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

Sharon Moran

224 Baker Laboratory
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210




  • Research Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Syracuse University
  • Affiliated Faculty, Department of Geography, The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • Partner Faculty, Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise, Syracuse University and SUNY - ESF


  • 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

Sophia BrownSophia Brown

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Moran
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Community Land Planning

Personal Statement
Sophie Brown is a PhD student in the division of Environmental Science at SUNY ESF. She holds a Masterís degree in Environmental Science from SUNY ESF, a Certificate in Environmental Leadership from SUNY ESF, a B.A. in Environmental Communications from Bard College, and a Certificate in Iroquois Linguistics from Syracuse University. She grew up in and resides on unceded Gayogo̱hó:nǫí territory near what in English is called Ithaca, New York. Her work as a researcher centers around indigenous language restoration, decolonial studies of place, and forces of language, home, and belonging within landscape.

Research Interests
Linguistic geography; decolonial scholarship; rhetorical sovereignty; counter-mapping; environmental education and curriculum development

Mario ChristieMario Christie

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

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Research Interest
My Ph.D. research involves using transdisciplinary approaches for investigating the inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge in the development of natural resources policy. Specifically, I am doing research into the various ways in which law has been used in land dispossession within indigenous communities and how indigenous land ethics result in synergistic symbiotic relationships between indigenous peoples and their land, specifically with water resources. I hope to understand these phenomena by centering place-making narratives and land claims of the Jamaican Maroons in my inquiry. To operationalize the findings of this research, with the integral participation and guidance of the Maroon community, my final goal is to develop frameworks for integrating Maroon ecological/cultural knowledge with empirical knowledge systems to craft more effective, place-based, and culturally relevant policies for natural resources management, that will be just and sustainable for the Jamaican population.

Graduate Research Topic
Collaborative Environmental Management Frameworks

Favorite Quote
The only way to win is to be great and be unaffected.

Foundations of My Scholarship
My interests are centered within the social realm of our existence, with extensions into the ecological realm insofar as itís necessary to make sense of how our society is arranged, considering various modes of production. Being passionate about equity, inclusion, and justice (EIJ) and being in love with chemistry offers a unique epistemological position that I am also passionate about exploring. How do we bridge the knowledge exchange gaps often resulting from the empiricism of the natural sciences that often excludes much of our population? I often think about this being the reason for the observed stand-off between social sciences and natural sciences in my academic experience. How can we get to the mixing of methods across disciplines, the transdisciplinarity? I think of EIJ as a kaleidoscope, in that it allows us to deconstruct the problems we face and see the plethora of components and rebuild them as crosscutting (individual but connected and interacting) solutions that are just and sustainable. That is really the calling I feel I have received and am leaning into as I work through my scholarship as a Ph.D. student and hopefully in whatever role I assume thereafter.

Marie LoeffelholzMarie Loeffelholz

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

Doctoral Research Topic
Moving away from a human-only perspective towards an inclusive approach through agency and future-oriented concepts: A critical analysis of human-dominated language and practices in three international river basin organizations

Areas of Competency
Environmental policy; Global environmental governance; Environmental values and collective behavior; Climate change and complex systems

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

Aaron OtisAaron Otis

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Moran
  • Area of Study: Environmental Policy

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 ESF's (1) Dept. of Environmental Studies OR

(2) GPES (Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences).

Research Highlights

Selected Publications

  • Wang, Shiru, Monica Matt, Bethany L. Murphy, MaryGail Perkins, David A. Matthews, Sharon D. Moran, and Teng Zeng. 2020. Organic Micropollutants in New York Lakes: A Statewide Citizen Science Occurrence Study. Environmental Science & Technology, October, Vo. 54, no. 21,  pp. 13759-13770
  • Nahar, Sarah and Sharon Moran. 2020. Local communities in water and sanitation: Practices and challenges, in Filho, W. L.,  Azul, A. M., Brandi, L, Lange Salvia, A., and Wall, T., eds. Clean Water and Sanitation Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, London, UK: Springer Nature.
  • Moran, Sharon, Meredith Perreault, and Richard Smardon. 2019. Finding Our Way: A Case Study of Urban Waterway Restoration and Participatory Process, Landscape and Urban Planning, November,
  • 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
  • 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 296 Diversity and knowledge of the Environment (currently listed as EST 204)
  • EST 696   Deconstructing Environmental Despair (graduate)
  • 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 321  Government and the Environment (undergraduate)

Professional Associations

  • Association of American Geographers
  • Society for the Social Study of Science (4S)
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies