As Executive Director, Dan is an officer of Paul Smith's College and has primary responsibility for managing and coordinating AWI programs, for obtaining grants and contracts for AWI activities, for developing collaborations with external organizations, and for representing the Institute to various stakeholders. He also directs the research program and participates in most AWI research projects. Dan is also a Professor of Environmental Sciences and teaches Forest Soils and mentors students in undergraduate research. Learn more about Dan Kelting.
Eric Holmlund is a Professor of Environmental Studies in the Environment and Society Department at Paul Smith's College. He is also the Director of the Adirondack Watershed Institute Stewardship Program, which works to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species on waterways across the Adirondack region. Holmlund also steers a multi-year sustainable development collaboration with the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Appenines in Italy. Holmlund has served as Interim Dean at Paul Smith's College, as the Director of the Outdoor Education Program at St. Lawrence University, as a senior instructor for the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) and as instructor and Course Director for the New York Outward Bound Center. Holmlund is the author, with Jack Drury, of The Camper's Guide to Outdoor Pursuits, a book published in 1997. Eric Holmlund holds a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College, a Master's Degree in Outdoor Recreation from Southern Illinois University, a Master's Degree in Secondary English Education from the State University of New York at Potsdam, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. His research interests include narratives of environmental attachment and socio-political conflict and aquatic invasive species spread networks via overland transport of recreational watercraft.
Corey joined Paul Smiths College in 2002 and has been working with the AWI since 2005. He is a broadly trained aquatic biologist with expertise in food web ecology, invasion biology, aquatic invertebrate ecology, water quality, and aquatic taxonomy. As a Research Associate, Corey is responsible for coordinating and executing much of the AWI's field and laboratory work, as well as day-to-day management of the AWI's Environmental Research Lab. In addition he plays a large role in program research and report writing. Corey also teaches a number of courses at Paul Smith's College such as: Limnology, Aquatic Invertebrates, Aquatic Plants, and Mammalogy. Corey also serves as an advisor for students interested in thesis projects focused on aquatic ecology. View Corey's resume
Heather joined the team in 2015 to provide administrative support to the Adirondack Watershed Institute. She is currently performing the role of Interim Assistant Director. In her free time, she can be found hiking, skiing, and paddling - any excuse to get out and enjoy the Adirondacks.
Jeff started as the AWISP Program Manager in 2015. Prior to that, he worked as a Watershed Steward, and Regional Supervisor for the Stewardship Program. Jeff focuses his efforts on AIS spread prevention through work with decontamination sites and watershed stewards throughout the Adirondacks. He also enjoys training and educating steward staff, volunteers and waterway users. You can expect to find him at a boat decontamination site or helping out on a Water Shield Workshop. He enjoys spending time outside with his family, fishing, gardening and music.
Eric Paul started as a Watershed Steward in Cranberry Lake for AWI in 2010. He remained a steward in Cranberry Lake until 2013. In 2016 he returned to AWI as a Regional Supervisor in the Southwest Region. Eric has a prior degree from Clarkson University in Business and Technology Management. He enjoys combining his educational and work experience to manage staff in the environmental field.
Lauren is the Program Manager for the eastern regions of the park. She also enjoys the public outreach and education aspect of working for the Stewardship Program. As a watershed steward for the summer of 2015, she stewarded at various locations in the Northeast and Paul Smith's Region. Her special projects as a steward included education and outreach, summit stewarding on St. Regis Mountain and working with the Friends of St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower.
Interests: Hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, paddling – being outside
Sue began as an AWI steward in 2014 and continued as weekend supervisor and science supervisor in 2015. She is a Saranac Inn native and an Air Force veteran. Since 2001 she has worked twelve seasons at research stations in Antarctica, so she is very happy to be back home and working to protect our beautiful Adirondacks. During her free time she can usually be found chasing a very energetic golden retriever through the woods.
Lee Ann joined the faculty at Paul Smith's in 2003 as an associate professor in the Biology Program. Her interests include the development of non-invasive methods for molecular analyses of environmental samples and wildlife samples. Lee Ann is also an avid painter and has contributed several pieces of aquatic themed artwork to the Adirondack Watershed Institute. She had been published in several peer reviewed sources including Microbial Pathogenesis (2000), The Journal of Biological Chemistry (1999), and Infection and Immunity (1999).
Sean Regalado is from Downey, California. After High school he attended Cerritos College, a community college near his home town. After two years, he transferred to Paul Smith's College and then graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology with minors in GIS and Chemistry. He spent his first summer in the Adirondacks working for the Adirondack Watershed Institute as an aquatic plant management technician; for the two summers following, he continued this roll. After his graduation in December of 2013, he was hired by the Institute to continue his GIS research on road runoff in the Park as well as meet the day to day GIS and data needs of AWI. In the Summer of 2015, he lead AWI's rapid response team which surveyed the diversity of aquatic plants in the Adirondacks and used SCUBA based management to remove newly discovered invasive species infestations. Currently, he is researching patterns of aquatic plant diversity and community assemblage in the Park as well as preparing for the 2016 summer field season. He has published two peer reviewed papers while attending at working for Paul Smith's College: 'Of Paleo-Genes and Perch: What if an "Alien" is Actually a Native?' in the journal PloS One and 'Landscape level estimate of lands and waters impacted by road runoff in the Adirondack Park of New York State' in the journal of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.
Jake attended Paul Smith's college and is a self-taught photographer/videographer. He started working for the Stewardship Program of the AWI in 2014 and now provides assistance with digital design and marketing efforts, among other things. When not working, you could find Jake tending to his honeybees, skiing, or out in the woods somewhere.
The following indivuduals comprise the 2017 team of Watershed Stewards and Decontamination Stewards. The stewards will work to educate the public about aquatic invasive species (AIS) issues pertaining to specific watersheds. In addition, they will interact with visitors at boat ramps and perform watercraft inspections intended to prevent the transport of AIS.
Kevin Kennedy (regional supervisor)
Emily Michienzi (assistant supervisor)
Champlain North Region
Knut Gliddi (regional supervisor)
Ken Alton (assistant supervisor)
Champlain South Region
Justice Parker (regional supervisor)
Derrick Towne (regional supervisor)
Fulton Chain Region
Jerry Egenhofer (regional supervisor)
Sage MacKenzie (assistant supervisor)
Matt Simpson (regional supervisor)
Paul Smiths Region
Jake Kuryla (regional supervisor)
Amber St. Andrew
Lauren Henderson (regional supervisor)
Alex Morency (assistant supervisor)
Janelle Hoh (regional supervisor)
The primary duties of the AWI Research Technician are to assist with field and laboratory work in support of AWI research and monitoring projects throughout the Adirondack region. Technicians may also assist with aquatic plant surveys and mapping, gathering stream hydrologic data, collecting, processing and chemical analysis of water samples, data entry, and equipment maintenance. They are also responsible for the day-to-day logistics of Adirondack Lakes Assessment Program, which includes coordinating sample pickup and delivery, and arranging for and conducting lake visits for sample collection and volunteer training, among other duties.
The following individuals comprise the 2017 team of AWI Research Technicians:
Members of the Aquatic Plany Mangagement Team are primarily involved in the removal and suppression of Eurasian water milfoil. Major duties include staging, deployment, and removal of benthic barrier mats, hand harvesting via SCUBA, collection, transport and disposal of invasive plants, equipment maintenance, record keeping, and maintaining professional relationships with clientele.
The following individuals comprise the 2016 Aquatic Plant Management Team:
The AWI Aquatic Rapid Response teams' primary function is to conduct aquatic plant surveys and to coordinate management of new invasions in lakes and ponds in the Great Lakes Watershed portion of the Adirondack Park.
The following individuals comprise the 2016 Aquatic Rapid Response Team: