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Melanie Rie PhD

Melanie Rie, PhD

Melanie Rie, PhD

Founding Dean, School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Assistant Professor, Biology

Academic I, Room 1206


Melanie Rie, PhD, joined the College as an adjunct in 2002 and became full-time in 2007. She has taught all areas of biology. With more than 15 years of research in environmental toxicology, Dr. Rie co-developed the first Environmental Science degree available in Rockland County. She also developed a new course in General Ecology and an interdisciplinary environmental presentation for all anatomy and physiology courses.  She was appointed Co-Chair of Science in 2016.

Dr. Rie is a committed environmental scientist and educator. She offers public lectures about the effects of contamination on wildlife and human health, and has been interviewed by CBS News about elevated rates of thyroid cancer in Rockland.

Dr. Rie received a post-doctoral Research Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to assess the effects of hormones on cancer markers in the male reproductive system.


  • BA Biology, Boston University, 1994
  • PhD Biology, Boston University, 2000


  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2013
  • National Institutes of Health post-doctoral research fellowship, 2000-2001
  • Alden Macchi Award for Excellence in Endocrinology and Reproductive Biology, 1998
  • Graduate research fellowship, Superfund Basic Research Center, Boston University, 1995-2000

Professional Accomplishments (Selected)

  • Past Chair, Science Department
  • Coordinator, Science and Biology, 2012
  • Co-advisor, student Environmental Club
  • Co-author, Periodic Review Report for Middle States Commission of Higher Education
  • Member, 10 college committees (past or present)
  • Reviewer for several peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Assisted with preparation and organization of Empire State Association of Two-Year College Biologists conference at RCC, 2006


  • Has co-authored 14 publications and abstracts in peer-reviewed scientific journals


  • Public lectures on environmental health issues, including Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) workshops and Science Lecture Series talks at RCC