Center for Earth & Environmental Science

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Applied Environmental Science Program

Photo of the Miner InstituteThe Applied Environmental Science Program is our residential semester for senior majors taught each fall at the W.H. Miner Institute, our satellite campus in Chazy, New York (14 miles north of Plattsburgh).

Most students live at the Institute in spacious dormitories with other majors. Five field/lab courses, taught in an alternative, day-long format, utilize the Institute's 8,000 acres of forests and fields and their extensive laboratory and computer facilities.

Many student research projects take advantage of the Ecosystem Studies Field Lab in the Altona Flat Rock Pine Barrens.

Over 1,000 alumni have received certificates by participating in this unique program.


Geographic Information Systems Minor

Photo of Dr. Eileen Allen usingThe GIS minor includes courses in Remote Sensing and GIS, as well as undergraduate research options.

The GIS minor guides students through the processes of image acquisition, photogrammetry, photo interpretation, image processing, georeferencing of images and finally the production of digital GIS databases. GIS analysis is used extensively in all phases of environmental and geological sciences, particularly in environmental planning and decision making.

Students make extensive use of the Remote Sensing/GIS lab, which is a focal point for research and teaching both remote sensing and GIS skills.


Research Experience for Undergraduates

Photo of Earth and Environmental Science students presenting researchThe Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program has been funded by the National Science Foundation since 2000.

Six center faculty, working with undergraduates from other institutions and from Plattsburgh State, 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 mountainsThe Collaborative-Research at Undergraduate Institutions grant is funded 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.


Contact Information

To learn more about the Center for Earth and Environmental Science, 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]