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Dr. Lindi Quackenbush Named Interim Vice President for Research at ESF

Syracuse, N.Y. – June 03, 2024 - The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has named Dr. Lindi Quackenbush interim vice president for research, effective June 1. She previously served as chair for the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE).  

“We are confident Dr. Quackenbush will create an atmosphere that promotes outstanding research and academic excellence, encourages active participation and collaboration within the ESF community, and aims to elevate the College's standing as a top-tier research institution,” said Dr. Samuel Mukasa, ESF’s executive vice president and provost. 

Quackenbush takesover the leadership of a research program that tallies about $20 million in expenditures annually. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading, promoting, and driving research programs at ESF, which over the past two years have added faculty clusters in the bioeconomy (carbon cluster), indigenous environmental science, terrestrial ecosystem restoration, water science, and urban sustainability. Additional  faculty clusters are planned in data science and nanomaterials science.

A professor in the ERE department, Quackenbush has taught at ESF for more than 25 years, serving as department chair since 2018. Her research interests cover a range of image processing and remote sensing application areas including forestry-related topics, such as developing tools to support forest classification and invasive species management, urban management subjects including object-oriented algorithms for impervious surface classification and linear feature extraction, and water-focused topics including water quality monitoring.  

 Quackenbush earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in remote sensing and image processing from ESF.

Quackenbush assumes the interim role as Dr. John Stellatransitions from the role and returns to a faculty position to resume his own research and teaching career within the Department of Sustainable Resources Management. 


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through design, policy, and management of the environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from the associate of applied science to the Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study and do research on the main campus in Syracuse, N.Y., and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.