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Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes
GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Andrea Parker

NOTE: The ECPP Area of Study is NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the MS/MPS in 2014-2015. Please see the professors' home Departments for additional options.

This study area addresses the communicative dynamics of the formation of attitudes. It includes decision making, public policy, public participation, campaign development, organizational effectiveness, and conflict prevention and resolution, which all hinge on the ability of participants to communicate and use information effectively, strategically and ethically. GPES students with this option will be prepared to enter diverse arenas of industry, non-government organizations and government structures well equipped to facilitate and participate in effective interactions among individual citizens, non-government organizations, publics, agencies, bureaucracies, scientists and others. They will have the skills and knowledge that will allow them to choose the more appropriate and effective process structures and strategies to reach objectives.

Course Lists

ECPP Faculty





Folta, Elizabethenvironmental interpretation and education, communication through electronic media and visitor 356 Illick Hall
Kuehn, Diane and recreational dimensions, ecotourism and nature tourism, recreation management and researchdmkuehn@esf.edu310A Bray 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
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 113 Marshall Hall
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 108A Marshall Hall
Rickard, Laura N.environmental communication, risk communication, science communication, health communication, qualitative & mixed methods, survey research, message design & testing, public health, national parks, risk managementlrickard@esf.edu108B 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 109 Marshall Hall

Graduate Students in Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Current Students

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

Laura BartockLaura Bartock

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Rickard
Undergraduate Institute: University of Maryland Baltimore CO

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Graduate Research Topic
I am interested in the relationship between science communication at a theoretical level and the practice of science communication in long-term ecological research sites (LTERs). In particular, this study proposes to examine if and how science communication practitioners at LTERs align with theoretically established models of science communication, such as the deficit model, the dialogue model, and the participation model. Do the practitioners fall neatly into categorical models, or do their practices blur the boundaries of established models? Do practitioners use more than one model through the course of their work? Are there other models that have not yet been identified?

Favorite Quote
Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Paul EspositoPaul Esposito

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

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

Personal Statement
I am studying the communication of food system sustainability by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization through multimedia. My research is focused on the the interplay of power and legitimacy in global communications entities like the UN and how existing structures may inhibit or support progress towards a more sustainable global food system. I am especially interested in the use of new and multiple forms of environmental communication including GIS mapping, info-graphics, and video.

Favorite Quote
"Many environmental writers tell us to connect. The issue is more about regrouping: reestablishing some functioning fantasy that will do for now, to preserve our sanity. Yet this is radically impossible, because of the total nature of the catastrophe and the fact that there is no script for it (we are "still here," and so on). It's like waking up: it becomes impossible to go back to sleep and dream in good faith. The ecological disaster is like being in a cinema when suddenly the movie itself melts. Then the screen melts. Then the cinema itself melts. Or you realize your chair is crawling with maggots. You can't just change the movie. Fantasizing at all becomes dubious." -Timothy Morton

Rachel HoppinsRachel Hoppins

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Rickard and Folta
Undergraduate Institute: Kansas St University of Manhattan (Biology)

Courtney Johnson-WoodsCourtney Johnson-Woods

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker

Kimiharu ToKimiharu To

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Moran and Parker

Previous Graduate Study: Aomori University (Environ Science )

Sean VormwaldSean Vormwald

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker

Previous Graduate Study: Ithaca College (Communications Oth)

Sean Vormwald is the director of sustainability at Onondaga Community College (OCC) where he works with campus stakeholders to implement sustainability-related programs throughout OCC. His role includes integrating sustainability into campus operations, encouraging sustainability-related curriculum development, and coordinating educational outreach programs. Prior to his position at OCC, Sean provided sustainability consulting services for municipal, non-profit, and business clients through his company, Sustainable Transitions Inc. He has also worked for several non-profit organizations where he managed environmentally-focused public outreach campaigns. Sean is currently a PhD student at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry studying environmental communication. He earned a master's degree in communications and a bachelor's degree in environmental studies at Ithaca College.

Graduate Research Topic
Energy-related behavior change on college campuses

Rebecca WalkerRebecca Walker

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parker
Undergraduate Institute: Dickinson College (Environmental Science)

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