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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@esf.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.

Heather Hiltbrand

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Newman
Undergraduate Institute: Wells College

Will Saunders

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier
Undergraduate Institute: University of Maine Orono (Ecology and Environm)

Studied Ecology and Environmental Science, with a concentration on Climate Change and Globalization, and a Economics Minor at University of Maine. Studied abroad at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Worked four years in Environmental Restoration with Cardno Inc. Three years as a manager and supervisor for the Onondaga Lake Restoration Project. Also worked on the Hudson River Restoration and Buffalo River Restoration, among others. New Jersey native, avid hiker, explorer, traveler, and semi-professional photographer and videographer.

Favorite Quote
When it all comes down, can you say that you never gave up? - Rise Against

Undergraduate Research Topics
Influence of Rivers on Silver Maples, The Humaneness of 1080 Pesticides and its Effects on Non-Target Species, The NEPA Process Applied to the Proposed East-West Highway in Maine, Vulnerability of the South Pacific to Climate Change due to Globalization