• Juan Carlos Alvarez Yepiz, a doctoral student at SUNY ESF, monitors survival, growth, and spatial distribution of endangered forest cycad, Dioon sonorense, in northwestern Mexico, to aid conservation and restoration of this species.

  • JMonitoring the effects of forest ecosystem management on plant communities allows for adjusting current management practices to accelerate the restoration of pre-harvest plant communities.

  • ESF students with Gerardo Perez of the Zapaton Indigenous Reserve learning about sustainable harvests of commercial product from the buffer zone around in El Cangreja National Park, Costa Rica.

  • Adolfo Chankin, a Lacandon Maya farmer, stands in a restoration plot in southern Mexico. Restoration projects are most successful when they involve local people in planning, implementation, and monitoring.

  • Ph.D student Tomasz Falkowski observes birds to assess the ecosystem health and services of a restoration project in Chiapas, Mexico. Restoration success is best evaluated holistically.

  • Different organic waste streams from the local area are tested as soil amendments to support the growth of shrub willow as an alternative cap on a former industrial site.

  • Shrub willow being grown as an alternative cover on a former industrial site.

  • ESF students with Rancho Mastatal staff in Costa Rica learning how to replenish soil nutrients in heavily leached tropical soils using an appropriate technology for producing biochar.

  • Studying the effects of prescribed fire on restoring vegetative habitat and populations of endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnake in old field communities of Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area, New York.

  • Studying the effects of prescribed fire on restoring vegetative habitat and populations of endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnake in old field communities of Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area, New York.

  • Studying the effects of prescribed fire on restoring vegetative habitat and populations of endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnake in old field communities of Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area, New York.

Ecosystem Restoration
GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Stewart Diemont

The ecosystem restoration study area focuses on the technical, biogeochemical, ecological and cultural aspects of rehabilitating and restoring degraded ecosystems, habitats and landscapes. The program is designed for graduate students who wish to take an interdisciplinary approach to ecosystem restoration, have access to multidisciplinary expertise, and develop advanced knowledge of ecological engineering, conservation biology, restoration ecology, forest and habitat restoration, landscape ecology and eco-cultural restoration to address complex environmental problems. Current research includes urban ecology and renewal, aquatic restoration, invasive species, agroforestry, brownfields, traditional ecological knowledge and the spatial monitoring, modeling and analysis of integrated ecological processes. Field sites and study areas are located throughout the world and involve a wide variety of ecosystems, cultures and landscapes. Specific course work in ecosystem restoration is supplemented by courses offerings in science, engineering, mathematics, natural resources, and environmental and social policy.

Course Lists





Daley, Douglas J.water resources, solid and hazardous waste management, ecological engineering, environmental restoration, phytoremediation, bioremediation, soil and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental engineeringdjdaley@esf.edu420 Baker Laboratory
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
Dovciak, MartinPlant Ecology, Forest Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Global Change, Ecosystem Management & 459 Illick Hall
Endreny, Theodore A.water resources engineering, ecological engineering, stream restoration, urban watersheds, lesser-developed countrieste@esf.edu404 Baker Laboratory
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, 134 Illick Hall
Hussein, Rafaat M.Hazardous wastes, sustainable agriculture and infrastructure systems 216 Baker Laboratory
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
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
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). 309 Bray 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 346 Illick Hall

Graduate Students in Ecosystem Restoration

Current Students

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

Eli ArnowEli Arnow

ERE Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont
Undergraduate Institute: Union College NY (Mechanical Engineeri)

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Graduate Research Topic
A Study of the potential benefits of the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of the historical Haudenosaunee for agricultural modernization in Central NY. How could the TEK of the Haudenosaunee improve local food production in terms of both yield and sustainability?

Favorite Quote
“If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do… How would I be? What would I do?” - Buckminster Fuller

Austin ArringtonAustin Arrington

ESC Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Avalon BungeAvalon Bunge

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Drew GrandmontDrew Grandmont

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Volk

Eugene LawEugene Law

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF

Graduate Research Topic
Restoration of four native, edible, culturally significant early successional plants to abandoned farmland in the Hudson Valley, NY utilizing aspects of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of the local indigenous peoples.

Samantha SteeleSamantha Steele

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont


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