Faculty & Staff

Email is the best mode of contact for faculty and staff; phone calls can be directed to 607-547-8778. Voicemail inboxes for individual phone extensions may not be accessed regularly.

Photo of Bill Harman, BFS Director.

Willard N. Harman, CLM

(607) 547-6218

Distinguished Service Professor of Biology Rufus J. Thayer Chair for Otsego Lake Research Director, Biological Field Station

Responsible for BFS research, teaching, management, & resources.

Florian Reyda

Florian Reyda

Professor of Biology
Parasitology of Fish, Invertebrate Zoology

ext. 352

See Florian's faculty web page

Kiyoko Yokota

Kiyoko Yokota, CLM

Associate Professor of Biology
Limnology, Phytoplankton Ecology


See Kiyoko's faculty web page

Dan Stich

Dan Stich, CLM

Assistant Professor of Biology
Fisheries management & decision making; fish population demographics; lake, pond and reservoir management


See Dan's faculty web page

On-Site Staff
Matthew F. Albright, CLM

Matthew F. Albright, CLM

Assistant to the Director, BFS
Responsible for limnological monitoring of Otsego Lake & watershed. Supervisor of laboratories & interns

ext. 331

Nancy Devins

BFS Administrator; Field Trips Coordinator
Intern administration; Accounts; Coordinates Field Trips

ext. 332

Holly Waterfield, CLM

Holly Waterfield, CLM

Research Support Specialist
Lake monitoring efforts; monitoring advanced wastewater treatment systems; water chemistry analysis; hydroacoustic surveys.

ext. 333

John Knapp

Maintenance Operations

ext. 400

Ed Irwin

Maintenance Operations
General Mechanic, Cooperstown Campus


Faculty involved in Research and Teaching
Donna Vogler

Donna Vogler

Professor of Biology
Plant Ecology, Conservation Biology

Phone: 436-3705

Jeff Heilveil 

Jeff Heilveil

Professor of Biology, Biology Department Chair
Population genetics of aquatic invertebrates

Phone: 436-3162

Leslie Hasbargen

Leslie Hasbargen

Associate Professor, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Geomorphology, Fluvial Geology

Phone: 436-2741


Earle Peterson

Greenwoods Administrator; BFS Volunteer
Head of Peterson Family Conservation Trust; Greenwoods benefactor


BFS facilities and properties remain closed to the public at this time.


Main Laboratory
5838 State Hwy 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607-547-8778
Fax: 607-547-5114

Lakeside Farm &
Upland Interpretive Center
7027 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY
(physical address)

Thayer Boathouse
7016 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY

Rum Hill
Thurston Hill Rd.
Springfield, NY

Goodyear Swamp Sanctuary
7290 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY

Greenwoods Conservancy
824 Zachow Rd.
Hartwick, NY 13348

Upper Research Site
Averill Rd.
Cooperstown, NY

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