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Environmental Interpretation

M.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.

environmental interpretation

Environmental interpretation sharpens the cutting edge of communication among scientists and various public sectors. Graduate study enables students to explore interpretation / conservation education processes through application to specific projects in the natural sciences and science education.

Students pursue career pathways in natural resource agencies, in nature centers, museums, aquaria, botanical gardens and especially in the science classroom. The environmental interpretation program incorporates a 15,000-acre reserve in the heart of the Adirondack Park and an associated Adirondack Interpretative Center with trail system. Internships and partnerships with a variety of conservation-based programs are vital to the program. Students develop their course of study from a large palette of graduate courses in Environmental and Forest Biology.

Participating Faculty

  • Melissa K. Fierke; mkfierke@esf.edu
    forest entomology, forest ecology, invasive forest pests, insect-tree interactions, tree defenses
  • Elizabeth Folta; efolta@esf.edu
    natural history & interpretation, informal biology education, environmental education.
  • Donald J. Leopold; djleopold@esf.edu
    forest and freshwater wetland ecology, conservation, and restoration, peatland ecology and conservation, local and regional controls of species richness and rarity, dynamics of plant communities as affected by man and environment, management for unique communities and rare species, dendrology, native plants, restoration ecology, rare species conservation
  • Gregory McGee; ggmcgee@esf.edu
    ecology, management and restoration of forest ecosystems; STEM education
  • Rebecca Rundell; rundell@esf.edu
    evolutionary biology, conservation biology, speciation, adaptive and nonadaptive radiations, biogeography, phylogenetics, systematics, Pacific island radiations and biodiversity conservation, land snails, marine/aquatic microscopic invertebrates
  • Stephen A. Teale; sateale@esf.edu
    forest entomology, insect behavior, pheromones of forest insects, insect ecology, pest management, chemical ecology, evolution of pheromone communications
  • Alexander Weir; alexw@esf.edu
    conservation mycology, fungal biodiversity and conservation, fungal-arthropod interactions, biology of parasites and symbionts, systematics and evolutionary biology of fungi, fungi and humans, biology of parasites and symbionts

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Current Graduate Students in Environmental Interpretation


Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Wendy Burgess

waburges@syr.edu
EFB Environmental Interpretation
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kuehn


Tiffany Deater

tldeater@syr.edu
Environmental Interpretation
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Weir and Turner


Thomas Mackey

tjmackey@syr.edu
Environmental Interpretation
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Folta
Undergraduate Institute: Colgate University

Previous Graduate Study: Boston College (Secondary Biology In)

Graduate Research Interests
My interests lie at the intersection of environmental justice and environmental knowledge. My research will focus on the relationship between race and modern American colonialism in urban, rural, and wilderness contexts.



Jason Martin

jmmar101@syr.edu
Environmental Interpretation
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Folta


Jacqueline McCabe

Jacqueline McCabe

jmmccabe@syr.edu
Environmental Interpretation
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Folta

Graduate Research Topic
New York State Parks and Augmented Reality: Exploring the relationship between visitor learning and sense of stewardship through augmented reality games at Green Lakes State Park and Clark Reservation State Park.



Brianna Rosamilia

Brianna Rosamilia

brosamil@syr.edu
Environmental Interpretation
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Folta
Undergraduate Institute: Marist College (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
My research topic focuses on identifying and measuring participant and organizer perceptions of Bioblitz events. My research project could help organizers design their events to better meet their goals and their participantsí goals while reaching a broader audience, thereby creating more opportunities to increase environmental literacy.



Morgan Smith

mlsmi100@syr.edu
Environmental Interpretation
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Folta
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Fredonia (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
I am investigating the visitor experience at Beaver Lake Nature Center through surveys and focus groups. The data collection is scheduled to be completed in November '15. Specific areas of the experience that I am looking into include on-site activities, motivation for visitation, seasonal and temporal variation, program attendance, and interactions with others. The purpose of the study is to help Beaver Lake Nature Center have a better understanding of their who their audience is and how their experiences are shaped.



Sara Velardi

Sara Velardi

shvelard@syr.edu
EFB Environmental Interpretation
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Selfa



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