Sharon D. Moran | Environmental Studies | SUNY-ESF
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Sharon D. MoranAssociate Professor

Sharon Moran

220 Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210


Leader, Environmental and Natural Resources Policy (ENRP) Ph.D. Program




  • Ph.D., Geography, Clark University, 2000
  • M.S., Political Science and Public Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.A., Chemistry, Boston University

Research Interests

  • Political ecology; environment-society relations
  • ‘Green’ and innovative technologies; sustainable enterprise
  • Human dimensions of water/ wastewater issues; policy and regulation
  • Post-communist countries - environmental issues
  • Qualitative research methods

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Marie LoeffelholzMarie Loeffelholz

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

Stacey MackStacey Mack

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Germain and Moran
  • Area of Study: Natural Resources Mgt

Graduate Research Topic
Resource challenges associated with hydraulic fracturing

Favorite Quote
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."- Steve Prefontaine

Fiona ModrakFiona Modrak

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Moran
  • Area of Study: Environmental Communication

Sophie PadillaSophie Padilla

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

Meghan SchaderMeghan Schader

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

Prajapati ShapkotaPrajapati Shapkota

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

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)

Graduate Students

Note: Prof. Moran’s graduate students are enrolled in either (1) the Dept. of Environmental Studies OR (2) GPES (Graduate Programs in Environmental Sciences, a cross-campus, interdisciplinary program, which also houses the doctoral program in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy).

Research Highlights

  • Citizen Science-Based Monitoring Framework for Contaminants of Emerging Concern in New York State Lakes, funded by the National Science Foundation. Together with Teng Zeng, Principal Investigator, Syracuse University, and Dave Matthews, Co-Principal Investigator, Upstate Freshwater Institute.
  • Coastal issues: The NOAA-Sea Grant Coastal Storms Awareness Program // Understanding Responses to Storm Warnings: Learning from Those Who "Rode Out" Hurricane Sandy//
  • Wasteful cultivation: Engaging the water cycle in everyday life
  • What do we want in our watersheds?

Selected Publications

  • Smardon, Richard, Sharon Moran, and April Baptiste. 2018, Revitalizing Urban Waterway Communities: Streams of Justice. Routledge.
  • Comer, Bryan and Sharon Moran. 2017. The Evolution of Empirical Environmental Justice Research Methods: A Call for Greater Use of Geographically Weighted Regression, Environmental Justice, February, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 11-15.
  • Leah Harnish, Adam T. Carpenter, and Sharon Moran. 2016. Comparing Water Source Knowledge in Cities that Exceed the Lead Action Level. Journal of the American Water Works Association, December, vol. 108, no. 12, pp. 606-614
  • Moran, Sharon, Meredith Perreault, and Richard Smardon. 2016. Finding Our Way: A Case Study of Urban Waterway Restoration and Participatory Process, Landscape and Urban Planning, October
  • Marlon, Jennifer, E. Christa Farmer, and Sharon Moran. 2015. Communicating Hurricane Risks: Challenges and Recommendations. November. Eos (Transactions, American Geophysical Union).
  • Magnuszewski, Artur, Edyta Kiedrzyńska, Marcin Kiedrzyński, and Sharon Moran. 2014. GIS Approach to Estimation of the Total Phosphorous Transfer in the Pilica River Lowland Catchment. Quaestiones Geographicae. September, 33(3) 101-110. doi 10.2478/quageo-2014-0033
  • Magnuszewski, Artur, Sharon Moran. 2014. Vistula River bed erosion processes and their influence on Warsaw's flood safety.In Sediment Dynamics: From the Summit to the Sea, Proceedings of the Symposium of International Commission on Continental Erosion, IAHS 367.Wallingford, UK: IAHS Press. doi:10.5194/piahs-367-147-2015
  • Dimpfl, Mike and Sharon Moran. 2014. "Waste matters: Compost, domestic practice, and the transformation of alternative toilet cultures around Skaneateles, NY," Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32: 721-738.
  • Dimpfl, Mike and Sharon Moran. 2011. "Composting toilet," in Green Technology: An A–Z Guide, eds. Paul Robbins and Dustin Mulvaney. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2010. "Cities, Creeks, and Erasure: Stream Restoration and Environmental Justice," Environmental Justice, June 2010, 3(2): 61-69.
  • Magnuszewski, Artur, Sharon Moran, and Guoliang Yu. 2010. "Modeling Lowland Reservoir Sedimentation Conditions and Potential Environmental Consequences of Dam Removal: Wloclawek Reservoir, Vistula River, Poland." Pp. 8-16 in Sediment Dynamics for a Changing Future, ed. Kazimierez Banasik. Proceedings of the Symposium of International Commission on Continental Erosion. Publication 337. Wallingford, UK: IAHS Press. Available here.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2009. "Bytes of Note - The State of the Toilet," Environment 51(11 November): 7-8. Available here.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2008. "Under the Lawn: Engaging the Water Cycle," Ethics, Place, and Environment 11(2): 129-145.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2007. "Stream Restoration Projects: A Critical Analysis of Urban Greening," Local Environment 12(2): 111-128.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2003. "Stream Restoration: Opportunities for Synthesis and Integration," Journal of Geography 102(2, March-April): 67-79.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2003. "Review of 'The Carbon Wars' by Jeremy Leggett," Economic Geography 79:1 (January).
  • Moran, Sharon. 2002. "Teaching Stream Restoration: A Senior Seminar Theme". In Teaching Sustainability at Universities: Toward Curriculum Greening, ed. Walter Leal Filho. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.


  • EST 600  Foundations of Environmental Studies (graduate)
  • EST 652  Managing Sustainability (graduate)
  • EST 759  Sustainability Driven Enterprise (graduate)
  • EST 796  Environmental Health Policy (graduate)
  • EST 797  Comparative Environmental Policy: US-Canada (graduate)
  • ENS 797  Environmental Health Policy (graduate)
  • EST 797  Human Dimensions of Water Systems (graduate)
  • EST 797  Human Dimensions of Dirty Water (graduate)
  • EST 797  Human Dimensions of Water Problems (graduate)
  • EST 221  Introduction to American Government (undergraduate)

Professional Associations

  • Association of American Geographers
  • American Political Science Association
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies