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2012 ESF S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Team


Brandon Murphy - ESF SCIENCE Project Coordinator

A warm welcome to all 2012 ESF SCIENCE participants!

Brandon is a project coordinator in the ESF Outreach Office. He has been overseeing the ESF SCIENCE for the last three years, and loves when he gets to work with the Science Corps out in the field. In addition, Brandon supports the ESF in the High School program, online education initiatives, and teacher professional development. In his free time Brandon enjoys running, biking, snowboarding, golfing, playing guitar, and crossfit.

Sarah Hofer – ESF SCIENCE Team Leader

Sarah is a graduate student working on a Masters of Professional Studies in Environmental Interpretation. Originally from New York City, she is adjusting to life in Central New York like a champ. Going from NYC to CNY isn't nearly as hard as she thought it would be! After finishing her first semester of grad work, where she completed a Federal Work-Study with the New York State Parks Department, Sarah joins the ESF SCIENCE Team as the Team Leader. After graduating next May, Sarah hopes to eventually work for a nature center or a state park, with the ultimate goal of providing outdoor and environmental education to urban youth and communities. She's looking forward to an exciting summer!

Bella Garramone

Bella Garramone – ESF SCIENCE Team Member

Bella is from Tuckerton, NJ and has been interested in science from very early on. She is majoring in Natural History and Interpretation but is also very interested in animals and conservation. She plans on working with animals either at a zoo or conservation center all while educating the public about why these creatures are important. She has interned at an aquarium and volunteered at a local natural history museum interpreting about the animals on display. She is very excited about this summer and hopes to learn as much as she teaches in the Science Corps.

Wyatt Lebeau

Wyatt Lebeau– ESF SCIENCE Team Member

Wyatt is a senior in environmental policy, planning and law major from Spencerport NY, just outside of Rochester. He also has a minor in environmental writing and rhetoric and is focusing on environmental education especially urban environmental education in the future. Wyatt grew up in Rochester, which exposed him to Lake Ontario and led to his fascination and passion for the health of the environment. He is also an avid fisherman and enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing, golf and soccer.

Cori Rendon – ESF SCIENCE Team Member

Cori is a Natural History Interpretation major with a minor in Recreation Resources and Protected Area Management from Laredo, TX. As a senior at ESF her main interests are environmental education, outdoor recreation, and community outreach as a whole. She would like to continue educating others about the natural world through education, proper management, and community involvement. Cori has previously worked and volunteered at multiple nature centers and museums, such as Baltimore Woods Nature Center and the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology, where she continues to involve and engage audiences in wide variety of sciences. Outside of school Cori enjoys bike riding, traveling, reading, and knitting.

Kelsey Taylor

Kelsey Taylor – ESF SCIENCE Team Member

Kelsey is a senior at SUNY-ESF studying Conservation Biology. She grew up on Long Island always passionate about the outdoors. Kelsey is involved in many things on campus including the Society for Conservation Biology, the ESF Women’s Soccer Team, and is an Orientation Leader. Additionally, she has worked as a summer camp counselor for two summers and a soccer coach for the past two years. Her true passion though is for animals and hopes to one day work with penguins. She would also like to be able to teach people about animals and their habitats through educational programs around the country. Her other interests include snowboarding, reading, running, listening to music, and hiking.


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.