Niamh O' Leary

Professor of Environmental Science

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Niamh O' Leary

"The field of environmental science allows me to put my passion for environmental issues to work. Students interested in the relationship between humans and the environment can really make a difference in the world. The field is diverse and dynamic, and career opportunities abound in meaningful jobs that help the planet as well as its people."

Professor O' Leary is interested in environmental issues, natural ecosystems, and the interactions between the human race and the natural environment. Her major interests include sustainable agriculture, water quality, and watershed pollution.


1990 B.S. University College of Cork, Ireland
1995 Ph.D. Cornell University

Select Publications

O' Leary, N., Vitello, S. C., and S. K. Anderson. 2012. Charting a New Energy Future in Caroline, N.Y.: Planning and Evaluating a Public Participation Process. Poster presentation at the 39th Annual Fall Scientific Poster Session, Rochester Academy of Science, Rochester, N.Y., November 2012.

O' Leary, N, Erickson, B. Schnurr, J., and Herzig, A., 2010. "The Impact of Adjacent Land Use on Soil Nitrate Levels, Deer Population and Herbivory Rates at Two Forested Sites in Cayuga County. NY Poster presentation at the 6th Annual Finger Lakes Research Conference, Geneva, NY, December 2010.

"Footprints by the Lake." An article on carbon footprints in Network News, the newsletter of the Cayuaga Lake Watershed Network. Summer 2010.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Environmental Impact Assessment