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Current Students

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

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

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

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, Ro 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

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

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

Sunghoon HongSunghoon Hong
shong10@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

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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Jian LinJian Lin
jlin27@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kroll

Links
Web Link

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

John MousoupetrosJohn Mousoupetros
jmousoup@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stehman

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 Chinas 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)

Michael PetroniMichael Petroni
mdpetron@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Collins

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

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 bi ful ard" - "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

EFB Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Selfa

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

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.

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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