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Environmental Monitoring and Modeling

GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Charles Kroll

This study area focuses on multidisciplinary approaches to measuring and modeling environmental systems and processes.

Students address pressing environmental problems in an integrative manner by taking advantage of a broad range of faculty expertise, a variety of course offerings related to the environment and access to advanced field equipment, study sites and computational hardware. Current research in this area includes sustainable development, air quality, water resources, biogeography, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, climate and anthropogenic change, forest biometrics and energy systems. Specific course work in environmental monitoring and modeling is supplemented by courses offerings in the fields of science, engineering, mathematics, natural resources and environmental and social policy.

  • Grouse blocks at Huntington Wildlife Forest were experimental harvest allowed to monitor the effects of logging and forest regrowth on forest understory plant community composition and diversity (Photo by Bruce Breitmeyer).

  • Studying the effects of prescribed fire on vegetative habitat and populations of endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnake in old field communities of Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area, New York. Only two populations of this snake species occur in New York State (Photos by Portia Osborne).

  • Studying the effects of prescribed fire on vegetative habitat and populations of endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnake in old field communities of Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area, New York. Only two populations of this snake species occur in New York State (Photos by Portia Osborne).

  • Studying the effects of prescribed fire on vegetative habitat and populations of endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnake in old field communities of Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area, New York. Only two populations of this snake species occur in New York State (Photos by Portia Osborne).

  • Monitoring the effects of global environmental change on montane environment of the High Peaks Region in the Adirondacks and across the Northeastern United States. The pictures show the summit of Whiteface mountain in the Adirondacks where long-term climate and vegetation data allow studying the effects of climate change on plant communities (Photos by Jordan Brown).

  • Monitoring the effects of global environmental change on montane environment of the High Peaks Region in the Adirondacks and across the Northeastern United States. The pictures show the summit of Whiteface mountain in the Adirondacks where long-term climate and vegetation data allow studying the effects of climate change on plant communities (Photos by Jordan Brown).

  • Monitoring the effects of global environmental change on montane environment of the High Peaks Region in the Adirondacks and across the Northeastern United States. The pictures show the summit of Whiteface mountain in the Adirondacks where long-term climate and vegetation data allow studying the effects of climate change on plant communities (Photos by Jordan Brown).

  • A graduate student, Lisa Giencke, mapping forest trees to monitor long-term changes in the composition, tree recruitment patterns, and spatial structure of an Adirondack forest affected by spreading beech bark disease at the Huntington Wildlife Forest of SUNY ESF (Photo by Juan C. Alvarez-Yepiz).

  • Juan Carlos Alvarez Yepiz, a doctoral student at SUNY ESF, monitors survival, growth, and spatial distribution of endangered forest cycad, Dioon sonorense, in northwestern Mexico. The total population of this rare endemic cycad is estimated to contain less than 1,000 adult individuals scattered in small fragments in the Sonora region of Mexico.

  • Graduate student Andrea Fortman monitoring dissolved oxygen concentrations in Mathew Creek to examine the response of macroinvertebrate assemblages to extreme floods and emergency channel repairs in tributaries to the Mohawk River.

  • Graduate student Djibrilla Rapant examining the stormwater characteristics of a scaled version of an electrical substation.

  • Graduate student Jesse Robinson administering a constant injection salt tracer at Owego Creek to examine tracer breakthrough curve to model hyporheic exchange.

  • Monitoring and modeling of Owego Creek to determine the impact of stream restoration structures on hyporheic exchange.

  • Ukrainian exchange students monitoring fishes in the Hudson River estuary.

EMM Faculty

Name and Interests

Address / Email

Beier, Colin M.
climate change, social-ecological systems, forest landscapes, ecosystem services, landscape complexity
311 Bray Hall
cbeier@esf.edu
Bevilacqua, Eddie
sampling/inventory, biometrics, forest mensuration, growth and yield modeling, applied statistics, GIS/spatial analysis, forest ecology, landscape ecology, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, quantitative silviculture
301 Bray Hall
ebevilacqua@esf.edu
Boyer, Gregory L.
environmental monitoring, including buoy and ship-based monitoring systems for water quality
320 Jahn Laboratory
glboyer@esf.edu
Chatterjee, Siddharth G.
transport phenomena, design, simulation, pollution abatement
406 Walters Hall
schatterjee@esf.edu
Collins, Mary B.
socio-environmental systems; environmental health inequality; environmental justice; environmental sociology; environmental risk perception; computational quantitative methods; Bayesian modeling; disproportionality; industrial pollution policy and health
113 Marshall Hall
mbcollin@esf.edu
Daley, Douglas J.
water resources, solid and hazardous waste management, ecological engineering, environmental restoration, phytoremediation, bioremediation, soil and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental engineering
420 Baker Laboratory
djdaley@esf.edu
Dovciak, Martin
Plant Ecology, Forest Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Global Change, Ecosystem Management & Restoration
459 Illick Hall
mdovciak@esf.edu
Endreny, Theodore A.
river and watershed restoration, river and watershed monitoring, river and watershed modeling, computational fluid dynamics
404 Baker Laboratory
te@esf.edu
Fortier, Marie-Odile P.
climate change mitigation strategies, life cycle assessment, geographic resource demand analysis, climate change impacts of land use change and albedo change, energy systems, waste-to-energy
307 Bray Hall
mfortier@esf.edu
Fortier, Marie-Odile P.
climate change mitigation strategies, life cycle assessment, geographic resource demand analysis, climate change impacts of land use change and albedo change, energy systems, waste-to-energy
307 Bray Hall
mfortier@esf.edu
Hussein, Rafaat M.
Sustainable development, water resources, climate change, environmental safety & auditing, expert & knowledge-based systems
216 Baker Laboratory
rmhussei@esf.edu
Kroll, Charles N.
environmental modeling, computer science, hydrologic prediction, field hydrology, statistical analyses
424 Baker Laboratory
cnkroll@syr.edu
Limburg, Karin E.
watershed assessment, coastal margins, fish/fisheries, and otolith chemistry
249 Illick Hall
klimburg@esf.edu
Mao, Huiting
environmental chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, air quality, regional to global budgets of trace gases, long range transport, continental export, climate change
121 Jahn Laboratory
hmao@esf.edu
Mirowsky, Jaime
Air pollution, air quality, toxicology, environmental health

jmirowsk@esf.edu
Mountrakis, Georgios E.
remote sensing, GIS, urbanization, biodiversity, climate dynamics
419 Baker Laboratory
gmountrakis@esf.edu
Quackenbush, Lindi J.
remote sensing, geographic information systems, spatial analysis
416 Baker Laboratory
ljquack@esf.edu
Shaw, Stephen B.
hydroclimatology, water resources engineering, ecohydrology in a changing climate, water resources, climate change, hydrology, systems modeling, stormwater management
418 Baker Laboratory
sbshaw@esf.edu
Stehman, Stephen V.
sampling designs for monitoring, applied statistics, land-cover change, map accuracy assessment
322 Bray Hall
svstehma@syr.edu
Stella, John C.
riparian and stream ecology, restoration ecology, watershed management, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, river restoration, arid-land and Mediterranean ecosystems
344 Illick Hall
stella@esf.edu
Volk, Timothy A.
silviculture, forest management for renewable energy, biomass and bioenergy, energy, agroforestry, phytoremediation, management and sustainability of short rotation woody crops, life cycle analysis, ecophysiology, international forestry
346 Illick Hall
tavolk@esf.edu
Yanai, Ruth D.
forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, biogeochemistry, forest health, ecological modeling, watershed management, ecosystem nutrient cycling, uncertainty
210 Marshall Hall
rdyanai@syr.edu

Current Graduate Students in Environmental Monitoring and Modeling


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

Shawn Cleveland

Shawn Cleveland

smclevel@syr.edu
ESC Environmental Monitoring
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Underwood

Graduate Research Topic
I am studying the influence of beaver on riparian systems. More specifically, I want to quantify the spatial distribution of beaver lodges, how beaver directly impact the forests in the “forage footprint” associated with the lodge, and finally if beaver created forest disturbance provides a more historically representative stand structure than we currently see in many eastern forests.



Sunghoon Hong

Sunghoon Hong

shong10@syr.edu
Environmental Monitoring
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai
Undergraduate Institute: Trinity College Ct (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently working on two projects. The first one is a chronosequence study on American beech interference with sugar maple regeneration in the White Mountain National Forest where I am also looking at the responses of the two hardwood species to nutrient manipulations, soil chemistry, and stand age. The second one is on foliar chemistry of yellow and white birches and their resorption proficiency and efficiency in nutrient-manipulated plots in the White Mountain National Forest.



Jian Lin

Jian Lin

jlin27@syr.edu
Environmental Monitoring
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kroll
Undergraduate Institute: Fujian Normal University

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
My research interest is quantitative urban ecology modeling and analysis. I am also interested in applying geospatial technologies, statistics and computational models to advance people’s understanding of social-ecological systems.

Favorite Quote
When you learn, teach. When you get, give.---Maya Angelou



Amanda Miller

anmil100@syr.edu
Environmental Monitoring
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua


John Mousoupetros

jmousoup@syr.edu
ESC Environmental Monitoring
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stehman


Charity Nyelele

cnyelele@syr.edu
Environmental Monitoring
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kroll
Undergraduate Institute: University of Zimbabwe

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
I hold Bachelor of Arts Honors degree as well as a Master of Philosophy degree in Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Zimbabwe. Over the years, I have worked for an environmental research institute, a research-based Non-Governmental Organization as well the Lupane State University in Zimbabwe. My areas of expertise are Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing applications to environmental science research (I have a couple of publications in these areas). I am currently working towards my PhD in Environmental Science at SUNY ESF courtesy of a Fulbright scholarship. Besides being and academic and researcher, I also like to think of myself as a keen philanthropist, having volunteered for a number of development causes. I am also a firm believer in the transformative prowess of education and echo the same sentiments as Tata Nelson Mandela when he said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Graduate Research Topic
A multi-objective decision support system for urban trees

Favorite Quote
It always seems impossible until it's done -Nelson Mandela



Kristen Slodysko

knslodys@syr.edu
Environmental Monitoring
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Boyer


Breck Sullivan

brsulliv@syr.edu
Environmental Monitoring
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fortier


Daniel Tinklepaugh

Daniel Tinklepaugh

dmtinkle@syr.edu
Environmental Monitoring
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua
Undergraduate Institute: Union College Ny (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study:

Personal Statement
Hello everybody! It's nice to share some information about myself on the page that I browsed when searching for schools to attend as a graduate student. Feel free to message me if you're a prospective, current, or past student in environmental sciences!

Graduate Research Topic
Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), Statistical Analysis, and Forest Biomass Surveys

Favorite Quote
"Wyrd bið ful aræd" - "Fate remains wholly inexorable" Wyrd is a concept in Anglo-Saxon culture roughly corresponding to fate or personal destiny. The above phrase implies that one should accept fate yet strive to improve themselves and their prospects.




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