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Restoration Science Center

RSC Faculty & Staff

ESF faculty are uniquely positioned to advance the field of restoration science. RSC faculty members work across disciplines in terrestrial, aquatic, and wetland ecosystems, leveraging their expertise to develop innovative and collaborative solutions to environmental problems. Complementary strengths in restoration ecology, genetics, traditional ecological knowledge, food systems, environmental science, engineering, landscape design, and community engagement are at the core of this transformational mission.

RSC Directors

Dr. John M. Farrell

Dr. John M. Farrell, RSC Co-Director

John Farrell is a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY-ESF and Director of the Thousand Islands Biological Station.

RSC Themes: Ecosystem Restoration

Dr. Donald J. Leopold

Dr. Donald J. Leopold, RSC Co-Director

Don Leopold is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at ESF.

RSC Themes: Ecosystem Restoration, Species Restoration


RSC Staff

Samuel Quinn

Samuel Quinn, Research Assistant & Instructor

Sam Quinn coordinates the Conservation on Private Lands Initiative and teaches courses in Private Lands Conservation

Brandy Neveldine

Brandy Neveldine, Development &
Program Leader


Brandy Neveldine oversees fundraising, communications and events for the Restoration Science Center.

Molly Jacobson

Molly Jacobson, Pollinator Ecologist

Molly Jacobson develops and coordinates projects to improve pollinator habitat on public and private lands, as well as performs public outreach.


RSC Faculty

colin beier


Dr. Colin M. Beier

Associate Professor, Department of Sustainable Resource Management
RSC Research Themes: Biocultural Restoration, Ecosystem Restoration

Dr. Stewart Diemont

Dr. Stewart Diemont
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
RSC Research Themes: Biocultural Restoration, Agroecological Restoration

Terry L. Ettinger

Terry L. Ettinger
Greenhouse Manager, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
RSC Research Themes: Species Restoration


Dr. Danilo D. Fernando

Dr. Danilo D. Fernando
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
RSC Research Themes: Species Restoration

Dr. James Gibbs

Dr. James Gibbs
Distinguished Professor, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
RSC Research Themes: Species Restoration, Ecosystem Restoration

Dr. Thomas R. Horton

Dr. Thomas R. Horton
Professor, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
RSC Research Themes: Species Restoration, Ecosystem Restoration


Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment
RSC Research Themes: Biocultural Restoration

Dr. Silje T. Kristiansen

Dr. Silje T. Kristiansen
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies
RSC Research Themes: Agroecological Restoration

Dr. Charles N. Kroll

Dr. Charles N. Kroll
Professor, Department of Environmental Resources Engineering
RSC Research Themes: Ecosystem Restoration


Dr. Karin E. Limburg

Dr. Karin E. Limburg
Distinguished Professor, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
RSC Research Themes: Ecosystem Restoration

Dr. Catherine Landis

Dr. Catherine Landis
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Native Peoples and Environment
RSC Research Themes: Biocultural Restoration

Dr. Sharon D. Moran

Dr. Sharon D. Moran
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies
RSC Research Themes: Ecosystem Restoration, Biocultural Restoration


Dr. Gregory McGee

Dr. Gregory McGee
Associate Professor & Undergraduate Director, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
RSC Research Themes: Ecosystem Restoration

Dr. Dylan Parry

Dr. Dylan Parry
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
RSC Research Themes: Species Restoration

Neil Patterson, Jr

Neil Patterson, Jr.
Assistant Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment
RSC Research Themes: Biocultural Restoration


Matthew R. Potteiger

Matthew R. Potteiger
Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture
RSC Research Themes: Agroecological Restoration

Dr. William A. Powell

Dr. William A. Powell
Professor, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology Director, Council on Biotechnology in Forestry
RSC Research Themes: Species Restoration

Dr. Michael L. Schummer

Dr. Michael L. Schummer
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
RSC Research Themes: Ecosystem Restoration


Dr. Theresa Selfa

Dr. Theresa Selfa
Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Environmental Studies
RSC Research Themes: Agroecological Restoration

Dr. John C. Stella

Dr. John C. Stella
Professor, Department of Sustainable Resource Management
RSC Research Themes: Ecosystem Restoration

Dr. Elizabeth S. Vidon

Dr. Elizabeth S. Vidon
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies
RSC Research Themes: Biocultural Restoration


Dr. Philippe G. Vidon

Dr. Philippe G. Vidon
Professor, Department of Sustainable Resource Management
RSC Research Themes: Ecosystem Restoration

Dr. Timothy A. Volk

Dr. Timothy A. Volk
Senior Research Associate and Associate Chair, Department of Sustainable Resource Management
RSC Research Themes: Ecosystem Restoration