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Marianne Patinelli-DubayMarianne Patinelli-Dubay, Ph.D.

Environmental Philosophy Program Coordinator

SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
Newcomb Campus
6312 State Route 28N
Newcomb, NY 12852
(518) 582-4551 Ex: 109


  • Practical Ethics for Forestry Professionals (4 Cat 1-CF credits) Developed with support from the NYS-DEC, this workshop teaches professional foresters and land management personnel to use a variety of ethical methods and techniques in order to reach group consensus on real and complex fieldwork situations.
  • Practical Ethics for Forestry Pre-Professionals Modeled on the program developed for field professionals, this workshop brings students together with working foresters and land management personnel. Students learn and apply the philosophical theory that underlies ethical decision making to situations pulled from current professional and academic literature.
  • Forestry in the Classroom (Cat 1-CF credits) This seminar is designed to acquaint forestry students and professionals with the work of Henry David Thoreau, a surveyor and a forester long before he retreated to Walden Pond. We will consider Thoreau's path from surveyor to preservationist and learn from his often intimate and conflicted reflections on fields and forests and how one might be ethical stewards of both.

Research Interests

At a time when the value of field stations and research forests are debated in economic terms, and the question remains open around what type of work belongs in such a place, I continue to work on a manuscript focused on a historic landscape inventory of the Huntington Wildlife Forest taken some 70 years ago.  These fragments provide elegant evidence of the natural crossover between science and art, research and personal accounts and the value of daily encounters with the natural world. Experiences and observations like those recorded here influence our understanding of the world around us and strengthen our resolve to preserve and protect it. The quality of our environmental awareness and our knowledge of self and world transcends disciplinary boundaries and is deepened through immediacy and the kind of multifaceted inquiry that defines the field station experience, as we work through wonder towards understanding.


  • Society of American Foresters, Philosophy and History Working Group Chair-Elect

Professional Affiliations