About the Conference
The Catskill Environmental Research & Monitoring (CERM) Conference is held every other year in October. The first conference was convened in 2010 by an organizing body of government agencies, university, and non-profit partners that continues in its role as conference convener. Member organizations are listed to the right of this page.
Over the years, the CERM conference has expanded its program to meet the goals of fostering student interest in research in the Catskills and facilitating inter-disciplinary dialogue and interaction between managers and researchers.
The conference has spurred several new initiatives, including the Catskill Science Collaborative Portal, a data archive of research and monitoring projects and datasets related to Catskill ecosystems, and the Catskill Science Collaborative, a group of individuals and institutions dedicated to facilitating collaboration and outreach by those doing environmental research in the Catskill Mountain region of New York State.
Purpose and goals
The purpose of the CERM conference is to:
(1) Highlight environmental research and monitoring efforts relating to the Catskill Mountains;
(2) Bring together a diverse interdisciplinary group of researchers, students, resource managers and others interested in the Catskills;
(3) Explore the impacts of climate change, invasive species and other environmental stressors on water quality, biodiversity and ecosystem health; and
(4) Stimulate discussion and promote collaborative efforts that address data gaps and environmental issues affecting the region.
Past CERM Conferences
Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program/Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Ulster County
Bard College/Center for Environmental Policy
Cary Institute of
Catskill Institute for the Environment
New York City Department of Environmental Protection
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York State Energy Research & Development Authority
New York State Museum
Rondout-Neversink Stream Management Program
United States Geological Survey