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Current GPES Students

Information on our graduate students is provided here to facilitate communication between enrolled students as well as to inform and encourage prospective students. Photos may be of the student or of their research interest.


Graduate SchoolCurrent Students

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

Reem AlawadhiReem Alawadhi
ralawadh@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Moran

Previous Graduate Study: Johns Hopkins Univ* (Environmental Science)

Waleed AlsadoonWaleed Alsadoon
waalsado@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Lindsey AyersLindsey Ayers
lmayers@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Justin BeslityJustin Beslity
jobeslit@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Shaw

Taye BirhanTaye Birhan
ttbirhan@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman and

Previous Graduate Study: Wageningen University

Sophia BrownSophia Brown
sebrown@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Moran

Wei-En ChenWei-En Chen
wchen79@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hirsch

Chloe CoffmanChloe Coffman
crcoffma@syr.edu

Human Dimensions of the Environment

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Jack CramerJack Cramer
jcramer@syr.edu

Biophysical & Ecological Economics

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Limburg

Jack DonatonJack Donaton
jwdonato@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parker

Undergraduate Study: Fordham University (Environmental Science)

Links
Academic Research - BIODEGRADABLE MUNICIPAL WASTE MANAGEMENT IN THE U.S. (2018) - https://scalar.ace.fordham.edu/green-waste/users/390

Personal Statement
Well it seems obvious to say, humans are closely tied to environmental issues. We are not only often the cause behind these issues. but increasingly the ones affected the loss of ecosystems and natural resources. My name is Blue (Jack) Donaton and I am working as a Masters student at ESF to better understand the interaction between people's value systems and their decision towards environmental actions. After my studies here I hope to work for an advocacy group, such as Environment New York, making environmental action appealing to traditionally anti-environmental political and economic entities.

Susan EkohSusan Ekoh
suekoh@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teron

Personal Statement
Passionate about environmental issues and policy in developing countries, particularly Africa. Hold a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Economics, a Master of Science degree in Environmental Economics and currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Policy.

Research Interests
Environmental policy analysis, Climate change policy, Climate change resilience and adaptation, Environmental justice, Environmental migration

Katherine FeeKatherine Fee
kfee01@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Moran

Undergraduate Study: Washington State Univ

Adam FixAdam Fix
ajfix@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Undergraduate Study: SUNY Center Buffalo

Previous Graduate Study: Canisius College

Personal Statement
Adam's research uses qualitative methods to inform an urgent question in environmental policy conversations—how might we work across cultures to build sustainable more-than-human communities? Adam's dissertation project examines the beliefs and strategies of self-proclaimed “allies” of Indigenous-led environmental protection movements in New York and Chiapas (Mexico). Since 2014, he has worked as an adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

Areas of Competency
Environmental Social Movements; Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK); Indigenous Studies; Oral History & Ethnography.

Kaira FuentesKaira Fuentes
ktfuente@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld and

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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Amanda GabryszakAmanda Gabryszak
amgabrys@syr.edu

Human Dimensions of the Environment

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parker and Parker

Jorge Jose Garcia PoloJorge Jose Garcia Polo
jgarci16@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Drew GrandmontDrew Grandmont
dtgrandm@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Volk

Corinne HealeyCorinne Healey
cjhealey@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Volk and Daley

Dustin HillDustin Hill
dthill@syr.edu

ENS Environmental Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Collins

Undergraduate Study: Le Moyne College (Environmental Studie)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Environmental Studie)

Personal Statement
Dustin Hill is a PhD student in the GPES program of Environmental and Natural Resources Policy. His bachelor's degree was completed at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Dustin's background is in environmental policy and undergraduate research examinined hydraulic fracturing and its impact on the surface landscape. Dustin completed his M.S. in 2017 at SUNY ESF with research focusing on both the sources of industrial pollution and the impact on communities and the environment. Current research is being conducted with Mary B. Collins in the ES department examining point source pollution across multiple industrial sectors over time.

Research Interests
Industrial pollution; environmental inequalty; natural gas development; policy; corporate social responsibility

Sunghoon HongSunghoon Hong
shong10@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Study: Trinity College (Hartford CT) (Environ Science)

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently working on two projects. The first one is a chronosequence study on American beech interference with sugar maple regeneration in the White Mountain National Forest where I am also looking at the responses of the two hardwood species to nutrient manipulations, soil chemistry, and stand age. The second one is on foliar chemistry of yellow and white birches and their resorption proficiency and efficiency in nutrient-manipulated plots in the White Mountain National Forest.

Matthew IslesMatthew Isles

Water and Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Moran

About
Matt Isles, MS candidate in GPES with a concentration on water resources, holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in political science.  He completed a master’s in public administration (MPA) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University through ESF’s concurrent degree program.  His thesis research addresses institutional dimensions of environmental policy, specifically the organizational structure and effectiveness of estuary management programs.

Courtney Johnson-WoodsCourtney Johnson-Woods
cajohn13@syr.edu

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker

Farzaneh KhayatFarzaneh Khayat
fkhayat@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Jian LinJian Lin
jlin27@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kroll

Undergraduate Study: Fujian Normal University

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
My research interest is quantitative urban ecology modeling and analysis. I am also interested in applying geospatial technologies, statistics and computational models to advance people’s understanding of social-ecological systems.

Favorite Quote
When you learn, teach. When you get, give.---Maya Angelou

Marie LoeffelholzMarie Loeffelholz
maloeffe@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld and Moran

Stacy McNultyStacy McNulty
samcnult@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Graduate Research Topic
The role of field stations and biological reserves in place-based education, adaptive management and sustainable community governance.

Home Page
Web Link

Shruti MokashiShruti Mokashi
samokash@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Madison MorleyMadison Morley
mamorley@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier

Blake NeumannBlake Neumann
beneuman@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Collins and Selfa

Courtney NicholsCourtney Nichols
cnicho05@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Charity NyeleleCharity Nyelele
cnyelele@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kroll

Undergraduate Study: University of Zimbabwe

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
My research interests evolve around Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing applications to environmental science research. My PhD work looks at urban forestry and related ecosystem services. I am a firm believer in the transformative prowess of education and echo the same sentiments as Tata Nelson Mandela when he said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Graduate Research Topic
A multi-objective decision support system for urban trees

Favorite Quote
It always seems impossible until it's done -Nelson Mandela

Young Min OhYoung Min Oh
yoh100@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld

Previous Graduate Study: Seoul National University (Public Policy)

Doctoral Research Topic
Boundary Interaction between Science and Politics: A Case Study on Multinational Cooperative Mechanisms between Science and Politics for Transboundary Air Pollution in Northeast Asia

Areas of Competency
International environmental policy; Science policy; Social theory of the environment; Policy analysis

Sukhyun ParkSukhyun Park
spark16@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Previous Graduate Study: KYUNG HEE UNIV (PULIC & INT'L POLICY)

Casey PearceCasey Pearce
crpearce@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Lissa PelletierLissa Pelletier
lpelleti@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stella

Lucia Perez VolkowLucia Perez Volkow
lperezvo@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Michael PetroniMichael Petroni
mdpetron@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Collins

Undergraduate Study: St. Lawrence University

Alexandre PoissonAlexandre Poisson
apoisson@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Katherine PowersKatherine Powers
kdpowers@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Personal Statement
As an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University, I conducted research under Dr. Amanda Lavigne regarding the potential power output of pre-existing micro-hydro dams in Northern New York. This experience greatly influenced my MS concentration of Water and Wetland Resource Studies, as well as my focus on holistic, interdisciplinary approaches to environmental issues. With my current research I plan to discuss both the ecological risk assessment and public risk perception of hydraulic fracturing. Beyond academic courses and research, I work for the SUNY-ESF Outreach Office as a STEM Mentor, teaching 1st and 4th graders at Van Duyn and Dr. King Elementary Schools.

Braulio QuinteroBraulio Quintero
baquinte@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hall

Undergraduate Study: University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (Biology )

Personal Statement
My research interest are focused in biophysical economics, econometric modeling, and data analysis. I currently work for a NGO in Puerto Rico that focuses on Social-Ecological Systems research.

Graduate Research Topic
Coupled Human and Natural Systems

Home Page
Web Link

Reza RamyarReza Ramyar
rramyar@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Annabel Roberts-McMichaelAnnabel Roberts-McMichael
arober10@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Undergraduate Study: Cooper Union

Melissa RohdeMelissa Rohde
mmrohde@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stella

Moory Romero FernandezMoory Romero Fernandez
mmromero@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Selfa and Sonnenfeld

Leanne SchadLeanne Schad
lmschad@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Collins

Prajapati ShapkotaPrajapati Shapkota
pshapkot@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Collins and Moran

Personal Statement
I hope to understand the process of environmental adaptation and integration of resettled refugees from a developing country and thus generate new knowledge on the subject. My special focus is on my own community - the Bhutanese-Nepali (Bhupali) refugees resettled in the US since March 2008.

Favorite Quote
"A bundle of belongings is not the only thing a refugee brings to his new country" ..... Dr. Albert Einstein (Dr. Einstein is the greatest physicist of the 20th century, Nobel Laureate and one of the 5 refugees who changed the world)

Kristen SlodyskoKristen Slodysko
knslodys@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Boyer

Kayla SmithKayla Smith
kmsmi100@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg and Parker

Jongdae SongJongdae Song
jsong24@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Collins and Sonnenfeld

Previous Graduate Study: Korea University (Public Admin.)

Doctoral Research Topic
Effectiveness of Market-based Policy Instruments in Reducing Ambient Air Pollution in South Korea

Samantha SteeleSamantha Steele
sesteele@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Driscoll and Bujanovic

Zainab TariqZainab Tariq
ztariq@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Volk

Lauren TarrLauren Tarr
letarr@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Vidon and Collins

Andres Mauricio Urcuqui BustamanteAndres Mauricio Urcuqui Bustamante
aurcuqui@syr.edu

Human Dimensions of the Environment

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Selfa

Andrea Michelle Viera RomeroAndrea Michelle Viera Romero
avieraro@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Selfa

Previous Graduate Study: Universitat Potsdam (Global Public Policy)

Research Interests
Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Certification Standards.

Sean VormwaldSean Vormwald
spvormwa@syr.edu

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker

Previous Graduate Study: Ithaca College (Communications — Oth)

Biography
Sean Vormwald is the director of sustainability at Onondaga Community College (OCC) where he works with campus stakeholders to implement sustainability-related programs throughout OCC. His role includes integrating sustainability into campus operations, encouraging sustainability-related curriculum development, and coordinating educational outreach programs. Prior to his position at OCC, Sean provided sustainability consulting services for municipal, non-profit, and business clients through his company, Sustainable Transitions Inc. He has also worked for several non-profit organizations where he managed environmentally-focused public outreach campaigns. Sean is currently a PhD student at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry studying environmental communication. He earned a master's degree in communications and a bachelor's degree in environmental studies at Ithaca College.

Graduate Research Topic
Energy-related behavior change on college campuses

Emily WaltersEmily Walters
elmart01@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Johnston

Yi WangYi Wang
ywang300@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Undergraduate Study: Nankai University (Environmental Science)

Qian WangQian Wang
qwang29@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Doelle and Hussein

Undergraduate Study: Hohai University (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Pharmaceuticals in wastewater

Favorite Quote
Create the miracles by yourself

Danhan WangDanhan Wang
dwang52@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mao

Yao WangYao Wang
ywang401@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Vidon

Molly WelshMolly Welsh
mkwelsh@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Vidon

Undergraduate Study: University of Rhode Island (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: University of North Carolina Charlotte

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
My research focuses on quantifying the effects of stream and floodplain restoration on seasonal hydrology (surface water-groundwater interactions) and biogeochemistry (cycling of nitrogen, carbon, and phosphorus). I am interested in identifying tradeoffs in ecosystem services, such as water quality improvement through nitrogen removal, versus potential disservices, including release of greenhouse gases. Additionally, I am analyzing social and economic components of restoration projects and investigating various methods of incorporating local environmental knowledge into cooperative watershed management.

Audrey WhiteAudrey White
awhite03@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Undergraduate Study: Kenyon College (Biology)

Personal Statement
Audrey grew up in Brooklyn, NY and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College in 2014 with a major in Biology and a minor in Anthropology. Her current research focuses on motivations behind common pool resource (CPR) sharing, and how pro-environmental CPR sanctioning may be connected to both sense of place and environmentality. Other areas of interest include political ecology, language and perception of nature, the relationship between social inequity and environmental degradation, and environmental ethics with a focus on indigenous perspectives. Audrey aims to study how identity is connected to land in different cultures, and ultimately, how our own culture can cultivate a stronger relationship and sense of responsibility toward nature in order to combat inaction in the face of climate change.

Adam WildAdam Wild
adwild@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Study: SUNY Cobleskill

Personal Statement
My interest span across multiple aspects of forest ecosystems and factors that influence plant productivity.

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently studying the health and productivity of sugar maples based on available soil nutrients in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. My research project is striving to determine what nutrients influence the sugar concentration of maple sap and whether maple sap sweetness can be increased by application of calcium, nitrogen, or phosphorus fertilizer in a forest stand.

Favorite Quote
"In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet." -Albert Schweitzer

Jared WilliamsJared Williams
jwilli64@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MF
Advisor(s): Stella

Tusha YakovlevaTusha Yakovleva
teyakovl@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Moran

Links
Web Link

Yang YangYang Yang
yyang100@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Study: Minzu University of China (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Forest and natural r)

Personal Statement
I'm interested in forest-based environmental issues that raised currently. I'm more focused on nutrient cycling and mercury pollution in forests.

Graduate Research Topic
My current project is quantifying total mercury in different tree components at four sites (Huntington Forest, NY; Sleepers River, VT; Hubbard Brook, NH; Bear Brook, ME). I am also analyzing mercury by tree rings and doing data analysis of loon Hg.

Home Page
Web Link

Rachel ZevinRachel Zevin
razevin@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stella

Undergraduate Study: University of Vermont

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
Rachel Zevin, a passionate environmentalist, joined the Stella lab in the summer of 2017. After deciding as a child to dedicate her life to the protection of nature, Rachel attended the University of Vermont, where she graduated with multiple honors (Rubenstein School Honors and as an Honors College Scholar). She majored in Natural Resource Ecology and minored in Geospatial Technologies. While in undergrad, Rachel performed independent research (thesis titled, “Effect of wind disturbance intensity on Carabidae assemblages”) for UVM's Forest Ecosystem Health lab. In addition, she worked for the Watershed Alliance of the Lake Champlain Basin Program and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, educating water ecosystem health and science. Since graduating, Rachel has worked as a GIS technician for the State of Vermont's Agency of Agriculture and the New England Division of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Rachel is thrilled to have joined the Stella Lab. Her research goals are to create geospatial models to predict areas well-suited for beaver occupancy in the Adirondack Mountains and then further predict whether beaver occupancy would be detrimental to nearby humans. This will be done using a combination of field data, collected by Rachel and other past and present members of the Stella Lab, and geospatial data products. To contact Rachel email razevin@syr.edu.

Graduate Research Topic
Rachel Zevin's graduate research project is to create geospatial models to predict areas well suited for beaver occupancy in the Adirondack Mountains and then further predict whether beaver occupancy would be detrimental to nearby humans.

Favorite Quote
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~ Dr. Suess, The Lorax