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Graduate Program in Environmental Science
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Current Students

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Reem AlawadhiReem Alawadhi
ralawadh@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Manno

Previous Graduate Study: Johns Hopkins Univ* (Environmental Science)

Waleed AlsadoonWaleed Alsadoon
waalsado@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hussein

Ali AlshehriAli Alshehri
amalsheh@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Moran

Eli ArnowEli Arnow
earnow@syr.edu

ERE Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Undergraduate Study: Union College NY (Mechanical Engineeri)

Links
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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
abarring@syr.edu

ESC Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Elvin BethuremElvin Bethurem
embethur@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

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

Taye BirhanTaye Birhan
ttbirhan@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

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

Alison BresslerAlison Bressler
asbressl@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Bio
My undergraduate research focused on LID features in suburban South Carolina in order to reduce large scale eutrophication. My current research is focusing on the impact of willow birch on water quality, quantity, and associated ecosystems services in addition to investigating the broader social implications of growing willow birch as a biofuel source.

Avalon BungeAvalon Bunge
abunge@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Spencer BuslerSpencer Busler
stbusler@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Briggs

Youngeun ChoiYoungeun Choi
ychoi105@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Johnston

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)

David EichornDavid Eichorn
dneichor@syr.edu

ESC Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mao

Undergraduate Study: SUNY Empire State College (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (GPES WWRS)

Personal Statement
Climate change is indeed a pressing reality. Understanding it through a meteorological perspective can be critical in communicating global links between changes in climate and sensible weather on sub planetary, more reginal scales.

Graduate Research Topic
Great Lakes induced thermal Atmospheric signatures during severe lake effect snowstorms.

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Lorena Estrada ChinchillaLorena Estrada Chinchilla
lnestrad@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hirsch

Undergraduate Study: Universidad del Valle de Guatm (Ecotourism)

Previous Graduate Study: Tropical Agricultural Research

Adam FixAdam Fix
ajfix@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Manno

Undergraduate Study: SUNY Center Buffalo

Previous Graduate Study: Canisius College

Kaira FuentesKaira Fuentes
ktfuente@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

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

Undergraduate Study: University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras* (Environmental Science)

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

Doctoral Research Topic
The Ramsar Convention as a Mechanism for Mangrove Conservation and Management in the Caribbean

Areas of Interest
Coastal ecosystem services; International environmental policy; Environmental planning; the Caribbean region

Amanda GabryszakAmanda Gabryszak
amgabrys@syr.edu

Human Dimensions of the Environment

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parker

Drew GrandmontDrew Grandmont
dtgrandm@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Volk

Vanessa GravenstineVanessa Gravenstine
vrgraven@syr.edu

ESC Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kuehn

Lisa GreenwoodLisa Greenwood
llgreenw@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Moran

Undergraduate Study: 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 bachelor’s and master’s 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.

Shara HiltonShara Hilton
sehilton@syr.edu

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MPS
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 bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from York University in Toronto (Canada).

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.

Andrea IronsAndrea Irons
amirons@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stella

Undergraduate Study: University of Calif Berkeley (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
I am studying riparian forest dynamics along California’s 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.

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

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker

Jesse KernsJesse Kerns
jekerns@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Parker

Undergraduate Study: Suny College Fredonia

Timothy KochTimothy Koch
tmkoch@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Undergraduate Study: SUNY Center Albany (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
After undergraduate I did an internship with the US Forest Service conducting watershed health surveys throughout the Pacific Northwest. Looking at land use on watershed maps and then hiking across the land to get to the sampling locations really got me interested in watershed science. I would like to look at the impact of land cover change on ephemeral stream channel morphology and water quality from a managerial view point in order to best mitigate these changes in the future.

Favorite Quote
As for me, if I had fifty-three minutes to spend as I liked, I should walk at my leisure toward a spring of fresh water. -The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Eugene LawEugene Law
eplaw@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Undergraduate Study: 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.

Kyungsun LeeKyungsun Lee
klee34@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld

Undergraduate Study: Seoul National University

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

Doctoral Research Topic
From Industrial to Eco-Industrial Parks: the Role of Governance in Sustainability Transitions in Japan and Korea

Home Page
Web Link

Book
Lee, Kyungsun. 2013. Scientists and Engineers without Borders: Appropriate Technology for a Sustainable World. Seoul: Danielstone Publishing Co. (in Korean) ISBN 9788958074878

Areas of Competency
Environmental sociology; Science and technology studies; Environmental policy analysis; Industrial ecology

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Katherine LenkiewiczKatherine Lenkiewicz
klenkiew@syr.edu

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Hanyan LiHanyan Li
hli43@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Tao

Undergraduate Study: China Agricultural University

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

Shiyi LiShiyi Li
sli185@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Jian LinJian Lin
jlin27@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kroll

Links
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Alaina MalletteAlaina Mallette
amallett@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Hirsch

Undergraduate Study: 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

Maria MariniMaria Marini
mvmarini@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Selfa

Sherry MartinSherry Martin
smart100@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Shaw

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University

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Isaias MartinezIsaias Martinez
imarti01@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Undergraduate Study: Universidad Autonoma Chapingo

Jonathan Masih DasJonathan Masih Das
jmasihda@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Tao

Undergraduate Study: 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

Stacy McNultyStacy McNulty
samcnult@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Graduate Research Topic
The role of field stations and biological reserves in place-based education, adaptive management and sustainable community governance.

Home Page
Web Link

Amanda MillerAmanda Miller
anmil100@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Shruti MokashiShruti Mokashi
samokash@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Renata Moreno QuinteroRenata Moreno Quintero
rmorenoq@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Selfa

John MousoupetrosJohn Mousoupetros
jmousoup@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stehman

Mariana Nava LopezMariana Nava Lopez
mznavalo@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

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

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 Study: Nanjing University

Previous Graduate Study: Arizona State University (Public Admin)

Doctoral Research Topic
The Rising Power of Expertise: Scientists and China’s Environmental Movement

Areas of Competency
Social studies of science; Environmental and risk communication; Social movements and new media; Environment and public health

Article
Ni, Xiaole. 2015, April 30. "China's Research and Development Spend," Nature 520(7549): S8-9.

Charity NyeleleCharity Nyelele
cnyelele@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kroll

Young Min OhYoung Min Oh
yoh100@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld

Undergraduate Study: Yonsei Univ

Previous Graduate Study: Seoul National University (Public Policy)

Doctoral Research Topic
Multinational Boundary Organizations between Science and Politics: Joint Scientific Research Programs on Transboundary Air Pollution among South Korea, China, and Japan

Areas of Competency
International environmental policy; Science policy; Social theory of the environment; Policy analysis

David OsterDavid Oster
daoster@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Selfa

Undergraduate Study: Syracuse University (Geography)

Graduate Research Topic
Ecologically and socially sustainable biofuel production

Sukhyun ParkSukhyun Park
spark16@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Previous Graduate Study: KYUNG HEE UNIV (PULIC & INT'L POLICY)

Wiesye PelupessyWiesye Pelupessy
wpelupes@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Briggs and Sonnenfeld

Undergraduate Study: Petra Christian University (Architecture)

Professional Internship
Planning and Implementing Green, Affordable Housing and Neighborhoods in High‑Poverty American Cities

Kara PhelpsKara Phelps
kephelps@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry and Yanai

Alexandre PoissonAlexandre Poisson
apoisson@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Katherine PowersKatherine Powers
kdpowers@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Personal Statement
As an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University, I conducted research under Dr. Amanda Lavigne regarding the potential power output of pre-existing micro-hydro dams in Northern New York. This experience greatly influenced my MS concentration of Water and Wetland Resource Studies, as well as my focus on holistic, interdisciplinary approaches to environmental issues. With my current research I plan to discuss both the ecological risk assessment and public risk perception of hydraulic fracturing. Beyond academic courses and research, I work for the SUNY-ESF Outreach Office as a STEM Mentor, teaching 1st and 4th graders at Van Duyn and Dr. King Elementary Schools.

Tamir PuntsagTamir Puntsag
tpuntsag@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mitchell

Yang QiuYang Qiu
yqiu100@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Volk

Juliana QuaresmaJuliana Quaresma
jmquares@syr.edu

ESC Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Braulio QuinteroBraulio Quintero
baquinte@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hall

Undergraduate Study: 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, econometric modeling, and data analysis. I currently work for a NGO in Puerto Rico that focuses on Social-Ecological Systems research.

Graduate Research Topic
Coupled Human and Natural Systems

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Melvin SamsonMelvin Samson
masamson@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg

Cheryl SandrowCheryl Sandrow
casandro@syr.edu

ESC Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parker and Vidon

Prajapati ShapkotaPrajapati Shapkota
pshapkot@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

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

Kayla SmithKayla Smith
kmsmi100@syr.edu

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg

Samantha SteeleSamantha Steele
sesteele@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Driscoll and Bujanovic

Zainab TariqZainab Tariq
ztariq@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Volk

Emily ThielEmily Thiel
esthiel@syr.edu

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Daniel TinkelpaughDaniel Tinkelpaugh
dmtinkle@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Sara VelardiSara Velardi
shvelard@syr.edu

EFB Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Selfa

Sean VormwaldSean Vormwald
spvormwa@syr.edu

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker

Previous Graduate Study: Ithaca College (Communications — 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

Brenden WagnerBrenden Wagner
bawagner@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Undergraduate Study: SUNY College Oneonta (Environmental Science)

Links
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Graduate Research Topic
Entrenchment ratio and stream process in Catskill streams

Favorite Quote
The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. So you must give the rivers the kindness that you would give any brother. -Chief Seattle

Qian WangQian Wang
qwang29@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Doelle

Undergraduate Study: Hohai University (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Pharmaceuticals in wastewater

Favorite Quote
Create the miracles by yourself

Yi WangYi Wang
ywang300@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Molly WelshMolly Welsh
mkwelsh@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Vidon

Yang YangYang Yang
yyang100@syr.edu

FRM Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Study: Minzu University of China

Personal Statement
I'm interested in forest-based environmental issues that raised currently. I'm more focused on nutrient cycling in forests and the way to assess the forest health.

Graduate Research Topic
My project is detecting the change in tree tissue chemistry over time in Northern Hardwoods. Research,conducted in Huntington Wildlife Forest,will show a change in concentrations of tree nutrients in different tree components over time and detail the uncertainties of processing long-time detecting studies in tree nutrients..

Jin YinJin Yin
jyin100@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld and Newman

Undergraduate Study: Minzu University of China (Ecology)

Previous Graduate Study: Yale University (Forest Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Community-based Forest Management in China's Minority Areas

Areas of Interest
Biodiversity conservation; Indigenous knowledge; Land use change; Forest policy; Remote sensing and GIS; Ecosystem services


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