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Economics, Governance and Human Dimensions
M.S., M.P.S & Ph.D.

The Economics, Governance and Human Dimensions area of study emphasizes the human dimensions of resource systems involved in the processes of decision-making and action related to how coupled human-natural systems may be managed for sustainable outcomes. This area of study also incorporates rigorous research into human behavior in recreational and natural settings, a topic that draws from multiple disciplinary perspectives in the social sciences.

Participating Faculty

  • Colin M. Beier;
    forest ecosystem and landscape ecology, social-ecological systems, climate change, ecosystem services, landscape change modeling, resilience, adaptive management, resource governance, applied geoinformatics
  • Russell D. Briggs;
    forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, ecosystem services, watershed management, forest soils, silviculture
  • René Germain;
    forest health, policy, silviculture, forest management and operations, forest management for renewable energy, watershed management, sustainable forestry systems
  • Diane M. Kuehn;
    social and recreational dimensions, ecotourism and nature tourism, recreation management and research
  • Valerie A. Luzadis;
    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
  • Robert W. Malmsheimer;
    natural resources, policy and law, forest management for renewable energy, climate change and managed forests, forest policy and law, public land crimes, land trusts and land conservation policy
  • David H. Newman;
    Forest resource economics and policy, resource and environmental economics, tax policy
  • John E. Wagner;
    forest resource and environmental economics, ecosystem services, policy, quantitative silviculture, forest management and operations, operations research, simulation

Contact Us

René H. Germain
Graduate Education Coordinator - FNRM
316 Bray Hall, One Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2788
Phone: (315) 470-6698
Fax: (315) 470-6535

Current Students

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Anna EbersAnna Ebers

Economics, Governance and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman
Undergraduate Institute: University of Tartu (English/Economics)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Konstanz, Germany (Int'l Economics )

My personal profile
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Personal Statement
Hi, I'm Anna Ebers, Fulbright scholar from Estonia studying economics at SUNY ESF in Syracuse, NY. I am passionate about the environment & renewable energy, social entrepreneurship, healthy food, and the great outdoors!

Doctoral Research Interests
Forest bioenergy policies in the US, production of electricity and heat from renewable sources, micro-loans and other tools for financing solar projects in developing countries

Favorite Quote
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -Gandhi

My solar initiative SunRaisers
Bringing sustainable solar electricity to villages in Mexico Visit or like my initiative of Facebook

Current activities
-Founder of the SunRaisers -Active member of the Lutheran Campus Ministry

Explaining concept behind SunRaisers: Video I made about renewable energy projects at SUNY ESF:

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