Jim makinster, Ph.D.
Executive Director and
summer Director

This summer will be my 18th year participating in the program and my 13th year as Director. My teaching reflects my interests in science education, environmental issues, geospatial technology, the National Parks and science teacher professional development.

One thing I’ve come to appreciate during my time at the Colleges is the power of a single experience. A student’s life can be transformed by studying abroad, an internship, a specific class, an honors project, an apprenticeship, or a mentor. ESSYI has precisely this effect on our students. They leave as different people. They see themselves differently. They see the world differently. They become empowered in terms of their day-to-day lives, their academic goals, and what they can imagine as potential careers. I hope you join us!

Professor MaKinster’s Website

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Beth Kinne, Ph.D.
Adirondacks Director

I have a background in natural resource management, municipal law, and water rights law in China and the United States. As a faculty member in the Environmental Studies program at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, I teach interdisciplinary courses in environmental law, natural resource law, and global water issues. My current research interests include changes in water resource law in eastern U.S. states and drivers of municipal collaborations in water resource management decision-making processes.

I regularly teach first-year students in a living and learning community at HWS, and I have been involved with ESSYI for several years, leading sessions on environmental law and climate change law. I am excited to direct the Adirondack portion of the program and be a part of the intensive, life-changing learning experience the ESSYI program offers.


Kirsten Burrall
Program Manager

I manage the administrative and logistical aspects of ESSYI, including the office. My interests include my work as an artist, the outdoors and travel. If you have any questions about the program, please give me a call.