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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

Cultivating Our Conservation Ethic


  • FOR 421: Practical Ethics for Resource Managers (3CR) Introduction to the history and practical function of ethics in the context of resource management professions, with a special emphasis on forestry. Particular attention will be paid to establishing an ethically sound position, aligning competing values and priorities among interested parties and effectively communicating management decisions. Required for graduating seniors in SRM Fall and Spring.
  • 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.

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).


  • Forest Stewards Guild, Membership and Policy Committee
  • Society of American Foresters, Adirondack Chapter Chair

Professional Affiliations