The Darrin Freshwater Institute represents one of the region’s preeminent field stations. Situated right on the shore of beautiful Lake George, our facilities support innovative research, priceless long-term monitoring, and a beautiful location to convene researchers, students and classes, and outside organizations. Researchers at the Darrin Freshwater Institute work on a very wide range of topics related to environmental issues and applications. This work ranges from foundational advances in science and engineering—with a goal of better understanding the natural world—to very practical applications to help solve real-world challenges. The Darrin Freshwater Institute takes a holistic and integrated approach by involving researchers from across the entire Rensselaer campus, including departments in Biological Sciences, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Computer Science, Science & Technology Studies, Cognitive Science, Electrical, Computer & Systems Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, the Arts, and the School of Architecture. We also welcome outside field station users and are set up to support a wide variety of projects and initiatives. This collaborative and inclusive approach makes the research conducted here transformative, impactful, and relevant. It also allows our researchers to attract a diversity of funding sources, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and industry. We welcome you to visit our facilities to learn more!
Associate Professor and Frederic R. Kolleck ’52 Career Development Chair in Freshwater Ecology
Acting Director, The Darrin Freshwater Institute and The Jefferson Project