Past Conferences

CERM 2018

The 2018 Catskill Envi­ron­men­tal Research & Mon­i­tor­ing (CERM) con­fer­ence was held Wednes­day, Octo­ber 24, 2018 through Fri­day, Octo­ber 26, 2018. CERM 2018 fea­tured an expand­ed three-day for­mat to include field trips and a work­shop, 57 plat­form and poster pre­sen­ta­tions, and was attend­ed by over 160 people!


CERM 2018 Agenda

Presentation Abstracts

CERM 2018 Abstract Book

Speaker Handouts

i‑Tree Fact Sheet
For­est Ecosys­tem Mon­i­tor­ing Cooperative
2017 Can­nonsville Tor­na­do Salvage
Mon­i­tor­ing and Man­ag­ing Ash (MaMA) in the Catskills
Soil/Plant Rela­tion­ships for ‘Moun­tain High’ Field Trip
Black Bear Research in NY

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Platform Presentations

Opening Remarks 

Gary Lovett, Cary Insti­tute of Ecosys­tem Stud­ies, Catskill Sci­ence Collaborative

Keynote Address

Chad Daw­son, SUNY Col­lege of Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Forestry, Mon­i­tor­ing Impacts and Man­ag­ing Recre­ation­al Use on Pre­serve Lands

Session 1 — Recreation Impacts

Jeff Rid­er, NYS Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion, Trends in Use of Pub­lic Lands in the Catskills: Man­age­ment Implications

Bill Rudge, NYS Dept. of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion & Andy Mossey, Catskill Cen­ter, Man­ag­ing Pub­lic Use at the Blue Hole: Pro­tect­ing Nat­ur­al Resources at a Pop­u­lar Swim­ming Hole

John Franklin, Analy­sis of Human Inter­ac­tions on the Lichen Diver­si­ty of Slide Mountain

Aaron Krin­sky, SUNY Col­lege of Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Forestry, Accept­ing Change: An Appli­ca­tion of the Lim­its of Accept­able Use in Kaater­skill Falls

Session 2 — Development Impacts

Kath­leen Weath­ers, Cary Insti­tute of Ecosys­tem Stud­ies, Salt­ing our Fresh­wa­ter Lakes

Michale Glen­non, Paul Smith’s Col­lege, Make Room for Wildlife: Effects of Exur­ban Devel­op­ment on Wildlife and Lessons from the Adirondacks

Arthur Lern­er-Lam, Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty, Fit-Bit of the Forest

Session 3 — Soil/Plant Relationships

Sam Adams, Olive Nat­ur­al Her­itage Soci­ety, Floris­tics meets Soil Sci­ence: Con­silience and Col­lab­o­ra­tion in Study­ing Respons­es to Envi­ron­men­tal Change in the Catskill High Peaks Sub-Ecoregion

Olga Var­gas, USDA Nat­ur­al Resources Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vice, Catskill Soil Tax­on­o­my: Do the Soils of the Catskills High Peak Region Qual­i­fy as Spodosols?

Ali­son Keimowitz, Vas­sar Col­lege & Steve Pari­sio, NYS Dept. of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion, Chem­istry of Spe­cial Soils in the Catskills

Chris John­son, Syra­cuse Uni­ver­si­ty, Long-term Base Cation Weath­er­ing Rates in the Catskill Soils

Session 4 — Biodiversity

Col­in Beier, SUNY Col­lege of Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Forestry, The Fate of For­est Soil Fau­na after a Cen­tu­ry of Acid Rain: Species, Com­mu­ni­ty, and Ecosys­tem-Lev­el Effects

Bar­ry Baldigo, U.S. Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey, Response of Fish Com­mu­ni­ties to Chang­ing Envi­ron­men­tal Con­di­tions in the Upper Nev­ersink Riv­er: A Clean Air Act Suc­cess Story

John Wiley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice, Cur­rent Sta­tus of the Fed­er­al­ly Threat­ened North­ern Wild Monks­hood in the Catskill Region: Recent Sur­vey Efforts Show Notable Declines in this Cli­mate-Sen­si­tive Species

Session 5 — Sediment Studies

Jason Siemion, U.S. Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey, Eval­u­at­ing Sus­pend­ed-Sed­i­ment Dynam­ics and Tur­bid­i­ty in the Upper Eso­pus Creek Water­shed: A Com­pre­hen­sive Study

Scott Stein­schnei­der, Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty, Time-Vary­ing Sus­pend­ed Sed­i­ment-Dis­charge Rat­ing Curves to Esti­mate Cli­mate Impacts on Flu­vial Sed­i­ment Trans­port in the Eso­pus Watershed

Scott Hamshaw, Uni­ver­si­ty of Ver­mont, Unrav­el­ing Sed­i­ment Dynam­ics in the Mad Riv­er Water­shed through Event Con­cen­tra­tion-Dis­charge Rela­tion­ships and Mul­ti-Tem­po­ral UAS Surveys

Bev­er­ly Wem­ple, Uni­ver­si­ty of Ver­mont, Inter­ac­tions between Human and Nat­ur­al Sys­tems along Rur­al Road Net­works: The Case of the Lake Cham­plain Basin

Session 6 — Hydrology

Natal­ie Teale, Rut­gers Uni­ver­si­ty, Asso­ci­a­tion of Syn­op­tic-Scale Atmos­pher­ic Pat­terns with Flash Flood­ing in Water­sheds of the New York City Water Sup­ply System

Dorothy Hall, Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land and NASA God­dard Space Flight Cen­ter, Use of Satel­lite Data to Study Lake-Effect Storms that Reach the Catskill Mountains

Don­ald Bonville, U.S. Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey, Vari­a­tions in Base­flow of a Mesoscale Moun­tain Catch­ment: Birch Creek

Ted Endreny, SUNY Col­lege of Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Forestry, For­est Hydrol­o­gy Sim­u­la­tion Tools for Explor­ing how Trees Cool Urban Runoff from Catskill Rivers

Session 7 — Long-Term Monitoring

Ali Kosi­ba, For­est Ecosys­tem Mon­i­tor­ing Coop­er­a­tive, Intro­duc­ing the Catskills Envi­ron­men­tal Research and Mon­i­tor­ing Data Access Portal

Gary Lovett, Cary Insti­tute of Ecosys­tem Stud­ies, Air Pol­lu­tion Suc­cess Sto­ries in the U.S. and the Catskills: The Val­ue of Long-Term Observations

Session 8 — Wildlife

Cather­ine Sun, Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty, Black Bears in New York State

Carl Her­zog, NYS Dept. of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion, Bat Sur­veys in the Catskill Region: 10 Years and Counting

Mar­garet DiBenedet­to, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Soci­ety, Iden­ti­fy­ing Gold­en Eagle Habi­tat Use in New York State

Jes­si­ca Best, Hud­son Riv­er Estu­ary Pro­gram with Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty, Amer­i­can Eels and Weir Fish­ing in the Catskills

Session 9 — Forest Studies

Becky Shir­er & Chris Zim­mer­man, The Nature Con­ser­van­cy, Are Forests in the Catskills Region Resilient to an Uncer­tain Future?

Jonathan Rosen­thal & Rad­ka Wildo­va, Eco­log­i­cal Research Insti­tute, Cit­i­zen Scientist/Land Man­ag­er Detec­tion of Resilient Trees: A Poten­tial­ly Pow­er­ful Response to Inva­sive For­est Pests

Deb­o­rah Lay­ton, NYC Dept. of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, Growth of a Nat­u­ral­ly Regen­er­at­ing Catskill For­est 20 Years after a Cat­a­stroph­ic Storm Event

CERM 2016

The 2016 CERM con­fer­ence was held Thurs­day, Octo­ber 27 and Fri­day, Octo­ber 28, 2016 at the Bel­leayre Ski Cen­ter in High­mount, NY. Click here for the full con­fer­ence agen­da with pre­sen­ta­tion titles. Some of the con­fer­ence pre­sen­ta­tions are avail­able for view­ing below.

Opening Remarks 

Steve Pari­sio, NYS Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion, CERM Overview

Don Kent, NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, Catskill Envi­ron­men­tal Research and Mon­i­tor­ing (CERM) Research Directory

Session 1 — Research for Resource Management and Policy Decisions in the Catskills

Gary Lovett, Cary Insti­tute of Ecosys­tem Stud­ies, Why Do We Keep Get­ting New For­est Pests and What Can We Do About It?

Danyelle Davis, NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and Jason Siemion, U.S. Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey, How Effec­tive Are Sed­i­ment and Tur­bid­i­ty Reduc­tion Projects (STRPs) in the Stony Clove Creek Watershed? 

Lor­raine Janus, NYC Depart­ment Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, Catskill Region Water Qual­i­ty Improve­ments with 25 Years of Water­shed Protection

Session 2 — Tools and Models to Understand and Adapt to Climate Change in the Catskills

Seth Lawler, Dew­ber­ry, Iden­ti­fy­ing Stream Reach­es Most Sus­cep­ti­ble to Cli­mate-Exac­er­bat­ed Debris Load

Ingrid Zabel, Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty, Cli­mate Change Resources for New York State: The New York Cli­mate Change Sci­ence Clearinghouse

Kris­ten France, The Nature Con­ser­van­cy New York, The New York State Nat­ur­al Resource Navigator

Session 3 — Contributed Presentations

Deb­o­rah Lay­ton, NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, Pre­lim­i­nary Com­par­i­son of Sim­i­lar­i­ties and Dif­fer­ences in Tree Height and Vol­ume as a Func­tion of Diam­e­ter for Aggre­gat­ed and Indi­vid­ual Species in Dif­fer­ent Water­shed Basins with­in the Catskills

Thomas Franzem, SUNY Oneon­ta, Fac­tors Impact­ing Amphib­ian Pop­u­la­tions in Anthro­pogenic Ver­nal Pools

Session 4 — Carbon in Catskill Waters from Soil to Tap

Chris John­son, Syra­cuse Uni­ver­si­ty, Dis­tri­b­u­tion of Soil Car­bon and Pro­duc­tion of DOC

Emmet Owens, NYC Dept. of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, Mod­el­ing of DOC and Dis­in­fec­tion By-Prod­uct Pre­cur­sors in the NYC Water Supply

Session 5 — Wood in Catskill Streams and Floodplains: Ecosystem Integrity, Water Quality, and Public Safety

Ellen Wohl, Col­orado State Uni­ver­si­ty, Messy Rivers, Healthy Rivers, and Large Wood: The Role of Phys­i­cal Com­plex­i­ty in Sus­tain­ing Ecosys­tem Processes

Katie Costi­gan, Uni­ver­si­ty of Louisiana at Lafayette, Large Wood in Cen­tral Appalachi­an Head­wa­ter Streams: Con­trols on and Poten­tial Changes to Wood Loads from Infes­ta­tion of Hem­lock Wool­ly Adelgid

Stephen Long, Author, Thir­ty-eight: The Hur­ri­cane that Trans­formed New England

Session 6 — Catskill Soils and Wetlands Cooperative Research

Julie Urban, Penn. State Uni­ver­si­ty, Mol­e­c­u­lar Sequenc­ing of the Humus Lay­er in Catskill Soils: Using Deep Sequenc­ing to Char­ac­ter­ize Res­i­dent Bac­te­r­i­al and Fun­gal Communities

Session 7 — Contributed Presentations

David Este­ban, Vas­sar Col­lege, Micro­bial Com­mu­ni­ty Dif­fers Under Sug­ar Maple vs. Red Oak: Impli­ca­tions  for N cycling in the Catskills and Hud­son Val­ley Region

Allan Frei, CUNY Hunter Col­lege, Hur­ri­cane Irene and Trop­i­cal Storm Lee: How unique were they in the Catskill Mountains?

Lau­ren Davis, Retired Engi­neer, Poten­tial Improve­ments in Flood Mit­i­ga­tion Evaluation

Poster Session

Troy Ellick and K. Belin­sky, Using a Bird Feed­er Net­work to Char­ac­ter­ize Cam­pus Bird Diver­si­ty Abundance

Sarah Hin­shaw, A. Caban­il­las, and W.D. Davis, NYC Dept. of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, Updat­ing and opti­miz­ing Catskill Moun­tain bank­full dis­charge and hydraulic geom­e­try region­al relationships

Kyong­ho Son, E. Schnei­der­man, E.M. Owens, L. Lin, and L. Band, Esti­mat­ing car­bon bud­gets of the Bis­cuit Brook water­shed using RHESSys

Ashokan Watershed Conference 2015

The 6th Annu­al Ashokan Water­shed Con­fer­ence was held Sat­ur­day, April 11, 2015 at the Ashokan Cen­ter in Olive­bridge, NY. See the con­fer­ence pro­gram and speak­er con­tacts.

The 2015 con­fer­ence, Back to the Future: Cre­at­ing a New Water­shed Lega­cy, was about where we are today because of the past, and where we will be tomor­row because of the present.

Spon­sored by Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty, Ulster Coun­ty Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, and NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Protection.

Conference Videos

Build­ing the Ashokan Reservoir

Under­stand­ing the Rivers Future Gen­er­a­tions Will See 

Inva­sive Species: Hem­lock Wool­ly Adel­gid and Emer­ald Ash Borer

Stream Experts Panel

CERM 2014

The 2014 CERM (Catskill Envi­ron­men­tal Research & Mon­i­tor­ing) con­fer­ence was held Octo­ber 23–24 at the Bel­leayre Mt. Ski Cen­ter in High­mount, NY.

2014 CERM Con­fer­ence Agenda
2014 CERM Pre­sen­ta­tion Abstracts

Some of the con­fer­ence pre­sen­ta­tions are avail­able for view­ing below.

Oral Presentations

Title: Mis­sion, Goals, His­to­ry, Accomplishments
Speak­er: Bill Rudge, NYSDEC

Pan­el Dis­cus­sion: CERM Ini­tia­tives: Research For­est, Data Shar­ing, Coop­er­a­tive Research, Bibliography

Ses­sion 1 — Sci­ence Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Cit­i­zen Science

Keris­sa Bat­tle, Com­mu­ni­ty Green­ways Col­lab­o­ra­tive, Com­mu­ni­ty-Sci­en­tists on the Phe­no­log­i­cal Fron­tier: Data Accu­ra­cy and Mod­els of Net­worked Eco­log­i­cal Initiatives

Jen­nifer Epstein, River­keep­er, River­keep­er’s Fecal Con­t­a­m­i­na­tion Mon­i­tor­ing: Cit­i­zen Sci­ence and Advo­ca­cy in the Ron­d­out, Eso­pus and Catskill Watersheds

Ses­sion 2 — New Approach­es to Envi­ron­men­tal Monitoring

John Camp­bell, USDA — For­est Ser­vice, Envi­ron­men­tal Sen­sor Appli­ca­tions at USDA For­est Ser­vice Exper­i­men­tal Forests: The Smart For­est Network

Ruth Yanai, SUNY-ESF, Improv­ing Envi­ron­men­tal Mon­i­tor­ing with Uncer­tain­ty Analysis

Bar­ry Baldigo, USGS, Vari­a­tions in Water Tem­per­a­ture and Impli­ca­tions for Trout Pop­u­la­tions in the Upper Schoharie Creek and West Kill, 2010 — 2012

Ses­sion 3 — Nov­el Uses for His­tor­i­cal Data Sets

Karen Moore, NYCDEP, Adven­tures in Data: Revis­it­ing His­tor­i­cal Water Qual­i­ty and Stream­flow Data in the Catskills

Ses­sion 4 — Geol­o­gy and Soils

Chuck Ver­Straeten, NYS Muse­um, Weath­er­ing Catskills Bedrock: Overview and Poten­tial Implications

Chris John­son, Syra­cuse Uni­ver­si­ty, Esti­mat­ing Min­er­al Weath­er­ing Rates in Catskills Watersheds

Jason Siemion, USGS, Fac­tors Affect­ing Sus­pend­ed Sed­i­ment in 10 Trib­u­taries to a New York City Water Sup­ply Reservoir

Ses­sion 5 — Cli­mate and Cli­mate Change

Alan Frei, CUNY- Hunter, Extreme Events and the NYC Water Sup­ply System

Mark Vian, NYCDEP, Using High Water Marks to Devel­op Hydraulic Geom­e­try Rela­tion­ships for the Upper Nev­ersink Riv­er to Sup­port Riv­er Man­age­ment and Restoration

Scott George, USGS, Resilience of Fish and Macroin­ver­te­brate Com­mu­ni­ties to an Extreme Flood in the Upper Eso­pus Creek

Ses­sion 6 — Ter­res­tri­al Ecosystems

Gary Lovett, Cary Insti­tute for Ecosys­tem Stud­ies, Impacts of Inva­sive Pests on For­est Car­bon and Nitro­gen Dynam­ics in the Catskills

Mar­garet DiBenedet­to, NYCDEP, Dis­tri­b­u­tion, Den­si­ty, and Move­ments of Non-breed­ing Gold­en Eagles in the Catskill Mountains

CERM 2012

The 2012 CERM con­fer­ence titled “Effects of Cli­mate Change & Inva­sive Species on Ecosys­tem Integri­ty & Water Qual­i­ty” was held Octo­ber 25–26 at Bel­leayre Moun­tain. Some of the 2012 CERM con­fer­ence pre­sen­ta­tions are avail­able for view­ing below.

2012 CERM Con­fer­ence Agenda

Poster Presentations

Col­lab­o­ra­tive Envi­ron­men­tal Mon­i­tor­ing at Robert V. Rid­dell State Park

Stream Ecosys­tem Changes in Schoharie Creek Trib­u­taries Fol­low­ing Hur­ri­cane Irene and Trop­i­cal Storm Lee

Ambi­ent Ground­wa­ter Chem­istry in the Catskills Based on Sam­pling of Trail­side Springs

Three Episodes in Catskill For­est History

Oral Presentations

Exam­in­ing High­er Hydraulic Gra­di­ents in Restored Streams and the Impli­ca­tions on Hyporhe­ic Exchange

Big Changes from Lit­tle Bugs: Effects of Exot­ic Insects and Pathogens on Catskill For­est Ecosystems

Sim­u­la­tions of the New York City Water Sup­ply under Future Cli­mate Con­di­tions: Ini­tial Results and Some Lessons Learned

Mer­cury Bioac­cu­mu­la­tion with­in Ter­res­tri­al Food­webs in the North­east­ern Unit­ed States

The Catskills Con­nec­tion: Using Species Dis­tri­b­u­tion Mod­el­ing To Inform Region­al Con­nec­tiv­i­ty Assess­ments Under Cur­rent-Day and Future Climate


View 60-sec­ond video clips of select 2012 CERM con­fer­ence pre­sen­ters on the AWSMP Youtube Chan­nel.