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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.

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Graduate Program in Environmental Science
SUNY-ESF
202 Baker Lab
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210–2787 USA

Cariann Linehan, Office Coordinator
315-470-6528
Fax - 315-470-6700


Current Students

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

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

Austin ArringtonAustin Arrington
abarring@syr.edu

ESC Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Taye BirhanTaye Birhan
ttbirhan@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

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

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

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 Competency
Collaborative planning; International environmental policy; Coastal zone management; Caribbean studies

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

Jesse KernsJesse Kerns
jekerns@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Parker

Undergraduate Study: Suny College Fredonia

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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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

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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

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.

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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

John MousoupetrosJohn Mousoupetros
jmousoup@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stehman

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

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)

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.

Yang QiuYang Qiu
yqiu100@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Volk

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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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

Emily ThielEmily Thiel
esthiel@syr.edu

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Daniel TinklepaughDaniel Tinklepaugh
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): Collins

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

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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