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 next CERM conference will be held in October, 2022. 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 conference has been held at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort and now meets at the Full Moon Resort located in the heart 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