Catskill Science Collaborative

The Catskill Science Collaborative is a group of individuals and institutions dedicated to facilitating collaboration and outreach by those doing environmental research in the Catskill Mountain region of New York State. Funded by New York State through Environmental Protection Funds and coordinated by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, the CSC carries forward the goals of the Catskill Environmental Research and Monitoring (CERM) group, an informal collaboration initiated in 2010.


  • Promote scientific research and environmental monitoring in the Catskill Region on topics relevant to natural resource management.
  • Provide a locus for exchange of information between resource managers (e.g., NYSDEC, NYC DEP, private landowners) and scientists.
  • Promote the development of "scientific infrastructure" (e.g., databases, bibliographies, intensive research sites) that improves the opportunities for collaboration among Catskill researchers.
  • Provide opportunities for Catskill residents and visitors to learn about research and environmental issues in the Catskill Region

Advisory Committee

Barry Baldigo, United States Geological Survey

Diane Bertok, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority

Chris Johnson, Syracuse University

Zion Klos, Marist College

Lorraine Janus, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Jeff Rider, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 4

Bill Rudge, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 3

Jeff Senterman, Catskill Center

Charles Ver Straeten, New York State Museum

Mark Vian, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Leslie Zucker, Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County


Why We Need The Catskill Science Collaborative

The Catskill Region’s economy is driven by natural resources. The key industries of tourism, forestry, and agriculture all require healthy and well-managed ecosystems for their long-term sustainability. Nine million people obtain their drinking water from the NYC water supply system and depend on healthy forests and streams in the Catskill watersheds to maintain the quantity and purity of their water. 

Environmental research and monitoring provide the scientific foundation of intelligent ecosystem management in the face of climate change, invasive species, development, and other environmental changes. A large number of federal, state and municipal agencies, universities, and research institutes are involved in research, monitoring, and management of Catskills resources. However, there are few opportunities for scientists and managers to exchange information across agencies and institutions, make data freely available for long-term use, or to communicate research findings to the public. The CSC launched in 2018 to fill these gaps in coordination and communication. 


The Catskill Science Collaborative holds events to share research findings in the Catskills with residents and visitors.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

Fish Science at Roscoe Beer Co.

Ever wanted to hang out at a bar with a fish biologist and pick his brain? Now is your chance! Come have a pint at this science “pub night” with USGS Fish Biologists Barry Baldigo and Scott George.

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am

Rock Science at Sloan Gorge Preserve

Rocks are the Earth’s history book. Join New York State Museum geologist Charles Ver Straeten on a walk through time at this beautiful Woodstock Land Conservancy preserve.

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 1:00pm

Alien Invaders Strike the Catskills!

Come learn about the invasive plants and forest pests that plague the Catskills with Cary Institute Forest Ecologist Gary Lovett and Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator John Thompson.

Catskill Science Collaborative Data Portal

Managed in partnership with the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative, the Catskill Science Collaborative Data Portal is a collection of publicly accessible environmental data collected throughout the Catskill Mountains region. The Data Portal can help researchers meet grant requirements such as the need for a data management plan, as well as the need to make data publicly available.

Data Portal >

How to Contribute Data

Are you a researcher or natural resource managers that has data you would like to contribute to the Catskill Science Collaborative Data Portal? Are you starting a new research project in the Catskills? Data are safely archived, receive a Digital Object Identifier(DOI) and are discoverable through major scientific data aggregators such as DataOne. Contact Jamie Deppen at: , (845) 677-7600 ext. 234

Catskill Science Collaborative Fellowships

Fellowships are available to undergraduate or graduate students. Fellowships match natural resource manager needs with faculty advisor and student interests and expertise. A stipend and funding to cover research expenses is included. 

Catskill Environmental Research & Monitoring (CERM) Conference

The CERM Conference brings together researchers and natural resource managers working in the Catskills to share research and ideas and to provide networking opportunities. To learn more about the conference click here []


Jamie Deppen, Catskill Science Collaborative Coordinator
(845) 677-7600 ext. 234

Gary M. Lovett, Ph.D., Senior Scientist
845-677-7600 ext. 132

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

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