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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

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 )

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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.

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

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