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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): Moran

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

Lindsey AyersLindsey Ayers
lmayers@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Melyssa BanksMelyssa Banks
mcbanks@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Johnston

Kristy BarhiteKristy Barhite
kbarhite@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Bryant

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY College Envrnmntl Sci Frstry (Landscape Architectu)

Shumaila Javed BhattiShumaila Javed Bhatti
thkyaw@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kroll

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
I graduated from International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan in 2015 with BS in Environmental Sciences. My previous affiliations include working with WWF-Pakistan, IUCN, Pakistan EPA, National Agriculture Research Council, and Environmental Watch Trust.

Graduate Research Topic
Streamflow, drought and/or flood prediction in areas with little or no data.

Favorite Quote
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where non intrudes, By the deep sea and music in its roar, I love not man the less, but nature more. ~Lord Byron

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Taye BirhanTaye Birhan
ttbirhan@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

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

Previous Graduate Study: Wageningen University

Monica BlaisdellMonica Blaisdell
mblaisde@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Toland

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

Jack CramerJack Cramer
jcramer@syr.edu

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Manno

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

Personal Statement
Adam’s research draws on methods from the humanities and social sciences to examine the formation, adoption, and transmission of environmental values. His dissertation project examines the beliefs and strategies that inform the actions of self-proclaimed “allies” of Indigenous-led environmental protection movements in North America. Since 2014, he has worked as an adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

Areas of Competency
Environmental social movements; traditional ecological knowledge (TEK); religion and ecology; oral history & ethnography.

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
Environmental Governance: Mangrove Protection and Restoration Initiatives in Puerto Rico

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

Jorge Jose Garcia PoloJorge Jose Garcia Polo
jgarci16@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Kara GonzalesKara Gonzales
kephelps@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

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

Rebecca GoodmanRebecca Goodman
rgoodm01@syr.edu

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker

Drew GrandmontDrew Grandmont
dtgrandm@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Volk

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.

Sally GuillornSally Guillorn
sguillor@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

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

Yasaman HassanzadehYasaman Hassanzadeh
ythassan@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Corinne HealeyCorinne Healey
cjhealey@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Johnston

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).

Sunghoon HongSunghoon Hong
shong10@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Study: Trinity College (Hartford CT) (Environ Science)

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently working on two projects. The first one is a chronosequence study on American beech interference with sugar maple regeneration in the White Mountain National Forest where I am also looking at the responses of the two hardwood species to nutrient manipulations, soil chemistry, and stand age. The second one is on foliar chemistry of yellow and white birches and their resorption proficiency and efficiency in nutrient-manipulated plots in the White Mountain National Forest.

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.

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

Jay LambrixJay Lambrix
jrlambri@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld

Undergraduate Study: Suny College Brockport (Spanish & Internatio)

Areas of Interest
Sustainability; Alternative transportation; Food systems; Renewable energy

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

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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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Jian LinJian Lin
jlin27@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kroll

Undergraduate Study: Fujian Normal University

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
My research interest is quantitative urban ecology modeling and analysis. I am also interested in applying geospatial technologies, statistics and computational models to advance people’s understanding of social-ecological systems.

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

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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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

Emma MrowkaEmma Mrowka
emrowka@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Blake NeumannBlake Neumann
beneuman@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Collins and Selfa

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

Undergraduate Study: University of Zimbabwe

Links
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Personal Statement
My research interests evolve around Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing applications to environmental science research. My PhD work looks at urban forestry and related ecosystem services. I am a firm believer in the transformative prowess of education and echo the same sentiments as Tata Nelson Mandela when he said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Graduate Research Topic
A multi-objective decision support system for urban trees

Favorite Quote
It always seems impossible until it's done -Nelson Mandela

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
Science-Politics Interaction in Multinational Boundary Mechanisms: Transboundary Air Pollution in Northeast Asia

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)

Michael PetroniMichael Petroni
mdpetron@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Collins

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.

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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Sri Vaishnavi RameshSri Vaishnavi Ramesh
srames02@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Volk

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

Kristen SlodyskoKristen Slodysko
knslodys@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Boyer

Kayla SmithKayla Smith
kmsmi100@syr.edu

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

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

Samantha SteeleSamantha Steele
sesteele@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

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

Breck SullivanBreck Sullivan
brsulliv@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fortier and Malmsheimer

Zainab TariqZainab Tariq
ztariq@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Volk

Daniel TinklepaughDaniel Tinklepaugh
dmtinkle@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Undergraduate Study: Union College Ny (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study:

Personal Statement
Hello everybody! It's nice to share some information about myself on the page that I browsed when searching for schools to attend as a graduate student. Feel free to message me if you're a prospective, current, or past student in environmental sciences!

Graduate Research Topic
Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), Statistical Analysis, and Forest Biomass Surveys

Favorite Quote
"Wyrd bið ful aræd" - "Fate remains wholly inexorable" Wyrd is a concept in Anglo-Saxon culture roughly corresponding to fate or personal destiny. The above phrase implies that one should accept fate yet strive to improve themselves and their prospects.

Sara VelardiSara Velardi
shvelard@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

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

Emily WaltersEmily Walters
elmart01@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Johnston

Yi WangYi Wang
ywang300@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Qian WangQian Wang
qwang29@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

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

Undergraduate Study: Hohai University (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Pharmaceuticals in wastewater

Favorite Quote
Create the miracles by yourself

Theodora WeatherbyTheodora Weatherby
thweathe@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

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

Molly WelshMolly Welsh
mkwelsh@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Vidon

Undergraduate Study: University of Rhode Island (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: University of North Carolina Charlotte

Links
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Graduate Research Topic
My research focuses on quantifying the effects of stream and floodplain restoration on seasonal hydrology (surface water-groundwater interactions) and biogeochemistry (cycling of nitrogen, carbon, and phosphorus). I am interested in identifying tradeoffs in ecosystem services, such as water quality improvement through nitrogen removal, versus potential disservices, including release of greenhouse gases. Additionally, I am analyzing social and economic components of restoration projects and investigating various methods of incorporating local environmental knowledge into cooperative watershed management.

Audrey WhiteAudrey White
awhite03@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
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 (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Forest and natural r)

Personal Statement
I'm interested in forest-based environmental issues that raised currently. I'm more focused on nutrient cycling and mercury pollution in forests.

Graduate Research Topic
My current project is quantifying total mercury in different tree components at four sites (Huntington Forest, NY; Sleepers River, VT; Hubbard Brook, NH; Bear Brook, ME). I am also analyzing mercury by tree rings and doing data analysis of loon Hg.


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