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Human Dimensions of the Environment Area of Study for M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in Environmental Science

Leader: Elizabeth S. Vidon

Human Dimensions of the Environment deals with people’s relationships and interactions with the biophysical world. This area incorporates knowledge from both the social and biophysical sciences to examine system interactions.

Research in this area works toward (1) understanding human perceptions, behaviors, attitudes and values with respect to natural resources and the environment; and (2) applying empirical findings to the development of social and biophysical science theory as it relates to human interactions with natural and constructed environments.

Topics include, but are not limited to: (1) the role of culture, risk, values, attitudes, knowledge, beliefs, perceptions, public opinion, and behaviors related to natural resources and the environment; (2) human engagement with natural resources and the environment through monitoring, recreation, tourism, leisure, education, communication, and in daily life; (3) governance and other institutional factors related to resource use, allocation, and decision-making; and (4) human-human conflicts over natural resources and environments, as well as conflicts between humans and the biophysical world (e.g., human-wildlife interactions).


HDE Faculty

Name & Specialty Contact
Cousins, Josh (ES)
political ecology, science and technology studies, critical infrastructure studies, political economy, resource policy and governance, urban sustainability, urban studies, environmental governance and decision-making, natural resource industries, political-industrial ecology, resource flows
jcousins@esf.edu
219 Marshall Hall
Feldpausch-Parker, Andrea M. (ES)
Environmental and science communication; climate change discourse and decision-making; environmental advocacy; energy discourse and decision-making; environmental and natural resources conflict management; qualitative, quantitative and critical methods
amparker@esf.edu
108A Marshall Hall
Kristiansen, Silje (ES)
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;
kristiansen@esf.edu
112 Marshal Hall
Kimmerer, Robin (EFB)
Plant restoration ecology, bryology, bryoecology, restoration ecology, ethnobotany, conservation biology and bryophyte ecology, traditional ecological knowledge
rkimmer@esf.edu 
351 Illick Hall
Kuehn, Diane M. (FNRM)
Ecotourism, nature tourism, wildlife-related recreation, human behavior in the natural environment
dmkuehn@esf.edu
310A Bray Hall
Limpert, Christina (ES)
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
cmlimper@esf.edu
208B Marshall Hall
Luzadis, Valerie A. (ES)
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
vluzadis@esf.edu
206 Bray Hall
Moran, Sharon D. (ES)
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, primitive skills programs
smoran@esf.edu
220 Marshall Hall
Selfa, Theresa (ES)
Governance; Politics of Agri-Food and Energy Systems; Livelihood Impacts of Land Use Change; International Development and Social Change; Environmental Certification and Labelling; Latin America and US
tselfa@esf.edu
219 Marshall Hall
Vidon, Elizabeth S. (ES)
Environmental values and ethics; Environmental perception; Environmental thought and ontologies; Environment and identity; Tourism geographies;Wilderness; Sense of place; Social theory; Political Ecology; Epistemology/nature of knowledge(s)
esvidon@esf.edu
108B Marshall Hall
Weiss, Jill
(ES)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: stewardship, large contiguous bioregions, alpine zone, trail systems, public open space, bikes, urban forestry. Methods: Surveys, interviews, mixed method approaches, case studies, grounded theory, participatory action research.
jiweiss@esf.edu
208B Marshall Hall

Graduate Students in Human Dimensions of the Environment


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


Chloe Coffman

Chloe Coffman

crcoffma@syr.edu
Human Dimensions of the Environment
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon


Danielle Nagle

Danielle Nagle

dsnagle@syr.edu
Human Dimensions of the Environment
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Vidon


Andres Mauricio Urcuqui Bustamante

Andres Mauricio Urcuqui Bustamante

aurcuqui@syr.edu
Human Dimensions of the Environment
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Selfa


Tusha Yakovleva

Tusha Yakovleva

teyakovl@syr.edu
Human Dimensions of the Environment
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer