2010 ESF S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Team | ESF Science | Experiential Learning & Outreach | SUNY ESF
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2010 ESF S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Team


Brandon Murphy - ESF SCIENCE Project Manager

A warm welcome to all 2010 ESF SCIENCE participants!

Brandon is a graduate student in the department of Environmental and Forest Biology working with Dr. Don Leopold on inland salt marsh restoration on the Solvay waste beds around Onondaga Lake. Since 2008, Brandon has also been working with the ESF Outreach office helping to develop the ESF Online program and courses. This summer he joins Outreach as a full time professional staff member. He enjoys teaching, both formally and informally, and is particularly interested in stress tolerant plants. In his free time Brandon enjoys running, biking, snowboarding, golfing, playing guitar, and playing softball and soccer.

Matt Brincka – ESF SCIENCE Team Leader

Matt is currently a graduate student at ESF studying Resource Management and Education. Born and raised in Webster, NY, he has always been connected to nature. He owes his deep passion for the outdoors to his mother and father, who being a nurse and biology teacher respectively, have showed him not only to explore the world and all it is worth, but how to appreciate every aspect of nature. His love for aquatics and fish comes from his father, grandfather and uncle, who taught him that fishing isn’t about the size and number of the fish you caught (although it is always fun to “out-fish” family members) but rather the experience gained while standing in the stream, becoming absorbed with the nature that surrounds you. Traveling around the United States, Ireland, the Mediterranean and New Zealand, he hopes that his experiences will further motivate him to share his knowledge of the Earth with others. Through his admiration for nature and children, Matt hopes to one day educate youth about the world they live in and help aid them in becoming closer to and respect nature.

Adriana Beltrani

Adriana Beltrani – ESF SCIENCE Team Member

Adriana is an environmental policy major and urban ecology minor from the Hudson Valley, New York. Her home near the Hudson River coupled with some truly amazing travel experiences have strongly influenced her impressions of nature since childhood. As a senior at ESF, Adriana has become very interested in urban ecology and community planning and would like to see the urban sustainability movement flourish, especially in Syracuse. Outside of school, Adriana loves being helpful, riding horses, getting muddy and playing music.

Greg Durante

Greg Durante – ESF SCIENCE Team Member

Greg grew up on Long Island and is currently a senior in Conservation Biology. Greg has always been interested in nature from when he was young. You can always find him climbing a tree or trying to get the perfect picture of the sunset. After graduating from ESF, Greg plans to go to Graduate School to improve his education. He enjoys teaching others about the environment and its importance. His other interests include camping, photography, music, volleyball, baseball and soccer.


Amanda Giangiobbe – ESF SCIENCE Team Member

Amanda is currently a senior Environmental Studies Communication and Culture major at SUNY ESF. Growing up in Marcellus, NY on the Nine Mile Creek, Amanda became a nature lover at a very young age. Upon graduating from ESF she plans on attending graduate school and becoming a science teacher. She is very excited to be part of ESF SCIENCE, and is looking forward to a fun and successful summer!

Alex Kuttesh

Alex Kuttesh – ESF SCIENCE Team Member

Alex is currently a senior at SUNY ESF studying environmental policy, planning & law. His academic interests are primarily in urban environmental science and sustainable community development. Growing up in Buffalo, NY and living in Syracuse has interested Alex to examine the relationships between cities and their residents with regional ecology. Alex recently enjoyed a trip to New Orleans where he aided in the construction of a house and helped plant cypress trees in the Louisiana bayou. In his spare time Alex enjoys playing music, primarily the bass, guitar and banjo. This is Alex’s first year with Outreach. He is looking forward to the opportunity to teach what he has learned at ESF.   

Sean Allers

Sean Allers –Onondaga Lake Steward

Sean is currently a senior at SUNY ESF in the Environmental Science program. Sean is passionate about working with all kinds of animals, and hopes to someday become a veterinarian. Sean has worked and volunteered in a number of wildlife and animal care facilities including multiple animal hospitals, zoos, wildlife centers, and the Paige Wildlife Rehab Center. Additionally, Sean has assisted in research on Lake Ontario fisheries, Hellbenders, and Odonates. Sean's work with the SCIENCE Corps was made possible with a grant from the Onondaga Lake Partnership to focus specifically on Onondaga Lake. Sean is also a member of the ESF Woodsmen's Team, a Studenta Embassador, and a Freshmen Orientation Leader.


Heidi Busa – ESF SCIENCE Educator

Heidi is a teacher at Marcellus High School and is currently teaching environmental studies, biomedical and chemical technologies, Regents Living Environment, and Global Environment (part of ESF in the High School). Heidi is a graduate of SUNY ESF where she majored in Wildlife Biology, minored in Botany, and received a B.S. in Forest Biology. She also received an M.S. from Syracuse University in Science Education. Professionally, Heidi has over 25 years of experience educating students. She has taught as an environmental educator for the NYSDEC and at Stone Environmental Schools in Maine and Massachusetts. Before teaching high school students at Marcellus, Heidi instructed at Fowler and Corcoran High Schools, along with Lincoln and Grant Middle Schools in the Syracuse School District. Outside of the classroom, Heidi is a consultant to the Associate Dean for Educational Outreach at SUNY ESF, where she works on curriculum and professional development. Heidi is also an item writer for the NYS Regents Exam on the Living Environment; she is a facilitator for Project Wild, a wildlife oriented education program; and a facilitator, state chair, and national consultant to Project Learning Tree, an environmental education program dealing with forest resources.

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