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For those unfamiliar with the departmental structure at ESF, we don't have traditional English, Math, Women's Studies, or Economics departments. But among all the specialized departments, you can also find course offerings that fill these needs.


1includes Adirondack Ecological Center; 2includes Ranger School


DONAGHY, Kelly. Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Education. Past President, Faculty Governance.

MAO, Huiting Regional tropospheric chemistry and climate change, intercontinental transport of trace gases and aerosols, climate-air quality connections, biosphere-atmosphere exchange of trace gases, and radiative transfer processes.

MIROWSKY, Jaime Environmental Health.

Environmental and Forest Biology (including the Adirondack Ecological Center, Newcomb, NY, and summer courses at the Cranberry Lake Biological Station.)

FARRELL, Shannon. Wildlife Habitat Ecology.

FIERKE, Melissa. Forest Entomology and Ecology. Dr. Fierke also teaches General Biology.

FRAIR, Jacqueline. Wildlife Ecology.

KIMMERER, Robin. Ecology of mosses; Restoration of culturally significant plants to Native American communities; Environmental partnerships with Native American communities; Traditional Ecological Knowledge; Disturbance ecology; Recovery of epiphytic communities. Director, Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology (UMEB) and Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

NEWMAN, Lee. Cell Biology and molecular techniques.

LIMBURG, Karin. Fisheries ecology, ecosystem ecology, watershed ecology, fish migration, biogeochemical tracers, modeling, ecological economics. Dr. Limburg has also taught courses on grant management and wine appreciation.

McNULTY, Stacy. Forest and landscape ecology, landscape ecology, and the study of impacts of human land use on wildlife habitat. Stacy is based at the Adirondack Ecological Center (AEC)in Newcomb, NY.

RAZAVI, Roxanne. Limnology and aquatic ecotoxicology.

RUNDELL, Rebecca. Evolutionary Biology, invertebrate biology.

SCHULZ, Kim. Limnology (the study of inland aquatic ecosystems).

WANG, Chun-Juan "June". Mycology. Dr. Wang was originally hired as a Research Associate in 1959. Her position was converted to tenure track sometime thereafter after students questioned why she wasn't faculty. She advanced through various grades to become one of ESF's first women Professors in 1972. She "retired" in 1998, but still has an active research program.

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Environmental Resources Engineering

QUACKENBUSH, Lindi. Image processing and remote sensing application areas. Dr. Quackenbush began stint as Chair Aug 1, 2018.

Environmental Studies

(This department houses the Writing Center, and most classes across the writing and communication spectrum. In late spring 2018, Math faculty moved from FNRM)

CONAHAN, Karen. Calculus.

COURTWRIGHT, Carol, Writing Program

DEBAISE, Janine. Ecofeminism. Ecological literacy. Composition and rhetoric. Contemporary nature literature. Science Literature. Urban nature literature.

FITZSIMMONS,Maureen. Writing Program

HALL, Myrna Director Emeritus, Center for the Urban Environment and Research Associate Emeritus. Integrating simulation modeling and GIS for studying the interaction of humans and their; environment Natural resources management; Issues of sustainable development

HOGAN, Elizabeth Writing Program

JAGER, Dawnelle. EcoComposition, Technical Writing, Creative Nonfiction in the Sciences. Dawnelle is Coordinator, Writing Resource Center

KEENAN, Mary Ann. Cultural Ecology.

KRISTIANSEN, Silje. Environmental, risk and science communication.

LIMPERT, Christina. Director, Writing Center. At ESF, she teaches Writing and the Environment; Research, Writing, and the Humanities; Eco Cinema; and Digital Storytelling. She also teaches writing intensive classes in Women’s and Gender Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University.

LUZADIS, Valerie. Natural Resources Policy and Values; Ecological Economics, and Research Methods. Professor. Prior service at ESF includes: Professor, Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management; Chair, Department of Environmental Studies; Assistant to the Provost for Academic Inititatives Institutional Assessment Coordinator; Interim Provost and Executive VP; and Senior Advisor to the President

MORAN, Sharon. Human dimensions of water/ wastewater issues, Environmental issues in post-communist countries, Qualitative research methods; gender and nature , Sustainability indicators. Dr. Moran has also co-taught Women in Environmental Careers.

Parker, Andrea. Environmental communication and decision making, climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, with additional interests in natural resources management and policy, energy policy and how social movements relate to new communication media.

SENECAH, Susan (emeritus). Communication aspects of public participation in the formation of environmental public policy/decisions, especially the origins, dynamics, persuasive strategies, and tactics of environmental campaigns. Legislative process, environmental public policy. Dr. Senecah is also Stakeholder Involvement Coordinator at New York Department of State

SELFA, Theresa. Environmental, Agricultural and Development Sociology.

THOMPSON, Mary. Math instructor.

VIDON,Elizabeth. Assistant Professor. Human geography; Attitudes, values and the Environment

WEBSTER, Sally. Sally taught computing classes from 1990-2000, retiring as an Associate Professor.

Weiss, Jill. Assistant Professor. Environmental communication, participatory governance, conservation psychology and ethics, landscape ecology (socio-ecological systems and resilient bioregions; ecosystem services), open space access and mgmt, systems theory, ecological literacy and outreach. Originally hired as a Visiting AP, Dr. Weiss' became tenure track in May 2018.

WHITMORE, Bennette. Chair. Technical writing, communications studies, Environmental Education, and Children's Literature. Dr. Whitmore served as interim chair while still an Assistant Professor, May 2015-Aug 2017, when she was named Chair.


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Forest and Natural Resources Management

(including Forest Tech Program, NYS Ranger School, Wanakena, NY). This department houses the math (until late spring 2018, when some instructors moved to ES), statistics, history, and sociology General Education classes, and well as the business and management offerings.

JOHNSTON, Mariann. Ranger School--Forest Health and Nutrition, Fertilization, Soils & Ecology, and Management.

KIERNAN, Diane. Statistics.

KUEHN, Diane. Recreation. Dr. Kuehn also co-teaches Women in Environmental Careers.

NAIM, Nehan. Sustainable energy and economics.

ROJAS, Vanessa. Ranger School-GIS.

VONHOF, Sarah. History of forest and natural resource policy; property rights and stewardship of American lands and forests. FOR 204 Natural Resources in American History.FOR 203 Western Civilization and the Environment.

YANAI, Ruth. Forest Ecology, Ecosystem and Nutrient Cycling. Dr. Yanai also teaches Writing for Scientific Publication and Workshop and Seminar on Natural Resources Policy and Management. Dr. Yanai was one of original team that created Women in Environmental and Scientific Professions.

Landscape Architecture

BRYANT, Margaret LSA 470/670 Thematic Landscape Design Studio, LSA 652 Community Development Process.

DOBLE, Cheryl. Associate Professor Emeritus (8/2011) Foundation Design, Landscape Architectural Design, Thematic Landscape Design, Rural Design. Cheryl is the founding director, Center for Community Design Research.

GAVITT, Jocelyn Senior Research Support Specialist. Foundation Design, Landscape Architectural Design, The Built & Natural Environment

GODFREY, Anne. Interdisciplinary Design.

FRENCH, Sara Visiting Instructor. Art, Culture & Landscape.

HOFFMAN, Robin Landscape Architectural Design Studios, Site Construction, Drainage and Road Layout, Professional Practice. Dr. Hoffman was one of original team that created Women in Environmental Careers.

KING, Maren Associate Professor and Director, Center for Community Design Research.

LEIBOWITZ, Rachel. Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation.

STRIBLEY, Kathy. Professor Emeritus (12/2010). Landscape Architectural Design Studio IV, Professional Practice, Behavioral Factors in Community Design, Capstone Studio.

SIMMER, Carolyn Visiting Instructor. Drawing Studio.

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Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

ANAGNOST, Sue Asst. Director, N.C. Brown Center for Ultrastructure Studies. Wood anatomy, Decay of wood products, Mycology of indoor air, Light microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Dr. Anagnost was our first woman department chair, of the Department of Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering, until its dissolution in 2015.

BUJANOVIC, Biljana Chemistry of lignocellulosics and new technologies in utilization; Structure, reactivity, and utilization of lignin and extractives; Pulping and bleaching; Pulp and paper properties. Dr Bujanovic also teaches APM153 Computing Methods for Engineers and Scientists.


Librarians JoAnne Ellis, Jane Verostek, and Ruth Owens teach ESF 200 Information Literacy.


BARBER, Marcia. Director, Human Resources.

CARTER, Malika. Chief Diversity Officer.

CRANDALL, Laura. Director, Student Involvement and Leadership.

DUNN, Claire. Director, Communications (formerly News and Publications)

FELLOWS, Maureen. Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Government Relations

LARSON, Ruth. Director, Counseling Services

LOMBARD, Anne. Dean, Student Life and Experiential Learning and Interim Chief Diversity Officer

SANFORD, Sue. Director, Undergraduate Admissions and Inter-Institutional Relations.

VANDEBURG, Suzette. Assistant Dean, Graduate School.

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