Academic Staff

Stephen Childs

Stephen Childs

Stephen Childs

Extension Associate

Stephen Childs is a New York State Maple Specialist providing educational instruction and resources to maple producers in New York State. His focus areas include sustainable forest sugar bush management, sap collection and processing technology, product quality improvement and grading, and value added product development.

Michael Farrell

Mike Farre

Michael Farrell

Extension Associate

Dr. Michael Farrell is the Director of The Uihlein Forest- Cornell University’s Sugar Maple Research & Education Center in Lake Placid, NY.  Michael earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Hamilton College, his master's in forestry from SUNY-ESF, and his Ph.D. in natural resources from Cornell University.  He is the author of The Sugarmaker’s Companion and focuses his efforts on sustainable development of the maple industry.

Ruth Sherman

Ruth Sherman

Ruth Sherman

Research Associate

Ruth Sherman is a terrestrial ecologist interested in better understanding processes that control the structure and function of ecosystems. Her research addresses both fundamental and applied ecological questions that contribute to practical issues of conservation and management. 

Kristi Sullivan

Kristi Sullivan

Kristi Sullivan

Extension Associate

Kristi Sullivan's goal is to support practical approaches to conserving wildlife and biodiversity for future generations. Her research objectives are to develop practical methods for restoring habitat complexity and to determine effective means to sustain and conserve native wildlife in the face of environmental change.

James Watkins

James Watkins

Research Associate

Great Lakes ecosystem studies.  Jim leads a Cornell/Buffalo State research team that monitors zooplankton, mysid shrimp, phytoplankton, and benthos communities in all five Great Lakes.  The foundation of this project is research cruises sponsored by the EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office and other federal agencies.  The effect of invasive species on native fauna is a primary focus of our research.  

Mark Whitmore

Mark Whitmore

Mark Whitmore

Extension Associate

Work with professional land managers, state and federal agencies, government officials, and concerned citizens to understand the issues and strategies for minimizing the impact of forest insect pests, and in particular non-native invasive insects.