• Faculty members Laura Rickard and Andrea Feldpausch-Parker, along with MS student Katie Batill, traveled to Uppsala, Sweden to the biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment (COCE). Dr. Feldpausch-Parker and Ms. Batill presented on their research examining media portrayals of hydraulic fracturing, while Dr. Rickard presented on a project exploring National Park Service employees’ perceptions of risk in national parks.

  • In the graduate class titled Environmental Health Policy, Prof. Sharon Moran and MS student, Paul Esposito, explore the communication dimensions of microplastics from hygiene products in wastewater and their impact on aquatic ecosystems. Their project examines media framing of the issue, specifically what narratives have been invoked in making this phenomenon coherent to the general public as well as policy makers.

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes
GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker

NOTE: The ECPP Area of Study is NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the MS/MPS after 2013. Please see the professors' home departments for additional options.

This study area addresses the communicative dynamics of behaviors, attitudes, values, perceptions, and ideologies. It includes decision making, public policy, public participation, campaign development, organizational effectiveness, conflict prevention and resolution, and risk communication which all hinge on the ability of participants to communicate and use information effectively, strategically, and ethically. GPES students within this option will be prepared to enter diverse arenas of academia, industry, non-government organizations, and government structures well equipped to facilitate and/or participate in 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 appropriate 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 M.human dimensions of leisure and outdoor recreation, ecotourism and nature tourism, recreation management and researchdmkuehn@esf.edu310A Bray Hall
Luzadis, Valerie A.ecological economics, social-ecological systems, ecosystem services, social dimensions of forest and natural resources management, natural resources and environmental policy and values, sustainable development, 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 policysmoran@esf.edu113 Marshall Hall
Feldpausch-Parker, Andrea M.environmental, science and technology communication; wildlife conservation; climate change discourse and decision-making; environmental advocacy; environmental and natural resources conflict management; qualitative, critical and program evaluation methods; public participation; energy discourse and 107 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, 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 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.

David AliceaDavid Alicea

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Luzadis

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

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)

Graduate Research Topic
I'm interested in examining the rhetoric surrounding urban agriculture, and how it's portrayed as a social and environmental movement in organizational and news media discourse.


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