Significant Research & Accomplishments

At Hartwick, faculty engage students in their research projects on a regular basis.

Student research contributions often lead to presentations at national conferences and co-authorships with Hartwick faculty mentors.

The Environmental Science & Policy Pine Lake Research Scholarship is awarded annually, on a competitive basis, to students who plan to conduct student-faculty collaborative research at the Smith Environmental Field Station Laboratory at Pine Lake.

The Environmental Science & Policy Internship Scholarship is awarded annually, on a competitive basis, to students participating in an ES&P related internship at any time during the academic year.

Both scholarships provide a stipend up to $3,000 to participate in 8-10 weeks of reaserch or a professionally supervised, off-campus, unpaid internship experience.


Recent research at Pine Lake has focused on five main areas: amphibian ecology, conservation biology, cytogenetics, developmental biology, and invasive species.

Impacts of an Invasive Crayfish on a Stream Community

Mark Kuhlmann, Professor of Biology
Dr. Kuhlmann’s research is focused on 1) documenting the distribution of introduced and native crayfish in the upper Susquehanna River and its tributaries, 2) exploring the mechanisms that allow the rusty crayfish to invade stream habitats, and 3) examining the effects of rusty crayfish on local stream communities.

Revisiting Acid Rain: Nitrate and Sulfate Deposition in the Upper Susquehanna River Basin

Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Geology
Dr. Balogh-Brunstad is conducting an assessment of acid deposition in Pine Lake, Charlotte Creek and the Susquehanna River and following-up previous research over the past 12 years.

Organ Regeneration in Red Spotted Newts of Pine Lake

Stan Sessions, Professor of Biology
Dr. Sessions continues his study of organ regeneration and bioengineering using Red Spotted Newts (Notophthalmus viridescens). A key goal is to identify stem cells that might be involved, and use the stem cells for bioengineering various organs such as heart and brain.

Collaborative Research on the Effects of Environmental Stressors on Amphibians

Stan Sessions, Professor of Biology
Dr. Sessions and his students are studying the effects of chemical pollution on amphibians and their parasites. This research has generated three book chapters and ten published research articles, many with Hartwick undergraduates as coauthors.

Impact of Recreational Use of Public Lands on Biological and Ecological Diversity

Peter Fauth, Associate Professor of Biology
We are discussing collaborative projects with state agencies to research, monitor, and measure long-term impact of human use on public lands (Robert V. Riddell State Park),to better inform land use management decision-making.


 

Environmental Science & Policy Pine Lake Scholar Awards

2013
The Geochemical Analysis of a Kettle Lake
Keith O’Connor ’15 (Prof. Balogh-Brunstad)

Robert V. Riddell State Park Stream Monitoring
Andrea Nieves ’15 (Prof. Kuhlmann)

Forest and Stream Surveys at Robert V. Riddell State Park
Connor Beckett ’16 (Prof. Fauth)

Invasive Plant Species Mapping and Removal in Robert V. Riddell State Park
Jenna Rodrigues ’14 (Prof. Fauth)

2012

Invasive Plant Species at Robert V. Riddell State Park
Alice Denny ’13 (Prof. Fauth)

Effects of an Invasive Crayfish on a Stream Community
Andrea Nieves ’15 (Prof. Kuhlmann)

2011

Collaborative Field Research at Robert V. Riddell State Park
Liam Heiland ’13 (Prof. Fauth) Collaborative Field Research at Robert V. Riddell State Park

2010

Geochemistry of the Susquehanna River and Pine Lake Area
Andrew Parisi ’11 (Profs. Balogh-Brunstat, Johnson)

Effect of Vegetation on Soil Development and Soil Water Chemistry
Katie Watson ’11 (Profs. Balogh-Brunstad, Dudek)


Environmental Science & Policy Internship Scholar Award

2012

Field Studies Internship at Robert V. Riddell State Park
Abigail Nelson ’14 (NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, Jamesville, NY)

2011

Collaborative Field Studies at Robert V. Riddell State Park
Kristina Skaggs ’12 (NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, Jamesville, NY)

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