Environmental Science Program at SUNY Plattsburgh

Do you care about the future of our environment?

If you are curious about science and nature, enjoy working with people, and are interested in working to study and preserve the environment by developing a sustainable future for the Earth, then come learn with us in the Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES).

Did You Know?

Plattsburgh State established one of the first undergraduate environmental science programs in the U.S.

We offer four degree programs in environmental science. With over 200 students and seventeen faculty members, CEES offers a great diversity of courses with small class sizes.

State-of the Art Facilities

The center provides students with access to state-of-the-art laboratory and field facilities, including:

Getting Involved

AESP at the Miner Institute

Students are encouraged to participate in our Applied Environmental Science Program, an off-campus residential semester at the Miner Institute that prepares students for careers in environmental science. Read more about CEES at Miner Institute.

Student Research

Many programs limit research to graduate students. CEES provides numerous opportunities for undergraduate students — as well as graduates — to participate in faculty-mentored research projects.

See what our students are doing on Facebook.



Environmental Career Day—Alumni Return

Image of CEES returning alumni Visiting Alumni
Top row: Eileen Allen, Georgie Nugen Lynch, Neil Gifford, Joe LaPierre, Ken Bruno,
Alison Barr, Phil von Bargen. Bottom row: Frank Winters, Keith Tait, Erika Swann,
Rita Quinn, Sarah Gebbie.

Twelve of our distinguished alumni returned to campus on November 12, 2007 to meet with the freshmen in our Environmental Science Field Immersion course and other students from the Center.

These represent a tiny fraction of the 2,500 alumni of the Center for Earth and Environmental Science who have graduated from our programs since 1972. These alumni were selected to represent a broad range of the many careers available to Center majors.

The twelve alumni shared their reflections on being undergraduates at SUNY Plattsburgh, the opportunities they had in the Center and what students should think about as they pursue their professional careers.

To see other Center alumni and learn more about the many careers in Environmental Science, Geology and Geography, be sure to visit the Center alumni page

About our Returning Alumni

  • Phil von Bargen (’80) Planner, Town of Plattsburgh
  • Alison Barr (’99) Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Keene Central School
  • Ken Bruno (’92) Environmental Conservation Officer, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
  • Neil Gifford (’91) Conservation Director, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission
  • Joe LaPierre (’89) Forest Ranger for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Georgie Nugent Lynch (’98) Hydrogeologist Pinyon Environmental Engineering Resources, Inc.
  • Sarah Gebbie Measeck (’03) Environmental Planner, Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board
  • Rita Quinn (’79) Environmental Program Specialist/Project Administrator, NYS Adirondack Park Agency
  • Erika Swann (’98) Regional Office Coordinator for Canada, Smartwood
  • Keith Tait (’78) Director of Environment, Health and Safety; SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Frank Winters (’87) GIS Manager, NYS Office of Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure Coordinator

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: cees@plattsburgh.edu