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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
  • 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
    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; 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

Contact Us

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

Current Students

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

Erich DvorakErich Dvorak
edvorak@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Anna EbersAnna Ebers
aebers@syr.edu

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
Web Link

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 www.sunraisers.org or like my initiative of Facebook www.facebook.com/SunRaisersSolar.

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

Links
Explaining concept behind SunRaisers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3r2HMexkE0 Video I made about renewable energy projects at SUNY ESF: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak_yHDTu3-M

Abigail LarkinAbigail Larkin
amlarkin@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Beier
Undergraduate Institute: Xavier University OH (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (EFB )

Link
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
I study recreation as the main resource of the Adirondack Park landscape. The intention is to assess if, and in what ways, recreation and the Adirondack Park model are mutually supported, and whether this model can be applied to other protected landscapes. My work will examine the policies surrounding recreation and the Adirondack Park, while also drawing on the ecosystem services framework to spatially examine recreation in the Adirondacks as a complex cultural ecosystem service.

Daniela ManuschevichDaniela Manuschevich
dimanusc@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Beier
Undergraduate Institute: Pontifica University of Catolica de Ch

Graduate Research Topic
I'm interested in drivers and consequences of Land-use and land-cover change (LULCC). In particular I'm interested in the ongoing process of LUCC in south central Chile. In the last 40 years exotic tree plantations have expanded rapidly over eroded soils and farmlands and now are becoming a representative land use in the region. Nevertheless, political positions in regards to this change are diverse among different stakeholder. On the other hand, I am interested the landscape consequences of this change in land use over environmental variables such as soil quality, biodiversity and fire probability. My main goal is to understand the human-natural interaction in this system and how this interaction can be sustained in the long-term.

Kyra PinskyKyra Pinsky
kmpinsky@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Joel RamtahalJoel Ramtahal
jframtah@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kuehn

Thomas SharkeyThomas Sharkey
tsharkey@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Kuehn

Qianyun ZouQianyun Zou
qzou@syr.edu

FRM Envrn & Natural Resource Policy

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

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