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December 1, 2013

Local educator named Professor of the Year



The natural-science professor from the small school surrounded by wilderness was selected from more than 350 top professors throughout the United States, according to college spokesman Ken Aaron.

“He has taught at Paul Smith’s since 1987. In addition to his dedication to undergraduate education, his paleoecology research has helped illuminate ancient climate conditions and how the lessons of the past can be applied today. His 2011 book on the subject ‘Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth’ received wide acclaim.”


An ecologist known especially for his work in climate history, Stager earned a Ph.D. in biology and geology from Duke University in 1985. Along with some three dozen peer-reviewed papers, his work has been published in national journals, among them Science magazine, National Geographic and Adirondack Life.

In addition to his teaching and research at Paul Smith’s College, Stager is well respected locally as a musician and recording artist. He performs playing banjo and guitar, often with his wife, Kary Johnson. Together, they run an Adirondack summer program for musicians called the Mountain Arts Gathering.

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