Eric Holmlund

Ph.D. in Environmental Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, Instructor of Environmental Ethics

Dr. Eric Holmlund is a member of the Graduate Faculty and Department of Environment and Society at Paul Smith’s College. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England, a M.S. in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam, a M.S. Ed. in Outdoor Recreation from Southern Illinois University and a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College. From 2000 to 2019, Eric founded and directed the Adirondack Watershed Institute Stewardship Program, which is New York State’s largest aquatic invasive species spread prevention and education program dedicated to protecting the natural heritage of Adirondack rivers, ponds and lakes.

Since 2014, Eric has co-directed a collaboration between Paul Smith’s College and the Tosco-Emiliano Biosphere Reserve in northern Italy focused on sustainable tourism and community identity. He has served as a wilderness recreation leadership instructor for Outward Bound and the Wilderness Education Association. He is a steering committee member of the Paul Smith’s College Global Center for Rural Communities and the Champlain Adirondack Biosphere Network (UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program).

Melanie Johnson

Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Professor of Conservation Science and Applied GIS/Remote Sensing, Departments of Natural Science and Forestry

Mel is an Associate Professor in Natural Sciences and Forestry. Her work centers around integrating remote sensing, GIS, and related skills with field work to examine real-world conservation issues and as communication tools. Current research projects involve using UAS (drones) for natural resource monitoring. Mel is also the director of Paul Smith’s College’s Adirondack Field Ecology summer program. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Idaho, a Master’s in Geology from the University of North Dakota, and a undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Minnesota State University at Moorhead.

Brett McLeod

Ph.D. in Environmental Studies, Chair of Forestry Department, Instructor of Ecosystem Processes and Services

Dr. Brett McLeod is the International Paper Endowed Chair of Forest Resource Economics. McLeod’s belief that humans have the capacity to design and perpetuate durable, sustainable communities fuels his professional work. His accomplishments include US-AID-sponsored rural community development in the Dominican Republic, citizen science ecotourism development in Southeast Alaska, and the promotion of forestry and sustainable agriculture in the Adirondack-North Country of New York.

McLeod and his wife live on a 30-acre Adirondack homestead that produces grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, maple syrup, medicinal plants, produce, and lumber which is documented in his book, The Woodland Homestead: How to Make York Land More Productive and Live More Self-Sufficiently in the Woods (Sorey Publishing, 2015).

Deb Naybor

Ph.D. in Geography, Instructor of Research Design and Methods

Deb Naybor is an assistant professor of Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Paul Smith’s College. Her PhD from the SUNY Buffalo is in Geography and is a proud of alumni from Paul Smith’s with a degree in Forestry. For over 30 years she ran her ow land surveying and land management company in Western NY and was named one of the top women business owners in America by the US Small Business Administration. In 2004, she started her own small nonprofit organization and volunteered to set up small economic development programs in 18 countries in Asia and Africa. Deb’s research interests include sustainable housing and the impact of land rights on natural resource management.

With an interest in global sustainability and use of natural resources, Deb has taken Paul Smith’s students to India, Africa and Iceland in order to study a wide range of human and environmental interaction. She is a tiny house advocate, teaches Tiny House Design and has worked with students to design and build microcampers, lean-tos and a cordwood cottage as part of their senior capstone projects.

Justin Waskiewicz

Ph.D. University of Maine. M.S. Northern Arizona University, Faculty, Department of Forestry