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Environmental and Community Land Planning Area of Study for M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in Environmental Science

Leader: Douglas Johnston

Environmental and community land planning is concerned with orderly, efficient, equitable and aesthetic development of land with special concern for (1) the state of the natural environment, (2) the physical character of communities, and (3) decision making at state, county and local levels of government.

Planning balances competing demands on land and environment brought about by expanding urban and rural development, and enhancing viable natural and cultural resources is an important planning perspective. Another perspective involves the guiding of private and public development processes within a pluralistic political environment in order to promote sustainable communities while at the same time respecting fiscal, environmental and legal constraints.

The program is designed for students with social science, natural science, engineering, or design backgrounds who are interested in an interdisciplinary and integrative program. Some students have majors in interdisciplinary programs in urban studies or environmental studies. Students develop an understanding and knowledge of development processes, natural systems and governmental planning and regulation. They develop a capacity to analyze environmental and community land planning problems and to form imaginative solutions. Skills obtained include preparation of land and environmental databases, plans, policies and implementation programs.

ECLP Faculty

Name and Interests

Address / Email

Bryant, M. Margaret
urban sustainability and resilience; landscape planning; urban environmental science; urban design; ecological design; ecosystem services, physical planning, and social equity in cities; landscape conservation; climate adaptation; design theory; interdisciplinary education and practice
Carter Jr, Emanuel J.
city planning, urban design, rural design, design history and theory
Cousins, Joshua
green infrastructure, urban sustainability & resilience, urban political ecology, urban ecology, environmental justice, resource policy and behavior, political economy, science and technology studies, climate change adaption planning
221 Baker Laboratory
Crovella, Paul
Urban Sustainability and Resilience, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Materials and Deconstruction
219 Baker Laboratory
Diemont, Stewart
systems ecology, ecological engineering, traditional ecological knowledge, Latin America, ecosystem restoration, sustainability analysis, natural wastewater treatment systems and re-use, less-developed countries, agroecology
460 Illick Hall
Dölle, Klaus
pulp & paper and related environmental topics, design, constructed wetlands,subsurface bioreactors, fossil energy, bioenergy, hydropower, water and waste water treatment, paper recycling, paper development, filler materials, energy savings, renewable energy & processes, engineering, machine & process design.
421 Walters Hall
Farrell, Shannon
Wildlife ecology, wildlife-habitat relationships, management planning for endangered and threatened species, human impacts on wildlife, ecosystem services, endangered species act policy innovations, birds, bats
134 Illick Hall
Johnston, Douglas M.
Environmental planning, land use, water resources planning and management, spatial analysis, political economy, ecological design and planning.
Marshall Hall
Moran, Sharon D.
environmental policy, human dimensions of water/wastewater issues, political ecology, environment-society relations, green and innovative technologies, environmental issues in post-communist countries, qualitative research methods, gender and nature, sustainability indicators, emergent technologies, environmental justice, ethical frameworks in public policy
224 Baker Laboratory
Potteiger, Matthew R.
community design and food systems
Selfa, Theresa
environmental sociology, sociology of food and agriculture, environmental governance, qualitative and mixed methods, social impacts of land use change, bioenergy, water policy and politics, social dimensions of payments for ecosystems services
220 Baker Laboratory
Sonnenfeld, David A.
environmental sociology; comparative environmental politics; sustainable transitions; water governance; East and Southeast Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Caribbean; field, historical and mixed research methods
214 Baker Laboratory
Teron, Lemir
My thinking deliberates on problems related to inequality, conflict and empowerment. The implications are often times, though not exclusively, environmental. My intellectual playgrounds include urban spaces, coastal communities and sites of resilience.
213 Baker Laboratory
Vidon, Elizabeth S.
environmental ethics and values; environmental thought and ontologies; ideology and “environmentality”; socio-cultural sustainability and land-use policy; political ecology; wilderness, representation, and environmental perception; environmental values and implications for stakeholder communication and collaboration
221 Baker Laboratory
Weiss, Jill
Socio-ecological systems, co-adaptive management, collaboration and trust, knowledge transfer, communities of practice and social networks, communication theories, landscape ecology, recreation governance and ethics, environmental education, conservation behaviors and psychologies, organizational management, strategic planning, and assessment. Subjects
224 Baker Laboratory

Current Graduate Students in Environmental and Community Land Planning

Current Students Only currently registered students appear — new names appear at start of academic year

Waleed Alsadoon

Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Sophia Brown

Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Moran

Kaira Fuentes

Kaira Fuentes

Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld and Smardon

Previous Graduate Study: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (Environmental and Social Planning)

Doctoral Research Topic
The Role of Community-based Organizations in Natural Disaster Recovery and Community Resilience in Latin America and the Caribbean. A Case Study of Caño Martín Peña, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Areas of Competency
Collaborative planning; International environmental policy; Coastal zone management; Caribbean studies

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  • SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellow, 2019-20
  • Randolph G. Pack Graduate Fellow, Dept. of Environmental Studies, ESF, 2019
  • Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund Award, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, 2018
  • Tropical Social Forestry Scholarship, ESF, 2018
  • Excellence in Public Service Award, Graduate Students Association, ESF, 2018

Farzaneh Khayat

Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teron

Asif Mehmood

Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cousins

Reza Ramyar

Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Moory Romero Fernandez

Moory Romero Fernandez

ESC Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Selfa and Sonnenfeld

Previous Graduate Study: Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro (Environmental Geography)

Doctoral Research Topic
Water Scarcity and Intercultural Engagement in Times of Climate Change: A Political Ecology Approach to Plurinational Citizenship in the Bolivian Andes

Journal articles

  • Ryan SJ, Lippi CA, Carlson CJ, Stewart-Ibarra AM, Borbor-Cordova MJ, Romero MM, Cox S, Mahon R, Trotman A, Rollock L, Gittens-St. Hilaire M, King D, Daniel S. 2018. "Zika virus outbreak, Barbados, 2015 – 2016," American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 98(6): 1857.
  • Stewart-Ibarra AM, Hargrave A, Diaz A, Kenneson A, Madden D, Romero MM, Molina JP, Macias Salto D. 2017. "Psychological distress and Zika, dengue, and chikungunya symptoms following the 2016 earthquake in Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador," Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 14(12): 1516.
  • Ryan SJ, Carlson CJ, Stewart-Ibarra AM, Borbor-Cordova MJ, Romero MM, Cox S, Mahon R, Trotman A, St. Ville S, Ahmed S. 2017. "Zika virus outbreak, Dominica, 2016," Emerging Infectious Diseases 23(11): 1926.

Yao Wang

Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Yi Wang

Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant
Undergraduate Institution: Nankai University (Environmental Science)

Gwenyth Widrick

Environmental and Community Land Planning
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Weiss