and public outreach programs.

Fortunately, challenges and opportunities come in equal measure. ESF is boldly envisioning new and creative ways in which we can meet society's needs today while avoiding the destruction or diminishment of the natural world, living resources, and options open to humans in the future. Whether your passion lies in designing better human-built environments, conserving and understanding biological diversity, or engineering better ways to meet the needs of human survival, ESF is in a league of its own.

Dr. Quentin Wheeler, President

Recent News

Army Touches Down at Ranger School for Training Mission

Several hundred members of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division dropped onto the campus of the ESF Ranger School this winter before sprinting into the forest toward the school's iconic Cathedral Rock. They scaled the rock face while the sound of artillery boomed in the woods around them. They secured Cathedral Rock. Mission accomplished. Then they returned to the helicopters on the school's ballfields and flew back to their base with a winter training exercise in the books. (3/20)

ESF Professor's New Book Looks at What Makes Something 'Alive'

Dr. J. Scott Turner, a professor, biologist and physiologist at ESF, argues that modern Darwinism's materialist and mechanistic biases have left us unable to define what "life" is-and only an openness to the qualities of life's purposefulness, intelligence and striving will move the field forward. He makes the case in his new book, InPurpose and Desire: What Makes Something "Alive" and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It. (3/14)

Trees Cope with Harsh Conditions, Surprising Researchers

When Dr. John Drake and his colleagues started studying how native eucalyptus trees in Australia reacted to extreme heat and drought, the scientists expected to learn about the mechanisms of the trees' decline. They expected hydraulic failure and carbon starvation. But that's not what they saw. (3/9)

Dr. Jack Manno, Cindy Squillace Honored with Racial Justice Award

Dr. Jack Manno, who retired as a professor from ESF, and his wife, Cindy Squillace, will be honored this week with the Racial Justice Award from InterFaith Works. (2/19)

ESF Joins SUNY Puerto Rico Task Force

ESF Chief of Staff and Chief Sustainability Officer Mark Lichtenstein recently returned from Puerto Rico as part of a visit by the recently created SUNY Puerto Rico Task Force, which recognizes the "collective desire of [SUNY] students, faculty, and staff to help our fellow American citizens in Puerto Rico ... as they continue to recover from the unprecedented damage wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria months after they made landfall." (2/6)

Dr. Myron Mitchell Appointed to EPA Advisory Committee

Dr. Myron Mitchell, a SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus at ESF, is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Board of Scientific Counselors Air, Cllimate and Energy Subcommittee. Mitchell was asked by EPA Administrator E. Scott Pruitt to serve a three-year term through December 2020. (2/6)

ESF, SU Celebrate Darwin’s Birthday with ‘Collecting Evolution’

ESF and Syracuse University will celebrate Charles Darwin's birthday by cohosting a conversation featuring Matthew James, a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and professor of geology at Sonoma State University. James will lead a discussion called, "Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos, Biodiversity and Importance of Collections," at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in 110 Moon Library on the ESF campus. (2/6)

ESF, SU Announce Partnerships with Initial Focus on Water and Environment

ESF and Syracuse University today announced plans to strengthen collaborations between the two institutions in areas of shared research strengths and strategic priorities. (1/31)

ESF Enhances Institutionalization of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity

Under the direction of Dr. Malika Carter, the College's first chief diversity officer, ESF leaders are building internal and external partnerships and enhancing systems to improve the campus atmosphere in regard to inclusion, diversity, and equity. (1/26)

What Species Is Most Fit for Life? All Have an Equal Chance, Scientists Say

There are more than 8 million species of living things on Earth, but none of them - from 100-foot blue whales to microscopic bacteria - has an advantage over the others in the universal struggle for existence. In a paper published today (Jan. 8) in the prestigious journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, a trio of scientists including Dr. Charles A.S. Hall of ESF, describe the dynamic that began with the origin of life on Earth 4 billion years ago. (1/8)

Upcoming ESF Events

Puerto Rico update meeting
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Marshall Auditorium, Facebook event page

A Plastic Ocean Screening & Discussion
Friday, March 23, 2018, 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm, Nifkin Lounge, Facebook Event Page

Speaking About Science and Making it Count
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, 5 Illick Hall, Website

Hydrological System Science (HSS) Seminar Series: Canandaigua: Challenges for management
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Moon Library Room 110, HSS Seminar Series Finger Lakes and its watershed

Hydrological System Science (HSS) Seminar Series: Student presentations
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Moon Library Room 110, Website

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