Paul D. Hirsch | Environmental Studies | SUNY-ESF
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Paul D. HirschAssociate Professor

Paul Hirsch

214 Baker Lab
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210



Women's Wear Daily - Consumers, Collaboration, and Creativity

The March for Science forced Scientists to Talk Straight to the Public

Breaking with Tradition to Increase Collaboration

Nature - Recipes for a Team

Huffington Post - Interview With a Philosopher: Really Saving the Environment


My blog at Planet Forward

My blog at Maxwell's Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Board Memberships and Fellowships

Editorial Advisory Board, Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies

Senior Research Fellow, National Council for Science and the Environment

Past Board Member, Association of Interdisciplinary Studies

Fellow, Arizona State University Center for Organization Research and Design

Fellow, Planet Forward, George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs


Ph.D., Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008

M.S., Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, 2003

B.S., Biology and Society, Cornell University, 1995

Research Interests

Mental and Institutional Models for Cross-Boundary Environmental Problem Solving

Complex Trade-offs in Conservation & Development

Research Collaboration

Science in the Policy Process

Science Ethics

Inclusion of Marginalized Perspectives in Decision-Making

Select Publications

Hirsch, P. Sustainable Change in a Fractured World. (2018). 87-97 in Minteer, B., and Sahotra, S. A Sustainable Philosophy – The Work of Bryan Norton. Springer Press.

Lash-Marshall, Whitney G., Nomura, C., Eck, K., & Hirsch, P. (2017). Facilitating collaboration across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries: Application of a four-step strategic intervention.  Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies 35, 200-221.

O’Connor Robinson, M., Selfa, T., & Hirsch, P. (2017). Navigating the Complex Trade-Offs of Pesticide Use on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos. Society & Natural Resources, 1-14.

Bressler, A., Vidon, P., Hirsch, P., & Volk, T. (2017). Valuation of ecosystem services of commercial shrub willow (Salix spp.) woody biomass crops. Environmental monitoring and assessment189(4), 137.

Shockley, K., Lash-Marshall, W. G., Friedman, K. B., & Hirsch, P. D. (2016). Distinguishing collaboration from contribution in environmental research. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 1-10 [link]

Zia, A., Hirsch, P., Van Thang, H., Trung, T. C., O’Connor, S., McShane, T., ... & Norton, B. (2015). Eliciting Inter-Temporal Value Trade-Offs: Deliberative Multi-Criteria Analysis of Vietnam’s Bai Tu Long National Park Management Scenarios. International Academic Forum Journal of Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment, 2(1), 41-62.

Hirsch, P. D. (2014).  Collaborative Problem Solving in a Fractured World: A Perspective on the Role of Global-Scale Institutions and Administrators in the Context of Climate Change. In S. Kim, S. Ashley & H. Lambright (Eds.), Public Administration in the Context of Global Governance. UK: Edward Elgar [link]

Manno, J. P., Hirsch, P., & Feldpausch-Parker, A. M. (2014). Introduction by the Onondaga Nation and activist neighbors of an indigenous perspective on issues surrounding hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 4(1), 47-55 [link]

Zia, A., Norton, B. G., Metcalf, S. S., Hirsch, P. D., & Hannon, B. M. (2014). Spatial discounting, place attachment, and environmental concern: Toward an ambit-based theory of sense of place. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 40, 283-295.

Hirsch, P. D., & Luzadis, V. A. (2013). Scientific concepts and their policy affordances: How a focus on compatibility can improve science-policy interaction and outcomes. Nature and Culture, 8(1), 97-118 [link]

Hirsch, P. D., & Norton, B. G. (2012). Thinking like a Planet. In A Thompson and J. Bendik-Keymer (Eds.), Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change: Human Virtues of the Future. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press [link]

Hirsch, P. D., Brosius, J. P., O’Connor, S., Zia, A., Welch-Devine, M., Dammert, J. L., ... & Hitchner, S. (2013). Navigating complex trade-offs in conservation and development: an integrative framework. Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 31, 99-12 [link]

Hirsch, P. D., Adams, W. M., Brosius, J. P., Zia, A., Bariola, N., & Dammert, J. L. (2011). Acknowledging conservation trade‐offs and embracing complexity. Conservation Biology, 25(2), 259-264 [link]

McShane, T. O., Hirsch, P. D., Trung, T. C., Songorwa, A. N., Kinzig, A., Monteferri, B., ... & Welch-Devine, M. (2011). Hard choices: making trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and human well-being. Biological Conservation, 144(3), 966-972 [link]

Zia, A., Hirsch, P., Songorwa, A., Mutekanga, D. R., O'Connor, S., McShane, T., ... & Norton, B. (2011). Cross-scale value trade-offs in managing social-ecological systems: the politics of scale in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. Ecology and Society, 16(4), 7 [link]

Bozeman, B., Slade, C. P., & Hirsch, P. (2011). Inequity in the distribution of science and technology outcomes: a conceptual model. Policy Sciences, 44(3), 231-248 [link]

Hoffmann, M., Nersessian, N., Schmidt, J., Decker, M & Hirsch, P. (2010). Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Cognitive Conditions and Tools. White Paper for NSF's SBE 2020: Future Research in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences [link]

Bozeman, B., Slade, C., & Hirsch, P. (2009). Understanding bureaucracy in health science ethics: toward a better institutional review board. American Journal of Public Health, 99(9), 1549-1556 [link]

Bozeman, B., & Hirsch, P. (2005). Science ethics as a bureaucratic problem: IRBs, rules, and failures of control. Policy Sciences, 38(4), 269-291 [link]


EST 705 Environment and Natural Resources Policy Analysis

EST 635 Public Participation and Decision Making

EST 640 Environmental Thought and Ethics

EST 696 Climate Change: Science, Perception & Policy

EST 321 Government and Environment

Research Projects and Funding

2013-2016       New York State Department of Environmental Conservation $280,000. Co-Pi: Application of GIS and Participatory Processes to Complex Planning in the Adirondack Park

2014-2015       Research Foundation of SUNY. $38,370. PI - Presidential Fellow Award for Networks of Excellence Initiative

2013-2014       Research Foundation of SUNY. $150,000. PI: Understanding and overcoming barriers to communication in complex socio-ecological systems: an integrative approach to interdisciplinary research, policy translation, and educational application

2012-2013       New York State Department of Environmental Conservation  $49,796. Co-Pi: An Integrative Analysis of Place and Participation: Onondaga Lake, NY

2008-2011      MacArthur Foundation. $4 million. Arizona State University Global Institute of Sustainability. Research Associate: Advancing Conservation in a Social Context –Working in a World of Trade-offs

2005-2008       NSF Program in Human Social Dynamics Program. $625,000. Graduate Research Assistant: Ecological Boundary-Setting in Mental and Eco-physical Models

2003-2005       W. K. Kellogg Foundation.  $150,000. Graduate Research Assistant: Science, Policy and Social Inequality

Networks and Associations

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Jon Paul BuchmeyerJon Paul Buchmeyer

  • Degree Sought: CAS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch
  • Area of Study: T Environmental Leadership

Wei-En ChenWei-En Chen

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Previous Graduate Study: National Sun Yat-sen Universit (Political Science)

Graduate Research Topic
International Relations, Environmental Policy, Ocean Governance

Katie FassbinderKatie Fassbinder

  • Degree Sought: CAS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch
  • Area of Study: T Environmental Leadership

Christopher KoudelkaChristopher Koudelka

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch
  • Area of Study: Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Owen ZaengleOwen Zaengle

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy