Elizabeth S. Vidon | Environmental Studies | SUNY-ESF
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Elizabeth Vidon

Elizabeth S. VidonAssistant Professor

108B Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6908/470-6636

Email: esvidon@esf.edu

Highest Education

  • Ph.D., Geography and Landscape Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Research Interests

  • Environmental perception 
  • Wilderness and Parks
  • Tourism geographies
  • Political ecology
  • Environmental ethics and values
  • Environmental thought and ontologies
  • Native Peoples and the environment
  • Epistemology/Nature of Knowledge(s)

Recent Publications

  • Vidon, E., Rickly, J. (2018). Alienation and anxiety in tourism motivation. Annals of Tourism Research, 69, 65-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2018.02.001.
  • Weatherby*, T. & Vidon, E. (2018). Delegitimizing wilderness as the man cave: Tourism, wilderness and women. Tourist Studies, https://doi.org/10.1177/1468797618771691, 1-21.

  • Hill*, D., Collins, M., & Vidon, E. (2018). The Environment and environmental justice: Linking the biophysical and the social using watershed designations. Applied Geography, 95, 54-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2018.04.007.

  • Vidon, E. (2017). Why wilderness? Alienation, authenticity, and the desire for nature: A case from the Adirondack Park. Tourist Studies, DOI:10.1177/1468797617723473, 1-18.​​

  • Rickly, J. and Vidon, E. (2017). Contesting ethical authority and authentic practice in adventure tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2017.1284856, 1-16.   Access the full text of the paper here:  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09669582.2017.1284856  
  • Feldpausch-Parker, A.M., I.D. Parker, and E.S. Vidon. (2017). Privileging consumptive use: A critique of ideology, power, and discourse in the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Conservation and Society, 15(1), 33-40.  Access the full text of the paper here: http://www.conservationandsociety.org/article.asp?issn=0972-4923;year=2017;volume=15;issue=1;spage=33;epage=40;aulast=Feldpausch-Parker
  • Knudsen, D., Rickly, J., and Vidon, E. (2016). The fantasy of authenticity: Touring with Lacan. Annals of Tourism Research, 58: 33-45.
  • Vidon, E. (2016). The call of the wild: Power and ideology in the Adirondack Park. In Political Ecology and Tourism, edited by Sanjay Nepal and Jarkko Saarinen. Routledge.
  • Vidon, E., P. Simpson-Housley (2002). Perceptions of Peru's Sierra and Costa from the literature of José María Arguedas. Prairie Perspectives: Geographical Essays, 5:331-345.

* Denotes Graduate Students


  • EST 624 Nature, Recreation, and Society
  • EST 650 Environmental Perception and Human Behavior
  • EST 366 Attitudes, Values, and the Environment
  • EST 140 Introduction to Native Peoples, Lands, and Cultures

Current Projects

  • Urban Green Infrastructure and Civic Engagement: Understanding Influences on Ecosystem Services and Human-Ecological Health

​​Objective: The overarching aim of this research is to build community capacity for health promotion in an impoverished area of Syracuse, NY, through the provision of ecosystems services.  We seek also to empower community members as active environmental stewards with the knowledge, resources and environmental concern to serve as champions for the ecological protection of their neighborhoods and the surrounding areas. Approach: This effort leverages an existing partnership between early career academics in Syracuse and a local community organization that  is beginning a substantial green infrastructure (GI) construction effort on vacant lots in vulnerable communities where combined sewer overflows (CSOs) have been occurring. We employ a community-based participatory research (CBPR) methodology applied within a coupled social-ecological conceptual framework linking human and ecological outcomes. Methods will include both biophysical monitoring of green infrastructure effects and a social assessment of ecosystem services and human benefit. Results: Our efforts will produce actionable findings on how to implement community-based research on GI, ecosystem services, and the interrelationships between human and ecological well-being. It will also allow us to understand and measure the effectiveness of GI as a tool for stormwater management at ecologically vulnerable sites.  

Funding for this project is supplied by the EPA: Integrating Human Health and Well-Being with Ecosystem Services, EPA-G2016-STAR-A2: Early Career Projects


  • Sowing Synergy: A Graduate Program to Integrate Indigenous and Scientific Knowledge for Sustainability

​A collaborative project between ESF's Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, Salish Kootenai College, and Hope Mountain Native Science Fellows in Montana

From ESF's Center for Native Peoples and the Environment (http://www.esf.edu/nativepeoples/): 

The award will support an initial cohort of three new Native American graduate students with full tuition, stipend and research expenses, as well as undergraduate research apprenticeships. Biocultural restoration serves as the unifying theme for coursework and research. Biocultural restoration is the science and practice of restoring not only ecosystems, but human and cultural relationships to place, so that cultures are strengthened and revitalized along with the lands to which they are inextricably linked. Students are encouraged to build their research around the needs of indigenous communities, to serve the goals of biocultural restoration. The program includes new course development, publications, student enrichment and faculty workshops designed to link Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Scientific Ecological Knowledge in research, education and service to native lands and communities.

For More Information, please click here: http://www.esf.edu/nativepeoples/sowingsynergy.htm

​​Funding for this project supplied by the USDA Higher Education Challenge Award

Professional Memberships

  • Association of American Geographers
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
  • International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Lindsey AyersLindsey Ayers

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Vidon
  • Area of Study: Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Benjamin CarpenterBenjamin Carpenter

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Vidon
  • Area of Study: Environmental Communication

Chloe CoffmanChloe Coffman

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Vidon
  • Area of Study: Human Dimensions of the Environment

Devon DunbarDevon Dunbar

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Vidon
  • Area of Study: Environmental Policy
  • Undergraduate Institute: Suny College Potsdam

Lauren TarrLauren Tarr

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Vidon and Collins,m
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Yao WangYao Wang

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Vidon
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Community Land Planning

Audrey WhiteAudrey White

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Vidon
  • Area of Study: Coupled Natural and Human Systems
  • Undergraduate Institute: Kenyon College (Biology)

Personal Statement
Audrey grew up in Brooklyn, NY and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College in 2014 with a major in Biology and a minor in Anthropology. Her current research focuses on motivations behind common pool resource (CPR) sharing, and how pro-environmental CPR sanctioning may be connected to both sense of place and environmentality. Other areas of interest include political ecology, language and perception of nature, the relationship between social inequity and environmental degradation, and environmental ethics with a focus on indigenous perspectives. Audrey aims to study how identity is connected to land in different cultures, and ultimately, how our own culture can cultivate a stronger relationship and sense of responsibility toward nature in order to combat inaction in the face of climate change.