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WRI engages in a broad range of activities, including research, education, and outreach. In the side bar to the left, you will find more information on the following:

  • WRI-authored research publications in peer-reviewed and trade journals
  • Presentations made by WRI staff, as well as activities related to local, state, and federal policy
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Cornell WRI/Estuary Program Staff Help Research and Education Come Together, Summer 2015

Nov 23, 2015

In partnership with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (IES), the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Hudson River Estuary Program, Chris Bowser and Steve Stanne are part of a team of educators and researchers piloting the restoration of submerged aquatic vegetation at the Norrie Point Environmental Center. With guidance form Stuart Findlay of Cary IES the team constructed several plots, caged and uncaged, in which they planted about 40 small peat-pots of water celery (Vallisneria americana), an important underwater plant that has not strongly rebounded since their numbers dropped after Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Lee. The project also involved students from Marist College and regional high schools.

Marist college student Ricky Brase, under the mentorship of education coordinator Chris Bowser and tributary specialist Andrew Meyer, is looking at the effects of improperly positioned culverts on American eel distribution in the Hudson River watershed. Unnatural substrate, too shallow water, or perched outlets creating substantial drops in the stream are some of the reasons culverts can be barriers to fish migration, and these impacts on eel populations have not been studied nearly as much as dams. Ricky and student volunteers are using a backpack electrofishing unit to catch and release eels and other fish above and below potential problem culverts. Ricky is the recipient of a Tibor Polgar fellowship, coordinated by staff from the Hudson River Foundation and Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve.
The Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve headquarters at the Norrie Point Environmental Center recently hosted the faith-based Earth-Faith-Peace project, which brought together 30 young professionals and graduate students of various faith traditions and nationalities. All the attendees were engaged in environmental stewardship, education, and ecological research with a special focus on climate change. Field activities included removing invasive water chestnuts and a demonstration of the Norrie Point’s surface elevation table (SET) a device used coast-wide to measure changes in marsh elevation.

Chris Bowser receives HRES Outstanding Educator Award

Chris Bowser awarded HRES's Outstanding Educator Award

Nov 23, 2015

The HRES’s Outstanding Educator Award is presented for outstanding achievement in teaching about the natural and human-affected environments in the Hudson River Valley, and inspiring others to seek understanding of the Hudson River Valley.  I am very pleased to announce that this year’s awardee is Chris Bowser.

Bowser is the Education Coordinator for the Hudson River Research Reserve and Science Education Specialist for the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, in partnership with the Water Resource Institute of Cornell University. Chris’s current work focuses on environmental education and citizen science in the Hudson River Valley. He helps coordinate an annual estuary-wide monitoring day involving 5000 students and educators at over 70 shoreline sites, leads teacher training workshops on incorporating Hudson River topics into school curriculum, and designs on-site and distance learning programs for the Norrie Point Environmental Center. He also created and implements a citizen-science project where 500 volunteers collect daily information on migrating American eels into Hudson River tributaries from NYC to Albany. Since 2008 this project has released over 250,000 eels above barriers to migration.

Bowser's professional experience also includes working as a Peace Corps volunteer, but in Mauritania rather than India,  doing dune stabilization and reforestation;  serving as Education Director for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater; mapping river shorelines; conducting environmental education workshops in Haiti, and teaching at Marist College’s Environmental Science department and Bard College’s Environmental and Urban Studies program. 
Bowser has received fellowships from the Switzer Family Foundation, Audubon/ToyotaTogetherGreen, and Ecology Project International. He was awarded a 2014 Environmental Quality Award by the US Environmental Protection Agency, and holds degrees from Rutgers and Clark University.

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FY2016 Competitive Grant RFA Released

Oct 22, 2015

WRI has released its call for competitive funding applications for FY2016. All institutions of higher learning in NY state are eligible.

Arm of the Sea Theater performing Hook Line and Sinker

"Science on the River" brings hands-on-fun to the Hudson Estuary

Sep 22, 2015

Nearly 200 participants of all ages had a great time on Sunday, September 20th as part of “Science on the River”, an annual open house at the Norrie Point Environmental Center, headquarters of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. River enthusiasts of all ages enjoyed great displays by regional scientists, a river crafts room for kids, canoe tours of the local marsh, and fishing with poles and seine nets. The event wrapped up with a special appearance by Arm of the Sea Theater performing their new show “Hook Line and Sinker,” produced as part of a NYS Department of Health program to educate the public about fish advisories. 

Testimony on "Lessons Learned: EPA's Investigations of Hydraulic Fracturing." US House of Representatives

Jul 24, 2013

Rahm, B.G. 2013. Testified on "Lessons Learned: EPA's Investigations of Hydraulic Fracturing." US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment and Subcommittee on Energy Joint Hearing. Washington, D.C.

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DEC issues final permit for Cornell University's lake source cooling facility

Mar 27, 2013

NYSDEC Press Release

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DEC, Cornell and local stakeholders to work together on improving the Cayuga Lake water quality

Oct 19, 2012

NYSDEC Press Release

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A Day in the Life of the Hudson River' event to celebrate ten years of exploring the estuary

Oct 2, 2012

NYSDEC press release