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ESF Grad Students Present at NYSAF Meeting

SYRACUSE, NY – Feb. 1, 2024 – Graduate students from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) were among the presenters at the New York State Society of American Foresters annual meeting Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2024.

With a conference theme of The Future Harvest: Solutions Across Sectors, the annual meeting allows forestry professionals to focus on a range of concerns alongside creative solutions including declining regional pulp markets and land conversion in the northeast, to alternative strategies in support of timber production and non-timber forest products.

The meeting also provides graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to network with professionals in their prospective fields. Graduate students participating in the poster session include:

Sara Dreibelbis, MS student, Department of Sustainable Resources Management (SRM)

Topic: Improving lumber grade recovery for eastern white pine - Evidence from a sawmill study

Anusha Lamsal, Ph.D. candidate, SRM

Topic: Are New York City watershed residents thriving, striving, or just surviving? A 1990 – 2020 time series analysis

Mandira Pokharel, Ph.D. candidate, SRM

Topic: Exploring sustainability issues in tropical timber trade: The case of Apitong, Meranti, and beyond.

Basanta Lamsal, Ph.D. candidate, SRM

Topic: Gross-base net multiplier approach to measure a sector’s regional economic contribution

Erik Carlson, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Environmental Biology,

Topic: Development of the ‘Darwin’ American chestnut line at ESF

Dr. Andy Newhouse, director of the American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project, spoke on recent findings from ESF’s American chestnut program “From the field to the Washington Post and back again.”


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.