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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.

I’ve bounced along the Hudson River in our new research vessel, the Ned Ames, walked the forests of the Cary Institute, explored the Housatonic drainage, made a pilgrimage to the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, and visited our urban ecology research site in Baltimore. I’ve met with both former presidents and most of our trustees, and enjoyed events that allowed me to get to know our supporters and local citizens.

It is an honor to work closely with some of our nation’s finest environmental scientists. Their work on topics like infectious disease ecology, freshwater, urbanization, and northeastern forests informs current management practices, and will shape the world we leave to future generations. I have been continually impressed with the focus, drive, and camaraderie encountered in the Cary Institute’s halls. This cuts across departments, from our science and education programs, to the careful eye given to managing our 2,000-acre grounds and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

Our research program has deep regional roots, with long-term studies on the Hudson River’s recovery, Lyme disease, and the Catskill watershed. But Cary Institute scientists also lead collaborative studies in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and in urban Baltimore, Maryland. And they are engaged globally in places like Kenya’s Mara River and the coastal fog forests in Chile, and on topics like Ebola and sustainable development in China.

We are locally grown, with a national presence and an international reach. We are fortunate, as well, to have a research team committed to connecting their findings broadly, from informing resource managers to infusing ecological science into the K-12 curriculum.

As I continue learning about the Cary Institute’s research, partners, and potential – my door and mind are open. I am especially interested in pursuing the diverse funding essential to enabling cutting-edge science, and extend special thanks to our Aldo Leopold Society supporters.

The future holds great things,