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Wildlife Conservation National As Well As Regional Prominence For ESF In Enrollments

High enrollment signifies an in-demand program that attracts excellent faculty and students. Among all types of institutions for majors in Conservation Biology, Wildlife Biology, and Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management, SUNY ESF has the fourth largest undergraduate enrollment in the United States (US). SUNY ESF is by far the largest program in the northeastern US (defined as the states reaching from the Virginias in the south, to Maine in the north). In terms of graduate education enrollment in these fields, SUNY ESF is fourteenth in the US and tied for first in the northeastern states (with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University).

Leveraging Education through Internships

To complement coursework, the Roosevelt Wild Life Station facilitates pairing wildlife conservation students to summer internships through the New York Department Of Environmental Conservation's (NYSDEC) Student Internship Program at ESF. Graduate and undergraduate students have been hired to work with the DEC's Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources. A lesser number of internships have been available for students to work in the area of forest health through the NYSDEC's Division of Lands and Forests. These are remunerative opportunities for the students ($10-15/hour for 20 weeks) and provide valuable professional experience as well as make a critical contribution to NYSDEC's operations.

Tamir Puntsag

An ESF graduate student, Tamir Puntsag, left, conducts research using archived water samples from the Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research site.

"The mountains are calling & I must go & I will work on while I can, studying incessantly."

John Muir

Undergraduate and Graduate Education

Specific areas of study in the SUNY ESF Department of Environmental and Forest Biology are briefly described here and can be browsed by major. The Roosevelt Wild Life Station supports the science education and research generated by the faculty and students associated with these areas of study.

Undergraduate Education

  • Conservation Biology
    Conservation biology is the application of science to conserve the earth's imperiled species and ecosystems. The field is a relatively young one that is growing rapidly in response to the biodiversity crisis, perhaps the most critical environmental issue of our time.
  • Wildlife Science
    Wildlife science is the application of ecological knowledge in a manner that strikes a balance between the needs of wildlife populations and the needs of people. Research and teaching in wildlife science began at ESF in 1914, one of the first such programs in the U.S.
  • Aquatic and Fisheries Science
    Aquatic and fisheries science is the study of aquatic ecosystems to increase scientific understanding and to apply basic ecological principles to their management, thereby sustaining them for multiple uses. Aquatic ecosystems include wetlands, streams, lakes, estuaries and oceans.

Graduate Education

  • Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management
    Study in this area provides students with advanced preparation in biological concepts of fish and wildlife populations as they relate to resource management. Increasing concern for these wild animal resources has been matched by strong student interest in educational programs that prepare them for careers in the fish and wildlife professions; ESF graduates are employed worldwide.
  • Environmental Interpretation
    Environmental interpretation sharpens the cutting edge of communication among scientists and various public sectors. Graduate study enables students to explore interpretation/ conservation education processes through application to specific projects in the natural sciences and science education.
  • Applied Ecology
    This area of study in the M.P.S. degree is designed for students who desire to solidify their background in applied ecology and professionals who would return for “retooling”; suitable for careers in environmental oversight, policy, planning, law, and education.
  • Ecology
    This integrative study area allows students to investigate the relationships of organisms to their environment and those factors which affect their distribution and abundance. Both the practical and theoretical applications of ecology are emphasized through courses and research.
  • Entomology
    Graduate study opportunities prepare students in the basic aspects of insect life and the role of insects in relation to humans and their environment. The wide range of effects stemming from insect activity, from the beneficial to the deleterious, allows for a variety of research subjects in which insects play a major role.

Additional Education and Field Experience Opportunities

The Roosevelt Wild Life Station partners with the Adirondack Ecological Center (AEC) near Newcomb, New York. While the primary mission of the AEC is to support research, an active instructional program fulfills the public service spirit of SUNY ESF. The AEC's instructional program includes annual short courses and internships, and-through the Adirondack Interpretive Center-workshops for teachers, programs for secondary science students and the Huntington Lecture Series.

The AEC provides a superb environment for teaching and learning. Students and faculty live at the station for short, intense, retreat-like experiences. Courses may be taken for graduate, undergraduate, or non-credit.