Valerie A. Luzadis | Environmental Studies | SUNY-ESF
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Valerie A. LuzadisProfessor

Valerie Luzadis

217 Baker Lab
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210


National Council for Science and the Environment, Chair, Board of Directors

Planet Forward, Board of Advisors

Highest Education

Ph.D., SUNY ESF (Forest Policy and Economics), 1997.

Areas of Study

Ecological Economics; Social-Ecological Systems; Natural Resources Policy and Values; Science-Policy Interface

Current Graduate Advisees

Graduate Advisees

Mario ChristieMario Christie

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Moran and Luzadis
  • Area of Study: Human Dimensions of the Environment

Delaney DemroDelaney Demro

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Luzadis and Parker
  • Area of Study: Coupled Natural and Human Systems
  • Undergraduate Institution: 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.

Hiking, hand embroidery, yoga.

Stacy McNultyStacy McNulty

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

Moory Romero FernandezMoory Romero Fernandez

  • Degree Sought: MS in Environmental Studies
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld and Luzadis

Graduate Research Topic
Ancestral Wisdom from the Plurinational State of Bolivia in the Current Global Climatic Crisis

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.

Most Recent Publications

Spethman, D. and V.A. Luzadis. 2020. Moral and ethical foundations for ecological economics. Chapter 14. In: Costanza, R. et al., Eds., Sustainable Wellbeing Futures:  A Research and Action Agenda for Ecological Economics. Edward Elgar Publishing, 480 pp. ISBN: 978 1 78990 094 1.

Costanza, R., E.M.B. Doran, T. Gladkikh, I. Kubiszewski, V.A. Luzadis, and E. Zencey. 2020. Creating positive futures for humanity on earth. Chapter 2 In: Sustainable Wellbeing Futures: A Research and Action Agenda for Ecological Economics, Robert Costanza, Jon D. Erickson, Joshua Farley, Ida Kubiszewski, Eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 480 pp. ISBN: 978 1 78990 094 1.

Luzadis V.A. 2019. Engaging Intuition and Imagination for Solutions to Confounding Science and Societal Problems. In: Leal Filho W., Consorte McCrea A. (eds) Sustainability and the Humanities. Springer, Cham.

Barresi, P.A., R.C. Smardon, and V. A. Luzadis. 2018. Institution-wide design: Sustainability education across the curriculum and beyond.  Chapter 12 In: Focht, W. et al. (eds). Education for Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems: From Theory to Practice.  Routledge: London. DOI 296 pages. eBook ISBN 9781351171601.

Kuehn, D. M., V.A. Luzadis and M. Brincka. 2017. "I catch whatever's biting!": Motivations, constraints, and facilitators of non-preference anglers residing along New York's Lake Ontario Coast. Fisheries Research, 194:188-196.

Caputo, J., C.M. Beier, V.A. Luzadis and P.M. Groffman. 2016. Integrating beneficiaries into assessment of ecosystem services from managed forests at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, USA . Forest Ecosystems (2016) 3:13 DOI 10.1186/s40663-016-0072-9

Montefrio, M. J.F., D.A. Sonnenfeld and V.A. Luzadis. 2015. Social construction of the environment and smallholder farmers' participation in ‘low-carbon’, agro-industrial crop production contracts in the Philippines. Ecological Economics, 2015, vol. 116, issue C, 70-77.

Abolina, E. and V.A. Luzadis - 2015. Abandoned agricultural land and its potential for short rotation woody crops in Latvia, Land Use Policy, 49:435-445.

Stewart Ibarra, A.M., V.A. Luzadis, M.J., Borbor Cordova, M. Silva, T. Ordoñez, E. Beltrán Ayala, S.J. Ryan. 2014. A social-ecological analysis of community perceptions of dengue fever and Aedes aegypti in Machala, Ecuador. BMC Public Health; 11/2014; 14(1):1135. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1135.

Abolina, E., V.A. Luzadis and D. Lazdina. 2014. Analysis of the Adoption of Willow Growing Practice in Latvia.  Baltic Forestry, 20(1):78-87.

Abolina, E., V.A. Luzadis. 2013. Forest Sustainability and Social Policy: The Role of Ecosystem Services. Chapter: Chapter 6 In book: Environmental Policy is Social Policy – Social Policy is Environmental Policy, Publisher: Springer, Editor: Isidor Wallimann, pp.63-78.

Kuehn, D. M., V.A. Luzadis and M. Brincka. 2013. An analysis of the factors influencing fishing participation by resident anglers. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 18(5): 322-339.

Hirsch, P. D. and V. A. Luzadis. 2013. Scientific Concepts and Their Policy Affordances: How a Focus on Compatibility Can Improve Science-Policy Interaction and Outcomes.  Nature and Culture 8(1), Spring 2013: 97–118.

Kuehn, D., V. A. Luzadis and M. Brincka. 2013. An Analysis of the Factors Influencing Fishing Participation by Resident Anglers. Human Dimensions of Wildlife: An International Journal, 18:5, 322-339.

Kuehn, D. P. D;Luhosch, V.A. Luzadis, R. Malmsheimer and R. Schuster. 2011. Attitudes and intentins of off-highway vehicle riders towards trail use: implications for forest managers. Journal of Forestry. 109(5):281-287.

Limburg, K.E., V.A. Luzadis, M. Ramsey, K.L. Schulz. 2010.  The good, the bad, and the algae: perceiving ecosystem services and disservices generated by zebra and quagga mussels.  Journal of Great Lakes Research.  36(1):86-92.  

Luzadis, V.A., L. Castello, J. Choi, C.B. Franco, E. Greenfield, S. Kim, J. Munsell, E. Nordman, F. Olowabi.  2010. The science of ecological economics: A content analysis of Ecological Economics, 1989–2004. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 1185, Issue Ecological Economics Reviews: 1-10.

Buchholz, T., T. Volk, and V.A. Luzadis.  2009.  Sustainability Criteria for Bioenergy Systems: Results from an expert survey.  Journal of Cleaner Production.  Vol 17, Supplement 1: S86-S98. 

Castello, L., J.P. Viana, G. Watkins, M. Pinedo-Vazquez, and V.A. Luzadis.  2009.  Integrating small-scale fishers in management: the case of piraracu in Mamirauá, Amazon. Environmental Management: 43(2):197-209.

Buchholz, T., T. Volk, and V.A. Luzadis. 2007. A participatory systems approach to modelling social, economic, and ecological components of bioenergy.  Energy Policy 35:6084-6094.

Buchholz, T., E. Rametsteiner, T. A. Volk, V.A. Luzadis.  2009. Multi criteria analysis for bioenergy systems assessments.   Energy Policy, 37(2): 484-495. 

Labriole, M. and V. A. Luzadis.  2011. Foresters’ attitudes toward the potential impact of climate change in New York.  Journal of Forestry.   109(2):89-94.

Quaye, A.K.,  C.A.S. Hall and V.A. Luzadis.  2010. Agricultural Land Use Efficiency and Food Crop Production in Ghana.  Environment, Development, and Sustainability.  12:967-983.

Solomon, Barry D. and Valerie A. Luzadis, editors. 2008. Renewable energy from forest resources in the United States. Routledge: London.

Luzadis, V.A., T. Volk, and T. Buchholz. 2008. Using a systems approach to improve bioenergy sustainability assessment. Chapter 9 In: Solomon and Luzadis, eds. Renewable Energy from Forest Resources in the United States. Routledge: London.

Volk, T. and V. A.. Luzadis. 2008. Willow Biomass Production for Bioenergy, Biofuels and Bioproducts in New York. Chapter 11 In: Solomon and Luzadis, eds. Renewable Energy from Forest Resources in the United States. Routledge: London.

Buchholz, T., T. Volk, and V.A. Luzadis. 2007. A participatory systems approach to modelling social, economic, and ecological components of bioenergy. Energy Policy 35:6084-6094.

Parrish, B. D., V.A. Luzadis, and W.R. Bentley. 2005. "What Tanzanian Coffee Farmers Can Teach the World: A Results-based Look at the Fair Trade - Free Trade Debate." Sustainable Development, 13(3): 177-189.