January 24, 2013

Area researchers gather to discuss their work

PLATTSBURGH — For many, the Adirondack region serves as a venue for outdoor recreation and sightseeing, but for others, it’s a laboratory. 

Scientific researchers from throughout the region gathered recently at SUNY Plattsburgh, where they shared with one another some of the research being conducted in the area.

The Adirondack Research Symposium was open to individuals who wished to attend or speak on a topic of research and included presenters from the University of Vermont, SUNY Plattsburgh, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Adirondack Park Agency and other institutions. 


Eileen Allen, secretary of the Adirondack Research Consortium and Geographic Information Systems coordinator at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Center for Earth and Environmental Science, organized the symposium with the intent of providing researchers the opportunity to make professional connections and share their study interests. 

“By having a mix of people, we can start seeing potential collaborations that we might not see otherwise,” Allen told the Press-Republican. “It also gets us kind of pumped up about what’s going on in the area.”

The idea for the event, Allen said, was born out of a small lunch-time seminar at which Rachel Schultz, assistant professor of earth and environmental science at SUNY Plattsburgh, shared some of her research with colleagues, generating much discussion among them. 

Those who attended Schultz’s seminar wished to create a similar, relaxed atmosphere for other researchers to come together and discuss their work, as opposed to the more formal atmosphere that can be found at many research conferences. 

“What we wanted to do was something just a little more casual,” Allen said. 


Among the first to present at the symposium was Danielle Garneau, Ph.D, also an associate professor of earth and environmental science at SUNY Plattsburgh, who told attendees about three smart-phone applications she’s created to bolster her efforts to collect data on roadkill and live wildlife sightings. 

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