From our President


It is an exciting time at the Cary Institute. Our strategic plan is in full implementation, and we are hiring staff and making plans to modernize our facilities. New scientists will strengthen our world-class research program, and investments in conference space, labs, and technology will enable us to continue advancing the science needed for environmental solutions. 

Government funding for science remains uncertain and highly competitive. With that in mind, it gives me great pride to report that our scientists have recently secured four major National Science Foundation grants for their work on disease forecasting, sustainable fisheries, urban ecology, and global lake research. Together, these grants represent more than 5 million dollars in funding for our work; their results will benefit conservation, public health, and Baltimore City Public Schools. Congratulations are in order to Barbara Han, Christopher Solomon, Kathleen Weathers, and Alan Berkowitz. 

The feature stories in this newsletter highlight the global nature of our freshwater research. From our quiet co-leadership of the Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network and its efforts in tracking rising salinity in North America’s lakes, to an ongoing partnership with Yale University that is revealing how wildebeest migrations shape the ecology of the Mara River in Kenya, our staff are on the frontlines of understanding and protecting freshwater resources. They are also instrumental in training the next generation of freshwater managers. 

Please join me in welcoming two new faces to the Cary Community. Catherine Forbes will help bridge and amplify our development and communication efforts as our new Senior Director of Advancement, and urban ecologist Timon McPherson joins the scientific staff as our second Research Fellow, splitting his time between his home appointment at the New School and the halls of the Cary Institute.

Thanks for your interest in all that we do, 

Dr. Joshua R. Ginsberg, President

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies | Millbrook, New York 12545 | Tel (845) 677-5343

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