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Water and Wetland Resource Studies
GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Richard Smardon

The water and wetland resources area of study develops an understanding of technical, social and institutional aspects of water resources management, mitigation and restoration. Individual students may emphasize scientific or social subject areas but all study in both areas. Scientific aspects include the basic physical, chemical and biological interactions occurring in water resources systems. The social aspects are concerned with planning, regulation, law and institutions and management of water and wetland resources. Water serves as a focus for graduate study in water and related land resources management and water pollution and water quality control.

Recommended coursework includes:

  • physical sciences: civil engineering, geology, geomorphology, hydrology, meteorology, environmental engineering, soils, water chemistry, hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry and geographic information systems;
  • biological sciences: ecology, entomology, fisheries biology, forestry, microbiology, water quality and limnology; and
  • social sciences: administration, economics, government, history, law, ethics, philosophy and policy.

Course Lists

WWRS Faculty

NAME

SPECIALTY

E-MAIL

ADDRESS

Boyer, Gregory L.BIOCHEMISTRY and ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY, plant and algal biochemistry, chemical ecology and toxins produced by algae. ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING, including Buoy and ship-based monitoring systems for water qualityglboyer@esf.edu320 Jahn Laboratory
Briggs, Russell D.forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, ecosystem services, watershed management, forest soils, silviculturerdbriggs@esf.edu358 Illick Hall
Daley, Douglas J.water resources, solid and hazardous waste management, ecological engineering, environmental restoration, phytoremediation, bioremediation, soil and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental engineeringdjdaley@esf.edu420 Baker Laboratory
Dölle, Klauspulp & paper and related environmental topics, design, constructed wetlands,subsurface bioreactors, fossil energy, bioenergy, hydropower, water and waste water treatment, paper recycling, paper development, filler materials, energy savings, renewable energy & processes, engineering, machine & process design.kdoelle@esf.edu 416 Walters Hall
Endreny, Theodore A.water resources engineering, ecological engineering, stream restoration, urban watersheds, lesser-developed countrieste@esf.edu404 Baker Laboratory
Hussein, Rafaat M.Hazardous wastes, water & land resources, GIS, expert & knowledge-based assessment, analysis and management systemsrmhussei@esf.edu 216 Baker Laboratory
Kroll, Charles N.stochastic and deterministic hydrology, environmental modeling, water resource systems engineering, ecological engineering, urban forestry, drought assessment, environmental systems engineering, stochastic and deterministic modeling, risk assessment, coupled human and natural systemscnkroll@syr.edu424 Baker Laboratory
Limburg, Karin E.riverine fish and estuarine ecology, fisheries ecology, watershed ecology, systems ecology, ecological economics, fisheries and ecosystem science, coupled human-natural systems, biogeochemistry, fisheries ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemical tracers, modelingklimburg@esf.edu249 Illick Hall
Manno, Jack P.sustainability theory and practice, Great Lakes policy and institutions, science and policy decision making, sustainable development, ecological economicsjpmanno@esf.edu 211A Marshall Hall
Moran, Sharon D.environmental policy, human dimensions of water/wastewater issues, political ecology, environment-society relations, green and innovative technologies, environmental issues in post-communist countries, qualitative research methods, gender and nature, sustainability indicators, emergent technologies, environmental justice, ethical frameworks in public policysmoran@esf.edu 113 Marshall Hall
Schulz, Kimberly L.nutrient and exotic species effects on aquatic ecosystems, ecological stoichiometry, aquatic community and ecosystem ecology, bioenergetics, nutrient cycling, lower food web studies, great lakes, finger lakes, plankton, limnology, aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, invasive specieskschulz@syr.edu456 Illick Hall
Selfa, Theresaenvironmental sociology, rural sociology, sociology of agriculture, sociology of development, political sociology, qualitative methods, comparative-historical methods, biofuels, land use planning, water policy and politicstselfa@esf.edu 109 Marshall Hall
Shaw, Stephen B.hydroclimatology, water resources engineering, ecohydrology in a changing climate, water resources, climate change, hydrology, systems modeling, stormwater managementsbshaw@esf.edu418 Baker Laboratory
Smardon, Richard C.wetland assessment and management, landscape management policy, public participation and decision-making, sustainable development, eco-tourism, biosphere reserve managementrsmardon@esf.edu 211B Marshall Hall
Stella, John C.riparian and stream ecology, restoration ecology, watershed management, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, river restorationstella@esf.edu 344 Illick Hall
Tao, Wendongconstructed ecosystems for water and wastewater treatment, nutrient recovery from wastes, water quality, microbial ecology of engineered ecosystems, dairy manure and wood leachate wtao@esf.edu 422 Baker Laboratory
Vidon, Philippe G.Stream Restoration, Ecological Engineering, Riparian Zone and Watershed Management, Water Quality, Riparian Zone/Watershed Biogeochemistry and Hydrology, Best Management Practices, Surface and Subsurface Hydrology, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Mercury, Carbon Cycling, Greenhouse Gases (N2O, CO2, CH4). pgvidon@esf.edu 309 Bray Hall

Graduate Students in Water and Wetland Resource Studies

Current Students

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

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.

Kevin BlissKevin Bliss
kebliss@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Smardon

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (ENV. 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.

Julia ChaseJulia Chase
juchase@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Selfa

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):

Kaira FuentesKaira Fuentes
ktfuente@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

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

Zachary GreenZachary Green
zrgreen@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Carolyn HuynhCarolyn Huynh
ckhuynh@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Boyer and Doelle
Undergraduate Institute: Seattle University (Biology)

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.

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.

Frances KnickmeyerFrances Knickmeyer
fbknickm@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Smardon

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.

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.

Ian MacCollIan MacColl
ijmaccol@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Shaw

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

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

Mariana Nava LopezMariana Nava Lopez
mznavalo@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): and Diemont

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

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

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.

Tamir PuntsagTamir Puntsag
tpuntsag@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mitchell

Rachel RadicelloRachel Radicello
rradicel@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Boyer

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)

Links
Web Link

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

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

Philippe Vidon's - Home Page
Web Link

Edouard TiendrebeogoEdouard Tiendrebeogo
estiendr@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Smardon

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

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