Bradfield Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-1901

Susan J. Riha
Director

Telephone: 607-255-3034
Email: sjr4@cornell.edu

Biography
Susan Riha

Susan is a professor in the Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. She received her PhD in Soil Science from Washington State University in 1980 and shortly after joined the Cornell faculty as the Charles L. Pack Research Professor of Forest Soils. Her research interests are in soil-plant-atmosphere relations and in dynamic simulation modeling of the impact of the environment on plants. She works on both environmental and plant production problems on the state, national and international levels. She has served as co-chair of the Dept. of Earth and Atmospherics Sciences and the Director for Sponsored Research for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Brian G Rahm
Research Associate
Telephone: 607-254-7163
Email: bgr4@cornell.edu

Christina Tonitto
Research Associate

Telephone:
Email: ctonitto@cornell.edu
Web: www.systems.cs.cornell.edu/ctonitto/

Sridhar Vedachalam
Post Doctoral Associate
Telephone: 607-254-7163
Email: sv333@cornell.edu
 

NYS DEC
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

Christopher Bowser
Education and Citizen Science

(in cooperation with the Hudson River Research Reserve)
Telephone: 845-264-5041
Email: chbowser@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Scott Cuppett
Watershed Management

Telephone: 845-256-3029
Email: swcuppet@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Biography
Scott Cuppett

Through a partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program, Scott developed and implements a watershed conservation program for the Hudson River Estuary watershed. Focusing on community-based watershed planning and implementation, Scott provides scientific and financial assistance to municipalities, county agencies, watershed groups, advocacy groups, and academic partners to study and understand local water resource issues and develop strategies to protect and restore those resources. A focus of Scott's work is engaging land use decision makers in watershed issues through intermunicipal collaborations. Scott's work is driven by the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda, which provides measurable objectives for Hudson River tributaries and their watersheds. Prior to serving as the Watershed Program Coordinator for the Hudson River Estuary Program, Scott worked on restoring streams in Western Pennsylvania degraded by stresses such as acid mine drainage and urban/suburban nonpoint source pollution. Scott has served numerous roles in local conservation initiatives through his town and regional watershed partnerships. In his spare time, you might find Scott kayaking down a mountain river or stream with one of this three sons or wife.

Sherri Mackey
Administrative Assistant

Telephone: 845-256-3016
Email: slmackey@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Kristin Marcell
Climate Change and Special Projects (CV)

Telephone: 845-256-3017
Email: kamarcel@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Biography

Kristin works for Cornell's Water Resources Institute in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program, a unique regional partnership designed to restore and conserve the Hudson River. The Estuary Program works closely with state, federal, and local partners to carry out the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda, a blueprint for the cleanup of the Hudson. Kristin's primary role in the Program is to work with the New York State Climate Change Policy Office and key stakeholders in the Hudson Valley to coordinate an effort to address the causes and impacts of climate change at the regional level. Kristin has a Master's degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Clark University. Prior to getting her Master's degree she spent four years doing field research for the USFWS, USGS, and Massachusetts Audubon.

Andrew Meyer
Shoreline Conservation Specialist

Telephone: 518-402-9410
Email: axmeyer@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Elizabeth Murphy
Climate Outreach Specialist

Telephone: 845-256-3016
Email: ecmurphy@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Beth Roessler
Tributary Conservation Specialist

Telephone: 845-256-2253
Email: baroessl@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Steve Stanne
Education and
Interpretation
Telephone: 845-256-3077
Email: spstanne@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Biography
Steve Stanne

Through WRI's partnership with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, extension associate Steve Stanne works at the Hudson River Estuary Program in New Paltz, NY, where he is building capacity for teaching about the estuary in schools, nature centers, museums, and public spaces along the Hudson. His efforts include teacher training, writing lesson plans, creating a network of river educators, managing grants to environmental education providers, and publishing the weekly Hudson River Almanac natural history newsletter. Steve joined WRI and the Estuary Program in 1999 after 19 years as education director for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

 

Emily Vail
Estuary Watershed Outreach Specialist

Telephone: 845-256-3145
Email: eevail@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 

1130 N. Westcott Road
Schenectady, NY 12306

Kathy Czajkowski
Mohawk Watershed Coordinator

Telephone: 518-357-2383
Email: kmczajko@gw.dec.state.ny.us
 

NYS DEC
Hudson River Research Reserve
Norrie Point Environmental Center
PO Box 315
Staatsburg, NY 12580

Christopher Bowser
Education and Citizen Science

Telephone: 845-264-5041
Email: chbowser@gw.dec.state.ny.us