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Current GPES Students

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Graduate SchoolCurrent Students

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

Waleed AlsadoonWaleed Alsadoon
waalsado@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Shahrzad BadriShahrzad Badri
slbadri@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier

Justin BeslityJustin Beslity
jobeslit@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Shaw

Shumaila Javed BhattiShumaila Javed Bhatti
sjbhatti@syr.edu

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

Home Page
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Taye BirhanTaye Birhan
ttbirhan@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman and Smardon

Previous Graduate Study: Wageningen University

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

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hirsch

Previous Graduate Study: National Sun Yat-sen Universit (Political Science)

Graduate Research Topic
International Relations, Environmental Policy, Ocean Governance

Aimee ClinkhammerAimee Clinkhammer
acclinkh@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Ashmita DasAshmita Das
adas09@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

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

Undergraduate Study: SUNY Binghamton

Kaya DeerInWaterKaya DeerInWater
kdeerinw@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Delaney DemroDelaney Demro
dndemro@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

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

Undergraduate Study: University of Illinois at Urba

Personal Statement
I graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with a minor in Environmental Economics and Law. After this, I spent one year working as a Research Consultant for an Enviro-Chemical Engineering Lab at Argonne National Laboratory. I’ve learned that scientific findings are meaningless unless they are shared with and effectively involve members of the public. I follow this same ideology in my current position as a Research Assistant under Dr. Andrea Feldpausch-Parker and Dr. Valerie Luzadis. My thesis centers around the CREEQ (Citizen Recreational Evaluation of Environmental Quality) citizen-science initiative, through a collaboration with the NYSDEC. I will aid in the development of sample collection protocols and a web survey that will measure public perceptions of water quality and recreational usability of streams in Central New York. The goal of this project is to test the effectiveness of utilizing citizen-science reported data to guide stream water-quality monitoring efforts.

Interests
Hiking, hand embroidery, yoga.

Mabadeje DemuMabadeje Demu
mgdemu@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teron

Undergraduate Study: CUNY NYC College Of Technology (Computer Syst, Facil)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Baltimore School of Law

Personal Statement
I face my challenges head on and do not blame others as the causes. I look at my past mistakes and laugh upon myself, at my elders’ and say ‘wow’. As a researcher, I undertake the task of correcting on these mistakes and make them into a system to plan my life, so that those who are coming behind me could have models to study and analyze.

Research Interests
Environment and natural resources degradation that accelerates the three certainties of life: death, tax and changes; Environmental and Social Injustice in Nigeria; Renewable energy & the powering of information communication technology automation and digital devices.

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

James FarrellJames Farrell
jfarrell@syr.edu

Human Dimensions of the Environment

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Kuehn

Loga FixicoLoga Fixico
lfixico@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Kaira FuentesKaira Fuentes
ktfuente@syr.edu

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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Awards

  • 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

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

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Mariah GladstoneMariah Gladstone
mglads02@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Dustin HillDustin Hill
dthill@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Collins

Undergraduate Study: Le Moyne College (Environmental Studie)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (Environmental Studies)

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

Sarah HowardSarah Howard
showar01@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Collins

Hannah HuberHannah Huber
hjhuber@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Horton

Aysha IftikharAysha Iftikhar
ayiftikh@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Tao

Previous Graduate Study: University of the Punjab (Environmental Science)

Lucas JohnsonLucas Johnson
ljohns11@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier

Undergraduate Study: Tufts University (Computer Science)

Personal Statement
After graduating from Tufts University with a B.S. in computer science, Lucas spent two years working as a data engineer at a software startup in Boston. He decided that he wanted to apply his programming skill set to environmental challenges, and came to SUNY ESF. He is a research assistant under Dr. Beier, working on the NYS CAFRI (Climate and Applied Forestry Research Institute) forest carbon inventory. He will aid in the development of a protocol and inventory tool that will rely on LiDAR coverages, and Landsat imagery among other things. He is currently working to estimate above ground biomass from LiDAR point clouds that have been published by NYS.

Favorite Quote
Theodore Roosevelt - "The Man in the Arena"

Interests
python, R, skiing, hiking, running, lacrosse

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

Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parker

Dineh JuddDineh Judd
dejudd@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Elizabeth Kehas-DewagheElizabeth Kehas-Dewaghe
emkehasd@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Farzaneh KhayatFarzaneh Khayat
fkhayat@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teron

Marie LoeffelholzMarie Loeffelholz
maloeffe@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

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

Joanna Lumbsden-PintoJoanna Lumbsden-Pinto
jlumsden@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dovciak

Personal Statement
My major area of interest is about the interaction between ecosystem dynamics and anthropogenic and climate alterations. I am interested in comprehend how this interaction influences the resilience and adaptability of the biota and what could be the implications on its management and restoration. I am inquisitive for investigating topics of this nature so we could be able to develop sustainable approaches, interdisciplinary management and conservation methodologies that protect and preserve forests, their components and their inhabitants such as Indigenous People.

Graduate Research Topic
Developing a community and expert based long-term biodiversity monitoring framework which will be executed for the first time in an existing restoration project located in the tropical dry forest in Panama. This, hopefully will serve as a model to be used in other areas in the country that are part of the efforts to restore tropical forests.

Favorite Quote
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” C.S. Lewis

Stacy McNultyStacy McNulty
samcnult@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Personal Statement
My research interests are based in northeastern temperate ecosystems and include forest ecology, landscape ecology, and the study of social-ecological systems. I am fascinated by the complex relationship between public and private land management in the Adirondack Park and the crossroads between science and policy. As a scientist, educator and field station co-director, I pursue original research and facilitate collaborative studies in environmental science and human-natural systems. Please see my faculty page for details.

Graduate Research Topic
Blue Lining: Evaluation of the Adirondack Policy Network as a Model Social-ecological System

Home Page
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Research Interests
Forest ecology, spatiotemporal trends in phenology, vertebrate ecology. exploration of long-term ecosystem changes, biodiversity conservation, and relationship of human land use planning, recreation, and forest management to ecosystem function in the northern forest.

Asif MehmoodAsif Mehmood
amehmood@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cousins

Danielle MinnickDanielle Minnick
deminnic@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld

Personal Statement
I graduated from SUNY Oswego in 2016, with a BA in Global and International Studies, Conc. Environmental Science. Since then I have worked in a variety of construction-related fields, leading me to pursue environmental remediation techniques and policy reform, especially concerning groundwater and wastewater. I am a large proponent of the triple bottom line of the sustainability model, and adhere to Theile's suggestion that culture be a fourth aspect of the "People, Planet, Profit" dynamic.

Graduate Research Topics
Groundwater remediation and preservation techniques; wastewater treatment; public participation and policy making; and social perceptions of water

Favorite Quote
"You can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will." -Stephen King

Madison MorleyMadison Morley
mamorley@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Beier

Alden MorrisAlden Morris
abmorris@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Danielle NagleDanielle Nagle
dsnagle@syr.edu

Human Dimensions of the Environment

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Vidon

Charity NyeleleCharity Nyelele
cnyelele@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kroll

Undergraduate Study: University of Zimbabwe

Links
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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

Sophie PadillaSophie Padilla
sppadill@syr.edu

Human Dimensions of the Environment

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Moran

Casey PearceCasey Pearce
crpearce@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Lissa PelletierLissa Pelletier
lpelleti@syr.edu

ESC 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

Reza RamyarReza Ramyar
rramyar@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Alison RickardAlison Rickard
atrickar@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Melissa RohdeMelissa Rohde
mmrohde@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stella

Moory Romero FernandezMoory Romero Fernandez
mmromero@syr.edu

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.

Prajapati ShapkotaPrajapati Shapkota
pshapkot@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): 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)

Kayla SmithKayla Smith
kmsmi100@syr.edu

Coupled Natural and Human Systems

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

Anna SmyslovaAnna Smyslova
aismyslo@syr.edu

Human Dimensions of the Environment

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

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 Administrationn)

Doctoral Research Topic
Heterogeneous Program Designs and the Effectiveness of Government-sponsored Voluntary Environmental Programs: Evidence from Manufacturing Industries in South Korea

Areas of Interest
Environmental policy and governance; Social norm formation and change; Pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR) information systems; Air pollution emissions trends and problems in South Korea

Journal articles

  • Song, Jong-dae & Kim, Doo-rae. 2016. "Corporate motivational types and the mediating effects of voluntary agreements: 30/50 program for chemical pollutant release reduction in Korea," Korean Public Administration Review 50(1): 109-137.
  • Kim, Doo-rae & Song, Jong-dae. 2014. "Mechanism of controls over bureaucracy in Asian countries: an empirical exploration for typology," Journal of Governmental Studies 20(2): 35-62.

Zainab TariqZainab Tariq
ztariq@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MS
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)

Graduate Research Topic
An Overview of Ecuador´s Production Patterns to Inform Sustainable Development Governance

Research Interests
Sustainable Development, Governance, Sustainable Business Practices, Latin America

Tong WanTong Wan
twan03@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kroll

Previous Graduate Study: University of Alabama Tuscaloosa* (Geography )

Personal Statement
My research interests are hydrological modeling and analysis with an emphasis on drought monitoring and data assimilation between various data resources including model simulations and observed data.

Graduate Research Topic
Hydrological Modeling

Favorite Quote
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. -- Mark Twain

Qian WangQian Wang
qwang29@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Doelle

Undergraduate Study: Hohai University (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Pharmaceuticals in wastewater

Favorite Quote
Create the miracles by yourself

Yi WangYi Wang
ywang300@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Undergraduate Study: Nankai University (Environmental Science)

Yao WangYao Wang
ywang401@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bryant

Danhan WangDanhan Wang
dwang52@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mao

Cooper WeinmanCooper Weinman
cmweinma@syr.edu

Ecosystem Restoration

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Daley

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
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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.

Gwenyth WidrickGwenyth Widrick
gwidrick@syr.edu

Environmental and Community Land Planning

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Weiss

Jared WilliamsJared Williams
jwilli64@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stella

Dingfan XingDingfan Xing
dixing@syr.edu

Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stehman

Tusha YakovlevaTusha Yakovleva
teyakovl@syr.edu

Human Dimensions of the Environment

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Links
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Rachel ZevinRachel Zevin
razevin@syr.edu

ESC Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stella

Undergraduate Study: University of Vermont

Links
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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

Li ZhangLi Zhang
lzhan126@syr.edu

Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Endreny

Links
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