Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Plant and Animal Science
Office Location: Hodder Hall 119
Office Phone: 518-255-5648
Office Hours: Mon & Wed 10-12 Fri 11-1
Areas of Expertise: Landscape Design, Landscape Estimating, Sustainable Sites, Ecological Design, Landscape Maintenance & Construction, Storm Water Management, Designed & Sustainable Agriculture, Permaculture
Additional Title: LEED AP
Courses Taught: ORHT 122- Environmental Design, ORHT 160- Landscape Contracts, ORHT 161- Landscape Graphics, ORHT 233- Environmental Design 2, ORHT 317- Wildflowers, ORHT 325- Environmental Designs 3, ORHT 360- Advance Landscape Contracts, ORHT 433- Landscape Firm Management
About Tim: Tim Marten is an Assistant Professor in the Plant and Animal Science Department at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill and teaches and advises in the Landscape Contracting and Landscape Development Degree programs. The Landscape degree paths allows Tim to work with both Bachelor and Associate level students as they pursue industry driven and partnered degrees. The Bachelors in Landscape Contracting at SUNY Cobleskill is one of nine programs in the United States that is PLANET Accredited. Tim presently teaches six courses with topics that include landscape/environmental design, contracting, design visualization, estimating and pricing.
Tim completed his Bachelors and Masters of Landscape Architecture as well as a Masters of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Tim has combined his education with over 10 years in the landscape and nursery industry in a variety of responsibilities and positions including design, sales, account and crew management at companies including sole proprietorships and large companies such as the Brickman Group. A wide-ranging set range of experiences has also allowed Tim to work in different regional markets including the Upper Midwest, Southeast and New England.
Tim’s teaching objectives focus on developing students into professionals within the Green Industry or preparing them for transfer into Landscape Architecture programs. Students gain an equal focus on business operations, design, hands on skills and the liberal arts though class room, laboratory, studio or field experiences. As a Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) accredited professional, Tim incorporates sustainable sites, green management and ecological design into his lessons. Tim also works with the international transfer programs at SUNY Cobleskill and instructs at the Shanghai Urban Management College in china as part of his current responsibilities.
As a researcher Tim has an interest in sustainable and productive landscape design paradigms such as Permaculture, Ecological Restoration and Agroecology. Tim has completed a certification in Permaculture from the Permaculture Institute as part of a research fellowship. Tim worked with a small group of researchers at the University of Illinois to develop and publish the Illinois Farm Sustainability Calculator (IFSC) as part of a Dudley Smith Initiative Grant. The IFSC calculator is an open source ecological model measuring carbon and energy flows in agricultural systems. IFSC was also developed as a design tool and was used as part of modeling and developing sustainable research farm models at the University of Illinois.