LGA Welcomes Elyce Buell as Water Quality Research Manager

July 10, 2024

LAKE GEORGE — The Lake George Association has appointed Elyce Buell, Ph.D., as its new Water Quality Research Manager, a science-to-solutions–based position focused on understanding of the various threats to Lake George water quality. 

In her new role, Elyce will work on existing and new research projects for the LGA. This will involve establishing instrumentation to collect data in specific watersheds in the Lake George basin, analyzing the data, and communicating the findings to municipalities and the public.  

Elyce Buell

Elyce Buell, LGA Water Quality Research Manager

“I want to share more of our science with the community, giving the ‘why’ and well as the ‘what.’” said Elyce, who grew up on Skaneateles Lake in western New York. “We exist in a world where everything and anything is going on, so we need good data sets and focused analysis to communicate a strong message.”

Elyce earned her Ph.D. in biological systems engineering, with an emphasis in nutrient management, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2022 and a B.S. in biological and environmental engineering from Cornell University in 2015. She has worked as an invasive species monitoring steward in Skaneateles and as a wastewater engineer at GHD, Inc. in Cazenovia, NY.  

After completing her doctorate, she went to Colorado with her fiancé Darby Houghton and their dog Stella, but the opportunity to make a positive impact at Lake George was all they needed to move back east.

“Water has been a big part of my life growing up on Skaneateles Lake — boating, rowing, being out on the water before sunrise. My identity is tied to water. Being able to do good in the world in this specific study area that is so near to my heart compounds the good I feel and the good I want to do in the world,” said Elyce.

“We’re thrilled to have Elyce join our team,” said Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky. “She is a highly qualified scientist with a passion for research and education. She’s already hit the ground running, in the field and the lab. I expect she will bring both discipline and fresh perspective to our research projects, including preparation of the final report for our recently completed four-year Algae Monitoring Program. Elyce will also serve a key collaborator with The Jefferson Project.”

Outside of her work, Elyce is an avid rower — she was head crew coach at Virginia Polytechnic — and a dedicated hiker. She is an Appalachian Trail and Colorado Trail Thru Hiker, and has only four peaks left to climb to become an Adirondack 46er.