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Sustainable Energy

M.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.

The Sustainable Energy area of study examines the biological, technical, economic, environmental, business, and policy feasibility and life cycle impacts of sustainable energy systems, with a particular focus on biobased sustainable energy.

The area employs an array of research methodologies from the fields of Agroforestry, Agronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Economics, Engineering, Forestry, Law and Policy in order to fully address the multidisciplinary roles that sustainable energy systems play in the modern world.

Participating Faculty

  • Tristan R. Brown; trbro100@esf.edu
    sustainable energy law & policy; energy systems analysis; techno-economic analysis; and climate policy
  • Marie-Odile P. Fortier; mfortier@esf.edu
    life cycle assessment (LCA) and modeling of energy systems; emerging technologies for sustainable energy systems; waste-to-energy; climate intervention strategies; LCA method development; algal biofuels; land use change impacts of energy systems; geographic resource demand analysis.
  • Marie-Odile P. Fortier; mfortier@esf.edu
    Life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology development; modeling energy systems; LCA of new technologies and energy systems; climate engineering strategies; geographic resource demand analysis; climate change impacts of bioenergy pathways.
  • Michael J. Kelleher; mkellehe@esf.edu
  • 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.
  • Timothy A. Volk; tavolk@esf.edu
    silviculture, forest management for renewable energy, biomass and bioenergy, energy, agroforestry, phytoremediation, management and sustainability of short rotation woody crops, life cycle analysis, ecophysiology, international forestry

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 Sustainable Energy


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

Tyler Felice-Jennings

FRM Sustainable Energy
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Crovella

John Finlay

Sustainable Energy
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Brown

Jenny Frank

Sustainable Energy
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Brown and Malmsheimer

Dynta Trishana Munardy

FRM Ecology and Ecosystems
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fortier

Amanda Trombly

Sustainable Energy
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fortier
Undergraduate Institute: Le Moyne College