Catskill Environmental Research & Monitoring (CERM) Conference

CERM 2018: Inter­ac­tions Between Human and Nat­ural Systems

Octo­ber 24–26, 2018 at Bel­leayre Moun­tain Ski Center

The CERM con­fer­ence is an oppor­tu­nity for researchers, resource man­agers and oth­ers work­ing on envi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment in the Catskills to net­work and col­lab­o­rate. CERM 2018 fea­tures an expanded three-day for­mat to include workshops.

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Call for Abstracts

The CERM com­mit­tee invites researchers to sub­mit abstracts for pre­sen­ta­tion at the CERM Con­fer­ence in High­mount, NY.

The sub­mis­sion dead­line is Sep­tem­ber 7, 2018. Review the the com­plete sub­mis­sion guide­lines.


Plat­form and poster ses­sions on:

Recre­ation Ecol­ogy
Soil/Plant Rela­tion­ships
Devel­op­ment, Roads, and Nat­ural Sys­tems
Sed­i­ment Stud­ies
Bio­di­ver­sity of Catskill Moun­tain Ecosystems

Work­shops and field trips:

Research Break­fast
Fac­ulty and stu­dents are invited to attend a break­fast with man­agers set­ting research agen­das for the Catskills for a dis­cus­sion of pri­or­i­ties and fund­ing sources. Break­fast begins at 8:30 in the Over­look Lodge.

Moun­tain High Field Trip
Hike to field sites illus­trat­ing Catskill veg­e­ta­tion, soils, for­est health, for­est his­tory and recre­ational impacts. Inter­act with researchers from mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plines along the hike. Choose hike options from low to stren­u­ous dif­fi­culty. Field sites will include exam­ples of con­trast­ing soil and plant asso­ci­a­tions, an his­tor­i­cal char­coal burn site and an entry point into first growth for­est. Field trip begins from the Bel­leayre Ski Cen­ter Over­look Lodge at 9:30 a.m. A bag lunch will be pro­vided with the con­fer­ence fee. Pre-registration is required, reg­is­ter at (insert link). For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact trip leader Steve Pari­sio at

Presentation at the 2016 CERM Conference.

Pre­sen­ta­tion at the 2016 CERM Con­fer­ence. Photo cour­tesy of NYC DEP.

About the Conference

The pur­pose of the CERM forum is to:

(1) High­light envi­ron­men­tal research and mon­i­tor­ing efforts relat­ing to the Catskill Mountains;

(2) Bring together a diverse inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of researchers, stu­dents, resource man­agers and oth­ers inter­ested in the Catskills;

(3) Explore the impacts of cli­mate change, inva­sive species and other envi­ron­men­tal stres­sors on water qual­ity, bio­di­ver­sity and ecosys­tem health; and

(4) Stim­u­late dis­cus­sion and pro­mote col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts that address data gaps and envi­ron­men­tal issues affect­ing the region.

Learn about past CERM conferences.

Stream Assessment study

Stream assess­ment study, Ashokan Watershed.

 Who Attends?

The con­fer­ence is intended mainly for researchers, stu­dents, and resource man­agers work­ing and study­ing in the Catskills, but any­one who would like to con­tribute or learn more about the region is wel­come to attend.

USGS electroshocking on the stream..

Fish study. Photo by Mark Loete.


The Bel­leayre Moun­tain Ski Cen­ter is located at 181 Galli Curci Rd, High­mount, NY 12441. The con­fer­ence is held in the Over­look Lodge with scenic views of the Catskill high peaks.

Belleayre Mountain view from ski lift

View from Bel­leayre Mountain

Con­fer­ence Organizers

Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Program/Cornell Uni­ver­sity Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County, Bard College/Center for Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­icy, Catskill Insti­tute for the Envi­ron­ment, United States Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey, Cary Insti­tute of Ecosys­tem Stud­ies, New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion, New York City Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, New York State Energy Research & Devel­op­ment Author­ity, New York State Museum, Rondout-Neversink Stream Man­age­ment Program