Sharon Moran

Sharon D. Moran

Associate Professor

220 Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6690


Leader, Environmental and Natural Resources Policy (ENRP) Ph.D. Program



  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Geography, Syracuse University


  • Ph.D., Geography, Clark University, 2000
  • M.S., Political Science and Public Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.A., Chemistry, Boston University

Research Interests

  • Political ecology; environment-society relations
  • ‘Green’ and innovative technologies; sustainable enterprise
  • Human dimensions of water/ wastewater issues; policy and regulation
  • Post-communist countries - environmental issues
  • Qualitative research methods

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Lisa GreenwoodLisa Greenwood

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Moran
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Undergraduate Institute: Rochester Institute of Technology (Environmental Science)
  • Previous Graduate Study: University of New Haven (Environ Eng )

Lisa Greenwood is a doctoral student in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy.† Her bachelorís and masterís degrees are in civil engineering, and she has more than 20 years of professional experience in environmental management with firms including United Technologies and Pratt & Whitney.† For the past three years she has been an instructor in the Dept. of Civil Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology.† She plans to research innovation in corporate environmental management practices, especially as they relate to water quality standards.

Sally GuillornSally Guillorn

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Briggs and Moran
  • Area of Study: Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Leah HarnishLeah Harnish

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Moran
  • Area of Study: Environmental Policy

Dustin HillDustin Hill

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Moran and Collins,m
  • Area of Study: Environmental Policy
  • Undergraduate Institute: Le Moyne College (Environmental Studie)

Personal Statement
Dustin Hill is an MS student in ES Environmental Policy. His bachelor's degree was completed at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Dustin's background is in environmental policy and past research examinined hydraulic fracturing and its impact on the surface landscape. Current research is being conducted with Mary B. Collins in the ES department examining point source pollution across multiple industrial sectors over time. In addition, Dustin is researching point source pollution impacts in relation to watersheds and the people who live there.

Research Interests
Industrial pollution; environmental justice; natural gas development; policy; corporate social responsiblity

Stacey MackStacey Mack

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Germain and Moran
  • Area of Study: Natural Resources Mgt

Graduate Research Topic
Resource challenges associated with hydraulic fracturing

Favorite Quote
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."- Steve Prefontaine

Chelsea RattnerChelsea Rattner

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

Prajapati ShapkotaPrajapati Shapkota

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Manno and Moran
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Lauren VermilionLauren Vermilion

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Moran
  • Area of Study: Environmental Policy
  • Undergraduate Institute: Willamette University

Graduate Students

Note: Prof. Moran’s graduate students are enrolled in either (1) the Dept. of Environmental Studies OR (2) GPES (Graduate Programs in Environmental Sciences, a cross-campus, interdisciplinary program, which also houses the doctoral program in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy).

Research Highlights

Recent Publications

  • Comer, Bryan and Sharon Moran. 2016. The Evolution of Empirical Environmental Justice Research Methods: A Call for Greater Use of Geographically Weighted Regression, Environmental Justice, forthcoming.

  • Leah Harnish, Adam T. Carpenter, and Sharon Moran. 2016. Comparing Water Source Knowledge in Cities that Exceed the Lead Action Level. Journal of the American Water Works Association, forthcoming.

  • Moran, Sharon, Meredith Perreault, and Richard Smardon. 2016. Finding Our Way: A Case Study of Urban Waterway Restoration and Participatory Process, Landscape and Urban Planning,  forthcoming
  • Marlon, Jennifer, E. Christa Farmer, and Sharon Moran. 2015. Communicating Hurricane Risks: Challenges and Recommendations. November. Eos (Transactions, American Geophysical Union).

  • Magnuszewski, Artur, Edyta Kiedrzyńska, Marcin Kiedrzyński, and Sharon Moran. 2014. GIS Approach to Estimation of the Total Phosphorous Transfer in the Pilica River Lowland Catchment. Quaestiones Geographicae. September, 33(3) 101-110. doi 10.2478/quageo-2014-0033

  • Magnuszewski, Artur, Sharon Moran. 2014. Vistula River bed erosion processes and their influence on Warsaw's flood safety.In Sediment Dynamics: From the Summit to the Sea, Proceedings of the Symposium of International Commission on Continental Erosion, IAHS 367.Wallingford, UK: IAHS Press. doi:10.5194/piahs-367-147-2015

  • Dimpfl, Mike and Sharon Moran. 2014. "Waste matters: Compost, domestic practice, and the transformation of alternative toilet cultures around Skaneateles, NY," Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32: 721-738.

  • Dimpfl, Mike and Sharon Moran. 2011. "Composting toilet," in Green Technology: An A–Z Guide, eds. Paul Robbins and Dustin Mulvaney. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press.

  • Moran, Sharon. 2010. "Cities, Creeks, and Erasure: Stream Restoration and Environmental Justice," Environmental Justice, June 2010, 3(2): 61-69.

  • Baruah, Mitul, and Sharon Moran. 2010. "Ecological Economics". In Green Politics, ed. Paul Robbins. Sage Reference Series on Green Society, vol. 2. [online]. Sage.

  • Magnuszewski, Artur, Sharon Moran, and Guoliang Yu. 2010. "Modeling Lowland Reservoir Sedimentation Conditions and Potential Environmental Consequences of Dam Removal: Wloclawek Reservoir, Vistula River, Poland." Pp. 8-16 in Sediment Dynamics for a Changing Future, ed. Kazimierez Banasik. Proceedings of the Symposium of International Commission on Continental Erosion. Publication 337. Wallingford, UK: IAHS Press. Available here.

  • Moran, Sharon. 2009. "Bytes of Note - The State of the Toilet," Environment 51(11 November): 7-8. Available here.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2008. "Under the Lawn: Engaging the Water Cycle," Ethics, Place, and Environment 11(2): 129-145.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2007. "Stream Restoration Projects: A Critical Analysis of Urban Greening," Local Environment 12(2): 111-128.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2003. "Stream Restoration: Opportunities for Synthesis and Integration," Journal of Geography 102(2, March-April): 67-79.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2003. "Review of 'The Carbon Wars' by Jeremy Leggett," Economic Geography 79:1 (January).
  • Moran, Sharon. 2002. "Teaching Stream Restoration: A Senior Seminar Theme". In Teaching Sustainability at Universities: Toward Curriculum Greening, ed. Walter Leal Filho. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.


  • EST 600: Foundations of Environmental Studies (graduate)
  • EST 696: Managing Sustainability
  • EST 796: Sustainability Driven Enterprise
  • EST 797: Comparative Environmental Policy: US-Canada (graduate)
  • ENS 797 Environmental Health Policy (graduate)
  • EST 797 Human Dimensions of Water Systems (graduate)
  • EST 797 Human Dimensions of Dirty Water (graduate)
  • EST 797 Human Dimensions of Water Problems (graduate)
  • EST 221 Introduction to American Governments (undergraduate)

Professional Associations

  • Association of American Geographers
  • American Political Science Association
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies


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