Catskill Environmental Research & Monitoring Conference

The Catskill Envi­ron­men­tal Research & Mon­i­tor­ing (CERM) con­fer­ence is an oppor­tu­ni­ty for researchers, resource man­agers, and oth­ers work­ing on envi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment in the Catskills to net­work and collaborate.

“The Catskill For­est Pre­serve may be “For­ev­er Wild” but that does not make it immune from stres­sors intro­duced from the outside.” 

- CERM Co-Orga­niz­er Mor­ton Adams, Olive Nat­ur­al Her­itage Society

Due to the COVID 19 pan­dem­ic, the CERM con­fer­ence has been resched­uled for 2021. Vis­it the con­fer­ence web­site for more information.

Past CERM Conferences

Vis­it the past con­fer­ences web­page to down­load CERM 2018 pre­sen­ta­tions and hand­outs avail­able from pre­sen­ters. 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!


Presentation at the 2016 CERM Conference.

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

“The economy of the Catskills depends on its natural resources: forests, water, soil, and wildlife. Managing those resources requires accurate scientific information on their current state and predictions of what might happen to them in the future.”

- CERM Co-Orga­niz­er Gary Lovett, For­est Ecol­o­gist, Cary Insti­tute of Ecosys­tem Studies


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.

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