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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; cbeier@esf.edu
    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; rdbriggs@esf.edu
    forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, ecosystem services, watershed management, forest soils, silviculture
  • Tristan R. Brown; trbro100@esf.edu
    sustainable energy law & policy; energy systems analysis; techno-economic analysis; and climate policy
  • René Germain; rhgermai@syr.edu
    forest health, policy, silviculture, forest management and operations, forest management for renewable energy, watershed management, sustainable forestry systems
  • Diane M. Kuehn; dmkuehn@esf.edu
    social and recreational dimensions, ecotourism and nature tourism, recreation management and research
  • Valerie A. Luzadis; vluzadis@esf.edu
    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; rwmalmsh@esf.edu
    How laws and the legal system affect natural resources management, including how carbon accounting policies affect forest and natural resources.
  • David H. Newman; dnewman@esf.edu
    Forest resource economics and policy, resource and environmental economics, tax policy
  • John E. Wagner; jewagner@esf.edu
    forest resource and environmental economics, ecosystem services, policy, quantitative silviculture, forest management and operations, operations research, simulation

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Contact Us

Diane Kuehn
Associate Professor
Graduate Education Coordinator - FNRM
310A Bray Hall, One Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2788
Phone: (315) 470-6561
Fax: (315) 470-6535


Current Graduate Students in EGHD


Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Cody Barrett

cabarr03@syr.edu
Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman


Heather Hiltbrand

hlhiltbr@syr.edu
Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman
Undergraduate Institute: Wells College


Joel Ramtahal

jframtah@syr.edu
Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kuehn



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