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Doug Barber '99

BS Environmental Science (Plattsburgh State)

Doug has accepted a graduate appointment at Michigan Technological University where he will pursue a MS degree in environmental engineering, specializing in air-quality engineering. He will be working with Dr. Matthew Peterson measuring light level in snowpacks to quantify photochemical reaction rates for NOx and HONO on snow surfaces. These data will lead to a better understanding of NOx released into the atmosphere from snowpacks.

Dave Barclay '92

Exchange Student Program (Plattsburgh State, 91-92)
BS Environmental Science (East Anglia)
PhD Geology (SUNY Buffalo)

Assistant Professor
Department of Geology
SUNY Cortland
Cortland, NY

Tel: 607-753-2921

After his exchange year at SUNY Plattsburgh, Dave finished his undergraduate work at UEA and shuffled off to Buffalo for graduate studies with Parker Calkin. He taught as a visiting professor at Buff State for a year before receiving a tenure-track appointment at Cortland State University. Dave's research interests are in glacial geology, Holocene and late Pleistocene climate change (particularly the last 2000 yrs), and tree-ring dating.He has worked in modern glacial environments in Alaska and Antarctica.

Kaitlin Bars '01

BS Environmental Science, Plattsburgh, Miner AESP
ME Environmental Engineering, Manhattan College

Kaitlin recently accepted a job with CDM in Woodbury Long Island. She will be working on a project with NYC DEP for reducing effluent chlorine residual at NYC treatment plants while meeting stricter microorganism effluent standards. While at Manhattan College, she did research on metals in the environment, including sediment toxicity tests of arsenic and sulfide using leptocheirus, lead removal in a New York City treatment plant, and Metals Removal at Stamford Wastewater Treatment Plant. She is looking forward to a job in the engineering field and hopes to work on a variety of projects as time goes on.

Shannon M. Belt '00

B.S. Environmental Science - AESP Miner Center Graduate
208 Circular St
Saratoga Springs NY 12866

After graduating, Shannon went to the Adirondacks and became a High Peaks Summit Steward. Through this job he hiked Mt. Marcy and Algonquin peak educating hikers about protecting the fragile plants that make up the Alpine Ecology on the high summits. When the snow began to fly he found himself living in Saratoga Springs working as a Ski Instructor/Supervisor at West Mountain in Glens Falls. After many ski days and lots of snow he spent his winter planning to hike the Appalachian Trail this spring. As of the end of April he will be taking his first steps up Springer Mtn. in Georgia towards his final destination of Mt. Katahdin in Maine. If all goes well he will be done with the 2100 miles at the end of September. Hopefully next winter will find him skiing and looking to broaden his learning in the environmental field.

Sergio Bonilla, '96

B.S. Environmental Science - AESP Miner Center Graduate

image of Sergio Bonilla - Env. Science Alum I recently joined NHSC, Inc. ( as a Permitting Specialist, after almost five years with Wetlands Preservation, Inc. (WPI) ( NHSC, Inc. is a small environmental consulting firm located in Newmarket, NH, five miles away from the University of New Hampshire. NHSC specializes in wetland and soil science, wildlife habitat evaluations, hydrologic and geologic investigations, subsurface septic design, contaminated property investigation, erosion and sediment control programs, along with local, state, and federal permitting support. After attending the Miner Institute (Fall 1995) and immediately following graduation from SUNY Plattsburgh (1996), I was employed as a Teacher's Assistant for the summer Field Ecology course at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack Park. I then moved back to Rockland County (Nyack), NY and joined Lawler, Matusky, and Skelly Engineers, LLP. ( as a seasonal field crew chief conducting limnological and waterfowl surveys for the Kensico Reservoir Management Program in Valhalla, NY. The Kensico Reservoir is the terminal basin for the NYC water supply before entering the large distribution aqueducts to service NYC. I was then hired onto the Environmental division of the Rockland County Health Department ( as an Assistant Environmental Health Specialist. My primary duties were the field-survey of the wetland systems throughout Rockland County. I utilized Trimble GPS technology to map the wetlands throughout the County then downloaded shapefiles and maintained a county wide Geographic Information System (GIS), an integral component of the West Nile Virus Surveillance Program at the Health Department. Other GIS and public outreach educational programs and duties were conducted on an as-needed basis for the Planning and Health Department. In early 2003, I relocated to Portsmouth, NH and began working for WPI for almost 5 years, primarily conducting, among other work, aquatic and wetland resource area investigations and compiling local, state, and federal permits throughout Massachusetts. I am a certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) with the Society of Wetland Scientists and am in the process of obtaining New Hampshire certification as a Certified Wetland Scientist. I presently reside in beautiful seacoast region of New Hampshire in Portsmouth, NH in a small modest home with my wife Jeannie and cat Sadie.

James Bonner, '76

PhD Civil Engineering (Clarkson)
MA Biology (Clarkson)
BA Biology (Plattsburgh State), Miner Institute

Executive Director, Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science (CBI)
Regional Division Director, Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)
Texas A&M University
Corpus Christi, TX

Jim is currently Executive Director of the Conrad Blucher Institute at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. His professional interests include biodegradation kinetics for hazardous organic wastes, coastal processes and oceanographic observation, and environmental hazard assessment and site remediation. The link to the CBI website, above, documents some of the projects with which he is currently involved.As a biology undergraduate at SUNY Plattsburgh, Jim participated in the first semester-long environmental science program at Miner Institute. He worked with Ken Adams and others on the Corbeau Creek watershed project. He was named SUNY Plattsburgh Distinguished Visiting Alumnus in Fall '01, and works with SUNY Plattsburgh undergraduates interested in graduate school and careers in Environmental Engineering

Heather Bowman, '95

Heather Bowman - CEES alum B.S. Environmental Science

AESP Miner Center

Director of Environmental Affairs
Electronic Industries Alliance
2500 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22201-3834

Heather Bowman is the Director of Environmental Affairs and Deputy General Counsel at the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) in Arlington, VA. Her responsibilities include trade association compliance issues and managing EIA's Environmental Issues Council. Heather has been with EIA for three years and has led the industry efforts on its product ecology initiative, including advocacy at the state, federal and international levels.

Prior to EIA she worked for Stevens Law Office, a general practice law firm in Stowe, VT, and she continues to be a member of the Vermont Bar Association. Some of her other relevant experience includes working for the Department of Environmental Conservation in Raybrook, NY, as a legal intern focusing on environmental enforcement issues. Heather also worked on environmental issues for the Attorney General's office and the Office of Solid Waste at the Maryland Department of Environment and served as clerk for the Honorable Nancy B. Shuger in Maryland's District Court.

Heather is a 1998 graduate of Vermont Law School, where she was a first-year mentor, a member of the Student Bar Association and a member of several environmental organizations on campus. She earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Plattsburgh State University in May 1995, which included a semester of study at the W.H. Miner Research Institute.

Shanna (Brown) Recore '97

BS Environmental Science (SUNY Plattsburgh)

Shanna currently works as an industrial hygienist for the U.S. EPA in the Office of Pesticide Programs, Health Effects Division located in Arlington, VA. She assesses potential human exposure to pesticides in both occupational and residential settings for the purposes of pesticide reregistration.

Willard A. Bruce '76

132 So. Allen St.
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 432-1144


Bill is currently the Commissioner, City of Albany Department of General Services, managing a Department with over 300 employees and a 20 million dollar operating budget. He is responsible for administration, planning, and daily operations in the fields of solid waste management, street & traffic engineering and maintenance, storm water, infrastructure and utility management, facilities management and construction, engineering, parks, open space, and many other environmental management functions.Prior to 1995 he was Director of Planning, City of Albany Planning Office.

Jeff Budzich '99

Image of Jeff Budzich - CEES alum BS Environmental Science (Plattsburgh State)
Applied Environmental Science Program (1998)

Jeffrey J. Budzich, Project Manager
Blasland, Bouck & Lee, Inc.
6723 Towpath Road
Syracuse, New York 13214
Phone: (315) 671-9272
Fax: (315) 445-9161

After graduating from ESF with an MS in Water Resource Engineering (May 2001), I have been working as an environmental/ project manager with Blasland, Bouck, & Lee - an environmental consulting firm for almost 5 years. I work at the head office in Syracuse, NY and live in Manlius, NY (a suburb of Syracuse). My primary focus at work is on sediment remediation projects. For example, the current project I am working on is the design and logistics management of the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site Dredging Project. Here is a link to the USEPA website:

I am not sure if the news spread up there, but Heather Raymond (also in the program) and I got married 2 years ago. No kids yet, except a crazy dog. Heather does very similar work for Parsons - another consulting firm, after graduating from Clarkson with an MS in Environmental Engineering.

Heather (Raymond) Budzich '99

BS Environmental Science (Plattsburgh State)
Applied Environmental Science Program (1998)

290 Elwood Davis Road
Liverpool, NY 13088
(p) 315.451.9560
(f) 315.451.9570

I obtained my Masters at Clarkson University in 2001 in environmental engineering. My research focused on the dry deposition measurement of reactive nitrogen and sulfur containing species in remote areas using a surrogate surface analysis approach. Immediately thereafter, I obtained a position with an environmental enginerring consulting firm, Parsons, located in Syracuse, NY. My primary role is technical coordinator for environmental remediation projects. My main project for the last two years is a 28-acre inactive hazardous waste site located along the Hudson River. The site is contaminated with lead and polychlorinated biphenyls. My primary tasks include report preparation, data evaluation, site management issues, oversight and coordination between the client, subcontractors, utility companies, site security, etc. On a separate project, I worked with a team of national experts to evaluate hypolimnetic oxygen as an innovative remedial technology suitable for reducing formation of methylmercury and improving habitat in Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, NY. And as Jeff mentioned, we are married as of August 2002.

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