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Environmental and Community Land Planning

GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Douglas Johnston

Environmental and community land planning is concerned with orderly, efficient, equitable and aesthetic development of land with special concern for (1) the state of the natural environment, (2) the physical character of communities, and (3) decision making at state, county and local levels of government.

Planning balances competing demands on land and environment brought about by expanding urban and rural development, and enhancing viable natural and cultural resources is an important planning perspective. Another perspective involves the guiding of private and public development processes within a pluralistic political environment in order to promote sustainable communities while at the same time respecting fiscal, environmental and legal constraints.

The program is designed for students with social science, natural science, engineering, or design backgrounds who are interested in an interdisciplinary and integrative program. Some students have majors in interdisciplinary programs in urban studies or environmental studies. Students develop an understanding and knowledge of development processes, natural systems and governmental planning and regulation. They develop a capacity to analyze environmental and community land planning problems and to form imaginative solutions. Skills obtained include preparation of land and environmental databases, plans, policies and implementation programs.

ECLP Faculty

Name and Interests

Address / Email

Bryant, M. Margaret
land planning
333 Marshall Hall
mbryant@esf.edu
Carter Jr, Emanuel J.
city planning, urban design, rural design, design history and theory
312 Marshall Hall
ejcarter@esf.edu
Diemont, Stewart
systems ecology, ecological engineering, traditional ecological knowledge, Latin America, ecosystem restoration, sustainability analysis, natural wastewater treatment systems and re-use, less-developed countries, agroecology
460 Illick Hall
sdiemont@esf.edu
Dölle, Klaus
pulp & paper and related environmental topics, design, constructed wetlands,subsurface bioreactors, fossil energy, bioenergy, hydropower, water and waste water treatment, paper recycling, paper development, filler materials, energy savings, renewable energy & processes, engineering, machine & process design.
421 Walters Hall
kdoelle@esf.edu
Farrell, Shannon
Wildlife ecology, wildlife-habitat relationships, management planning for endangered and threatened species, human impacts on wildlife, ecosystem services, endangered species act policy innovations, birds, bats
134 Illick Hall
sfarrell@esf.edu
Johnston, Douglas M.
Environmental planning, land use, water resources planning and management, spatial analysis, political economy, ecological design and planning.
331 Marshall Hall
dmjohnst@esf.edu
Moran, Sharon D.
environmental policy, human dimensions of water/wastewater issues, political ecology, environment-society relations, green and innovative technologies, environmental issues in post-communist countries, qualitative research methods, gender and nature, sustainability indicators, emergent technologies, environmental justice, ethical frameworks in public policy
220 Marshall Hall
smoran@esf.edu
Potteiger, Matthew R.
community design and food systems
306 Marshall Hall
mpotteig@syr.edu
Selfa, Theresa
environmental sociology, sociology of food and agriculture, environmental governance, qualitative and mixed methods, social impacts of land use change, bioenergy, water policy and politics, social dimensions of payments for ecosystems services
219 Marshall Hall
tselfa@esf.edu
Sonnenfeld, David A.
sociology of environment and natural resources; comparative environmental politics; development and sustainability; social studies of science and technology; East and Southeast Asia; field, historical and mixed research methods
211B Marshall Hall
dsonn@esf.edu
Toland, Timothy R.
Applications of green infrastructure in the urban environment, sustainable design, stormwater design, planting design, native plant communities, soils in design
313 Marshall Hall
trtoland@esf.edu
Vidon, Elizabeth S.
environmental ethics and values; environmental thought and ontologies; ideology and “environmentality”; socio-cultural sustainability and land-use policy; political ecology; wilderness, representation, and environmental perception; environmental values and implications for stakeholder communication and collaboration
108B Marshall Hall
esvidon@esf.edu

Current Graduate Students in Environmental and Community Land Planning


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

Waleed Alsadoon

waalsado@syr.edu
Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hussein


Melyssa Banks

mcbanks@syr.edu
Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Johnston


Kristy Barhite

kbarhite@syr.edu
Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Bryant

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY College Envrnmntl Sci Frstry (Landscape Architectu)



Monica Blaisdell

mblaisde@syr.edu
Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Toland


Youngeun Choi

ychoi105@syr.edu
Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Johnston


Kaira Fuentes

Kaira Fuentes

ktfuente@syr.edu
Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld and Smardon
Undergraduate Institute: University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras* (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (Environmental and Social Planning)

Doctoral Research Topic
The Ramsar Convention as a Mechanism for Mangrove Conservation and Management in the Caribbean

Areas of Competency
Collaborative planning; International environmental policy; Coastal zone management; Caribbean studies



Corinne Healey

cjhealey@syr.edu
Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Johnston


Yuh-Chin Hwang

yuhwang@syr.edu
Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Moran

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY Binghamton (Geography )

About
Yuh-Chin (Yulanda) Hwang (ABD) is a doctoral candidate in GPES.  Her PhD research focuses on how museums present the environmental knowledge that is held by indigenous people, and the use of interactive and outdoor approaches to their interpretive work.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the National University in Taiwan, and a master’s degree in geography from SUNY – Binghamton.



Jay Lambrix

jrlambri@syr.edu
Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
Undergraduate Institute: Suny College Brockport (Spanish & Internatio)

Areas of Interest
Sustainability; Alternative transportation; Food systems; Renewable energy



Isaias Martinez

imarti01@syr.edu
Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont
Undergraduate Institute: Universidad Autonoma Chapingo


Shruti Mokashi

samokash@syr.edu
Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont


Young Min Oh

Young Min Oh

yoh100@syr.edu
Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
Undergraduate Institute: Yonsei Univ

Previous Graduate Study: Seoul National University (Public Policy)

Doctoral Research Topic
Multinational Boundary Organizations between Science and Politics: Joint Scientific Research Programs on Transboundary Air Pollution among South Korea, China, and Japan

Areas of Competency
International environmental policy; Science policy; Social theory of the environment; Policy analysis



Emily Walters

elmart01@syr.edu
Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Johnston


Yi Wang

ywang300@syr.edu
Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant


Yian-Kim Zhang

kdzhang@syr.edu
ESC Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: MLA
Advisor(s): Carter



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