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Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

(Ph.D. only)
GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Sharon Moran

Welcome

ENRP is a unique group of graduate students, faculty and researchers who share a deep concern for the development and application of interdisciplinary approaches to the stewardship of ecosystems.

The ENRP doctoral program is distinguished by its approach to interdisciplinary science, bringing multiple biophysical sciences together with social science, policy, and management.

The problems we study are grounded in the biophysical world, most specifically with the human impact on biophysical systems and vice versa. Investigating these problems requires scientific understanding of the interconnections between ecosystems and social systems; the skills developed in the ENRP program help our graduates to creatively and appropriately design managerial and policy solutions, as well as conduct research studies.

Students in ENRP work with their major professors and committees to plan their coursework and dissertation research, as detailed in the Handbook (link below). Coursework in the program includes emphasis in areas including biophysical science, social science, research methods, and advanced natural resource and environmental policy.

The interdisciplinary nature of the ENRP program brings with it a unique administrative approach: faculty from several departments cooperate to deliver the ENRP doctoral program as an area of study within the Graduate Program on Environmental Science, under the Division of Environmental Science.

Note for Prospective Students: You may also want to explore other ESF graduate programs offered through the Department of Environmental Studies, Forestry and Natural Resources Management and through the different areas of study within Environmental Science.

Alumni Highlights

Graduates of the ENRP PhD area of study become successful researchers, educators, administrators, managers, and consultants, responding to the challenges related to the sustainable management of local, regional, and global resources. Skills developed in the ENRP doctoral program at ESF enable students to: think critically and independently; comprehend the processes of science and effectively apply scientific principles and professional procedures; attain proficiency in the current knowledge in their respective fields; develop competence in technical skills and tools required in their disciplines; demonstrate high standards of performance as scientists, educators, and professionals; and exercise ethical conduct in relationships with colleagues, other professionals, students, and the public.

Dr. Bryan Comer completed his doctorate in 2016 with a dissertation titled "Air Pollution and Environmental Justice in the Great Lakes Region," in which he investigated the links between ambient air pollution exposure and socioeconomic and demographic factors (race, class, age, and education) in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Bryan has a B.S. and M.S. in Public Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He currently works as a Marine Transportation Researcher at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) in Washington, DC. His work informs international and domestic policies that reduce the environmental and human health impacts of air pollution from ships and port. During his Ph.D. program, Bryan secured fellowships from the ICCT, the Great Lakes Commission, the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, and the Great Lakes Futures Project.


Dr. Marvin Montefrio completed his degree in 2014 with a dissertation titled "Growing Low Carbon Commodities in Upland Philippines: Integration of Smallholders in Biofuels and Rubber Production Regimes." He is an Assistant Professor of Social Science (Environmental Studies) at Yale-NUS College, a liberal arts institution founded by Yale University and the National University of Singapore. While enrolled as a doctoral student in ENRP, his research was supported by the International Development Research Centre of Canada, and he also completed a Master's of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Marvin’s current research focuses on critical agrarian and food studies in Southeast Asia, with emphasis on the politics of knowledge production and the tensions between global “sustainability” discourses and the realities that rural communities face on the ground. In his spare time, he loves to travel and explore new food places with Yasmin — his wife who is also an academic — and his son Pepe. More about Marvin can be found at https://marvinmontefrio.com.


Dr. Imran Khalid graduated with a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy (ENRP) in December 2014. He is currently working at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Islamabad, where he heads the water governance component of the multi-country Pathways to Resilience in Semiarid Economies (PRISE) project in Pakistan. In this context, Imran is focusing on identifying institutional vulnerabilities and analyzing the political economy of regions most vulnerable to climate change impacts, particularly flooding. Imran's graduate work at SUNY-ESF has contributed significantly to his personal and professional growth. He regularly represents his organization at national and international meetings and contributes to the broader dialogue on environment and sustainability.


Dr. Thanh Vo is an Analyst in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA’s) Office of Program Planning and Integration, located in the Washington DC area. He completed his Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy in 2008 and began working as a specialist in of NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD as he completed his degree. In addition, he is participating in developing sustainability and environmental science programs for several Universities in Vietnam. Thanh's dissertation was titled “Living with change: Local knowledge, institutions, livelihoods and coastal resources in Tam Giang - Cau Hai lagoon system under context of institutional and global climate change,” and it examined coastal resource issues in Vietnam. He also works as a senior environmental scientist in IMSG, Inc. based in Rockville, MD. In other accomplishments, he has developed two environmental protection networks within Vietnam, served as the regional advisor for the Swedish Environmental Fund in Vietnam, coordinated and planning numerous environmental events in Vietnam and globally, and received numerous awards and fellowships, including the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.


Dr. April Karen Baptiste is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Colgate University. She completed her Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy in 2008 and has been awarded a one-year Ford Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship in the African American Studies Department at Syracuse University in the same year. Her dissertation was titled “Evaluating Environmental Awareness: A Case Study of the Nariva Swamp, Trinidad,” and her graduate studies at ESF were funded in part by a Fulbright grant. April’s research focus looks at environmental issues in the Caribbean examining the intersection between environmental psychology, environmental justice and natural resource management. Her latest research project is designed to examine the perceptions of different marginalized groups within the Caribbean to climate change and their methods of adaptations. More about her research, teaching, and service work can be found at http://aprilbaptiste.com.


Dr. Sanglim Yoo is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. She completed her Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy and Environmental Studies at 2012 and had work as a post-doctoral researcher under the guidance of Dr. John E. Wagner at ESF's Dept. of FNRM. Sanglim started her career at Ball State University in Fall 2014, and is continuing her research on urban environmental issues. She completed her Ph.D. in 2012, and her dissertation was titled "Measuring Environmental Amenity Values From Urban Open Space Using a Spatial Hedonic Approach." Upon graduation, Dr. Lim worked as a post-doctoral researcher under the guidance of Dr. John E. Wagner at ESF's Dept. of FNRM, and she also taught as an adjunct assistant professor at Le Moyne College. For more information about her teaching, research, and service, please visit Dr. Yoo's website

Dr. Lester Facey works for the US EPA in Washington, DC, and he is the National Program Manager for Minority Academic Institutions, through the Office of Diversity Advisory Committee Management and Outreach. Recently he has been on assignment in Togo, as a science embassy fellow, in collaboration with the State Department and US EPA. His assignment involves working with Togo's Ministry of Education to develop their STEM initiatives. He completed his doctorate (2006) in ENRP's predecessor program (Environmental Policy and Democratic Policy). His dissertation research was titled "Bauxite Mining in Jamaica: A Post-independence Study of the Environmental Policy."

ENRP Faculty

Name and Interests

Address / Email

Beier, Colin M.
forest ecosystem and landscape ecology, social-ecological systems, climate change, ecosystem services, landscape change modeling, resilience, adaptive management, resource governance, applied geoinformatics
311 Bray Hall
cbeier@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
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
Luzadis, Valerie A.
ecological economics, ecosystem services, policy, social and recreational dimensions, forest management for renewable energy, watershed management, natural resources policy and values, sustainable development, renewable energy, participatory decision-making
206 Bray Hall
vluzadis@esf.edu
Manno, Jack P.
Inclusion and collaboration in environmental decisions, Indigenous rights and values, social theory, economic dynamics of sustainability and un-sustainability, politics of ending fossil fuel dependence
211A Marshall Hall
jpmanno@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
Newman, David H.
Forest resource economics and policy, resource and environmental economics, tax policy
319 Bray Hall
dnewman@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
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
Teron, Lemir
Political ecology, environmental justice, sustainability planning, urban policy
109 Marshall Hall
lteron@esf.edu
Vidon, Elizabeth S.
environmental ethics and values; environmental thought and ontologies; tourism geographies; political ecology; wilderness and environmental perception; Native American and indigenous peoples' environmental issues; epistemology/nature of knowledge(s).
108B Marshall Hall
esvidon@esf.edu

Current Graduate Students in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy


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

Reem Alawadhi

ralawadh@syr.edu
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Moran

Previous Graduate Study: Johns Hopkins Univ* (Environmental Science)



Taye Birhan

Taye Birhan

ttbirhan@syr.edu
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman and Smardon

Previous Graduate Study: Wageningen University



Lorena Estrada Chinchilla

Lorena Estrada Chinchilla

lnestrad@syr.edu
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hirsch
Undergraduate Institute: Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (Ecotourism)

Previous Graduate Study: Tropical Agricultural Research



Adam Fix

Adam Fix

ajfix@syr.edu
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Manno
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Center Buffalo

Previous Graduate Study: Canisius College

Personal Statement
Adamís research draws on methods from the humanities and social sciences to examine the formation, adoption, and transmission of environmental values. His dissertation project examines the beliefs and strategies that inform the actions of self-proclaimed ďalliesĒ of Indigenous-led environmental protection movements in North America. Since 2014, he has worked as an adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

Areas of Competency
Environmental social movements; traditional ecological knowledge (TEK); religion and ecology; oral history & ethnography.



Lisa Greenwood

Lisa Greenwood

llgreenw@syr.edu
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Moran
Undergraduate Institute: Rochester Institute of Technology (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: University of New Haven (Environ Eng )

About
Lisa Greenwood is a doctoral student in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy.† Her bachelorís and masterís degrees are in civil engineering, and she has more than 20 years of professional experience in environmental management with firms including United Technologies and Pratt & Whitney.† For the past three years she has been an instructor in the Dept. of Civil Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology.† She plans to research innovation in corporate environmental management practices, especially as they relate to water quality standards.



Kyungsun Lee

Kyungsun Lee

klee34@syr.edu
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
Undergraduate Institute: Seoul National University

Previous Graduate Study: Seoul National University (History of Science)

Doctoral Research Topic
From Industrial to Eco-Industrial Parks: the Role of Governance in Sustainability Transitions in Japan and Korea

Home Page
Web Link

Book
Lee, Kyungsun. 2013. Scientists and Engineers without Borders: Appropriate Technology for a Sustainable World. Seoul: Danielstone Publishing Co. (in Korean) ISBN 9788958074878

Areas of Competency
Environmental sociology; Science and technology studies; Environmental policy analysis; Industrial ecology

News Item
Web Link



Stacy McNulty

samcnult@syr.edu
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Graduate Research Topic
The role of field stations and biological reserves in place-based education, adaptive management and sustainable community governance.

Home Page
Web Link



Xiaole Ni

Xiaole Ni

xini@syr.edu
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
Undergraduate Institute: Nanjing University

Previous Graduate Study: Arizona State University (Public Admin)

Doctoral Research Topic
The Rising Power of Expertise: Scientists and Chinaís Environmental Movement

Areas of Competency
Social studies of science; Environmental and risk communication; Social movements and new media; Environment and public health

Article
Ni, Xiaole. 2015, April 30. "China's Research and Development Spend," Nature 520(7549): S8-9.



Sukhyun Park

Sukhyun Park

spark16@syr.edu
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Previous Graduate Study: KYUNG HEE UNIV (PULIC & INT'L POLICY)



Michael Petroni

Michael Petroni

mdpetron@syr.edu
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Collins


Prajapati Shapkota

Prajapati Shapkota

pshapkot@syr.edu
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Manno and Moran


Sara Velardi

Sara Velardi

shvelard@syr.edu
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Selfa


Jin Yin

Jin Yin

jyin100@syr.edu
ESC Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman and Zhang
Undergraduate Institute: Minzu University of China (Ecology)

Previous Graduate Study: Yale University (Forest Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Community-based Forest Management in China's Minority Areas

Areas of Interest
Biodiversity conservation; Indigenous knowledge; Land use change; Forest policy; Remote sensing and GIS; Ecosystem services




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