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Cary Institute Residency Personal Statement

Linking population and community-level questions with ecosystem-level studies unifies Institute research efforts. Staff interests include biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, nutrient cycling, behavioral ecology, physiological ecology, and vegetation dynamics. A number of research programs, such as forest response to multiple stressors and the effects of mammals on forest dynamics, are collaborative in nature. Long-term studies include the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study, Hudson River research, and the Buell-Small study of old-field succession.

Our graduate students may attend one of several universities through formal and informal arrangements. Students generally take courses on campus during their first year and conduct research at various field sites in subsequent years. Recent graduate students have received doctoral degrees from the University of Connecticut, Cornell University, Syracuse University and Rutgers University.

Our scientists have also collaborated with students from Fordham University; SUNY-Albany, Bard College; Boston University; SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, Syracuse University; University of New Hampshire; Imperial College in Britain; Ben Gurion University in Israel; and the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile.

Research Facilities

The 3,077 square meter (33,000 square foot) Plant Science Building and Gene E. Likens Laboratory house state-of-the-art laboratories for the analysis of organic and inorganic materials. An 8000-volume scientific reference library offers 250 journals and access to the Bibliographic Research Service (BRS) database. An auditorium with modern telecommunications capability seats 150 for conferences, seminars, and lectures. Computer facilities, an herbarium, a darkroom, and graphics and drafting facilities are available.

Facilities located elsewhere on the campus offer additional support for ecological studies. A field laboratory provides space for live animal observation and sample analysis. Stream flow, temperature and water chemistry are measured by in situ instrumentation, and a Class A Weather Station and an air pollution monitoring station provide air quality data.

Financial Support

Our scientists and university faculty obtain financial aid for students from a variety of sources. Students on a university campus are generally supported by teaching or research assistantships or fellowships. Students are usually supported by research grants while in residence here.

The Area

The Village of Millbrook, approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the campus, and the Town of Poughkeepsie, approximately 21 kilometers (13 miles) to the west, provide places to shop and enjoy local activities. Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y. is less than an hour's drive from Millbrook. There is Metro North train service between Poughkeepsie and New York City and Wassaic/Dover Plains and New York, and Amtrak service between Poughkeepsie and points north and south. The campus is within 2 hour's driving time of Berkshire and Catskill Mountain recreation areas.

For further information, please send a letter of introduction and resume to:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Millbrook, NY 12545

The Carey Institute for Global Good is an independent American nonprofit organization whose mission is to make a "better world by contributing to a strong, educated and just society."[1] Through its programs in nonfiction, sustainable communities, arts and music, and education, the Institute strives to bring together innovative and dynamic people from around the world to seek creative solutions to the most pressing challenges of the day.[2]

The Institute is located on a 100-acre estate in Rensselaerville, NY. The estate has a long history of social engagement and continues to host meetings, conferences and events. Businessman William P. Carey bought the estate in 2012 and founded the Carey Institute for Global Good.[3]


The Carey Institute offers a Nonfiction Residency for longform reporters working in all media, including print, audio, video, digital and/or a mix of these. Residents receive lodging, work space, meals and mentorship on the Institute’s estate. The Residency was founded on the belief that an informed, educated and engaged citizenry is essential to the functioning of democratic society. The Institute’s Nonfiction Residency supports this by advancing excellent long form reporting, supporting deeply reported nonfiction about the most pressing issues of the day—and then helping to disseminate it on a variety of media platforms to the widest possible audience. The program is directed by National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winning author Tim Weiner.[4]

The Sustainable Communities Program supports the development of community-scale policy, practice and leadership innovations that address global climate change resiliency and sustainability goals while enhancing the health of local economic, social and ecological systems. The Initiative consists of the Community Partnership Program, the Helderberg Brewery & Incubator and the Hill & Mountain Farming Project.[5]

The Institute’s Education program aims to improve education performance such that all students graduate from K-12 college and career ready and better prepared to succeed, by providing a safe and inspiring environment where educators, policy makers students and other stakeholders can come together to learn, connect, collaborate and share. The Institute improves the quality, quantity and retention of teachers by creating and providing high quality professional development opportunities for teachers.[citation needed]

The Carey Institute’s Art and Music Initiative provides an ideal residential setting where groups of artists, musicians and performers can come together to learn, connect, collaborate and share. The Institute brings together artists from all over the world to participate in immersive, highly productive, creative residencies, including at the High Peaks Music Festival co-organized by cellist Yehuda Hanani.[6]


The roots of the Carey Institute go back to 1924 when Laura Talmage Huyck convened “Country Forums on Human Relations” at her home as a reaction to the carnage of World War I. The forums aimed to promote global understanding that would lead to peaceful resolutions of differences. Participants came from many countries to discuss how to achieve world peace and mutual understanding.[7]

In 1963, The Institute on Man and Science was founded, re-establishing these fora to promote world peace. The campus in Rensselaerville would later hold meetings of international diplomats convened by UN Secretary General U Thant.[citation needed]

When William P. Carey purchased the campus in 2012, his dream was to re-establish the original spirit of dynamic inquiry to empower people to make informed decisions that can create meaningful change in the world.[8]


The Institute is located on a 100-acre estate in Rensselaerville, NY. The estate overlooks Lake Myositis and includes five residences and a gourmet restaurant. The Institute hosts meetings, conferences and weddings.[9]


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