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Michael Twiss


Professor: Michael Twiss Instructing EV/BY 312 Adirondack Ecology and Environmental Science

Professor Twiss is a limnologist who specializes in the interactions between toxic and nutritive substances in water and plankton. He has studied the impact of road salt and mercury contamination on Adirondack lakes. Twiss grew up on the North Shore of Lake Huron, which reminds him of the Adirondacks with the exception of the mountains and the stimulating ADK Semester opportunities! You may find him in the ADK on weekends hiking, hunting, or hanging out.

Tom Langen  

 Professor: Tom Langen Instructing EV/BY 312 Adirondack Ecology and Environmental Science and EV 314 Adirondack Integrated Research Project

Martin Heintzelman

 Professor: Martin Heintzelman

Alan RossnerCrimi  

 Professor: Alan Rossner & Michelle Crimi

Stephen Bird  

Professor: Stephen Bird Instructing EV/SS 320 Social and Political Issues in the Adirondacks
This course examines issues relevant to environmental concerns and energy production (and often both simultaneously) in the Adirondack Park. It is structured around broad policy issue-areas, and these lectures are supplemented by specific examinations of recent problems in energy and environmental policy within the Park. Professor Bird specializes in energy and environmental policy as well as political concerns for social movements and social justice. He is an active outdoorsperson (rock and ice climbing, hiking) and is strongly committed to the social, historical, and environmental identity of the Adirondacks.

Christopher Robinson

 Professor: Christopher Robinson Instructing EV/SS 320 Social and Political Issues in the Adirondacks

Joseph Duemer  

Professor: Joseph Duemer Instructed EV 324 Literature of the Adirondacks
Since the nineteenth century American writers and intellectuals have taken inspiration from the Adirondack region. Drawing on the emerging theoretical orientation of ecopoetics and ecocriticism, this course will explore the relationship of literary production to the environment of the Adirondacks.

Bill Vitek  

Professor: William Vitek Instructing EV/UNIV 322 Adirondack Park: A Sense of Place 

I am a Professor of Philosophy and currently the Chairperson of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Clarkson.  I apply the tools and big-picture perspective of philosophy to environmental questions and challenges.  My current research focus is on the substantial cultural and social changes that I believe will be necessary—in our lifetimes—to live without easy access to cheap, carbon-based energy in the form of soils, forests, oil, natural gas and coal. I have had the good fortune to work with Dr. Wes Jackson, founder of the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, and the father of perennial agriculture.  We have published two books together: Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place and The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability and the Limits of Knowledge.

The Adirondack Semester is an exciting opportunity for me to put philosophy to work in a storied and complex cultural landscape.  I first fell in love with the natural world in the Adirondacks. And it was at Follensby Pond where American philosopher and transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson and his friends (scientists, poets, lawyers, doctors and artists) created the Philosophers’ Camp in 1858. “The philosophers' time and creative work in the Adirondacks would contribute to a shifting view of nature and preservation. Their work provided evidence of the importance and value of preserving wild places as a source of inspiration and national heritage” ( The Adirondack Semester helps keep the spirit of that Camp alive in the 21st century.