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From our President

Dear Friends,

In September, I arrived in Millbrook as the new president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. During the past two months, I’ve met with staff to better learn what we do and where we do it. The meetings have been spectacular.

Baltimore and Beijing: A learning expedition to China

This last summer, I had the pleasure of being hosted as a Visiting International Professor by the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences in Beijing.

From our President

This is my last letter in Ecofocus, as I will be retiring from the Cary Institute this summer. Our seven years in Millbrook have gone incredibly fast, and Lisa and I have certainly enjoyed our time here.

Supporters Corner: Aldo Leopold Society

Nearly 100 members of the Aldo Leopold Society attended the Ned Ames Honorary Lecture on April 25 featuring Bill Schlesinger’s last official presentation, “If I had a Hammer.” 

Discover our grounds

Looking to commune with nature? One of the Hudson Valley’s best kept secrets is the Cary Institute’s 2,000-acre campus.

Hudson Data Jam

For more than thirty years, our researchers have been studying the Hudson River and its watershed, analyzing everything from water chemistry to invasive species. That vast data set was the inspiration for a new offering by our Education Program.

Welcoming Barbara Han

Join us in welcoming Dr. Barbara Han, the newest addition to the Cary Institute’s growing infectious disease ecology team.

An interview with Jon Cole

Cary Institute biogeochemist Dr. Jonathan Cole recently received one of the highest distinctions a scientist can achieve: election into the National Academy of Sciences. The honor recognizes his distinguished career in limnology, the study of lakes, rivers, and other inland waters.

A pulse on Africa's Mara River

Cary Institute scientist Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall is working with colleagues at Yale University to understand how wildlife impacts the Mara River. Degraded waters have been linked to typhoid and cholera outbreaks, as well as fish kills.

Cary Institute appoints new president

Following a distinguished career at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Dr. Joshua Ginsberg will assume the role of president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies this fall.

Four facts about tick-borne illness

Cary Institute scientists have been investigating the ecology of Lyme disease and other tick-borne ailments for more than 20 years. Here are some important tick facts to remember this summer.

On biomass, EPA should follow the science

In America's Southeastern states, there's a booming energy trend that's as big a step backward as imaginable.

Gene E. Likens receives the Alfred C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Gene E. Likens, President Emeritus and Distinguished Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, was the 2014 recipient of the Alfred C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dirty and Dangerous

Small, autonomous airboats masquerading as crocodiles gathered data on hippo hygiene and water quality this spring in Kenya. Cary's Emma Rosi-Marshall was there.

What's an urban long-term ecological research project to do?

When in 1997 the National Science Foundation (NSF) requested proposals for up to two urban Long-Term Ecological sites to join the network of wild and production ecosystems that had been studied up to that point, it had both long-standing and new goals in mind.

Capitol Hill briefing: Climate change and infectious disease

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Speakers: Richard Ostfeld and George Luber

Topics covered include the controversy over whether climate change will increase the burden of infectious disease with a focus on malaria and other mosquito-transmitted diseases.

An interview with Cary guest lecturer Alan Weisman

Podcast
NPR station interviews investigative journalist Alan Weisman.

From our President

Last month, non-essential parts of the Federal government shut down. Support for scientific research, already curtailed by the budget sequestration earlier this year, came to an unfortunate stall.

When antibacterials go down the drain

Triclosan – a synthetic antibacterial – is driving the development of resistant bacteria in streams and rivers, with urban sites most impacted. So reports a recent study by the Cary Institute’s Emma Rosi-Marshall.

An interview with Rick Ostfeld

Initially, Rick Ostfeld’s work at the Cary Institute focused on how small mammals shape forests. Early on, he noticed a unique relationship among mice, black-legged ticks, and the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

Lovett leads forest policy initiative

Invasive pests and pathogens threaten the health of Northeastern forests. Cary Institute ecologist Gary Lovett has spent his career investigating the impact that species like the hemlock woolly adelgid and beech bark disease have on Catskill Mountain ecosystems.

Aldo Leopold Society 2013 Fall Luncheon

Over 120 supporters and friends attended the Cary Institute’s 3rd Fall Luncheon on the Grounds on September 22, enjoying a perfect day and a delicious lunch under a tent on the Cary West campus.

The Gleon network: A pulse on the planet's lakes

We live on the blue planet. Some 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, but only 2.5% is classified as fresh. And most freshwater is frozen in polar icecaps, or present in areas that can’t be tapped, such as deep underground aquifers or moisture in soils.

Cannoo Hills Creative Arts Residency

For four years, the Cary Institute has offered a residency program for artists and writers dedicated to inspiring creative works that convey ecosystem concepts to the public.

Beware Marauding Carp

Cary's Dave Strayer co-authors a New York Times piece proposing a plan to stop the ecologically destructive grass carp from spreading into the Hudson River and other inland waters.

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