SUNY ESF is a specialized College within the State University of New York System having a 99-year history of research and education related to understanding ecosystems and applying that understanding to managing land, resources, and the natural environment.  Specifically, SUNY ESF is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Intensive Institution with highly focused research and service programs.  The college has been prominent at the national and international level, particularly in the area of forestry, and is growing rapidly in prominence in other areas including wildlife science and conservation biology.  SUNY ESF provides what is presently the largest wildlife science program in the northeastern United States (and possibly the entire eastern United States).

Together, wildlife science and conservation biology represent the largest and fastest growing single academic focus of the institution, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as in terms of extramural research support. SUNY ESF’s commitment to wildlife science was demonstrated by the recent hiring of new wildlife faculty to help address the burgeoning interest in wildlife issues among students and the regional public. ESF is a member of the National Association of University Fisheries and Wildlife Programs and, importantly, our wildlife curriculum is rooted in the professional certification program of The Wildlife Society and anchored in the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.  Overall, ESF hosts some 2,000 undergraduates, 500 graduate students, 120 faculty, a National Park Service Coop Unit and USFS Service Research Station.  Despite its small-size, ESF was ranked in a recent prominent poll 39th among top public national universities (tied for example with the likes of Clemson, Arizona, Kansas, and Pittsburgh), and ranked third in the 2010 Forbes.com ranking of the best colleges for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Notably, ESF is reputedly the largest college campus on earth, with nearly 25,000 acres of properties that serve multiple functions including long-term research projects and training in field courses.  Our central campus in Syracuse is small, but with Syracuse University being literally across the street, we have access to large-University resources including a comprehensive library system.  We are in a period of physical growth both with the aforementioned Gateway building as well as a new Academic Research Building that will house the wildlife science and conservation biology programs by fall 2014.  This new building offers state-of-the-art facilities that will extend our research capacities and accommodate growth in our burgeoning and integrated wildlife science and conservation biology programs.

In sum, we are a large and growing program with deep conservation roots and exciting prospects given dramatic improvements to infrastructure and the academic program soon on the horizon.

Visit SUNY-ESF’s website for more information.