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Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

(Ph.D. only)
GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker

This Ph.D. study area addresses the communicative dynamics of behaviors, attitudes, values, perceptions, and ideologies. It includes decision making, public policy, public participation, campaign development, organizational effectiveness, conflict prevention and resolution, and risk communication which all hinge on the ability of participants to communicate and use information effectively, strategically, and ethically.

GPES students within this option will be prepared to enter diverse arenas of academia, industry, non-government organizations, and government structures well equipped to facilitate and/or participate in interactions among individual citizens, non-government organizations, publics, agencies, bureaucracies, scientists, and others. They will have the skills and knowledge that will allow them to choose appropriate process structures and strategies to reach objectives.

  • Faculty members Laura Rickard and Andrea Feldpausch-Parker, along with MS student Katie Batill, traveled to Uppsala, Sweden to the biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment (COCE). Dr. Feldpausch-Parker and Ms. Batill presented on their research examining media portrayals of hydraulic fracturing, while Dr. Rickard presented on a project exploring National Park Service employees' perceptions of risk in national parks.

  • In the graduate class titled Environmental Health Policy, Prof. Sharon Moran and MS student, Paul Esposito, explore the communication dimensions of microplastics from hygiene products in wastewater and their impact on aquatic ecosystems. Their project examines media framing of the issue, specifically what narratives have been invoked in making this phenomenon coherent to the general public as well as policy makers.

ECPP Faculty

Name and Interests

Address / Email

Folta, Elizabeth
natural history & interpretation, informal biology education, environmental education.
356 Illick Hall
efolta@esf.edu
Kuehn, Diane M.
human dimensions of leisure and outdoor recreation, ecotourism and nature tourism, recreation management and research
310A Bray Hall
dmkuehn@esf.edu
Luzadis, Valerie A.
ecological economics, social-ecological systems, ecosystem services, social dimensions of forest and natural resources management, natural resources and environmental policy and values, sustainable development, participatory decision-making
206 Bray Hall
vluzadis@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
Feldpausch-Parker, Andrea M.
environmental, science and technology communication; wildlife conservation; climate change discourse and decision-making; environmental advocacy; environmental and natural resources conflict management; qualitative, critical and program evaluation methods; public participation; energy discourse and decision-making
108A Marshall Hall
amparker@esf.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
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 Communication and Participatory Processes


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

Rebecca Goodman

Rebecca Goodman

rgoodm01@syr.edu
Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker


Courtney Johnson-Woods

cajohn13@syr.edu
Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker


Sean Vormwald

Sean Vormwald

spvormwa@syr.edu
Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker

Previous Graduate Study: Ithaca College (Communications — Oth)

Biography
Sean Vormwald is the director of sustainability at Onondaga Community College (OCC) where he works with campus stakeholders to implement sustainability-related programs throughout OCC. His role includes integrating sustainability into campus operations, encouraging sustainability-related curriculum development, and coordinating educational outreach programs. Prior to his position at OCC, Sean provided sustainability consulting services for municipal, non-profit, and business clients through his company, Sustainable Transitions Inc. He has also worked for several non-profit organizations where he managed environmentally-focused public outreach campaigns. Sean is currently a PhD student at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry studying environmental communication. He earned a master's degree in communications and a bachelor's degree in environmental studies at Ithaca College.

Graduate Research Topic
Energy-related behavior change on college campuses




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