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Coupled Natural and Human Systems

  • Leaf litterfall is an important flux of carbon, energy, and nutrients in forested ecosystems—a field crew carries litter baskets for installation in remote sites.

  • Craig See, MS student, prepares N and P fertilizer for addition to experimental forest plots in New Hampshire.

  • Summer interns counts germinants in nutrient-amended plots at the Hubbard Brook and Bartlett Experimental Forests in New Hampshire.

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Colin Beier

The Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNHS) area of study fosters interdisciplinary research and scholarship that explicitly integrates the social and biophysical dimensions of environmental issues using a systems approach. Our research addresses the challenges of sustaining natural and social capital during the Anthropocene—the current era in which humans shape all major Earth system processes. Drawing on diverse backgrounds, CNHS students and faculty recognize humans as integral components of ecosystems and seek to understand their interactions and dynamics of change at multiple scales. Faculty mentors form collaborative and cross-disciplinary teams to advise CNHS students based on their wide range of expertise and experiences. An emphasis is placed on research and graduate training experience with applications to emerging sustainability issues in real-world settings.

Course Lists


CNHS Faculty

NAME

SPECIALTY

E-MAIL

ADDRESS

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
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 mbcollin@esf.edu106 Marshall Hall
Diemont, Stewartsystems ecology, ecological engineering, traditional ecological knowledge, Latin America, ecosystem restoration, sustainability analysis, natural wastewater treatment systems and re-use, less-developed countries, agroecologysdiemont@esf.edu 246 Illick Hall
Dölle, Klauspulp & 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.kdoelle@esf.edu 421 Walters Hall
Endreny, Theodore A.water resources engineering, ecological engineering, stream restoration, urban watersheds, lesser-developed countrieste@esf.edu404 Baker Laboratory
Gibbs, Jamesherpetology, vertebrate conservation biology, genetics and ecology in birds, reptiles and amphibians, songbirds, giant tortoise, statistics, wildlife population monitoring, galapagos islands, conservation biology, ecological monitoring, population genetics, applied demography, undergraduate conservation educationjpgibbs@esf.edu 405 Illick Hall
Hirsch, Paul D.integrative thinking and problem-solving, water planning, biodiversity conservation, science-policy interface, environmental thought and ethics, policy analysis, public participation and decision-making, environmental valuation, complexity, participant-observation and survey methods, discourse analysis, environmental policy, climate governance, policy science dividepahirsch@esf.edu 114 Marshall Hall
Horton, Thomas R.mycorrhizal plant ecology, molecular ecology, ecology, fungal communities, mycology, fire ecologytrhorton@esf.edu350 Illick Hall
Hussein, Rafaat M.Risk and vulnerability assessment, analysis and management, hazardous wastes management and transport, expert & knowledge-based systems, computer simulations & database, construction, occupational, and environmental management, safety and auditing, human health rmhussei@esf.edu 216 Baker Laboratory
Kelleher, Michael J.energy resources, applied economics, energy markets, sustainability, renewable energy, energy and environmental policy, financial analysis, energy efficiency, decision-makingmkellehe@esf.edu310B Bray Hall
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 systemscnkroll@syr.edu424 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, 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.edu206 Bray 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 policysmoran@esf.edu220 Marshall Hall
Newman, Leephytoremediation and molecular and cellular biologylanewman@esf.edu 246 Illick Hall
Nomura, Christopher T.biochemistry, polymer chemistry, biopolymer chemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, energy, biodegradable plastics, microarray analysisctnomura@esf.edu 318 Jahn Laboratory
Feldpausch-Parker, Andrea M.environmental communication; science and technology communication; wildlife conservation and policy; climate change mitigation and adaptation discourse and decision-making; environmental advocacy; environmental and natural resources conflict management; qualitative and critical methods; program evaluation methods; conflict; public participation; energy;wildlife managementamparker@esf.edu 108A Marshall Hall
Parry, DylanBiological invasion, climate change, and conservation, primarily in the context of insects in forested ecosystems. dparry@esf.edu109 Illick Hall
Quackenbush, Lindi J.geospatial information systems, spatial measurements, remote sensing and image processing, particularly focused on spatial techniques for both urban and forest classification, spatial analysisljquack@esf.edu416 Baker Laboratory
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 specieskschulz@syr.edu456 Illick Hall
Selfa, Theresaenvironmental sociology, rural sociology, sociology of agriculture, sociology of development, political sociology, qualitative methods, comparative-historical methods, biofuels, land use planning, water policy and politicstselfa@esf.edu 219 Marshall Hall
Stella, John C.riparian and stream ecology, restoration ecology, watershed management, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, river restorationstella@esf.edu344 Illick Hall
Vidon, Philippe G.Stream Restoration, Ecological Engineering, Riparian Zone and Watershed Management, Water Quality, Riparian Zone/Watershed Biogeochemistry and Hydrology, Best Management Practices, Surface and Subsurface Hydrology, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Mercury, Carbon Cycling, Greenhouse Gases (N2O, CO2, CH4). pgvidon@esf.edu 309 Bray Hall
Vidon, Elizabeth S.environmental ethics and values; environmental thought and ontologies; tourism geographies/nature tourism; socio-cultural sustainability and land-use; political ecology; wilderness and environmental perception; Native American and indigenous peoples' environmental issuesesvidon@esf.edu 108B Marshall Hall
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 forestrytavolk@esf.edu 346 Illick Hall
Yanai, Ruth D.forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, biogeochemistry, forest health, ecological modeling, watershed management, ecosystem nutrient cycling, uncertaintyrdyanai@syr.edu210 Marshall Hall

Graduate Students in Coupled Natural and Human Systems

 

Current Students

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

Ali AlshehriAli Alshehri
amalsheh@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Moran

Jesse KernsJesse Kerns
jekerns@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Parker
Undergraduate Institute: Suny College Fredonia

Shiyi LiShiyi Li
sli185@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Alaina MalletteAlaina Mallette
amallett@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Hirsch
Undergraduate Institute: Syracuse University (Geography)

Personal Statement
Coming from Northern New York, I have grown up with the Adirondacks and many lakes, rivers, and streams right in my backyard. So, it is no surprise that I ended up at ESF, and as a Geographer no surprise that I am in CNHS. I am interested in the human-environment interface, issues of governance surrounding water resources and environmental conflict, and what role GIS plays in this schema.

Favorite Quote
"Be the change you wish to see in the world..." -Mahatma Gandhi

Maria MariniMaria Marini
mvmarini@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Selfa

David OsterDavid Oster
daoster@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Selfa
Undergraduate Institute: Syracuse University (Geography)

Graduate Research Topic
Ecologically and socially sustainable biofuel production

Kara PhelpsKara Phelps
kephelps@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry and Yanai

Alexandre PoissonAlexandre Poisson
apoisson@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Yang QiuYang Qiu
yqiu100@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Volk

Juliana QuaresmaJuliana Quaresma
jmquares@syr.edu

ESC Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Braulio QuinteroBraulio Quintero
baquinte@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hall
Undergraduate Institute: University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (Biology )

Personal Statement
My research interest are focused in biophysical economics, econometric modeling, and data analysis. I currently work for a NGO in Puerto Rico that focuses on Social-Ecological Systems research.

Graduate Research Topic
Coupled Human and Natural Systems

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Cheryl SandrowCheryl Sandrow
casandro@syr.edu

ESC Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parker

Yang YangYang Yang
yyang100@syr.edu

FRM Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Yanai
Undergraduate Institute: Minzu University of China

Personal Statement
I'm interested in forest-based environmental issues that raised currently. I'm more focused on nutrient cycling in forests and the way to assess the forest health.

Graduate Research Topic
My project is detecting the change in tree tissue chemistry over time in Northern Hardwoods. Research,conducted in Huntington Wildlife Forest,will show a change in concentrations of tree nutrients in different tree components over time and detail the uncertainties of processing long-time detecting studies in tree nutrients..


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