Center for Earth & Environmental Science
Did You Know?
SUNY Plattsburgh established one of the first undergraduate environmental programs in the U.S. We have over 2,500 graduates. Over 60% of our students pursue undergraduate research projects with faculty mentors.
Promoting Interdisciplinary Studies of the Environment
The Center for Earth and Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh is an interdisciplinary unit consisting of geology, geography, environmental science, environmental studies, and ecology programs. With over 200 students and twenty faculty members, CEES offers a great diversity of courses with small class sizes. Ten academic programs within the center integrate courses across the disciplines.
Research Experience for Undergraduates
The 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
The 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.