Meeting the Demands of Changing Climates: Fall 2021 Webinar Series Announced

The Adirondack Research Consortium has partnered with Paul Smith’s College to present “Meeting the Demands of Changing Climates,” a webinar series that will span the month of October with weekly discussions focused on adaptations to changing climates in the region.

The webinar series begins on Friday, Oct. 1 with a talk titled “Update on Climate Change in the Adirondacks” by Dr. Curt Stager, the Draper-Lussi Endowed Chair in Lake Ecology and Paleoecology at Paul Smith’s College.

The series continues on Oct. 8 with a panel discussion about field testing technologies to combat harmful algal blooms in New York. This panel is chaired by Dr. Andrea Ferro, Professor and ISE Associate Director for Research of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Clarkson University. She will be joined by colleagues from Clarkson, Civil and Environmental Assistant Professor Dr. Yang Yang and Professor and Co-Director of the New York State Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions Dr. Stefan Grimberg. Also included in the panel will be Lewis McCaffrey, a senior research scientist on the Finger Lakes Watershed Program for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Ryan Lamastro, a graduate student in the Environmental Resources Engineering program at SUNY ESF.

The third installment of the webinar series is a panel discussion on Oct. 15 focused on bioregional collaboration to build social, economic, and ecological resilience, chaired by Dr. Kelly Cerialo, Co-Chair of the UNESCO Champlain Adirondack Biosphere Network from Paul Smith’s College. She will be joined by Dr. Jon Erickson, David Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy at the University of Vermont and Dr. Emanuel Carter, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at SUNY-ESF.

On Oct. 24, John Bartow from Empire State Forest Products Association will present “Focus on Forests and Wood Products as a Natural Solution to Climate Change” with panelists Jared Snyder, Deputy Commissioner of Air Resources, Climate Change & Energy for the NYSDEC; Peter Innes, Deputy Director of Lands and Forests for the NYSDEC; and Carl Mas, Director of Energy and Environmental Analysis Department for the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority. There will be a 30 minute Q&A session held after the presentation.

A fifth webinar will be held on Oct. 29. The details for this webinar will be released at a later date. 
The fall webinar series will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. each Friday. Those interested in attending the webinars may register online at

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