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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
mpatinelli@esf.edu

Teaching

  • 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.

Current Research

As a Forest of Wildlife: Observations on The Working Landscapes of Thoreau's New England and the Adirondacks, NY

An historic landscape inventory of the Huntington Wildlife Forest, Adirondacks, NY provides insight into how the establishment of an ecological baseline became the groundwork for 86 years of scientific research and began a long-term commitment to this 15,000-acre forest.  These inventory records mirror Henry David Thoreau's field and surveying notes in both content and style.  Both sets of writings reveal the importance of scientific observations in addressing the empirical questions which drive them, while also occupying a philosophical position of proximity that leads to care of the natural world as a consequence.  Over time, these ostensibly objective records have informed ecological knowledge while they strengthen the reader's resolve to preserve and protect the fields and forests described. Environmental awareness and a complex understanding of the relationship between self and world is deepened through immediacy and close attention to a small area, a relationship with the nearby landscape and the quality of contact that these writings represent. 

*The Huntington Forest is for the use of the New York State College of Forestry, "for investigation, experiment and research in relation to the habits, life histories, methods of propagation and management of fish, birds, game, food and fur-bearing animals and as a forest of wildlife." (Roosevelt Wildlife Bulletin, 1941).

Service

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

Professional Affiliations