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Staff at Remote Locations

Hudson River Estuary Program

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561


Christopher Bowser

Education and Citizen Science
Telephone: 845-264-5041
Email: chris.bowser@dec.ny.gov

Chris Bowser coordinates the education team at the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. This team implements citizen-science programs like the Eel Project and student initiatives like the Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor.   Bowser’s other experiences include serving as reforestation volunteer with the Peace Corps in West Africa, working as education director for the Sloop Clearwater, and teaching environmental science at Marist and Bard Colleges.


Scott Cuppett

Watershed Management
Telephone: 845-256-3029
Email: scott.cuppett@dec.ny.gov

Scott leads a watershed management and outreach team in the Hudson River Estuary, which includes much of the Hudson Valley between Troy and NYC.  The watershed team works with municipalities, nonprofits, NYSDEC, regional environmental groups, and landowners to implement strategies and best management practices that protect and restore Hudson River tributaries, drinking water supplies, and the Hudson Estuary.  When not at work, Scott enjoys spending as much time as he can outdoors, especially kayaking down mountain creeks and rivers.


Sherri Mackey

Administrative Assistant
Telephone: 845-256-3016
Email: sherri.mackey@dec.ny.gov


Kristin Marcell

Climate Change and Special Projects (CV)
Telephone: 845-256-3017
Email: kristin.marcell@dec.ny.gov

Kristin leads the Climate Resilience team. The team works with Hudson Valley partners to help riverfront communities increase their resilience to flooding, heat and drought, and with the DEC Office of Climate Change and other state partners to create policies that foster resilient nature-based solutions.  She’s deeply interested in approaches that rebuild human equity, reduce long-term costs, enhance living systems and connect communities with what they love most.  She was lead author of the NYS Sea Level Rise Task Force report and co-developed the NYS Climate Smart Communities Program. Kristin has a M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a B.A. in Biology from Clark University.


Maija Liisa Niemisto

Education and Citizen Science
Telephone: 845-889-4745
Email: maija.niemisto@dec.ny.gov

Maija grew up in Minnesota to a family of professional musicians. She attended University of Wisconsin-Madison and the American University of Beirut, as an undergraduate student of International Relations and Environmental Studies. It was through a United Nations Department of Environmental Protection internship in Lebanon, that she gained hands on experience and a passion for protecting wetland habitats. After graduating from university, Maija lived aboard a 28-foot sailboat and sailed the eastern seaboard, eventually discovering the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. She joined the crew and education team of the environmental tall-ship and spent almost 10 years living on the Hudson and teaching about the tidal estuary. Maija then completed her graduate studies at Stonybrook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences with bioacoustic research of fish and zooplankton of the Hudson River Estuary. In 2019, she joined the Cornell University Water Research Institute and the NYSDEC at the Hudson River Estuarine Research Reserve.


Beth Roessler

Tributary Conservation Specialist
Telephone: 845-256-2253
Email: beth.roessler@dec.ny.gov

Beth’s focus is outreach on stream corridor restoration and protection. She coordinates the Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs program, working with non-profits, municipalities, private landowners and volunteers on streamside tree plantings and other projects aimed at protecting the water quality in the tributary streams of the Hudson River.


Libby Zemaitis

Climate Outreach Specialist
Telephone: 845-256-3016
Email: libby.zemaitis@dec.ny.gov

Libby Zemaitis is the Climate Outreach Specialist at the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program. Her focus is helping waterfront communities adapt to climate change, particularly flooding and sea-level rise along the Hudson River. Libby is a native of the Hudson Valley where she has spent the last 15 years working on climate adaptation and resilient design. She holds an M.B.A. in Sustainable Business and M.S. in Climate Science and Policy from Bard College, and a B.A. in Geology from Vassar College.


Clif StaplesClif Staples

Extension Support Specialist
Email: clifton.staples@dec.ny.gov

Originally from Maine, Clif started working at WRI in 2019 researching flood risk and levees in New York State. During this time, he has also worked with the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program on improving resilience to Climate Change in the Hudson Valley.  His interests include Climate Change communications, interdisciplinary problem solving, and thinking about the future.


Mohawk River Basin Program

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-3502


Kathy Czajkowski

Mohawk Watershed Coordinator
Telephone: 518-402-8251
Email: katherine.czajkowski@dec.ny.gov