Water and Wetland Resource Studies

GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Philippe Vidon

The water and wetland resources area of study develops an understanding of technical, social and institutional aspects of water resources management, mitigation and restoration.

Individual students may emphasize scientific or social subject areas but all study in both areas. Scientific aspects include the basic physical, chemical and biological interactions occurring in water resources systems. The social aspects are concerned with planning, regulation, law and institutions and management of water and wetland resources. Water serves as a focus for graduate study in water and related land resources management and water pollution and water quality control.

Recommended coursework includes:

  • physical sciences: civil engineering, geology, geomorphology, hydrology, meteorology, environmental engineering, soils, water chemistry, hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry and geographic information systems;
  • biological sciences: ecology, entomology, fisheries biology, forestry, microbiology, water quality and limnology; and
  • social sciences: administration, economics, government, history, law, ethics, philosophy and policy.

  • Early morning hike across Arbutus Lake to reach the Archer Creek Watershed for seasonal sampling

  • Restored North Carolina stream with piezometers to monitor the hydrology of the hyporheic zone of the stream

  • GPES graduate students getting ready to sample for water quality in a North Carolina riparian zone, Summer 2013

  • Graduate student Joshua G. sampling for soil greenhouse gases emissions in the Adirondacks, Winter 2013

  • GPES student Jonas Hamberg collects samples for a study of macrophyte restoration in the Hudson River estuary.

  • Getting ready to sample eels.

WWRS Faculty

Name and Interests

Address / Email

Boyer, Gregory L.
BIOCHEMISTRY and ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY, plant and algal biochemistry, chemical ecology and toxins produced by algae. ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING, including Buoy and ship-based monitoring systems for water quality
320 Jahn Laboratory
Briggs, Russell D.
forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, ecosystem services, watershed management, forest soils, silviculture
202 Baker Laboratory
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
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
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
Endreny, Theodore A.
water resources engineering, ecological engineering, stream restoration, urban watersheds, lesser-developed countries
404 Baker Laboratory
Hussein, Rafaat M.
Hazardous wastes, water & land resources, GIS, expert & knowledge-based assessment, analysis and management systems
216 Baker Laboratory
Kroll, Charles N.
stochastic and deterministic hydrology, environmental modeling, water resource systems engineering, ecological engineering, urban forestry, drought assessment, environmental systems engineering, stochastic and deterministic modeling, risk assessment, coupled human and natural systems
424 Baker Laboratory
Limburg, Karin E.
riverine fish and estuarine ecology, fisheries ecology, watershed ecology, systems ecology, ecological economics, fisheries and ecosystem science, coupled human-natural systems, biogeochemistry, fisheries ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemical tracers, modeling
249 Illick Hall
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
Murphy, Cornelius B.
Non-point source contaminant studies, advanced water treatment technology, environmental nanotechnology, fate and transport of contaminants in environmental systems
423 Baker Laboratory
Ringler, Neil H.
Aquatic ecology and fishery biology; vertebrate biology; macroinvertebrate diversity, distribution and abundance; stream and littoral zone ecology; habitat restoration.
224 Illick Hall
Schulz, Kimberly L.
nutrient and exotic species effects on aquatic ecosystems, ecological stoichiometry, aquatic community and ecosystem ecology, bioenergetics, nutrient cycling, lower food web studies, great lakes, finger lakes, plankton, limnology, aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, invasive species
456 Illick Hall
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
Shaw, Stephen B.
hydroclimatology, water resources engineering, ecohydrology in a changing climate, water resources, climate change, hydrology, systems modeling, stormwater management
418 Baker Laboratory
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
Tao, Wendong
constructed ecosystems for water and wastewater treatment, nutrient recovery from wastes, water quality, microbial ecology of engineered ecosystems, dairy manure and wood leachate
422 Baker Laboratory
Vidon, Philippe G.
Geography/Environmental Science, Surface and Subsurface Hydrology, Water Quality, Riparian Zone/Watershed Biogeochemistry and Hydrology, Agriculture, Best Management Practices, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Mercury, Carbon Cycling, Greenhouse Gases (N2O, CO2, CH4).
309 Bray Hall

Current Graduate Students in Water and Wetland Resource Studies

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

Shumaila Javed Bhatti

Shumaila Javed Bhatti
Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kroll

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Personal Statement
I graduated from International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan in 2015 with BS in Environmental Sciences. My previous affiliations include working with WWF-Pakistan, IUCN, Pakistan EPA, National Agriculture Research Council, and Environmental Watch Trust.

Graduate Research Topic
Streamflow, drought and/or flood prediction in areas with little or no data.

Favorite Quote
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where non intrudes, By the deep sea and music in its roar, I love not man the less, but nature more. ~Lord Byron

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Spencer Busler
Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Briggs

Sally Guillorn
Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Briggs and Moran

Yasaman Hassanzadeh
Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Jonathan Masih Das
Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Tao
Undergraduate Institute: St Johns University of Staten Island (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: New York Inst Tech (Environmental Design)

Favorite Quote
"The future depends on what we do in the present." -Gandhi

Emma Mrowka
Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Blake Neumann

Blake Neumann
Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Collins and Selfa

Katherine Powers

Katherine Powers
Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Personal Statement
As an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University, I conducted research under Dr. Amanda Lavigne regarding the potential power output of pre-existing micro-hydro dams in Northern New York. This experience greatly influenced my MS concentration of Water and Wetland Resource Studies, as well as my focus on holistic, interdisciplinary approaches to environmental issues. With my current research I plan to discuss both the ecological risk assessment and public risk perception of hydraulic fracturing. Beyond academic courses and research, I work for the SUNY-ESF Outreach Office as a STEM Mentor, teaching 1st and 4th graders at Van Duyn and Dr. King Elementary Schools.

Qian Wang
Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Doelle and Hussein
Undergraduate Institute: Hohai University (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Pharmaceuticals in wastewater

Favorite Quote
Create the miracles by yourself

Molly Welsh

Molly Welsh
Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Vidon
Undergraduate Institute: University of Rhode Island (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: University of North Carolina Charlotte

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Graduate Research Topic
My research focuses on quantifying the effects of stream and floodplain restoration on seasonal hydrology (surface water-groundwater interactions) and biogeochemistry (cycling of nitrogen, carbon, and phosphorus). I am interested in identifying tradeoffs in ecosystem services, such as water quality improvement through nitrogen removal, versus potential disservices, including release of greenhouse gases. Additionally, I am analyzing social and economic components of restoration projects and investigating various methods of incorporating local environmental knowledge into cooperative watershed management.


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