BFS Locations

Main Laboratory
5838 State Hwy 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607-547-8778
Fax: 607-547-5114

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THAYER FARM COMPLEX
Lakeside Farm &
Upland Interpretive Center

7027 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY
(physical address)

Thayer Boathouse
7016 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY

Rum Hill
Thurston Hill Rd.
Springfield, NY

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Goodyear Swamp Sanctuary
7290 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY

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Greenwoods Conservancy
824 Zachow Rd.
Hartwick, NY 13348

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Upper Research Site
Averill Rd.
Cooperstown, NY

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Lake Management Graduate Students

 

 Meet our current students and program alumni!

Current Graduate Students

Ryan Elliot
ellirj14@oneonta.edu

MS Program
Aug. 2016 - present

Previous Education:

B.S. in Environmental Studies, Ecosystems concentration,
Geography minor

Binghamton University

Focus: Lake of the Woods, Boyd Pond

Major Stakeholder Organizations:

Lake of the Woods Association
Indian River Lakes Conservancy

 

 

Luke Gervase Luke J. Gervase
ljgervas@gmail.com

MS Program
Aug. 2014 - present


 

Previous Education:

B.S. in Aquatics & Fisheries Science, minor in Marine Ecology
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

Focus: Millsite Lake, Jefferson County, NY
Additional Study: Lake of the Woods, Boyd Pond

As a part of my Lake Management M.S. work at SUNY Oneonta, I worked on Millsite Lake in Theresa, NY of Jefferson County. Millsite Lake is a part of the Indian River Lakes Conservancy (IRLC). The IRLC has been around since 1998 and is a non-profit land trust that has the goal of conserving critical lands within the Indian River system. I also worked on Lake of the Woods and Boyd pond, both of which are a part of the IRLC. I originally am from Malverne, NY and currently work for the Pond and Lake Connection in Newtown, CT.

Major Stakeholder Organizations:

Millsite Lake Property Owners Association
Indian River Lakes Conservancy
Lake of the Woods Association

 

Patrick Goodwin
goodpm87@oneonta.edu

MS Program
Aug. 2015 - present

Focus: Mohegan Lake (Westchester County)
Thunder Lake (Chenango County)

 

Leah GormanLeah Gorman
gormlm72@oneonta.edu

MS Program
Aug. 2015 - present


 

 

Previous Education:

B.A. Environmental Studies - Ecology; minor in Biology
SUNY Purchase College

Focus: DeRuyter Reservoir

DeRuyter is a 550 acre reservoir located in Madison County created in the late 1800's as a feeder for the Erie Canal. Now used primarily for recreation, I am working with stakeholders on finding the best-fit solutions to a variety of issues including invasive species, sedimentation, storm water run-off, old septic systems, and an old dam.

Major Stakeholder Organization:

Tioughnioga Lake Preservation Foundation

 
   
 

Edward Kwietniewski Edward Kwietniewski
ekwietniewski@yahoo.com

MS Program
Aug. 2014 - present


 

Previous Education:

B.S. in Aquatics & Fisheries Science
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry


Focus: Rushford Lake

Rushford Lake is a reservoir that drains about half of its water every year. It is also a lake that has had little previous work done on it. This makes working on the lake an enjoyably challenging experience that’ll allow me to create a plan to help a lake that really needs one! 

Major Stakeholder Organization:

Rushford Lake Recreational District

 

Jenna Leskovec
leskjc44@suny.oneonta.edu

MS Program
Aug. 2014 - present

Previous Education:

B.A. Geological Science
SUNY Geneseo

Focus: Windover Lake

Major Stakeholder Organization:

Windover Lake Association

 

K. MareanKathleen Marean
Marekr55@suny.oneonta.edu

MS Program
Aug. 2014 - present

 

 

 

Previous Education:

B.S. in Natural Resources (May 2011)
Cornell University

Current Employer & Position:

Ecology and Environment, Inc., Lancaster, NY
Environmental Specialist

Focus: Sixberry Lake

Sixberry Lake is one of three cold, deep, biologically unproductive lakes in the Indian River Lakes Region of New York State. The SLA and IRLC are both concerned with protecting the relatively pristine nature of Sixberry Lake. As of now it has one known invasive species (Eurasian watermilfoil, Myriophyllum spicatum) and does not yet produce harmful algal blooms on a regular basis. The goals of the study were to find out baseline water quality information, determine the best options for handling the Eurasian watermilfoil, and determine the best watershed management practices to use in order to conserve the lake's pristine qualities.

Major Stakeholder Organizations:

Sixberry Lake Association (SLA)
Indian River Lakes Conservancy (IRLC)

 

O'ReillyJoey O'Reilly
oreijr01@oneonta.edu

Lake Management Program
Aug. 2016 - present


 

 

Previous Education:

B.S. in Environmental Science, Watershed Science focus; Marine Science minor
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

Focus: Cassadaga Lake

 

 
 

David Pfuhler

Lake Management Program
Aug. 2016 - present

Focus: Crumhorn Lake

 

George Smith

Lake Management Program
Aug. 2016 - present

Focus: Big Bowman Pond

 

Edward Kwietniewski Caitlin Stroosnyder
cstroosnyder@yahoo.com

MS Program
Aug. 2012 - present

 

Previous Education:

B.S. in Natural Resources
Cornell University

Current Employer & Position:

Cedarwood Engineering & Environmental Services
Project Manager


Focus: Goodyear Lake, Otsego County, NY

My research has focused on the state of Goodyear Lake and its watershed. The outcome will be a science-based lake and watershed management plan for the Goodyear Lake Association. A 2013 survey showed stakeholder concerns include sedimentation, excessive nutrient loading, algal growth, invasive species and the condition of Collier's Dam. Sampling from three of the largest tributaries in the Lake's 352 square mile watershed confirmed excessive sediment loading to the Lake during wet weather conditions. Additionally, I will assist with the initial implementation of mitigative actions in the plan to address short-term goals and the future ecological sustainable functioning of the Lake. 

Major Stakeholder Organization:

Goodyear Lake Association

 

TumbarelloAlexa Tumbarello
tumba99@oneonta.edu

MS Program
Aug. 2016 - present

 

Previous Education:

B.S. in Environmental Science
SUNY College at Oneonta

Focus: Paradox Lake

 
 

Maxine Verteramo
vertml17@suny.oneonta.edu

MS Program
Aug. 2014 - present

Focus: Emerald Green Lakes - Davies Lake, Lake Louise Marie & Treasure Lake

Major Stakeholder Organization:

Emerald Green Property Owners Association

 

Sonja Wixom
wixosl91@oneonta.edu

MS Program
Aug. 2016 - present

Previous Education:

B.S. in Conservation Biology, Marine Science minor
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

 

Focus: To be determined

 

 

Program Alumni

 

Carter Bailey

MS Program
Aug. 2012 - 2014

Current Employer & Position:

AQUA DOC Lake and Pond Management, Chardon, OH
Aquatic Biologist

Previous Education:

B.S. in Environmental Science (Watershed Hydrology focus)
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

MS Thesis & Management Plan:

Monitoring of Seasonal Algal Succession and Characterization of the Phytoplankton Community: Canadarago Lake, Otsego County, NY

Canadarago Lake Watershed Protection Plan.

Focus: Canadarago Lake, Otsego County, NY

In the freshwater environ lake managers bridge the gap between stakeholders and the scientific community. My time at the SUNY Oneonta BFS truly helped me become a professional in the environmental services industry.

Major Stakeholder Organizations:

Canadarago Lake Improvement Association
Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District
Herkimer County Soil & Water Conservation District
Towns of Richfield, Exeter, Otsego, Columbia
Village of Richfield Springs
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation: Region 4 Office
Otsego County Planning Department
Otsego Land Trust
Otsego County Conservation Association
Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership

 

Ben GermanBen German
ben.p.german@gmail.com

MS Program
Aug. 2013 - 2016

 

Current Employer & Position:

Instructional Support Specialist
SUNY Cobleskill

Previous Education:

B.T. in Fisheries & Aquaculture
SUNY Cobleskill

Focus: Lake Moraine, Madison County, NY

My thesis work concentrated on constructing a comprehensive management plan for Lake Moraine.  This natural lake is located in southeastern Madison County, NY. I worked closely with the Lake Moraine Association to establish management goals and consider alternative strategies to meet them.  Nutrient inputs and excessive aquatic macrophyte growth are the primary management concerns of the stakeholders.  My hope is that this plan will assist with making informed and adaptive management decisions to support sustainable use of this dynamic system.

Major Stakeholder Organization:

Lake Moraine Association

MS Thesis & Management Plan:

Comprehensive Lake Management Plan, Lake Moraine, Madison County, NY

 

 

Christian Jenne
jenncf54@suny.oneonta.edu

MS Program
Aug. 2014 - 2017

Previous Education:

B.S.
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

Focus: Truesdale Lake

Major Stakeholder Organization:

Truesdale Lake Association
 

Derek Johnson CLM

MS Program
Aug. 2012 - 2014

Current Employer & Position:

SOLitude Lake Management
Lake Management Scientist
Fisheries & Wildlife Scientist
Certified Lake Manager

Previous Education:

B.S. in Fisheries Science
Paul Smith's College

 

Focus: Panther Lake

Major Stakeholder Organizations:

Panther Lake Association

MS Thesis & Management Plan:

The State of Panther Lake, 2014 & The Management of Panther Lake and its Watershed


 

Dan Kopek

MS Program
Aug. 2013 - 2015

Previous Education:

B.S. in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
SUNY College at Oneonta

Focus: Cazenovia Lake

MS Thesis & Management Plan:

Cazenovia Lake: A Comprehensive Management Plan

 
 

J. Luce Jason Luce CLM

MS Program
Aug. 2012 - 2015

 

 

Current Employer & Position:

SOLitude Lake Management
Lake Management Scientist, Fisheries & Wildlife Scientist
Certified Lake Manager

Previous Education:

B.S. Biology
Cazenovia College

Focus: Bradley Brook Reservoir & Hatch Lake

As humans age, so do their favorite lakes, and our impacts on these important resources are becoming more and more apparent. Lake managers explore the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of lakes and ponds in order to help them make informed management decisions to sustain these valuable ecosystems.

Major Stakeholder Organization:

Hatch Lake and Bradley Brook Reservoir Lakes Association

MS Thesis & Management Plan:

The State of Hatch Lake and Bradley Brook Reservoir, 2015 & A Plan for the Management of Hatch Lake and Bradley Brook Reservoir

 
 

Alejandro Reyes
reyeaj73@suny.oneonta.edu

MS Program
Aug. 2014 - 2016

Previous Education:

B.S.
SUNY Plattsburgh

Focus: Brant Lake

Major Stakeholder Organization:

Brant Lake Association

MS Thesis & Management Plan:

The state of Brant Lake, & Brant Lake Management Plan
 
 
 

Owen Zaengle

MS Program
Aug. 2012 - 2015

Previous Education:

B.S.
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

Focus: Grass Lake

Major Stakeholder Organizations:

Grass Lake Association
Indian River Lakes Conservancy

MS Thesis & Management Plan:

A Scenario-Based Framework for Lake Management Plans: A Case Study of Grass Lake & A Management Plan for Grass Lake