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Environmental and Community Land Planning
GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Douglas Johnston

Environmental and community land planning is concerned with orderly, efficient, equitable and aesthetic development of land with special concern for (1) the state of the natural environment, (2) the physical character of communities, and (3) decision making at state, county and local levels of government. Planning balances competing demands on land and environment brought about by expanding urban and rural development, and enhancing viable natural and cultural resources is an important planning perspective. Another perspective involves the guiding of private and public development processes within a pluralistic political environment in order to promote sustainable communities while at the same time respecting fiscal, environmental and legal constraints.

The program is designed for students with social science, natural science, engineering, or design backgrounds who are interested in an interdisciplinary and integrative program. Some students have majors in interdisciplinary programs in urban studies or environmental studies. Students develop an understanding and knowledge of development processes, natural systems and governmental planning and regulation. They develop a capacity to analyze environmental and community land planning problems and to form imaginative solutions. Skills obtained include preparation of land and environmental databases, plans, policies and implementation programs.

Course Lists


ECLP Faculty

NAME

SPECIALTY

E-MAIL

ADDRESS

Bryant, M. Margaretland planningmbryant@esf.edu 333 Marshall Hall
Carter Jr, Emanuel J.city planning, urban design, rural design, design history and theoryejcarter@esf.edu312 Marshall Hall
Diemont, Stewartsystems ecology, ecological engineering, traditional ecological knowledge, ecosystem restoration, sustainability analysis, natural wastewater treatment systems and re-use, lesser-developed countries, agroecologysdiemont@esf.edu 246 Illick Hall
Dieterlen, SusanPostindustrial landscapes, sociocultural issues, people in the environment, research applications in landscape architecturesdieterl@esf.edu 322 Marshall 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 416 Walters Hall
Farrell, ShannonWildlife ecology, wildlife-habitat relationsips, research and management planning for endangered and threatened species and habitat, assessing anthropogenic impacts on wildlife, quantification approaches for wildlife habitat services, policy innovations for implementing the endangered species actsfarrell@esf.edu 207 Illick Hall
Johnston, Douglas M.Environmental planning, land use, water resources planning and management, spatial analysis, political economy, ecological design and planning.dmjohnst@esf.edu331 Marshall 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.edu 113 Marshall Hall
Potteiger, Matthew R.community design and food systemsmpotteig@syr.edu306 Marshall 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 109 Marshall Hall
Sonnenfeld, David A.sociology of environment and natural resources; comparative environmental policy, politics and governance; globalization, development and sustainability; social studies of science and technology; East and Southeast Asia; field, historical and mixed research methodsdsonn@esf.edu211B Marshall Hall
Toland, Timothy R.Applications of green infrastructure in the urban environment, sustainable design, stormwater design, planting design, native plant communities, soils in designtrtoland@esf.edu 313 Marshall Hall

Graduate Students in Environmental and Community Land Planning

Current Students

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

Tutku AkTutku Ak
tak@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Previous Graduate Study: University of Canakkale Onseki (Landscape Architectu)

Waleed AlsadoonWaleed Alsadoon
waalsado@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Adriana BeltraniAdriana Beltrani
abeltr01@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bryant

Ingrid BrofmanIngrid Brofman
ibrofman@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bryant

G.A.F. Sri DewiG.A.F. Sri Dewi
grdewi@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
Undergraduate Institute: Udayana Univ (Agriculture)

Graduate Research Topic
Indigenous Agriculture, Climate Change, and the Environment in Upstate New York

Sophia Finlayson-SchuelerSophia Finlayson-Schueler
srfinlay@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bryant
Undergraduate Institute: Allegheny College

Kaira FuentesKaira Fuentes
ktfuente@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld and Smardon
Undergraduate Institute: University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras* (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (Environmental and Social Planning)

Doctoral Research Topic
Comparative Perspectives on Implementation of the Ramsar Convention in Mangrove Reserves in the Caribbean Region

Areas of Interest
Wetland science; International environmental policy; Environmental planning; the Caribbean region

Yolanda GonzalezYolanda Gonzalez
ygonzale@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Potteiger
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College at Geneseo (Spanish)

Graduate Research Topic
Research focuses on community food systems and urban agriculture in New York City. Particularly interested in examining obesity-driven urban agriculture initiatives, such as the Gardens for Healthy Communities Initiative coordinated through Green Thumb.

Favorite Quote
Masanobu Fukuoka once said, "The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings."

Vanessa GravenstineVanessa Gravenstine
vrgraven@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Dieterlen

Yuh-Chin HwangYuh-Chin Hwang
yuhwang@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Moran

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY Binghamton (Geography )

About
Yuh-Chin (Yulanda) Hwang (ABD) is a doctoral candidate in GPES.  Her PhD research focuses on how museums present the environmental knowledge that is held by indigenous people, and the use of interactive and outdoor approaches to their interpretive work.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the National University in Taiwan, and a master’s degree in geography from SUNY – Binghamton.

Hayley KopelsonHayley Kopelson
hhkopels@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Diemont
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Potsdam (Biology)

Rasheed LucasRasheed Lucas
ralucas@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Carter

Isaias MartinezIsaias Martinez
imarti01@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont
Undergraduate Institute: Universidad Autonoma Chapingo

Shruti MokashiShruti Mokashi
samokash@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Mackenzie PiggottMackenzie Piggott
mpiggott@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Carter

Richaela PrimusRichaela Primus
rprimus@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Selfa

Elysa SmigielskiElysa Smigielski
emsmigie@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bryant

Andrew SorciAndrew Sorci
apsorci@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Malmsheimer

Yian-Kim ZhangYian-Kim Zhang
kdzhang@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Carter

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