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Undergraduate Research

Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program has been funded by the National Science Foundation since 2000.

Photo of Earth and Environmental Science students presenting research Six center faculty, working with undergraduates from other institutions and from SUNY Plattsburgh, conduct environmental research each summer at the Ecosystem Studies Field Lab on the Altona Flat Rock Pine Barrens and in the Little Chazy River Watershed.

Students live at the W.H. Miner Institute dormitories, utilizing their field and laboratory facilities. Many are supported by undergraduate fellowships.

Research areas include surface-water hydrology, ground-water hydrology, forest biogeochemistry, invertebrate ecology, terrestrial plant ecology, and wetlands ecology.


Numerous student researchers have given presentations at meetings of professional societies such as the Geological Society of America and the North American Benthological Society.

Collaborative Research at Undergraduate Institutions

Photo of inlet stream in Adirondack mountains A Collaborative-Research at Undergraduate Institutions grant was just funded for over $500,000 by the National Science Foundation through the Lake Champlain Research Institute.

Six faculty from the center, consisting of ecologists, geologists and GIS specialists, along with colleagues from Paul Smith’s College and SUNY Cortland, are investigating watershed integrity and the effects of forest preservation and management in the Adirondack Park.

Over 30 paid undergraduate fellowships provide many opportunities for student researchers to participate with faculty in interdisciplinary research opportunities.


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]