Water Quality Research Technician

Matt has a BS in Biology from SUNY Plattsburgh and an MS in Ornamental Horticulture from Virginia Tech. Graduate research focused on the effects of soil amendments and biostimulants on the establishment of landscape trees.  He has joined the Center as the Water Quality Research Technician for the new-in-2020 Conservation Effects Assessment Project – Lake Champlain Basin Paired Watershed Study.  He has spent the past 10+ years working as a Field Technician for the Adirondack Lakes Survey Corporation, monitoring New York State’s Adirondack lakes, ponds, and streams for acid rain deposition effects on water quality and freshwater biota.  Before that, he was the Horticulturist/Arborist for SUNY Plattsburgh and the Landscape Gardener/Grounds Manager for the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.  He lives in Morrisonville NY (near Plattsburgh) and operates a small landscape maintenance business. When not working, he enjoys solitary time in the outdoors as well as spending time with his family skiing, hiking, canoeing, camping, sailing, and watching his boys competing in school athletic events.

image description: a man in a brown jacket and red shirt is leaning against a rock near a body of water on a sunny day

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Water quality monitoring
  • Field research support
  • Water quality field operations
  • Landscape plant establishment and maintenance


  • MS, Ornamental Horticulture, Virginia Tech
  • BS, Biology, SUNY Plattsburgh


Office Hours:

By appointment.