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Faculty and Staff

Stacy McNulty

Associate Director and Senior Research Associate
(518) 582-4551 

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.  Projects include forest dynamics, habitat, and songbird communities; amphibians, vernal pools and land use; phenology and climate change; recreation on public wildlands; organizational governance of public natural resources; and the value of global field research stations to society.  I co-administer the Adirondack Ecological Center's research and academic programs.  I received a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary social-ecological science from SUNY ESF, an M.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY ESF and B.A. in Biology from SUNY Geneseo.  I affiliate with the Graduate Program in Environmental Studies at ESF and mentor graduate and undergraduate students in GPES, ES and Environmental Biology.  I enjoy hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and anything that gets me outdoors.  For further academic and research details, see:  Stacy's Faculty Profile and Expert's Profile.

Paul B. Hai 

Associate Director
(518) 582-4551 ext 104

In his role as Associate Director of the Adirondack Ecological Center at ESF's Newcomb Campus, Paul leads ESF's new Timbuctoo Climate Science and Careers Institute initiative, which is focused on creating awareness, access and opportunity for students from traditionally marginalized communities, with the goal of increasing participation and representation of people of color in natural resource-related academic and professional careers.

Paul is also one of 4 co-founders of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, started in 2016, and which has now grown to become a Governor's funding priority in each of the past 3 state budgets.

He is passionate about creating inter- and multidisciplinary programs using natural history and the process of science as the connective thread between disciplines. Exploring the interconnections between and the intersections of science, art, math, literature, history, technology, equality and justice, is what inspires Paul to teach and to create new programs engaging students of all ages, all while using the Adirondacks as an unparalleled outdoor classroom.

Paul's family has been connected to the Adirondacks for over a hundred years, and Paul lives full-time in Newcomb, where he and his wife, fellow AEC Associate Director Stacy McNulty, are raising their two daughters.

Natasha L. Karniski-Keglovits

Instructional Support Specialist
(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 enjoy hiking and kayaking, and am 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’m the outreach program manager at ESF’s Newcomb Campus where I manage education and outreach for visiting groups. Feel free to reach out to me to plan an educational visit. Prior to working at the Newcomb Campus, I worked with the ESF in the High School program in the Office of Outreach (now “Open Academy.”)

Marianne Patinelli-Dubay

Environmental Philosopher
(518) 582.4551 ext.109

I teach Forestry 421: Practical Ethics for Resource Managers along with a professional series of lectures and coursework in collaboration with working foresters and the Society of American Foresters (SAF).  I serve as Chair-Elect of SAF’s New York State Chapter and as a member of the National Ethics Committee.  I write for popular and industry publications on the philosophical and ethical dimensions of forestry including The Northern Logger, The Forestry Source, Natural Resources Management Today and most recently for the Second Edition Introduction to Consulting Forestry.  I have been invited to speak at forestry gatherings throughout the Northeast and beyond at SAF’s National convention, The Annual Foresters Forum, the Timber Harvesting and Procurement Short-Course and the Mature and Old Growth Science Summit.  Every aspect of my work-life is in service to an optimistic future for forestry; for professionals and for the woodlands and communities that they steward. 

David Rosenbaum

Research Support Specialist
518-582-4551 x103

My primary responsibility at Newcomb Campus is assisting the Ecological Scorecard project, a long-term ecological monitoring program of sites managed for recreation in Adirondack Park. I received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Baylor University and a M.S. if Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University. Prior to arriving at Newcomb Campus in 2023, I conducted research and worked in various positions pertaining to wildlife conservation and management.

Bobbi Levesque

Business Manager    
518-582-4551 x 102

As the Business Manager at the ESF Newcomb campus I’m involved in the areas of financial and office management. I have a B.S. in Zoology and have spent the past 15 years in veterinary medicine and hospital management. I grew up and graduated from high school in Newcomb, spent several years in California and Chicago, and eventually found my way back to the Newcomb area. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, skiing, and spending time on the water.

Ann-Marie O'Donnell

Guest Services Manager 
518-582-4551 x 108

As the Guest Services Manager at the Newcomb Campus, I coordinate all guest communications related to the Newcomb campus including all requests for housing and meals, programs, and meetings and am the on-site contact for ensuring accommodations, programs and events are executed as planned.  I am a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Economics and Political Science. Outside of work I enjoy cycling and hiking. 

Stephanie Hample 

I am the Manager of the Adirondack Interpretive Center on the ESF Newcomb Campus. I have my B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Utah but was born and raised in the Adirondacks. I have spent most of my career working with the public doing interpretation of the Adirondacks natural and cultural history. My main focus in this position is to create events and programming that will inspire visitors to become more excited and passionate about nature, science, and the culture of the Adirondacks.

Forest Operations

Mike Federice

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

As the Adirondack Forest Property Manager, I promote opportunities for teaching, research, and demonstration across ESF's northern properties. Through sustainable stewardship of our properties, we will ensure that our forests continue to be a great resource for generations to come.  Enhancing biodiversity, showcasing a variety of tangible examples of forest management, protecting our lands from invasive species, and advancing the resilience of our forests in light of pests and impacts from climate change are just some of the many opportunities I am passionate about using to support ESF and beyond.

Prior to my work with ESF I had a background in industrial forest management and procurement throughout the northeast. I graduated from SUNY ESF in 2010 with a B.S. in Forest Resources Management. In my free time I enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking and cross-country skiing. 

Allison Brusa

Forest Technician 
518-582-4551 x107

As the Adirondack Forest Technician, I help manage ESF forest in Newcomb, Wanakena, and Warrensburg. My duties include general forest management, such as inventory and stand analysis, boundary, and trail maintenance, and assisting Property Managers in planning harvests and timber sales. As a Ranger School and main campus ESF student, I was employed as a teaching and research assistant. I've carried that passion with me to the professional world and am involved in forestry education and research projects on our Adirondack campuses.


Jody Larabee

Facilities Supervisor | (518) 582-3293

Jeremy Rifenburg


Tim Potter

Custodial Staff