Faculty & Staff

Environmental Studies Program Faculty

With core strengths across the social sciences and in the humanities, Departmental faculty members support graduate and undergraduate programs in Environmental Studies, and ESF's Writing Program. We participate in a variety of college-wide programs, including the Graduate Program in Environmental Science, the Environmental and Natural Resource Policy doctoral program, the Minor in Urban Environmental Science, the Minor in Environmental Writing and Rhetoric, ESF's First Year Student Experience, and the ESF in the High School program.

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(315 Area code)
Hirsch, Paul, Assistant Professor
PhD, Georgia Institute Of Technology-Main , 2008; MS, University Of Georgia, 2003; integrative thinking and problem-solving, water planning, biodiversity conservation, science-policy interface, environmental thought and ethics, policy analysis, public participation and decision-making, environmental valuation, complexity, participant-observation and survey methods, discourse analysis, environmental policy, climate governance, policy science divide
107 Marshall
Luzadis, Valerie, Chair and Professor
PhD, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1997; MS, Cornell University, 1990; ecological economics, ecosystem services, policy, social and recreational dimensions, forest management for renewable energy, watershed management, natural resources policy and values, sustainable development, renewable energy, participatory decision-making
106 Marshall
Manno, Jack, Associate Professor
PhD, Syracuse University, 2003; MS, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1992; Inclusion and collaboration in environmental decisions, Indigenous rights and values, social theory, economic dynamics of sustainability and un-sustainability, politics of ending fossil fuel dependence
211A Marshall
Moran, Sharon, Associate Professor
PhD, Clark University, 2000; MS, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, 1989; 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 policy
113 Marshall
Nordenstam, Brenda, Associate Professor
PhD, University Of California-Irvine, 1993; MS, California State University-Long Beach, 1985; risk perception, communication, and assessment of environmental and public health hazards, valuation and management of environmental risk, social survey design, analysis, and policy applications, environmental justice, equity, and policy
108A Marshall
Feldpausch-Parker, Andrea M., Assistant Professor
PhD, Texas A&M University, 2010; MS, Texas A&M University, 2006; environmental communication; science and technology communication; wildlife conservation and policy; climate change mitigation and adaptation discourse and decision-making; environmental advocacy; environmental and natural resources conflict management; qualitative and critical methods; program evaluation methods; conflict; public participation; energy;wildlife management
107 Marshall
Rickard, Laura, Visiting Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
environmental communication, risk communication, science communication, health communication, qualitative & mixed methods, survey research, message design & testing, public health, national parks, risk management
108B Marshall
Selfa, Theresa, Associate Professor
PhD, Cornell University, 2001; environmental sociology, rural sociology, sociology of agriculture, sociology of development, political sociology, qualitative methods, comparative-historical methods, biofuels, land use planning, water policy and politics
109 Marshall
Senecah, Susan, Visiting Professor
PhD, University Of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1992; MA, University Of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1987;
109 Marshall
Smardon, Richard, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus
MLA, University Of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1973; wetland assessment and management, landscape management policy, public participation and decision-making, sustainable development, eco-tourism, biosphere reserve management
211B Marshall
Sonnenfeld, David, Professor
PhD, University Of California-Santa Cruz, 1996; MA, University Of California-Santa Cruz, 1991; sociology of environment and natural resources; comparative environmental policy, politics and governance; globalization, development and sustainability; social studies of science and technology; East and Southeast Asia; field, historical and mixed research methods
211B Marshall
Department Secretary

Rebecca A. Hart
107 Marshall Hall 107

Writing Program

Faculty and Staff Office Contact
(315 Area code)
Courtwright, Carol,
MS, Syracuse University, 1973
105 Moon
Deater, Tiffany
105 Moon
DeBaise, Janine, Instructor
MA, Syracuse University, 1985
105 Moon
Fitzsimmons, Maureen,
MS, Syracuse University, 1990
105 Moon
Hogan, Elizabeth, Co-Principal Investigator
MFA, The University Of Alabama, 2004
105B Moon
Jager, Dawnelle, Instructor
MA, Syracuse University, 1989
105D Moon
Lawler, Patrick
Professor Emeritus
B4 Marshall
McGrath, Thomas,
MA, Syracuse University, 2011
105A Moon
Patulski, Maryanne
ESOL Writing Instructor
Stavenhagen, Werner, Lecturer
MA, La Sierra University, 1997
107 Marshall
Wagner, Donald
9 Moon
Whitmore, Benette, Director of Writing Program and Assistant Professor
PhD, Syracuse University, 2011; MA, Syracuse University, 1980
105 Moon
Woltman, Susan
107 Marshall

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct faculty members contribute to the Department of Environmental Studies, ESF, and the world at large by engaging in research, participating in graduate committees, teaching occasional courses, supervising student internships, and more.

  • Scott Blair (Academic Coordinator), SUNY ESF, Academic Support Services, Syracuse, NY
  • Steven R. Brechin (Environmental, Organizational and Political Sociology), Syracuse University
  • Betty Faust (Human Ecology, Ethnoecology), CINVESTAV Mexico
  • Rhea Jezer (Energy, Environmental Policy), Environmental Consultant
  • Dianne Quigley (Ethiics Research), Northeast Ethics Education Partnership (NEEP), Brown University, RI
  • Todd Moss (Sustainable Entrepreneurship) Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Samuel H. Sage (Green Jobs, Economic Development), Atlantic States Legal Foundation
  • Lisa Warnecke GEOManagement Associates Inc., Syracuse, NY

Visiting Faculty

Professor Emeritus

  • John Felleman
    Environmental information policy; visualizing environmental processes; environmental decision making.
  • Myrna Hall
    • Integrating simulation modeling and GIS for studying the interaction of humans and their environment
    • Natural resources management
    • Issues of sustainable development
    • Graphic information visualization
    • Foreign language communication
  • Patrick Lawler
    Environmental Studies; Graduate Program in Environmental Science
  • Susan Senecah


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