People and Partners
M. Elias Dueker | Assistant Professor, Environmental and Urban Studies and Biology Programs
email@example.com | 845.758.2338 | RKC 214
Robyn Smyth | Continuing Assistant Professor of Environmental and Urban Studies
firstname.lastname@example.org | 845.758.7321 | Rose 301
Brooke Jude | Assistant Professor of Biology
email@example.com | 845.752.2337 | RKC 210
Gabriel Perron | Assistant Professor of Biology
firstname.lastname@example.org | 845.758.2334 | RKC 216
FacultyProfessor Eli Dueker is director of the Environmental and Urban Studies Program and the Bard Center for the Study of Land, Air, and Water. He is the recipient of grants and awards from the Hudson River Foundation, Janet Holden Adams Fund, and the New York State Department of Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program, among others. His work has been published in Environmental Science & Technology, Biogeosciences, and Science of the Total Environment. Before entering academia, he worked for 14 years in the nonprofit world, including 10 years as an organizational development consultant addressing issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality in institutional structures; serving as the former director of Project Underground, an international environmental and human rights organization; and as a board member of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a transgender law collective in New York City. He is the founder and Interim Leadership Team member of the Saw Kill Watershed Community, which protects the Saw Kill watershed and its ecological, recreational, and historic resources through hands-on science, education, and advocacy. At Bard since 2014.
Before joining the Bard faculty, Robyn Smyth was a research fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland; a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Bagamoyo, Tanzania; and a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in Environmental Research and Education at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. Her research expertise includes coupling physical and biological processes in lakes and the ocean, and aquatic ecosystem management. Current collaborative research projects include modeling the effects of vertical mixing and ultraviolet radiation on primary productivity in the Southern Ocean and understanding the role of climate forcing and hydrodynamics on harmful algal blooms and outbreaks of disease in aquatic organisms in lakes. Smyth is an adjunct scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Milbrook, New York, and a member of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network, which seeks to utilize high-frequency sensor data to better understand and manage lake ecosystems. Peer-reviewed journal articles have been published in Limnology and Oceanography, Geophysical Research Letters, Bioscience, and Environmental Management.
Brooke Jude is a microbiologist who studies isolates of microorganisms found in various (local and foreign) aquatic sources. She is currently investigating the mechanisms that aquatic bacteria use to bind to surfaces in the environment. Jude uses classic microbiological techniques for isolation and culture of the strains, and identifies organisms via modern sequence analysis. Investigations within the lab also include molecular cloning to create deletion strains, biofilm assays, protein expression, tissue culture binding assays, and investigation into bacterial behavior within microbial communities.
Before joining Bard in 2015, Gabriel Perron was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Center for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics and a visiting research fellow at Harvard University and Imperial College London; he holds a teaching certificate from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. Gabriel’s research has been published in PLOS One, Genetics, American Naturalist, Discovery Medicine, Current Biology, and other peer-reviewed journals. He has given presentations on his work at institutions throughout Canada, Europe, and the United States, including several at Bard: “A Blizzard in a Bottle: Antibiotic Resistance in Ancient Permafrost”; “Nature Walk: Seeing Evolution in Action”; and “Meet a Scientist.”
Lindsey Drew | Lab Director
Marco Spodek ’17 | Community Lab Technician, EUS
Bri Alphonso-Gibbs '22
Julia Gloninger ’21
Sebastian Grimm 3+2 CEP ’21
Our research relies on collaborations with local and regional partners, including regulatory agencies, municipalities, academic programs, NGOs, nonprofits, and generous donors throughout the Hudson Valley.
Partners and AffiliationsEnvironmental and Urban Studies Program
Bard Office of Sustainability
Hudson River Environmental Society
Hudson River Foundation
Hudson River Watershed Alliance
NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program
Red Hook Conservation Advisory Council
Roe Jan Watershed Community
Saw Kill Watershed Community
THuRST Research Network
Jump in, reach out, have fun: take part in the Bard Water Lab’s monthly water-quality sampling program and education outreach activities. Contact Lab Manager Lindsey Drew at email@example.com for more information.