Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

About Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Founded in 1983, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is one of the world’s leading independent environmental research organizations. Areas of expertise include disease ecology, forest and freshwater health, climate change, urban ecology, and invasive species. We are a private, 501(c)(3) organization.

Studies by our scientists have been instrumental in informing the Clean Air Act, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and environmental management practices throughout the Northeast, including the Hudson River, New York’s Catskill and Adirondack forests, and the watershed of Baltimore, Maryland.

Hallmark projects include studies of the impact of acid rain on forests and freshwater ecosystems, unraveling the relationship between biodiversity loss and emerging infectious diseases, and tracking how climate change influences the spread of invasive species.


Research Assistant

May 2020 - August 2020 Millbrook, NY
“There were a lot of workshops on a variety of different topics.”

Undergraduate Researcher

May 2018 - August 2018 Millbrook, NY
“I was part of the REU program and I appreciated the freedom to design my own study while having the expertise and guidance of my mentor scientist as well as the rest of the Cary community. It's small and you get to meet a lot of the people that work there!”
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