Source to Sink: Hudson River Watershed Research and Education Meeting

October 1-2, 2010

SUNY ESF Huntington Wildlife Forest (HWF)
Hudson River Watershed Research and Education Meeting
Summary Presentations Biographies Sponsors
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On October 1st and 2nd, 2010, ESF and the Environmental Consortium held a meeting at the Adirondack Ecological Center to examine ways to connect and coordinate research and education activities throughout the Hudson River Watershed.

Meeting Objectives
  • Expand and strengthen the existing network of researchers, educators and practitioners in environmental and social sciences and the humanities focusing efforts on the Hudson River Basin;
  • Review existing research, examine potential avenues of study, and discuss existing outreach;
  • Visit Upper Hudson research and education facilities to familiarize participants with collaborative opportunities;
  • Develop an agenda and list of priorities for networking and coordinating current activity throughout the watershed.

In 1609, Henry Hudson sailed the Half Moon into the estuary that now bears his name. The Hudson River and its many tributaries became a cradle of activity and new governance that would lead to the founding of the United States.

The rich cultural history of the region is complemented with a growing body of science of the watershed. It is well-known that land use regulation, stormwater management and sewage treatment upstream can profoundly affect watershed health downstream. Despite increased understanding of the ecological functions and attendant ecosystem services and economic benefits of the Hudson River, many threats impact the entire basin, requiring innovative and collaborative solutions.

Meeting participants proposed stronger linkages between institutions, agencies and groups focused on sections of the watershed. For example, how can river sensors in the Hudson headwaters be integrated with sensors in the estuary? Participants proposed a website for communicating research results, for K-16 education and public outreach.

Please see the list of Key Ideas generated during the Source to Sink meeting for more details. An Educator's Resource List has details on facilities with Hudson-related programs and places to stay from the Adirondack Mountains to the mouth of the river."

Protection of the Hudson River's ecological, economic and cultural values is critical to sustainable community development in the future, but an effective approach to understanding the functions and values of the watershed requires a broader, trans-disciplinary approach. We invite you to engage with environmental and social scientists, educators and practitioners in a network focused on the entire Hudson Watershed from source to sink.

Please contact us more information or become a Consortium member to stay connected.
Presentations (click on image to view slides)
Karin Limberg
Hudson River Watershed: Source to Sink Connections
Karin Limburg
Associate Professor
Dennis Suskowski
Hudson River Research
Dennis Suszkowski, Ph.D.
Science Director
Hudson River Foundation
Alene Onion

Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS)
Alene Onion
HRECOS Coordinator, Hudson River Estuary Program
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Nordica Holochuck
New York Sea Grant
Nordica Holochuck
Hudson Estuary Specialist
New York Sea Grant
Myron Mitchell
Hydrobiogeochemical Research at the Huntington Forest: Effects of Atmospheric Deposition and Climate Change
Myron J. Mitchell
Distinguished Professor and Director of Council on Hydrologic Systems Science
Temitope Ojo
Rivers and Estuaries Observation Network (REON)
Temitope Ojo
Research Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
Clarkson University

Dr. Karin Limburg (Source to Sink co-organizer) is an Associate Professor at SUNY ESF.  She is interested in the conceptual merging of ecosystem science, population ecology, and natural resources management. She researches watershed function, ecological economics and protection of watershed integrity in the Hudson Valley and other sites. She teaches a weeklong summer course from the headwaters to the mouth of the Hudson River.

Ms. Stacy McNulty (Source to Sink co-organizer) is Associate Director of the SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center, a biological station in the headwaters of the Hudson River Watershed.  She is an ecologist researching northeastern temperate ecosystems and forest ecology and the study of impacts of human land use on wildlife habitat.   

Ms. Michelle Land (Source to Sink co-organizer) is the Director at Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Pace University.  She helped found the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities and has served as its Director since its inception in 2004. 

Dr. Lucille (Lucy) Lewis Johnson (Source to Sink co-organizer) is a Professor in the Anthropology Department at Vassar College.  Lucy is an Environmental Consortium Steering Committee Cchair and chair of the Board of Directors of the Hudson River Environmental Society.

Dr. Colin Beier is a Research Associate at the SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center.  He studies integrative topics including sustainability of coupled human and natural systems topics related to global climate change, forest ecology and management, ecological-economic modeling, and public lands policy and management.

Mr. Paul B. Hai is Program Coordinator for the SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center. Mr. Hai uses inquiry-based activities and outdoor experiences for teaching the process of science and is leading the Northern Forest Institute for Conservation Education and Leadership Training (NFI), a venue for training researchers and natural resource managers and engaging the public in environmental literacy. 

Ms. Nordica Holochuck is the New York Sea Grant Hudson Estuary Specialist. She focuses on topics including habitat stewardship, coastal recreation and marine and estuarine education.

Dr. Michael Mascarenhas> is Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Vice-Chair of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities' Steering Committee.  His current research examines the relationship between recent environmental governance regimes and their impacts on social relationships and structural hierarchies.

Dr. Myron Mitchell is a Distinguished Professor and Director of Council on Hydrologic Systems Science at SUNY ESF.  His research program is focused on biogeochemical cycles with an emphasis on forest ecosystems and freshwater. This work has included a multidisciplinary approach that includes work with biogeochemistry, hydrology and stable isotopes.

Dr. Temitope Ojo is a Research Assistant Professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Clarkson University.  He works with the River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON) and the Beacon Institute where he researches water quality measurements using sensor platforms.

Ms. Alene Onion is the coordinator for the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS), a network of real-time monitoring stations on the Hudson River Estuary. Her role as the coordinator is to make this data available and accessible to scientists, regulators and educators.

Dr. Dennis Suszkowski is Science Director for the Hudson River Foundation.  He also is head of the Hudson River Estuary Management Advisory Committee.
SUNY ESF SUNY College of Environmental Sicence and Forestry
and the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities
This meeting was supported by a SUNY Conversation in the Disciplines award.