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Water and Wetland Resource Studies Area of Study for M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in Environmental Science

Leader: Philippe Vidon

The water and wetland resources area of study focuses on technical, social, and institutional aspects of water resources management, water quality issue mitigation, and water system restoration.

Individual students may emphasize biophysical or social science subject areas but all study in both areas. The biophysical science aspects include the physical, chemical and biological interactions occurring in water systems. The social science aspects are concerned with planning, regulation, law and institutions, and management of water and wetland resources.

Recommended coursework includes:

  • physical sciences: civil engineering, geology, geomorphology, hydrology, meteorology, environmental engineering, soils, water chemistry, hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry and geographic information systems;
  • biological sciences: ecology, entomology, fisheries biology, forestry, microbiology, water quality and limnology;
  • social sciences: administration, economics, government, history, law, ethics, philosophy and policy.

  • Hike across Arbutus Lake

    Early morning hike across Arbutus Lake to reach the Archer Creek Watershed for seasonal sampling

  • Restored North Carolina stream

    Restored North Carolina stream with piezometers to monitor the hydrology of the hyporheic zone of the stream

  • Students sample water quality

    GPES graduate students getting ready to sample for water quality in a North Carolina riparian zone, Summer 2013

  • Joshua G. sampling for soil greenhouse gases emissions

    Graduate student Joshua G. sampling for soil greenhouse gases emissions in the Adirondacks, Winter 2013

  • Student on mountain top

  • Student wuth plants

  • Students on boat

  • Water testing

  • Studetn feeding chord into water

  • Student working with plants

  • Students working in wateJonas Hamberg collects samples

    GPES student Jonas Hamberg collects samples for a study of macrophyte restoration in the Hudson River estuary.

  • Getting nets ready to sample eels

    Getting ready to sample eels.

  • Supplies in forest

  • Professors in front of wetland

  • Indoor experiment

  • Machine for experiment

  • Studying in field

WWRS Faculty

Name and Interests

Address / Email

Boyer, Gregory L.
biochemistry and environmental chemistry, plant and algal biochemistry, chemical ecology and toxins produced by algae. environmental monitoring, including Buoy and ship-based monitoring systems for water quality
320 Jahn Laboratory
Briggs, Russell D.
forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, ecosystem services, watershed management, forest soils, silviculture
202 Baker Laboratory
Cousins, Joshua
environmental policy and governance, social and political dimensions of water, political ecology, political economy of water, green infrastructure, science and technology studies, political ecology, urban sustainability
221 Baker Laboratory
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
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
Dölle, Klaus
pulp & paper and related environmental topics, design, constructed wetlands,subsurface bioreactors, fossil energy, bioenergy, hydropower, water and waste water treatment, paper recycling, paper development, filler materials, energy savings, renewable energy & processes, engineering, machine & process design.
421 Walters Hall
Endreny, Theodore A.
water resources engineering, ecological engineering, stream restoration, urban watersheds, lesser-developed countries
426 Baker Laboratory
Hussein, Rafaat M.
Hazardous wastes, water & land resources, GIS, expert & knowledge-based assessment, analysis and management systems
216 Baker Laboratory
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
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
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
Morin, Timothy H.
ecosystem nutrient cycling, wetlands, biogeochemistry, carbon cycle, ecosystem greenhouse gas transport, eddy covariance/micrometeorology
417 Baker Laboratory
Murphy, Cornelius B.
Non-point source contaminant studies, advanced water treatment technology, environmental nanotechnology, fate and transport of contaminants in environmental systems
423 Baker Laboratory
Ringler, Neil H.
Aquatic ecology and fishery biology; vertebrate biology; macroinvertebrate diversity, distribution and abundance; stream and littoral zone ecology; habitat restoration.
224 Illick Hall
Schulz, Kimberly L.
nutrient and exotic species effects on aquatic ecosystems, ecological stoichiometry, aquatic community and ecosystem ecology, bioenergetics, nutrient cycling, lower food web studies, great lakes, finger lakes, plankton, limnology, aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, invasive species
456 Illick Hall
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
Shaw, Stephen B.
hydroclimatology, water resources engineering, ecohydrology in a changing climate, water resources, climate change, hydrology, systems modeling, stormwater management
418 Baker Laboratory
Sonnenfeld, David A.
environmental sociology; comparative environmental politics; sustainable transitions; water governance; East and Southeast Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Caribbean; field, historical and mixed research methods
214 Baker Laboratory
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
Tao, Wendong
constructed ecosystems for water and wastewater treatment, nutrient recovery from wastes, water quality, microbial ecology of engineered ecosystems, dairy manure and wood leachate
422 Baker Laboratory
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

Current Graduate Students in Water and Wetland Resource Studies

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

Web Link

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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Amyel Dale Cero

Amyel Dale Cero

Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Vidon
Undergraduate Institution: University of the Philippines (Biology)


Favorite Quote
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” -- Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Research Interests
Water quality, causes and effects of water pollution, interplay of natural and anthropogenic factors and their impacts to water quality, cost-effective and sustainable means and approaches in addressing water pollution problems

Aysha Iftikhar

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

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

Ryan Lamastro

Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: MS

Danielle Minnick

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

Lissa Pelletier

ESC Ecosystem Restoration
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stella

Alison Rickard

Alison Rickard

Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Personal Statement
I graduated SUNY Oneonta with a BA in Environmental Science. I have since worked at Cornell University on a small dam removal project identifying macroinvertebrates, for a private consulting company- Ichthyological Associates Inc- measuring storm water runoff and as an environmental coordinator presenting public environmental programs.

Graduate Research Topic
My research is focused on nutrient runoff in Canandaigua Lake watershed. Specifically I would like to identify spatial and temporal differences between sub watersheds draining to the same watershed. I am focusing on the benefits of agricultural best management practices such as riparian zones and wetlands as a way to reduce nutrient runoff.

Qian Wang

Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Doelle
Undergraduate Institution: Hohai University (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Pharmaceuticals in wastewater

Favorite Quote
Create the miracles by yourself

Molly Welsh

Molly Welsh

Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Vidon
Undergraduate Institution: University of Rhode Island (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: University of North Carolina Charlotte

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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.

Jared Williams

Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stella

Rachel Zevin

Rachel Zevin

ESC Water & Wetland Resource Studies
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stella
Undergraduate Institution: University of Vermont

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

Li Zhang

Li Zhang

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