Skip Navigation


Laura Lawson head shot.

Laura Lawson
Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources


The Office of the Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources sets the strategic direction and vision for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. It leads efforts to advance the mission and vision of both units, while playing an integral role within Rutgers University leadership. Leadership areas within the Office of the Executive Dean include Academic Personnel, Alumni and Community Engagement, Communications and Marketing, Financial and Business Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships, and Planning and Budgets.

Thomas Leustek head shot.

Thomas Leustek
Dean of Academic Programs

Office of Academic Programs


The Office of Academic Programs encompasses all undergraduate and graduate academic programs and activity at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences which includes course and curriculum oversight, faculty forums, student advising, registration, admissions, recruitment, degree certifications, academic success initiatives, and oversight of all budget matters as it relates to teaching.

Educational Opportunity Fund


SEBS Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) prepares its students to solve some of the more challenging societal problems. Focused on access, academic excellence, and research, SEBS EOF cultivates student capacity to make adaptive changes in their educational development and overcome historic socioeconomic factors that challenge their potential for success. SEBS EOF seeks to provide services that assist students in navigating the complexities of an academic and social climate, within a global environment; and, facilitate an understanding of what is required to succeed in college as a science major.

Honors Programs


Entering students are recruited from high school to participate in this four year program. The General Honors Program consists of first-term honors courses, honors seminars in the spring term of the first and second years, and graduated research projects beginning in the second term or year and typically culminating in a George H. Cook Scholars project senior year.

Hutcheson Memorial Forest Center


The Hutcheson Memorial Forest is a unique area consisting of one of the last uncut forests in the Mid-Atlantic states, along with the surrounding lands devoted to protection of the old forest and research into ecological interactions necessary to understand the forest. The tract is administered and protected by Rutgers University. It consists of the 26 ha Mettler's Woods, the primeval, mixed oak forest, which is one of the last uncut stands of this sort of forest in the United States. It is apparently the only uncut upland forest in New Jersey, and appears on the National Park Service Register of Natural Landmarks.

Rutgers Ecological Preserve


The Rutgers Ecological Preserve and Natural Teaching Area is a 360-acre wooded preserve located between Busch and Livingston Campus in Piscataway NJ.

Rutgers Gardens


The Rutgers Gardens is a world of flowering trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials that is located right in the heart of New Jersey on the George H. Cook Campus at Rutgers University. Encompassing more than 50 acres, the gardens offer plants, events, and opportunities for all.

Student to Professional Internship Network (SPIN)


The Student to Professional Internship Network affords students the opportunity to gain experience related to their course of study or career interests while earning academic credits to fulfill their SEBS experience-based education requirement. Credits are earned through the completion of academic assignments while the student is engaged in part-time or full-time work experience within business, industry, government or non-profit organizations.

Megan Francis headshot.

Megan Francis
Director, Global Engagement

Office of Global Engagement


Many of our faculty have extensive and longstanding collaborations with international partners. These partnerships have provided new avenues for research and scholarship. A recent survey shows that our faculty are engaged in research activities that circle the globe—from the Arctic tundra to the tip of Cape Horn. Opportunities to engage in international activities are steadily increasing for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. Through this office we hope to enhance and facilitate these opportunities for our community.