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Alumni Profiles

Sarah Gebbie (Class of 2003)

Sarah Gebbie, CEES alumnaSarah graduated with the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Environmental Science award in 2003. Since leaving SUNY Plattsburgh, she has landed a job with the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation as a liaison on water quality issues, especially dealing with stormwater runoff, to town and county planning agencies in the Lake Champlain, Lake George watershed, formally organized as the Lake Champlain–Lake George Regional Planning Board. Sarah returned to SUNY Plattsburgh in April of 2004 to present a talk on “Stormwater in the Champlain Basin”, which was sponsored by our Earth and Environmental Science Club. Sarah attributes much of her success on such a promising start to her career to her training and coursework at SUNY Plattsburgh.


Heather Hartman (Class of 1998)

Heather received her B.A. in Environmental Science in 1998 after attending the applied environmental science program at Miner Center. She is currently working as a hydrogeologist for Handex, an engineering consulting firm in Florida specializing in the assessment and remediation of petroleum underground storage tank sites and landfill methane collection. She handles the assessment and monitoring phases of more than a dozen projects under the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Preapproval Program. In the photo at left, Heather is presenting the results of her undergraduate research findings at the annual Sigma Xi symposium.


Chris Hawver (Class of 1990)

Chris recieved his B.A. in Environmental Science in 1990 after attending the applied environmental science program at Miner Center. Following graduation, he worked with Dr. Ken Adams on his master’s thesis investigating the structure of Jack Pine populations in the Altona Flat Rock Pine Barrens and the influence of fire on these ecosystems. Chris has been an employee of the Nature Conservancy since 1993. He works as director of research and management for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, a globally rare inland pine barrens located in an urban setting. Chris oversees and directs all preserve conservation science and stewardship activities including; ecological research, management and restoration, public education and outreach, conservation planning, and program administration. Certified as the co-fire manager for The Nature Conservancy of New York, he is directly responsible for implementing the nationally recognized Pine Bush fire management program and serves as a consulting resource for other state and federal fire programs. In addition, Chris supports land protection, fund-raising and outreach efforts and coordinates cooperative efforts among federal, state, municipal, and non-governmental agencies to increase program support. In the photo at left, Chris shows noted ecologist E.O. Wilson around the Albany Pine Bush.


Michael O’Brien (Class of 1997)

Mike is working for the Town of Clifton Park as an environmental specialist and guides the town in current State and Federal regulations pertaining to the environment. He also coordinates and oversees the Annual Household Hazardous Household Waste Collection Day for Clifton Park and surrounding communities and coordinates the Town of Clifton Park's West Nile response program (NYS Certified Pesticide Applicator for Public Health Category 8). He reviews and identifies potential wetland/stream impacts from proposed projects under review by the town. He is the advisor/coordinator for public water expansion within several areas of the Town of Clifton Park. On a personal note, Mike is a firefighter/engineer with the Jonesville Volunteer Fire Department, is a NYS certified emergency medical technician and is an avid sailor on Lake Champlain (he actually keeps boat in Plattsburgh).


These are just a few of the over 2,000 alumni that have come out of the SUNY Plattsburgh Environmental Science Program over the last thirty years. To learn about many more of them, visit the CEES alumni website.


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about environmental science at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Edwin Romanowicz, Director
Office: Hudson Hall 132
Phone: (518) 564-2028
Toll-Free Phone: (877) 554-1041
Fax: (518) 564-5267
Email: [email protected]