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Photo of the Miner InstituteMiner Institute

The W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute is located in the town of Chazy, 15 miles north of Plattsburgh. For the last 30 years, the institute has supported the Center's Applied Environmental Science Program, a residential semester for senior environmental science students. The Miner Institute has over 8,000 acres of forest and agricultural lands, analytical laboratories, computer labs and student dormitories.

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Photo of Limnology students and the LCRI research vessel, the MonitorThe Lake Champlain Research Institute

Most Center faculty are affiliates of the Lake Champlain Research Institute (LCRI). The LCRI was established in 1997 as an interdisciplinary institute at Plattsburgh State to foster research in the Lake Champlain basin. The LCRI provides a 32' research vessel, water quality research laboratories, and hosts the NOAA Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program.

Learn more about the Lake Champlain Research Institute.


Photo of groundwater monitor wells being installed at the ESFLEcosystem Studies Field Lab

Located on the Altona Flat Rock Pine Barrens, the Ecosystem Studies Field Lab (ESFL) is a focal point for interdisciplinary research on hydrogeology and ecology. Created by a break out flood at the end of the last ice age, these unique ecosystems are located on fractured sandstone pavement with shallow soil and are dominated by Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana). An extensive network of automated meteorological monitoring equipment, groundwater wells, and stream gaging weirs has been used by students in numerous undergraduate research projects. The ESFL is the major focal point of our NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergaduates program.

Learn more about the Ecosystem Studies Field Lab.


Photo of Plattsburgh State student working in the Remote Sensing/GIS labRemote Sensing Lab/GIS Laboratory

The Remote Sensing/GIS Lab has been been producing a digital database of watersheds and wetlands in the Adirondack Park since 1991. Undergraduate students help with all specta of the research from delineating watersheds to remote sensing of wetlands to building the detailed Geographical Information System (GIS) databases. The lab is a detailed point for research and teaching both remote sensing and GIS skills. Plattsburgh State also supports a twenty station GIS computer lab.

Learn more about the Remote Sensing/GIS Laboratory.


Photo of Plattsburgh State student using an Ion Chromatograph in the LCRI labsEnvironmental Chemistry Laboratories

Through the Lake Champlain Research Institute, faculty affiliates have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation water analysis tools in our Environmental Chemisty Labs. Instruments include an atomic absorbtion spectrophometer with graphite furnace, inductively coupled plasma spectrometers (ICP-OES and ICP-MS), high performance liquid chromaotographs, and gas chromotographs equipped with a range of detectors (GC-MS, GC-FID, GC-ECD).

Learn more about the Environmental Chemisty Laboratories.


Rugar Woods — Ecological Research Facility

Map of Rugar Woods trails. Click to see a larger version of the map.Rugar Woods is located on the Saranac River side of campus. The woods feature research areas, wildlife viewing points and recreational trails. View the Rugar Woods map at full size.


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]