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Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes Area of Study for Ph.D. in Environmental Science

Leader: Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker

This Ph.D. study area addresses the communicative dynamics of behaviors, attitudes, values, perceptions, and ideologies. It includes decision making, public policy, public participation, campaign development, organizational effectiveness, conflict prevention and resolution, and risk communication which all hinge on the ability of participants to communicate and use information effectively, strategically, and ethically.

GPES students within this option will be prepared to enter diverse arenas of academia, industry, non-government organizations, and government structures well equipped to facilitate and/or participate in interactions among individual citizens, non-government organizations, publics, agencies, bureaucracies, scientists, and others. They will have the skills and knowledge that will allow them to choose appropriate process structures and strategies to reach objectives.

  • Two students in Sweden

    Faculty members Laura Rickard and Andrea Feldpausch-Parker, along with MS student Katie Batill, traveled to Uppsala, Sweden to the biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment (COCE). Dr. Feldpausch-Parker and Ms. Batill presented on their research examining media portrayals of hydraulic fracturing, while Dr. Rickard presented on a project exploring National Park Service employees' perceptions of risk in national parks.

  • museum exhibit
  • students lsitening to their teacher
  • two students in newcomb campus
  • students looking at a cptured rat
  • gathering data near a river
  • students in a nest made of leaves
  • students in the forest
  • student looking at a cptured rat
  • student working on a computeer

    In the graduate class titled Environmental Health Policy, Prof. Sharon Moran and MS student, Paul Esposito, explore the communication dimensions of microplastics from hygiene products in wastewater and their impact on aquatic ecosystems. Their project examines media framing of the issue, specifically what narratives have been invoked in making this phenomenon coherent to the general public as well as policy makers.

ECPP Faculty

Name and Interests

Address / Email

Kristiansen, Silje T.
environmental, risk, science and technology communication; food systems in the media; climate change discourse; public perception and media coverage of gene editing; public perception and media coverage of nuclear energy; energy discourse; public perception of risks and science; public opinion; quantitative methods; qualitative methods; media content analysis; survey; in-depth interviews; Europe; US.
217 Baker Laboratory
Kuehn, Diane M.
human dimensions of leisure and outdoor recreation, ecotourism and nature tourism, recreation management and research
310A Bray Hall
Limpert, Christina M.
Eco cinema and media studies Nature, culture, and politics Critical, feminist, gender theories Qualitative research, ethnography, participatory research Environmental education Enviro dimensions of war and militarization Public perceptions of environmental threats and ecosystem health Industrial hemp in New York State
208A Marshall Hall
Luzadis, Valerie A.
ecological economics, social-ecological systems, ecosystem services, social dimensions of forest and natural resources management, natural resources and environmental policy and values, sustainable development, participatory decision-making
217 Baker Laboratory
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
Feldpausch-Parker, Andrea M.
environmental, science and technology communication; wildlife conservation; climate change discourse and decision-making; environmental advocacy; environmental and natural resources conflict management; qualitative, critical and program evaluation methods; public participation; energy discourse and decision-making
216 Baker Laboratory
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
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
108B Marshall Hall
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 Communication and Participatory Processes

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

Shumaila Javed Bhatti

Shumaila Javed Bhatti

ESC Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker

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Personal Statement
I graduated from International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan in 2015 with BS in Environmental Sciences. My previous affiliations include working with WWF-Pakistan, IUCN, Pakistan EPA, National Agriculture Research Council, and Environmental Watch Trust.

Graduate Research Topic
Streamflow, drought and/or flood prediction in areas with little or no data.

Favorite Quote
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where non intrudes, By the deep sea and music in its roar, I love not man the less, but nature more. ~Lord Byron

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Courtney Johnson-Woods

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker

ECPP Past Graduates

Dr. Sean Vormwald

Dr. Sean Vormwald is Director of Sustainability & Environmental Health & Safety at Onondaga Community College and received his Ph.D. in 2019 in Environmental Science with a specialization in Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes from SUNY ESF. His dissertation was titled Demystifying Sustainability Behaviors on College and University Campuses: A Mixed Methods Analysis and his Major Professor was Dr. Andrea Feldpausch-Parker. Previously, he worked as a Sustainability Consultant with Sustainable Transitions Inc. Dr. Vormwald earned his Master's degree in Communications and a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Ithaca College.

Dr. Kimiharu To

Dr. Kimiharu To graduated in 2015 with his Ph.D. in Environmental Science with a specialization in Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes from SUNY ESF. His dissertation was titled Cross-National Influence of the Term Sustainable Development upon the Field of Environmental Education: Comparison between the United States and Japan and his Co-Major Professors were Drs. Andrea Feldpausch-Parker and Sharon Moran. Previously, he received his Bachelors in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation and Masters in Environmental Sciences from Humboldt State University and Aomori University Graduate School of Environmental Sciences respectively. Currently, Dr. To is a Professor and Director of Sustainable Development Goals Research Center at Aomori University, Japan. His research interests include environmental thought, environmental education, and communication.

Dr. Bruno Takahashi

Dr. Bruno Takahashi is an Associate Professor of Environmental Journalism and Communication and Co-Director of Journalism Graduate Studies at Michigan State University. He graduated with an MS (2007) and Ph.D. (2012) in Environmental Science with a specialization in Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes from SUNY ESF. His dissertation was titled Re-Examining the Media-Policy Link: A Social Psychology Study of Government Elites and Climate Change in Peru and his Major Professor was Dr. Mark Meisner. Previously he received his Bachelor's degree in Communication from Lima, Peru. Currently, his research interest focuses on media coverage of environmental affairs, environmental journalism practices, risk communication, and the links between media and policy.