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Ecological Engineering Area of Study for M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in Environmental Resources Engineering

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Ecological Engineering is the design of ecosystems for the mutual benefit of humans and the environment. Ideal design considers humans to be part of nature rather than apart from nature.

At ESF we believe that ecological engineering education and research should meet local to global needs. We teach and research sustainable solutions and approach ecological engineering broadly, working in many areas of the world and in most major areas of ecological engineering.

Program Requirements

Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses include at least one semester of study in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, or statics; probability and statistics; ecology; and hydrology.

Program mastery courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least one course (3+ credit hours) in each of these areas of competence: 1) Ecosystem Restoration; 2) Pollutant Treatment; 3) Modeling; and 4) Ecosystem Sciences.

Looking Forward

Graduates from the ecological engineering option commonly find employment or continue their advanced graduate education in any of the following areas of practice:

  1. Ecosystem restoration, including watershed, river, forest and wetland restoration
  2. Design of sustainable systems for wastewater treatment and stormwater management
  3. Environmental remediation
  4. Urban ecosystem design and development
  5. Industrial ecology, life cycle analysis and sustainability analysis

Participating Faculty

  • Douglas J. Daley; djdaley@esf.edu
    water resources, solid and hazardous waste management, ecological engineering, environmental restoration, phytoremediation, bioremediation, soil and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental engineering
  • Nosa O. Egiebor; noegiebo@esf.edu
    industrial water and wastewater treatment; water quality; water and wastewater chemistry; trace metal analysis in natural and biological systems; adsorption processes by carbonaceous materials and zeolites; production and characterizations of biomass derived fuels and carbonaceous materials (biochar); CO2 capture and sequestration by functionalized carbonaceous materials; sulfide mineral oxidation and acid mine drainage (AMD); nuclear waste solidification; and degradation of materials under extreme environments
  • Theodore A. Endreny; te@esf.edu
    water resources engineering, ecological engineering, stream restoration, urban watersheds, lesser-developed countries
  • Charles N. Kroll; cnkroll@esf.edu
    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 systems
  • Timothy H. Morin; thmorin@esf.edu
    Greenhouse gases, ecological engineering, micrometeorology, biogeochemistry, mechanistic modeling, temperate wetlands, permafrost, thermokarsts, freshwater lakes, tropical wetlands, computational fluid dynamics methane, plant atmosphere interactions, pore water, anaerobic soils, uncertainty propagation
  • Cornelius B. Murphy; cbmurphy@esf.edu
  • Wendong Tao; wtao@esf.edu
    Ecological engineering and sustainable wastewater treatment (Constructed wetland, gravel biofilter, anammox-based nitrogen removal processes); Resource recovery from bioresidues (anaerobic digestion, solid-liquid separation, struvite recovery, ammonia recovery)

Current Graduate Students in Ecological Engineering


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Madhuri Dinakar

Madhuri Dinakar

mdinakar@syr.edu
Ecological Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Tao
Undergraduate Institute: PES Institute of Technology (Biotechnology)

Graduate Research Topic
To test the use of hydrogen peroxide as a source of supplemental oxygen in vertical flow constructed wetlands.

Favorite Quote
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Leonardo da Vinci



Brenna Mosher

Brenna Mosher

bsmosher@syr.edu
Ecological Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny
Undergraduate Institute: Clarkson University (Environmental Engine)


Michael Reubens

Michael Reubens

mreubens@syr.edu
Ecological Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Daley
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY University at Buffalo (Environmental Engine)

Graduate Research Topic
Ecological function of native vs. commercial green roof species

Favorite Quote
Today is the first day of the rest of your life



Jianfeng Wen

Jianfeng Wen

jwen01@syr.edu
Ecological Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Tao
Undergraduate Institute: Shaanxi Normal University (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: Nanjing University (Env Resource Eng )

Graduate Research Topic
Low-Oxygen Biological Nitrogen Removal

Quote on Graduate Experience
"Cherish the opportunity, enrich my life!"



Scott Wolcott

Scott Wolcott

scwolcot@syr.edu
Ecological Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Endreny and Newman
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Center Buffalo (Civil Engineering)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY Center Buffalo (Civil Engineering )

Graduate Research Topic
Treatment of High Strength Organic Wastewater using Green Walls

Favorite Quote
“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.” - Colin Powell