Adirondack Research is an independent research firm focused on social and environmental issues. With a diverse team of experts and partners, we specialize in creating customized solutions driven by science.
We use science to inform decisions.
We conduct process-based research focused on social science, climate change, and invasive species. Our passion is research, and we tailor each project to the specific needs of our clients, helping people make informed decisions when they matter.
Advising on Invasive Species in New York State
Invasive plants and animals pose a risk to ecosystem and human health, and often cause economic harm as well. Adirondack Research has conducted assessments of non-native plants for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to inform official lists of invasive species. Our detailed assessments support state regulations for the sale and transport of invasive species in order to best protect native ecosystems.
Our work defending against invasive species extends into the field, where we have partnered with the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program to develop the best monitoring and analysis techniques to assess invasive species management strategies at historic common reed and Japanese knotweed treatment sites in the Adirondack Park.
Solving Social Challenges
Adirondack Research is dedicated to supporting science-backed solutions to social problems large and small. Partnering with the Adirondack Foundation, we assessed the opportunities for education support of children between birth and age three (BT3) in northern New York State.
We used standardized assessment protocol followed by a program analysis to analyze BT3 programs, their effectiveness, shortcomings, and areas of potential improvement. Through our recommendations for system enhancements and publications, we are supporting the effectiveness and visibility of the strong network of service providers in the north country to support the success of our youngest community members.
We communicate science to influence policy.
The results of our studies are delivered to policy-makers and the public through accessible reports and engaging graphics, peer-reviewed publications, public awareness campaigns, citizen science and environmental advocacy.
Guiding New York State’s Classification of Boreas Ponds
The Boreas Ponds Tract—over 20,000 acres of pristine wetlands, forests and mountains adjacent to the Adirondack high peaks—is now open to the public for the first time in more than a century, thanks to the state’s purchase of the tract. Adirondack Research developed and performed a scientific assessment of the ecological, physical, and intangible attributes of Boreas Ponds, from examining the risk of soil erosion on potential trails to mapping out large mammal travel corridors.
Our comprehensive, transparent evaluation will help New York State officials determine the best land classification for the Boreas Ponds tract, with a focus on the land’s ecological integrity, wild character, and ability to support public recreation. Learn more about this project and read our final report here.
Calculating the Hidden Costs of Road Salt
We know that road salt causes corrosion to our vehicles, bridges, and more—but we don’t know to what extent. In partnership with ADK Action, Adirondack Research is investigating the cost burden of road salt use to residents and taxpayers across New York State.
By analyzing publicly available information on bridge assessment scores, personal vehicle resale values, county economics, and other factors, we are developing a clearer picture of the true cost of road salt. This information can then be shared in peer-reviewed publications, petition drives, and media delivery to create a better public understanding of these costs and inform future policy measures.
Featured Projects Portfolio
Our clients include nonprofits, universities, government agencies, owners’ associations, and individuals. Hear some of what they have to say:
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At Adirondack Research, our approach is based on science and proven research methodology. Our team of experts and partners cover a broad range of abilities, from ecological research and GIS mapping to communication and graphic design—and much more.
We are located in Saranac Lake, a small town in the center of the Adirondack Mountains. Saranac Lake is also home to other environment-related state agencies and not for profits including Wildlife Conservation Society, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Association, and Adirondack North Country Association. We are a short drive from Adirondack Foundation in Lake Placid, The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter in Keene Valley, and Adirondack Council‘s offices in Elizabethtown. We are three hours from Albany.