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
You will have many opportunities to work with faculty on undergraduate research projects and community projects. The region offers many opportunities for you to conduct research in both natural and social aspects of environmental science, geology and ecology.
Many students have presented their research at international, national and regional professional meetings. Each year CEES hosts a student poster presentation and reception, during which students present their research to other students and faculty in CEES.
Students have worked with faculty on such research projects as:
- Studying the effects of microplastics in Lake Champlain on the ecosystem
- Reconstructing the deglaciation history in the Adirondack Mountains
- Studying the effects of invasive species in Lake Champlain and the Lake Champlain Basin
- Using dendrochronology to study flooding history in Lake Champlain
- Studying effects of climate change on temperature stratification in Lake Champlain
- Using borehole geophysical tools to study relationship between geologic structures and groundwater flow
- Studying the relationship between groundwater flow and geology on PFOA contamination
- Studying the distribution of trees as a function of elevation in the Adirondack
- Working with area communities in environmental planning
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.