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Information on our graduate students is provided here to facilitate communication between enrolled students as well as to inform and encourage prospective students. Photos may be of the student or of their research interest.

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)

Ali AlshehriAli Alshehri
amalsheh@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Moran

Emma AntolosEmma Antolos
erantolo@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Dieterlen

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Binghamton

Graduate Research Topic
Visitor Perception of Automobiles and Public Transportation in National Parks

Eli ArnowEli Arnow
earnow@syr.edu

ERE Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Undergraduate Institute: Union College NY (Mechanical Engineeri)

Links
Web Link

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
ďIf success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I doÖ How would I be? What would I do?Ē - Buckminster Fuller

Rakhshinda BanoRakhshinda Bano
rbano@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Smardon and Hussein

Linkedin
Web Link

About
Rakhshinda is a Fulbright Masters Scholar from Pakistan. She is pursuing her Masters degree in Environmental Sc. with concentration in Water and Wetland Resource Studies. She is currently working on Economic value of Alpine wetlands conservation in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Water Resource Management, Climate Change Adapatation and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics are the fields she is most interested in.

Laura BartockLaura Bartock
lkbartoc@syr.edu

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Rickard

Undergraduate Institute: University of Maryland Baltimore CO

Links
Web Link

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

Elvin BethuremElvin Bethurem
embethur@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hirsch and Selfa

Kevin BlissKevin Bliss
kebliss@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Smardon

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Environmental Science)

Links
New York State Wetlands Forum

Cheryl BondiCheryl Bondi
cabondi@syr.edu

ESC Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Beier

Undergraduate Institute: Salem State College (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: Humboldt State University (Biology )

Graduate Research Topic
My dissertation research focuses on the role of Calcium in northern hardwood forest floor ecology. I am studying community structure and trophic interactions between snails, arthropods and terrestrial salamanders in forests with varying levels of available Calcium in the organic soil horizon. In a landscape that has undergone historically high levels of acid deposition, this research will provide insight into the effects that Calcium leaching may have on the leaf litter fauna and bottom up processes in northeastern forests.

Ingrid BrofmanIngrid Brofman
ibrofman@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bryant

Mirian CalderonMirian Calderon
mrcalder@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Graduate Research Topic
River Biological Assessment. River restoration.

Favorite Quote
'Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving". Albert Einstein

Joseph CavenderJoseph Cavender
jmcavend@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Carter

Julia ChaseJulia Chase
juchase@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Selfa

Shawn ClevelandShawn Cleveland
smclevel@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stella

Emily CloydEmily Cloyd
etcloyd@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Manno

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (EFB )

Laura CoberlyLaura Coberly
lccoberl@syr.edu

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld

Undergraduate Institute: Marymount Manhattan College (International Relati)

Graduate Research Topic
Mangrove Civilizations: Dependency and Participation in Conservation. A Case Study of the Sine-Saloum Delta, Senegal.

Bryan ComerBryan Comer
bhcomer@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Moran

Undergraduate Institute: Rochester Institute of Technology (Public Policy Studie)

Previous Graduate Study: Rochester Institute of Technology (Public Policy Studies)

About
Bryan Comer is a PhD student in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy. Bryan holds a Master's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Bryan's research focuses on the environmental impacts of freight transportation policies in the Great Lakes region.

Jordyn ConwayJordyn Conway
joconway@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Bryant

Lori CornellLori Cornell
lmcornel@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bryant

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Center Albany

Graduate Research Topic
Studying the relationship between land use change and hydrology in the heavily urbanized Rio Piedras watershed of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The study also looks to determine impacts of runoff and flooding on vulnerable populations and areas identified as areas of concern by community stakeholders. Additional study questions will address the analysis of the importance of using quality land cover data as inputs for geographic models, and how the quality of land cover data will impact modeled ecological/hydrological function.

Favorite Quote
"I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution." - Wernher von Braun

Research Interests
Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Modeling, Water Resources, Stormwater Management

Judith CrawfordJudith Crawford
jacraw03@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Previous Graduate Study: Drexel University (Environ Eng )

Matthew CrippsMatthew Cripps
mrcripps@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Carter

Rian CroteauRian Croteau
rtcrotea@syr.edu

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Susana del Granado PenarandaSusana del Granado Penaranda
smdelgra@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Manno and Hall

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Env Pol & Dem Proces)

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 Knowledge of Agriculture in Upstate New York

Mamadou DjermaMamadou Djerma
mdjerma@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Doelle and Hussein

Ari EngelbergAri Engelberg
aengelbe@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Doelle

Paul EspositoPaul Esposito
pcesposi@syr.edu

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

Lorena Estrada ChinchillaLorena Estrada Chinchilla
lnestrad@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hirsch

Susan FasslerSusan Fassler
scfassle@syr.edu

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Luzadis

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

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Doelle and Hussein

Ibrahim GameIbrahim Game
ipgame@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kroll

Undergraduate Institute: Univv of Lome (Chemistry)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Lome (Chemistry )

LinkedIn profil
Web Link

Personal Statement
Together for a better world, development in a clean environment, these are my general interests

Favorite Quote
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened

Carlos GavilondoCarlos Gavilondo
cagavilo@syr.edu

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Joshua GomezJoshua Gomez
jgomez04@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Center Buffalo

Favorite Quote
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard"

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."

Zachary GreenZachary Green
zrgreen@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Lisa GreenwoodLisa Greenwood
llgreenw@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Moran

Undergraduate Institute: Rochester Institute of Technology (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: University of New Haven (Environ Eng )

About
Lisa Greenwood is a doctoral student in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy.† Her bachelorís and masterís degrees are in civil engineering, and she has more than 20 years of professional experience in environmental management with firms including United Technologies and Pratt & Whitney.† For the past three years she has been an instructor in the Dept. of Civil Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology.† She plans to research innovation in corporate environmental management practices, especially as they relate to water quality standards.

Lars HambergLars Hamberg
ljhamber@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont and Limburg

Undergraduate Institute: Uppsala Univ

Shara HiltonShara Hilton
sehilton@syr.edu

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Moran

Previous Graduate Study: Ryerson University (Environmental Science)

About
Shara Hilton, MS candidate in GPES (part-time student) is researching how consumers think about major purchases, including the role of green certifications in decision making about furniture products.†† She has professional work experience in the furniture industry as well as property management.† She holds a bachelorís degree in environmental studies from York University in Toronto (Canada).

Rachel HoppinsRachel Hoppins
rshoppin@syr.edu

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Rickard and Folta

Undergraduate Institute: Kansas St University of Manhattan (Biology)

Carolyn HuynhCarolyn Huynh
ckhuynh@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Boyer and Doelle

Undergraduate Institute: Seattle University (Biology)

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 bachelorís degree in landscape architecture from the National University in Taiwan, and a masterís degree in geography from SUNY Ė Binghamton.

Andrea IronsAndrea Irons
amirons@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stella

Undergraduate Institute: University of Calif Berkeley (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
I am studying riparian forest dynamics along Californiaís Sacramento River. I love both forests and rivers, and am interested in how they affect one another. I hope to analyze the relationship between flow regimes and tree recruitment and succession, particularly focusing on the Fremont Cottonwoods native to the area. Utilizing GIS, hundreds of tree cores, and sediment data, I hope to draw a picture of how the riparian forest has changed in relation to the Sacramento River over time.

Matthew IslesMatthew Isles

Water and Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Moran

About
Matt Isles, MS candidate in GPES with a concentration on water resources, holds a bachelorís degree from Tufts University in political science.† He completed a masterís in public administration (MPA) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University through ESFís concurrent degree program.† His thesis research addresses institutional dimensions of environmental policy, specifically the organizational structure and effectiveness of estuary management programs.

Courtney Johnson-WoodsCourtney Johnson-Woods
cajohn13@syr.edu

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker

Imran KhalidImran Khalid
iskhalid@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

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

Undergraduate Institute: Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Environ Science)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Env Pol )

About
Imran Khalid is a doctoral student in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy.†† He is researching wastewater management issues, especially in small and low-income communities.† He holds a bachelorís degree from Virginia Tech, and masterís degrees (two), from the National University in Karachi, Pakistan, and also from SUNY Ė ESF.

Kevin KimballKevin Kimball
kdkimbal@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Tao and Smardon

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College Plattsburgh (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Sustainable waste water management.

Danielle KlosterDanielle Kloster
dpkloste@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Volk

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Funding from the USDA through the BCAP (Biomass Crop Assistance Program) has encouraged farmers in upstate New York to plant some of their land in shrub willow for bioenergy applications. The USDA requires soil erosion modeling with the RUSLE2 for all land enrolled in the program, but the vegetation file currently in the database for shrub willow is incomplete and based on limited data. My project is focused on developing a more comprehensive vegetation file for the USDA RUSLE2 database, to be used for future modeling by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and other organizations. This vegetation file will be based on data collected from 5 sites throughout New York and Vermont, 6 age classes (including the crucial establishment year), and 3 clones of willow, each representing a different growth pattern and canopy shape.

Favorite Quote
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Isaac Newton

Frances KnickmeyerFrances Knickmeyer
fbknickm@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Smardon

Hayley KopelsonHayley Kopelson
hhkopels@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Potsdam (Biology)

Lacey KucerakLacey Kucerak
lnkucera@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Boyer and Doelle

Li KuiLi Kui
lkui@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stella

Previous Graduate Study: Texas A&m University of College Sta* (Forestry and Related)

Graduate Research Topic
I am studying the reciprocal influences between river disturbance regimes (flooding and sediment transport) and riparian tree populations. My research is a part of a three-university cooperative project funded by NSF: Quantifying feedbacks between fluvial morphodynamics and pioneer riparian vegetation in sand-bed rivers. My work integrates full scale flume studies at the Outdoor Stream Lab at the University of Minnesota (St. Anthony Falls Laboratory), field studies on the Bill Williams River in Arizona, and geospatial analysis of vegetation and geomorphic change over time, collaborated with USGS.

Charles LaNoueCharles LaNoue
cmlanoue@syr.edu

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Eugene LawEugene Law
eplaw@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Kyungsun LeeKyungsun Lee
klee34@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld

Undergraduate Institute: Seoul National University

Previous Graduate Study: Seoul National University (History of Science )

Graduate Research Topic
Ecological Modernization of the Chemical Industry in South Korea

Publications
Lee, Kyungsun. 2013. Scientists and Engineers without Borders: Appropriate Technology for a Sustainable World. Seoul: Danielstone Publishing Co. ISBN 9788958074878

Hanyan LiHanyan Li
hli43@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Tao

Undergraduate Institute: China Agricultural University

Favorite Quote
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

Jian LinJian Lin
jlin27@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis

Undergraduate Institute: Fujian Normal University (Geography)

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Environment simulation and monitoring

Favorite Quote
When you learn, teach. When you get, give.---Maya Angelou

John LombardiJohn Lombardi
jalomb01@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stehman

Undergraduate Institute: University of North Carolina Asheville (Mathematics)

Personal Statement
Statistics, Math, and the Environment are what I am interested in. When I am not doing those things then I love biking and rock climbing!

Home Page
Web Link

Other web site
Web Link


Rasheed LucasRasheed Lucas
ralucas@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Carter

Ian MacCollIan MacColl
ijmaccol@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Shaw

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

Sara MarcheseSara Marchese
smmarche@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Undergraduate Institute: Virginia Polytechnic Insitute (Biology)

Personal Statement
I have an overall interest in sustainable agriculture and finding ways to a more holistic approach to mitigating pollution to water and air quality from agriculture region. Also, to promote more environmentally and public health conscience farming practices.

Graduate Research Topic
My specific research investigates stream restoration impact on floodplain connectivity, hydrology and nitrogen dynamics in agriculture areas.

Favorite Quote
"The imagination is the golden pathway to everywhere" -Terrance McKenna

Isaias MartinezIsaias Martinez
imarti01@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Undergraduate Institute: Universidad Autonoma Chapingo

Jonathan Masih DasJonathan Masih Das
jmasihda@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Tao

Undergraduate Institute: St Johns University of Staten Island (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: New York Inst Tech (Environmental Design)

Favorite Quote
"The future depends on what we do in the present." -Gandhi

Kerry McElroyKerry McElroy
kemcelro@syr.edu

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Hirsch

Rigoberto MelgarRigoberto Melgar
remelgar@syr.edu

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Manno

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF

Personal Statement
I'm fascinated with Ecological Economics (the science of sustainability)and I would like to make a difference in the world by understanding how we can improve the way that we do economics for a more just and sustainable world. Ecological Economics places the human economy inside of the global ecosystems on which it depends to exist. By doing this, we come to the realization that there are limits to growth in both natural and human dominated systems and therefore, as Herman Daly concluded many decades ago, we must aim for a steady state economy that can last for generations to come.

Graduate Research Topic
My focus is on analyzing the European Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) policy for renewable energies through the use of multiple methods involving Energy Return On Investment (EROI) and its more socially oriented Welfare Return on Energy Investment (WROEI). The FIT is considered the most successful renewable energy policy in the world and I would like to find out if it, in fact, has been as successful in generating the necessary amount of energy to maintain modern societies.

Favorite Quote
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live - Marcus Aurelius What's worse than running out of oil? Answer: Not running out of oil - Charles Hall

Shruti MokashiShruti Mokashi
samokash@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Marvin Joseph MontefrioMarvin Joseph Montefrio
mfmontef@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld

Undergraduate Institute: University of the Philippines (Civil Engineering)

Previous Graduate Study: National University of Singapore (Envt'l Engineering; Envt'l Management)

Graduate Research Topic
Growing Low Carbon Commodities in Upland Philippines: Integration of Smallholders in Biofuels and Rubber Production Regimes

Favorite Quote
"For what it's worth, it was worth all the while; It's something unpredictable but in the end is right" - Green Day

Areas of Competency
Globalization and environmental governance; Ecological economics; Economic anthropology; Participatory approaches to natural resource management; Political ecology of biofuels

Website
http://mfmontef.mysite.syr.edu

About
Marvin is a trained environmental scientist and engineer from the National University of Singapore, where he specialized in the technical and economic aspects of sustainable forms of bioenergy production. His encounters with the burgeoning environmental and social impacts of agriculture-based biofuels in Southeast Asia led him to explore the policy and social dimensions of biofuels production for his doctoral research. In particular, he is interested in studying the decision-making processes in collaborative management regimes that integrate indigenous cultural communities to the global production systems of "sustainable biofuels." Marvin is pursuing a concurrent Masters in Public Administration degree at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs to further hone his knowledge on policy, governance and collaboration. He carried out his doctoral field research in the Philippines from 2011-12.

Renata Moreno QuinteroRenata Moreno Quintero
rmorenoq@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Selfa

Solomon MungureSolomon Mungure
smungure@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Manno

Previous Graduate Study: University of Zimbabwe (Social Ecology )

Mariana Nava LopezMariana Nava Lopez
mznavalo@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Manno and Diemont

Previous Graduate Study: Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mex (Environmental Science)

Xiaole NiXiaole Ni
xini@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld

Undergraduate Institute: Nanjing University (English Language and)

Previous Graduate Study: Arizona State University (Public Administrationn)

Graduate Research Topic
Civic Scientists and Environmental Health in China

Areas of Competency
Science studies; Environmental communication; Social movements and new media; Food, environment and public health

Samshad NowreenSamshad Nowreen
snowreen@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Moran

Megan OMegan O'Connor
meocon02@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Selfa

Undergraduate Institute: University of Rochester (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Env Sci )

Personal Statement
I'm interested in looking at the social factors driving pesticide use and how those pesticides are impacting the local watershed. I believe it is essential to take an interdisciplinary approach to solving our global water problems.

Graduate Research Topic
Social and individual factors influencing farmers use of pesticides on Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands and subsequent potential for groundwater contamination.

Favorite Quote
Look back and see how far you've come and then you'll be ready to face what's next. :)

Noah Pasqua-GodkinNoah Pasqua-Godkin
ntpasqua@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Doelle

Aayushi PatelAayushi Patel
arpate02@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Smardon and Volk

Graduate Research Topic
Use of Life Cycle Analysis to compare and contrast traditional landfill covers vs. vegetative covers

Favorite Quote
"Trees are Earth's constant effort to talk to the heavens above"

Chao PeiChao Pei
cpei@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Personal Statement
I want to make a difference in the water resource.

Graduate Research Topic
Water

Favorite Quote
You're a prisioner walking through this world all alone.

Alexandre PoissonAlexandre Poisson
apoisson@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hall

Annisa Dian PratiwiAnnisa Dian Pratiwi
adpratiw@syr.edu

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld

Undergraduate Institute: Instit Teknologi Bandung (Planning)

Personal Statement
I am especially interested in environmental governance, policy networks, and water resources policy

Graduate Research Topic
Intergovernmental Land Use Control: The Case of Jakarta's Coastal Zone

Professional Experience
I have five years of work experience in the Ministry of Public Works of Indonesia, focusing on policy formulation, strategic planning and budgeting for infrastructure

Richaela PrimusRichaela Primus
rprimus@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Selfa

Tamir PuntsagTamir Puntsag
tpuntsag@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mitchell

Juliana QuaresmaJuliana Quaresma
jmquares@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
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, ecological modeling, and renewable energy resources policy. I am also interested in remote sensing and its application to renewable energy resources issues.

Graduate Research Topic
Coupled Human and Natural Systems

Favorite Quote
Seamos realistas y hagamos lo imposible (Let us be realists and do the impossible)-- E. Guevara

Rachel RadicelloRachel Radicello
rradicel@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Boyer

Carlos Ramirez PascualliCarlos Ramirez Pascualli
carami01@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hall

Undergraduate Institute: University of Nacional Autonoma Mexico (Industrial Engineeri)

Previous Graduate Study: El Colegio de Mexico (Economics )

Research Interest
My research interest is to develop alternatives to neoliberal economic thought (free market individualism) and neoclassical economic theory (utilitarian marginalism) based on dialogue between systems theory, ecological economics, and the political economy of natural resources.

Graduate Research Topic
The historical relation between petroleum and economic development in Mexico from an entropic perspective

Samantha RubinSamantha Rubin
srubin@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Daley

Ashley RyanAshley Ryan
amryan01@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Shaw

Undergraduate Institute: Binghamton University (Environmental Science)

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Graduate Research Topic
Future flood projections on the Mohawk River

Favorite Quote
If your horse says, "No", you either asked the wrong question, or asked the question wrong. -Pat Parelli

Kelsey ScottKelsey Scott
klscot03@syr.edu

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Manno

Undergraduate Institute: Ithaca College (Environmental Science)

Satish SerchanSatish Serchan
spsercha@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Undergraduate Institute: University of Vermont (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Quantifying the array of environmental drivers (climatic and geomorphological drivers) and indicators of greenhouse gas dynamics in streams in Arbutus Watershed in Huntington Wildlife Forest in Adirondacks region of NY.

Favorite Quote
"You have to wonder at times what youíre doing out there. Over the years, Iíve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement." ~ Steve Prefontaine

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Nathan SleightNathan Sleight
njsleigh@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Volk

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
My academic interests are in the field of environmentally sustainable production and use of energy resources. Humanity has the job to be good stewards of the marvelous planet we have been given. Ensuring the health of both the human and natural environments will lead to the benefit and continuation of both.

Favorite Quote
"And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free" - Jesus

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

Erin SwallowErin Swallow
easwallo@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hirsch

Edouard TiendrebeogoEdouard Tiendrebeogo
estiendr@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Smardon

Kimiharu ToKimiharu To
kto@syr.edu

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

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

Previous Graduate Study: Aomori University (Environ Science )

Sean VormwaldSean Vormwald
spvormwa@syr.edu

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker

Previous Graduate Study: Ithaca College (Communications ó Oth)

Biography
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
rwalker@syr.edu

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parker

Undergraduate Institute: Dickinson College (Environmental Science)

Qian WangQian Wang
qwang29@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Doelle

Krystal WhiteKrystal White
kwhite03@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Daley

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Potsdam

Graduate Research Topic
Nutrient fluxes and water quality on an extensive green roof

Favorite Quote
Things in their original simplicity contain their own natural power, power that is easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed. -Benjamin Hoff "The Tao of Pooh"

Regina WillisRegina Willis
rcwillis@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kroll

Xiaoliang YangXiaoliang Yang
xyang08@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld

Undergraduate Institute: University of Electronic Sci & Tech (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: Pace University (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
A Global Partnership Approach to Clean Energy Technology Innovation: Cooperation between China and the United States on Carbon Capture and Storage

Favorite Quote
Strengthen Self without Stopping, Hold World with Virtue.

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Areas of Competency
Environmental & energy policy; Sociology of science and technology; Global environmental governance; Sustainable energy systems

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