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Suzanne Marie Fine


Title: Associate Professor
Department: Early Childhood Psychology
Office Location: Holmes 232C
Office Phone: 518-255-5245
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 2-4pm; Thursday 10-11am and by appointment

Areas of Expertise: Diversity and social justice issues in early childhood education; child development; early childhood curriculum; the arts in education and the supervision of practicum students

Courses Taught:
ECHD 121 Expressive Arts
ECHD 130 Introduction to Early Childhood Programs
ECHD 150 Curriculum and Methods
ECHD 170 Child Growth and Development
ECHD 233 Practicum: Early Childhood Programs (Effie Bennett-Powe Child Development Center)
ECHD 234 Practicum: Elementary Schools and Community Agencies
ECHD 251 Anti-Bias Strategies
ECHD 252 Conflict Resolution
ECHD 351 Families as Partners

About Suzanne: She has been teaching at SUNY Cobleskill since 1999 and for six years was a Master Teacher in the Effie Bennett-Powe Child Development Center, a multi-age program for three-five year olds. She obtained a grant to purchase hydroponic equipment for the preschool classroom and collaborated with Professor George Crosby in the Plant Science Department on its integration into the curriculum.

She co-presented “A Tale of Two Supervisors: Using NAEYC Standards for Associate Degree Students to Evaluate Practicum Students” with a colleague, Lizabeth Whitbeck, at a national conference and has presented several times at the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children’s Annual Conference.

Ms. Fine travelled to Anguilla, BWI with a colleague to teach Curriculum and Methods to preschool and kindergarden teachers on the 32 square mile island.

She taught elementary school in rural Virginia and preschool in the Boston, Massachusetts area before earning her Master’s degree in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was also a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Early Childhood Education.

Associate Professor Fine is a licensed Kindermusik educator and Zumba instructor. During the summer she can be found rowing on the Mohawk River.


Crosby, George – Irrigation, Hydroponics, Greenhouse Management, Vegetable Production, Developmental Agriculture, Botany

Ellram, Alex R. – Turfgrass Management, Golf Course Management, Advanced Golf Course Management, Integrated Pest Management, Ag Chemicals

Evans, Jason Robert – Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Policy, Small-scale Beef Production Systems, Market Research, Experimental Economics

Greenwood, Carmen Marie – Entomology, Conservation Biology, Disturbance Ecology, Terrestrial Invertebrate Ecology

Marten, Timothy Erwin – Landscape Design, Landscape Estimating, Sustainable Sites, Ecological Design, Landscape Maintenance & Construction, Storm Water Management, Designed & Sustainable Agriculture, Permaculture

Testa, Nicholas D. – Small Engine Theory/Diagnostics, Diesel Engine Theory/Diagnostics, Electrical Troubleshooting

Thompson, David – Managing Multicultural Work Forces in Agriculture, Animal Reproduction, Bovine Hoof Care & Maintenance, Applied Bovine Reproduction

Tommell, Nicole L. – Equine Farm Management, Animal Science Techniques I, Agricultural Business Management, Agricultural Education Community Leadership, Animal Health

Wright, Bruce R. – Agricultural Equipment, Diesel Engines, John Deere Agricultural Equipment

Carmen Marie Greenwood

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATitle: Assistant Professor

Department: Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Studies


Office Location: 127 CANR

Office Phone: 518-255-5584

Areas of Expertise: Entomology, Conservation Biology, Disturbance Ecology, Terrestrial Invertebrate Ecology

Courses Taught:

  • FWLD 101 Introduction to Natural Resource Conservation
  • BIOL 186 Entomology
  • AGRN 121 Soil and Water Conservation
  • BIOL 308 Terrestrial Invertebrate Ecology
  • ENVR 325 Research methods I
  • ENVR 326 Research methods II
  • BIOL 403 Conservation Biology

Curriculum Vitae >

About Me:

I am a broadly trained invertebrate ecologist and conservation biologist. Students in my lab have addressed questions related to the impacts of disturbance on invertebrate communities, food web interactions (such as forage availability for vertebrate wildlife), and conservation. Disturbance may occur naturally in a system or result from human activities such as tillage, prescribed burning, grazing, soil amendment, development, habitat fragmentation, compaction or invasive plant species. We are currently heavily involved in research focused on conservation of the federally endangered American Burying Beetle. If you are interested in invertebrate field ecology or behavioral ecology and would like to join our very “student-focused” research team please email me regarding your specific interests.

Projects currently underway in our lab:

  1. Expanded methodologies for long term monitoring of relocation survival and population density of federally endangered American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) in Oklahoma, and surveys for potential re-introduction in central New York. ( duration Sep 2012- Dec 2015). Student researchers involved:
    a. Greg Strait, B.T. Wildlife Management SUNY Cobleskill
    b. Ben Derr, B.T. Wildlife Management SUNY Cobleskill
    c. Thomas Ferrari, M.S. candidate in Entomology and Plant Pathology, OSU
    d. Kyle Risser, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology and Plant Pathology, OSU
  2. The Effect of Preferred Arthropod Availability on Bobwhite Quail Nest Site Selection and Chick Survival (duration: July 2011- Dec 2014): This is a large, interdisciplinary project involving multiple collaborators and multiple states. Graduate students working on this project are evaluating the effects of a variety of factors that impact arthropod community composition within Beaver and Packsaddle Wildlife management areas of western Oklahoma. Studies focus on arthropod taxa known to be key forage species for juvenile quail. Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation. Student researchers involved (from left to right above):
    a. Kenneth Masloski, M.S. Entomology and Plant Pathology: Community composition and resource partitioning of Short-horned grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae) in western Oklahoma grassland ecosystems.
    b. Allison Giguere; M.S. candidate in Entomology and Plant Pathology: Community composition and resource partitioning of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in western Oklahoma grassland ecosystems.
    c. Shane Foye; M.S. candidate in Entomology and Plant Pathology: Characterization of ground-dwelling arthropod assemblages and Entomopathogenic nematodes in Northern bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus) habitat.

Projects recently completed with students:

  1. Profile of ecoregion and management practices impacts on prevalence of native entomopathogenic nematodes, and community composition of soil-dwelling microarthropods (primarily soil mites) in Oklahoma. Student researchers involved:
    a. Kyle Risser; M.S. Entomology and Plant Pathology, OSU
  2. Alexandra Robideau; undergraduate Niblack scholar (2011) in Entomology and Plant Pathology: Prevalence of native Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) in organic versus conventional wheat and beef production systems in Oklahoma
  3. Mackenzie Jochim; undergraduate Niblack scholar (2012) in Entomology and Plant Pathology: Impacts of Grazing (Cattle vs. Bison) and Controlled Burning on Entomopathogenic Nematode (EPN) Prevalence in the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
  4. Colby Gregg: undergraduate Niblack scholar (2012) in Entomology and Plant Pathology: Native pollinator conservation and biological monitoring of the Cow Creek remediation project at IERES (Integrated Environmental Research and Education Site)


Refereed publications (*publications with students):

*Foye, S., C. Greenwood, M. Payton and K. Masloski. 2014. Characterization of ground-dwelling arthropod forage communities that support Colinus virginianus (Galliformes: Odontophoridae) in two western Oklahoma Wildlife Management Areas. Rangeland Ecology and Management. In preparation.

*Foye, S., C. Greenwood, and M. Payton. 2014. Virulence of indigenous entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) towards Diorhabda carinulata, a potential biological control agent for the reduction of Tamarix ramosissima in northern bobwhite habitat. Southwestern Entomology. In preparation

*Giguere, A., C. Greenwood, and M. Payton. 2014. Community composition and resource partitioning of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in western Oklahoma grassland ecosystems: a critical forage taxon of the northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus). Rangeland Ecology and Management. In preparation.

Greenwood, C., and P. Gagnon. 2014. Preliminary survey of carrion beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae) community composition in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area of Western Kentucky: A site targeted for re-introduction of American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus). Conservation Biology. In preparation.

*Masloski, K., C. Greenwood, M. Payton. 2014. Grasshopper (Orthopter: Acrididae) Communities in Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) habitat: spatial and temporal prey availability in a Western Oklahoma Grassland. Journal of Conservation Biology. In review

*Masloski, K., C. Greenwood, M. Payton, M. Reiskind. 2014.Grasshopper (Orthoptera: Acrididae) relative abundance and density: a comparison between standard and novel methods of sampling. Journal of Orthoptera Research. Accepted.

*Masloski, K., M. Payton, M. Reiskind, C. Greenwood. 2014. Evidence for diet-driven habitat partitioning of Melanoplinae and Gomphocerinae grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae) along a vegetation gradient in a Western Oklahoma grassland. Environmental Entomology. Accepted.
Antonenko, P. and C. Greenwood. 2014. Fostering collaborative problem solving and 21st century skills using the DEEPER scaffolding framework. Journal of College Science Teaching. Accepted.

*Risser, K. and C. Greenwood. 2014. Entomopathogenic nematode (EPN) prevalence and diversity across a state wide precipitation gradient in Oklahoma. Southwestern Entomologist. In review

*Jochim, M., C. Greenwood and K. Risser. 2014. Impacts of grazing (Cattle vs. Bison) and controlled burning on Entomopathogenic Nematode (EPN) prevalence in the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. Southwestern Entomologist. In preparation.

*Robideau, A., K. Risser and C. Greenwood. 2014. Prevalence of native entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) in organic versus conventional wheat and beef production systems in Oklahoma. Southwestern Entomologist. In review.

*Masloski, K. and C. Greenwood. 2013. First record of Myrmecophilus nebrascensis (Orthoptera: Myrmecophilidae) in Beaver Co., Oklahoma. Journal of Orthoptera Research. 22(1): 69-71.

*Booher, E., C. Greenwood and J. Hattey. 2012. Effects of Soil Amendments on Soil Microarthropods in Continuous Maize in Western Oklahoma. Southwestern Entomologist. Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 12-20.

*Jones, M. E., Antonenko, P. D., and C. Greenwood. 2012. The impact of collaborative and individualized Student Response System strategies on learner motivation, metacognition, and knowledge transfer. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. 28(3): 477-487.

*Dubie, T. and C. Greenwood, C. Godsey and M. Payton. 2011. Effects of tillage on soil microarthropods in winter wheat. Southwestern Entomologist. 36(1): 11-21.

*Ibrahim, M., Antonenko, P., Greenwood, C., and Wheeler, D. 2011. Effects of segmenting, signaling, and weeding on learning from educational video. Learning, Media, and Technology. 37(3): 220-235.

Greenwood, C., M. Barbercheck and C. Brownie. 2011. Short term response of soil microinvertebrates to application of entomopathogenic nematode-infected insects in two tillage systems. Pedobiologia. (54)(3): 177-186.
Greenwood, C.M. and E.G. Maurakis. 1998. Breeding Behaviors in Notropis alborus (Actinopterygii: Cyprinidae). VA Journal of Science 49 (3): 163 -172.


Research and Grants:

Extramural Competitive Grants: Funded
Kentucky Academy of Science. 2014 $11,600. Occurrence of mammalian prey and scavengers on potential re-introduction sites for Nicrophorus americanus at Land Between the Lakes NRA. T. Derting, C. Greenwood, P. Gagnon, H. Passmore, J. Hardin.

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation – 2014-2016. $89,936. Assessment of the density and spatial and temporal variation of the American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) in Oklahoma. Jan 2014- Dec 2016. B. Luttbeg, C. Greenwood, J. Hardin, K. Giles, S. McMurry.

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation – 2012-2015. $3,700,000 ($502,094 dedicated to Entomology portion of study with Dr. Greenwood as the PI of that section).Evaluation of Northern Bobwhite in Western Oklahoma. Aug 2011-July 2017. D. Leslie, C. Davis, D. Elmore, S. Fuhlendorf, F. Guthery, T. O’Connell, C. Greenwood.

XTO Energy Corp./U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sep 2012 – Dec 2015– . $1,130,000. Expanded methodologies for long term monitoring of American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus Americana) survival and characterization of habitat suitability following relocation in Oklahoma. C. Greenwood, K. Giles, J. Hardin, B. Luttbeg and S. McMurray.

USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) graduate student award – 2000-2002. $10,000. Short term response of microinvertebrates to application of entomopathogenic nematode infected insect cadavers. C. Greenwood and M. Barbercheck.

Competitive Student Research Awards: Funded
McNair undergraduate research scholarship. January, 2014. Characterization of cuticular hydrocarbons of Nicrophorus orbicollis and N. pustulatus in the context of solitary versus communal mating. Nick Blumenberg and Carmen Greenwood

National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellowship. March 2013 Impact of Diorhabda carinulata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), an introduced biological control agent of Tamarix spp. on arthropod forage taxa in arid grasslands. Sunny Evans, M.S. Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University.

Niblack undergraduate research scholarship. April, 2012. Conservation of native pollinators using indigenous wildflowers in riparian and wetland developments. Colby Gregg and Carmen Greenwood.

Niblack undergraduate research scholarship. April, 2011. Entomopathogenic nematode diversity of the Tallgrass prairie. Mackenzie Jochim and Carmen Greenwood.

Niblack undergraduate research scholarship. April, 2010. Naturally-occurring biological control of insect pests in organic wheat/beef systems. Alexandra Robideaux and Carmen Greenwood.
Wentz undergraduate research scholarship. April, 2010. Using soil mites as indicators of soil amendment efficacy. Evan Booher and Carmen Greenwood.

Johnston Award Scholarship – Ohio State University summer course in mite taxonomy. June, 2008. $500 scholarship awarded to M.S. student Trisha Dubie.


Early Childhood

Golden, Jennifer A.– Master Teacher at Effie Bennett-Powe Child Development Center

Maillard, Maureen A. – Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Elementary Education, Children

Weiss, Elise Nash – Best practices in Early Education; Classroom Management; Teaching Pedagogy; Observation; Reflective Practices

Wentworth, Gail E. – Early Childhood Curriculum & Assessment, Child Study/Observation, Early Literacy, Infant and Toddler Development, Family Engagement in EC Programs


Gail E. Wentworth

Department: Early Childhood & Psychology
Office Location: United States
Office Phone: 5474

Areas of Expertise: Early Childhood Curriculum & Assessment, Child Study/Observation, Early Literacy, Infant and Toddler Development, Family Engagement in EC Programs

Courses Taught:

  • ECHD 460/461 Early Childhood Internship
  • ECHD 452 Assessment & Evaluation in EC
  • ECHD 357 Literacy Development & Young Children
  • ECHD 351 Families as Partners in Early Childhood Programs
  • ECHD 175 Infant & Toddlers: Development and Programming

About Gail:

Dr. Gail Wentworth, Professor of Early Childhood, has been a faculty member at SUNY Cobleskill since 2003. She has worked in the Early Childhood field for almost 30 years as a college professor, department chair, preschool teacher and program director. She holds a Community Level Certificate from the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in Boston, MA. She developed Touchpoints-inspired college curriculum for Infant/Toddler and Families as Partners courses. Dr. Wentworth has a special interest in the humane treatment of animals and has developed early childhood curriculum about proper pet care and presented research results at local, state, national, and international professional venues. In January 2016 she lived and studied in a small rural village in Costa Rica where she earned a globally recognized Teacher of English as a Second Language (TESOL) certificate via the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont. Currently she is the Master teacher in the campus child development center and is embedding French language instruction into the preschool curriculum.

Dr. Wentworth has lived and worked abroad in Naples, Italy as a teacher at a Montessori School located on the NATO base; and in Switzerland where she was the Early Childhood Coordinator and preschool teacher for the International School of Geneva. She has also spent time in China, Morocco, Russia, Central America, and Mexico where she co-taught a COIL course with a professor at the University of Guadalajara, fall 2015. Her next international project is in the proposal stage and involves developing a self-sustaining model village in Haiti with a SUNY Cobleskill inter-disciplinary team. Stay tuned for more about the proposed Haiti project.

Elise Nash Weiss

eliseTitle: Lecturer
Department: Early Childhood and Psychology
Office Location: Holmes Hall
Office Phone: 518-255-5459

Additional Title: Practicum Supervisor; Early Childhood Club Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Best practices in Early Education; Classroom Management; Teaching Pedagogy; Observation; Reflective Practices

Courses Taught:

  • Positive Child Guidance
  • Math and Science for Young Children
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Practicum/ Field Experience
  • Foundations for College Success
  • Curriculum and Methods
  • Foundations of Modern Education

About Elise:

Elise N. Weiss has been a lecturer at SUNY Cobleskill since 2005. She has co-presented at the New York State National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference on “Best Practices for the Developing Teacher.” Elise has contributed to the New York State Early Learning Guidelines and has worked to incorporate SMART Board technology and STEM learning into the early childhood curriculum.

Elise is also the Early Childhood Association Faculty Advisor. She promotes leadership and community engagement with participants and provides opportunities each semester for college students to be immersed in the field of early education. From community service learning projects, hosting book fairs (promoting literacy), and countless volunteer opportunities to recognizing National Week of the Young Child each spring semester, Elise collaborates with the greater Cobleskill community and launches several events with the assistance of college students.

Elise was also an elementary school teacher for ten years before her teaching and learning came full circle at the college level. She takes pride in her ability to prepare college students for the profession. Elise has a M.S. in Reading and a B.S. in Elementary Education and is originally from Brooklyn, New York.


Corbett, Amy B. – Self-presentation, Justice, Aggression, Depression, College level assessment, Program development and assessment

Guerrant, Mary – Health and Community Psychology, issues of diversity (particularly LGBTQ+, immigrant, and racial/ethnic)

International & Cultural Studies

Descartes, Rene Michel – Anthropology, Archaeological Theory, Mesoamerica, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Early Agriculture

Jagendorf-Sobierajski, Susan Eileen –  internationalizing the curriculum, international student and scholar regulations, ESL, linguistic issues, Spanish, international academic program articulations, intercultural understanding and negotiations

Rivera, Salvador – Latin America, Economics, Politics, Cultural Integration, Cuban Military