Biophysical and Ecological Economics

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Biophysical and Ecological Economics

GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Jack Manno

Students in the Biophysical and Ecological Economics (BEE) study area develop an understanding of environmental problems and solutions through analyses of the relations between the human economy of goods and services and the biophysical economy of networks of energy and material resource flows. Drawing on insights from social and physical sciences, BEE helps students to develop critical thinking, intellectual approaches, measurement tools and modeling skills for analyzing increasingly important topics in environment and natural resource science and policy. Specific course work in biophysical and ecological economics is supplemented by course work in ecology, resource management, environmental economics, policy analysis and others.

Course Lists

BEE Faculty





Beier, Colin M.forest ecosystem and landscape ecology, social-ecological systems, climate change, ecosystem services, landscape change modeling, resilience, adaptive management, resource governance, applied geoinformaticscbeier@esf.edu311 Bray Hall
Diemont, Stewartsystems ecology, ecological engineering, traditional ecological knowledge, ecosystem restoration, sustainability analysis, natural wastewater treatment systems and re-use, lesser-developed countries, 246 Illick Hall
Farrell, ShannonWildlife ecology, wildlife-habitat relationships, management planning for endangered and threatened species, human impacts on wildlife, ecosystem services, endangered species act policy innovations, birds, 207 Illick Hall
Kelleher, Michael resources, applied economics, energy markets, sustainability, renewable energy, energy and environmental policy, financial analysis, energy efficiency, decision-makingmkellehe@esf.edu220 Bray Hall
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, modelingklimburg@esf.edu249 Illick Hall
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-makingvluzadis@esf.edu106 Marshall Hall
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 211A Marshall Hall

Graduate Students in Biophysical and Ecological Economics

Current Students

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

Rian CroteauRian Croteau

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Katherine LenkiewiczKatherine Lenkiewicz

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Rigoberto MelgarRigoberto Melgar

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Manno
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF

Personal Statement
I'm doing concurrent Master degrees in BEE and Public Administration (with focus on International & Development Administration) at SUNY-ESF and at Maxwell in Syracuse University, respectively. I'm interested in Biophysical & Ecological Economics (BEE), AKA the science of sustainability or sustainability economics, and I would like to make a difference in the world by understanding how we can improve the way that we do economics for a more just and sustainable world. BEE places the human economy inside of the global ecosystems, consisting of nonrenewable (e.g. mostly fossil fuels) and renewable natural resources and materials, on which it depends to exist. By realizing this fundamental embeddedness of social, economic and environmental systems, one comes to the realization that there are limits to growth in both natural and human dominated systems and therefore, as Herman Daly concluded many decades ago, we must aim for a steady state economy that can last for generations to come by maintaining a sustainable balance between the stocks and flows/inputs and outputs of the human economy/ecosystems.

Graduate Research Topic
Recommended books: Steady State Economy by Herman Daly; A Prosperous Way Down by Howard Odum; Energy and the Wealth of Nations: Understanding the Biophysical Economy by Charles Hall and Kent Klitgaard

Favorite Quote
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live - Marcus Aurelius What's worse than running out of oil? Answer: Not running out of oil - Charles Hall

Emily ThielEmily Thiel

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Luzadis


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