Kenneth B. Adams

Center for Earth and Environmental Science


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Research Interests


Ecosystem Studies Field Laboratory

Applied Environmental Science Program

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     PhD,  1984, Forest Ecology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

     MA, 1977, Biology, SUNY Plattsburgh

     BS, 1970,  Biology, Heidelberg College


Research Interests

     Disturbance impacts on forest stand composition and structure

     Ecological effects of the 1998 ice storm on the Flat Rock Ecosystem

     Use of prescribed burning to manage fire-prone ecosystems

     Habitat selection by songbirds


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Ken Adams teaching his Field Ecology
class at the Altona Flat Rock jack pine
and pitch pine barrens.




ENV 330   Wildlife Ecology and Management:  The consequences of human activities on wildlife populations and habitats deserve more attention.  This course examines the principles of wildlife ecology with emphasis on birds and mammals in the following ways; the factors affecting animal health, population dynamics, analysis of habitat management, and the role of wildlife ecology in the preservation of biodiversity.

ENV 332   Plant Ecology:  This course is designed to prepare students for graduate study in a specialized area of plant ecology or a related discipline.  Lecture topics include interactions between plants and their biotic and abiotic environment, models of plant strategies, and roles of vegetation as an ecosystem component.  Laboratories emphasize vegetation sampling techniques and data analysis.

ENV 337   Field Ecology:  The ability to identify plants and animals is essential to most ecological research and enhances everyone's outdoor experience.  This course is a first-hand study of plants and vertebrates in the major terrestrial ecological communities of northern New York and the Adirondacks.  This course is taught for the Applied Environmental Science Program (AESP) at Miner Institute.

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Jack pine branch showing the yearly
accumulation of serotinous cones


ENV 480   Advanced Topics: Restoration Ecology:   Interactions between natural processes can culminate in an event or disturbance during which the structure and composition of plant communities are greatly modified.   The ice storm of 1998 was an extensive and intensive disturbance, affecting forested ecosystems across a regional landscape.  The objectives of this course are to: 1) Quantify ecological impacts of the ice storm in forests owned by the Miner Institute; 2) Predict pathways for natural ecosystem recovery; 3) Assess the short-term effects of managed recovery and restoration strategies on plant communities and wildlife habitat.  Restoration Ecology is an AESP course.

ENV 480   Advanced Topics: Fire Ecology:  With a few notable exceptions, descriptions of terrestrial ecosystems include some type of fire regime.  This course covers the basics of fire science, fire weather, models of fire behavior and rates of heat release, quantifying fire intensity for correlation with ecological effects, fire-dependent species and ecosystems, prescribed burning, and the role of fire in ecosystem management.


Kenneth B. Adams, March, 2004

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