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Newcomb Campus
Faculty and Staff

Stacy McNulty

Associate Director and Research Associate
(518) 582-4551 ext 101

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 

Associate Director
(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

Wildlife Technician
(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.

Sharon Steen

Staff Assistant
(518) 582-4551 ext 102

I am the Business Manager at the ESF Newcomb campus involved in areas of financial and office management. I have a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from The College of New Jersey. I grew up and spent summers working in the hospitality industry at the Jersey Shore, then moved to Florida shortly after graduation to pursue a career in the legal arena. It is in Florida where I met my husband and started a family. I have work experience involving business and office management, executive administrative support, legal practices, accounting and financial planning, as well as a business owner. My husband and I moved from Florida to Schroon Lake, NY in 2001 where we raised our son and started our family cabin rental business. We still live just a short walk to the town beach where we enjoy the advantages of the beautiful pristine lake — swimming, kayaking/boating, and small town living. Our family is all grown now, and mostly located in Florida, where we love to visit, especially in winter!

Natasha L. Karniski-Keglovits

Research Analyst
(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.

Jacob O'Connell

Outreach Program Manager
(518)582-4551 ext. 113

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

Environmental Philosopher
(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.

Melissa Vaughn

Guest Services Manager

As the Guest Services Manager at the Newcomb Campus I coordinate lodging, meals and services and I ensure all who visit the campus reach their goals for research, education, enrichment and professional development. I have an AAS from SUNY Delhi and my work background includes managing the busiest brew pub in Lake George, New York, running my own cafe for 5 years and working for my favorite Vermont rock band. I have been a Newcomb resident since 2000 and enjoy spending time outdoors biking, hiking, Hok skiing, and just enjoying nature, my family and my dogs. for reservations & general inquiries
(518) 582-4551 ext 108

Forest Operations

Bruce W. Breitmeyer

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).

Mike Gooden

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.

Mike Federice

Adirondack Assistant Forest Property Manager
(518) 582-4551 ext 106

I am a Forester who works on the College's Adirondack properties in Newcomb, Warrensburg, Wanakena and Cranberry Lake. I am involved with a wide range of forest management activities, including forest inventory work, stand evaluation and prescription, boundary and grid line maintenance, trail maintenance, mapping, timber sale setup, and management planning. I am a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester, with a B.S. in Forest Resources Management from SUNY-ESF. In my free time I enjoy being in the outdoors and exploring the Adirondacks.


Jody Larabee

Facilities Supervisor 582-3293


Joanna Darling

Food Service

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

Jeremy Rifenburg


Tim Potter

Custodial Staff