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Ecosystem Restoration Area of Study for M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in Environmental Science

Leader: Tim Volk

The ecosystem restoration study area focuses on the technical, biogeochemical, ecological and cultural aspects of rehabilitating and restoring degraded ecosystems, habitats and landscapes.

The program is designed for graduate students who wish to take an interdisciplinary approach to ecosystem restoration, have access to multidisciplinary expertise, and develop advanced knowledge of ecological engineering, conservation biology, restoration ecology, forest and habitat restoration, landscape ecology and eco-cultural restoration to address complex environmental problems. Current research includes urban ecology and renewal, aquatic restoration, invasive species, agroforestry, brownfields, traditional ecological knowledge and the spatial monitoring, modeling and analysis of integrated ecological processes. Field sites and study areas are located throughout the world and involve a wide variety of ecosystems, cultures and landscapes. Specific course work in ecosystem restoration is supplemented by courses offerings in science, engineering, mathematics, natural resources, and environmental and social policy.

  • Juan Carlos Alvarez Yepiz

    Juan Carlos Alvarez Yepiz, a doctoral student at SUNY ESF, monitors survival, growth, and spatial distribution of endangered forest cycad, Dioon sonorense, in northwestern Mexico, to aid conservation and restoration of this species.

  • Forest from above

    JMonitoring the effects of forest ecosystem management on plant communities allows for adjusting current management practices to accelerate the restoration of pre-harvest plant communities.

  • students learning about sustainability outdoors

    ESF students with Gerardo Perez of the Zapaton Indigenous Reserve learning about sustainable harvests of commercial product from the buffer zone around in El Cangreja National Park, Costa Rica.

  • Juan Carlos Alvarez Yepiz in front o frestoration plot

    Adolfo Chankin, a Lacandon Maya farmer, stands in a restoration plot in southern Mexico. Restoration projects are most successful when they involve local people in planning, implementation, and monitoring.

  • Tomasz Falkowski observes birds

    Ph.D student Tomasz Falkowski observes birds to assess the ecosystem health and services of a restoration project in Chiapas, Mexico. Restoration success is best evaluated holistically.

  • organic waste streams

    Different organic waste streams from the local area are tested as soil amendments to support the growth of shrub willow as an alternative cap on a former industrial site.

  • shrub willow

    Shrub willow being grown as an alternative cover on a former industrial site.

  • students learning about soil replenishment

    ESF students with Rancho Mastatal staff in Costa Rica learning how to replenish soil nutrients in heavily leached tropical soils using an appropriate technology for producing biochar.

  • Old field

    Studying the effects of prescribed fire on restoring vegetative habitat and populations of endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnake in old field communities of Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area, New York.

  • New field

    Studying the effects of prescribed fire on restoring vegetative habitat and populations of endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnake in old field communities of Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area, New York.

  • Rattlesnake

    Studying the effects of prescribed fire on restoring vegetative habitat and populations of endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnake in old field communities of Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area, New York.

ER Faculty

Name and Interests

Address / Email

Daley, Douglas J.
water resources, solid and hazardous waste management, ecological engineering, environmental restoration, phytoremediation, bioremediation, soil and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental engineering
420 Baker Laboratory
djdaley@esf.edu
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
sdiemont@esf.edu
Dovciak, Martin
Plant Ecology, Forest Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Global Change, Ecosystem Management and Restoration
459 Illick Hall
mdovciak@esf.edu
Driscoll, Mark S.
environmental chemistry and radiation for environmentally friendly industrial processes
163 Baker Laboratory
mdriscol@esf.edu
Endreny, Theodore A.
water resources engineering, ecological engineering, stream restoration, urban watersheds, lesser-developed countries
426 Baker Laboratory
te@esf.edu
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
sfarrell@esf.edu
Hussein, Rafaat M.
Hazardous wastes, sustainable agriculture and infrastructure systems
216 Baker Laboratory
rmhussei@esf.edu
Kroll, Charles N.
stochastic and deterministic hydrology, environmental modeling, water resource systems engineering, ecological engineering, urban forestry, drought assessment, environmental systems engineering, stochastic and deterministic modeling, risk assessment, coupled human and natural systems
424 Baker Laboratory
cnkroll@esf.edu
Leydet, Brian F.
Vector-borne disease ecology and human disease risk, vector biology, tick ecology, Lyme and other tick-borne diseases
Illick Hall
bfleydet@esf.edu
Limburg, Karin E.
riverine fish and estuarine ecology, fisheries ecology, watershed ecology, systems ecology, ecological economics, fisheries and ecosystem science, coupled human-natural systems, biogeochemistry, fisheries ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemical tracers, modeling
249 Illick Hall
klimburg@esf.edu
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
220 Marshall Hall
smoran@esf.edu
Stella, John C.
riparian and stream ecology, restoration ecology, watershed management, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, river restoration, arid-land and Mediterranean ecosystems
344 Illick Hall
stella@esf.edu
Vidon, Philippe G.
Geography/Environmental Science, Surface and Subsurface Hydrology, Water Quality, Riparian Zone/Watershed Biogeochemistry and Hydrology, Agriculture, Best Management Practices, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Mercury, Carbon Cycling, Greenhouse Gases (N2O, CO2, CH4).
309 Bray Hall
pgvidon@esf.edu
Volk, Timothy A.
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
346 Illick Hall
tavolk@esf.edu

Current Graduate Students in Ecosystem Restoration


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

Jorge Jose Garcia Polo

jgarci16@syr.edu
Ecosystem Restoration
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont


Drew Grandmont

dtgrandm@syr.edu
Ecosystem Restoration
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Volk


Lissa Pelletier

lpelleti@syr.edu
Ecosystem Restoration
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stella


Samantha Steele

sesteele@syr.edu
Ecosystem Restoration
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Driscoll and Bujanovic


Zainab Tariq

Zainab Tariq

ztariq@syr.edu
Ecosystem Restoration
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Volk