Newcomb Campus Faculty & Staff
Associate Director and Research Associate
(518) 582-4551 ext 102
I am an ecologist with research interests in long-term changes in the northern forest, biodiversity conservation, and relationship of human land use planning, recreation, and forest management to ecosystem function and wildlife habitat. Current research projects include forest songbird communities (including the Rusty Blackbird); citizen science in boreal wetlands; amphibians, vernal pools and land use; phenology and climate change; and relationship of invasive species and native wildlife. I also help administer the Adirondack Ecological Center's research and academic programs. I received a B.A. in Biology from SUNY-Geneseo, an M.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY-ESF ('97) and am currently a member of the Graduate Program in Environmental Studies at ESF. I enjoy hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and anything that gets me outdoors.
Paul B. Hai
(518) 582-4551 ext 104
My responsibilities at the Newcomb Campus include leading the Northern Forest Institute for Conservation Education and Leadership Training (NFI), which is the umbrella under which education and outreach at the Newcomb Campus are organized.
NFI draws on the AEC’s near century of research at Huntington Forest and throughout the Adirondacks to create a wide range of program content for diverse audiences. NFI programs are typified by the use of natural history, inquiry-based activities, and outdoor experiences as the foundations for teaching the process of science and for engaging all students in an outdoor setting. In addition to teaching a broad compliment of individual programs I lead NFI’s leadership and diversity initiatives.
Additional responsibilities include building intra- and inter-institutional partnerships; development and fundraising; managing program-related activities including guest services and the Rich Lake Dining Center; and strategic initiatives including Newcomb Campus marketing and special projects such as development of Masten House and renovations of the Adirondack Interpretive Center and Huntington Lodge.
Charlotte L. Demers
(518) 582-4551 ext 103
My educational background includes as A.A.S. in Environmental Science and a B.S. in Environmental Forest Biology from SUNY-ESF. I am responsible for collecting and maintaining the databases associated with the AEC's ALTEMP research. My primary research interest revolves around small mammals and their importance in forested ecosystems. I manage the Adirondack Interpretive Center, the outreach facility of ESF's Newcomb Campus.
(518) 582-4551 ext 113
I am the Business Manager, assisting the Director in all manner of financial management for AEC. I have a M.S. in Math Education and previous experience as the Office Manager and Bookkeeper for a small accounting partnership. After a life of living in other parts of the country and New York State I have called the Adirondacks home for 13 years, and couldn’t think to live anywhere else. I became a member of this wonderful team of educators and researchers in March 2010. I live in Newcomb with my husband who is the NYS DEC Forest Ranger for the Southern High Peaks.
Natasha L. Karniski-Keglovits
(518) 582-4551 ext 110
I am a wildlife ecologist and deal mostly with the long term monitoring programs at the AEC, including collecting and managing data for various ALTEMP projects. I received a B.S. in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois and an M.S. in Conservation Biology from SUNY-ESF. I enjoy researching ecosystem interactions, examining how wildlife interact with each other and their environment. Outside of work, I spend my time exploring the Adirondack Mountains, and recently became a Winter 46R.
James "LJ" Mills
Biogeochemical Research Support Specialist
(518) 582.4551 ext.112
I am a Biogeochemical Research Support Specialist here at the Adirondack Ecological Center. My work focuses on collecting hydrological data and water samples as part of an ongoing long term environmental monitoring program in the Arbutus lake watershed. I am also the site operator for our atmospheric monitoring site, which collects data on acid precipitation, atmospheric mercury, ozone and other atmospheric pollutants for various federal agencies. My educational background includes a B.S. in Conservation Biology from SUNY-ESF.
Outreach Program Manager
I am a graduate of urban public schools in Syracuse, New York and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and I've spent my professional career as an educator who works to promote STEM in inner-city classrooms. Growing up in the Syracuse, I spent a lot of time in local parks and woodlots and now enjoy promoting science in classrooms through field-based and hands-on learning. I have a degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Earth and Atmospheric Systems Science and significant coursework in statistics. Inspired from an early age by great educators, I work to leverage my knowledge of systems science and data to help educators teach about the world around them. Winner of the 2018 Technology Alliance of Central New York "STEM Outreach Individual Award" I currently hold a dual appointment at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the Office of Experiential Learning and Outreach and the Northern Forest Institute (based at ESF's Newcomb Campus.) In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, tennis and spending time outdoors.
Dr. Marianne Patinelli-Dubay
(518) 582.4551 ext.109
As an Environmental Philosopher at ESF's Newcomb Campus I work primarily with professional foresters and land managers in the Adirondacks and the greater northeast region, in partnership with the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Most recently, in collaboration with the NYS-DEC Division of Lands and Forests, much of this work has been redesigned to serve SAF-student chapters at ESF and partnering institutions.
Guest Services Manager
As the Guest and Conference Service Manager at the Newcomb Campus I work to coordinate lodging, meals and services. My role is to ensure all who visit the campus reach their goals for research, education, enrichment and professional development.
With a B.S. in Recreation and an MS in Community Health Education I have a varied work history from Guest services to Higher Education in Student development (Advisement and Career Development) and teaching. A passion for out-door adventure brought my husband and me to the Adirondacks where we enjoy back-country and alpine skiing, mountain biking, canoeing and hiking.
I have owned my own business as a yoga and fitness professional in the Adirondacks for four years, and continue to teach health and wellness as an adjunct at SUNY Adirondack.
Adirondack Forest Property Manager
(518) 582-4551 ext 105
I oversee the forest management of the College's Adirondack properties. This includes Huntington Wildlife Forest - Newcomb (15,000 acres), Pack Demonstration Forest - Warrensburg (2,500 acres), and Dubuar Memorial Forest - Wanakena (2,500 acres). Management activities involve forest inventory, mapping, management planning, timber sale administration, maintain the continuous forest inventory system, and maintain various ground control systems. Our management goals are designed to support the College's mission of teaching, research, and demonstration. I have been with the College as Forest Manager since 1983. Active member of Society of American Foresters (1978), SAF Fellow (2014), SAF District 6 President’s Field Forester Award (2015), SAF Certified Forester (1999), and New York Trained Logger Certified (1997).
Adirondack Property Forester
(518) 582-4551 ext 107
I have been working at HWF since 1982. I was originally hired to work exclusively at the Newcomb Campus, but now have responsibilities at the college properties in Warrensburg and Wanakena. I am Certified Forester under the Society of American Foresters certification program. My duties include general forest management activities ( inventory, stand evaluation and prescription, boundary and grid line maintenance, trail maintenance, etc.), maintaining and updating records and files on forest management activities, assisting the Adirondack Forest Properties Manager in administering timber harvest programs (marking stands, scaling products, contract supervision, etc.), supervising the Forest Operations summer crew and assisting in instructional, research and public service activities.
Mark Miller became the HWF maintenance supervisor in the summer of 2007. A Newcomb native, Mark is a skilled mechanic and brings a wealth of skills and experience in building construction, maintenance and landscaping to the station.
I am the Food Service Manager/cook for the Rich Lake Dining Center at SUNY ESF-Newcomb Campus. I have worked in the Food Service Industry most of my life. I live in Raquette Lake, NY