Jill Weiss | Environmental Studies | SUNY-ESF
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Jill WeissAssistant Professor

Jill Weiss

208B Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-6781 | 315-470-6636


PhD Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England (AUNE), 2009-2016. Interdisciplinary course work in conservation policy and landscape ecology, environmental philosophy and history, social science methods, and research reading in collaboration, communication, critical theory, systems theory, common pool resources and social network analysis. Dissertation: Collaboration in Conservation Networks: Regional Conservation Partnerships in New England.

Columbia University, Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability
Conservation Biology Certificate; Consortium for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC)
2008 – 2009 Coursework in Ecology, Conservation, and Policy. Departed program to begin PhD at AUNE.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Cert., Applied Environmental Education Program Evaluation
2006 Non-matriculated certification.

MA Environmental Conservation Education, New York University, 2001-2003. Interdisciplinary program in environmental policy, environmental history and philosophy; environmental education and outreach; ecology and conservation. Thesis project: Harlem/Hudson: A Community Ecology Outreach and Programming Project with the New York City Soil and Water Conservation District, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Grants Program.

BFA Communications Design, Pratt Institute, 1992. Additional coursework in the humanities and educational psychology.

Areas of Interest/ Literatures

Socio-ecological systems, co-adaptive management, participatory governance, systems theory, coupled community-ecosystem resilience, ecosystem services, landscape-scale conservation/landscape ecology, recreation, knowledge transfer, boundary spanning, communities of practice, social networks, communication theory, risk communication, environmental justice, environmental education/interpretation, pedagogy/andragogy, visual communications, environmental philosophy and ethics.

Geographic knowledge: Very familiar with ecologies (human and natural; urban to rural) of New England, Central and Eastern New York State/ Adirondacks, New York City/ Outer Boroughs, Long Island (USA).


My Linked In profile: www.linkedin.com/in/jillweiss


Seeking opportunities to collaborate on interdisciplinary conservation research especially related to collaboration, communication, and ecosystem services and/or resilient bioregions. Currently, research includes tracking knowledge transfer and other communication phenomena through "weak ties" in communities of practice and conservation networks.

Current Research:

(1) Alpine Stewardship in the Northeast - conservation of alpine zones through active and passive management. I have been collecting data on conservation activities at 10 sites since 2010. Thanks to the Waterman Fund I will be collecting data for a 2019 system wide report.

(2) Regional Conservation Partnerships in New England and Eastern New York State (now known as RCPN) - networks of private individuals, NGOs, and public agencies leveraging their resources to meet large scale parcel conservation goals.

In both projects I ask how networks and information sharing shapes conservation action and promotes sustainable landscapes.

More recently I have been observing ephemeral collaborations betweeen formal and informal organizations who work and play in the White Mountains. Please let me know if you are working in the Whites!


        EST 245 Foundations of Environmental Communication
        EST 493 Environmental Communication Workshop
        EST 645 Mass Media and Environmental Affairs
        EST 496-06 SU18 Environmental Outreach Techniques
        EST 604 Social Research Methods: Surveys
        EST 550 Environmental Impact Analysis
        EST 606 Environmental Risk Perception: Implications for Communication and Policy (did not run in SP18)

Relevant Courses taught at previous institutions:
        Global Environmental Change (Environmental Science: ecology, policy, energy, toxicology)
        Environments of Central New England (Policy, Natural and social history; land use ethics)
        Environmental Communication and Education
        Environmental Education: Theory and Practice (Graduate)
        Urban Environmental Education
        Ecology of a Changing Planet (Introduction to Ecology)
        Principles of Sustainability
        Introduction to Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation
        Landscape Ecology (Graduate)


Recent Publications

J. Weiss. (2018) Contributor in Moran, Baptiste & Smardon Revitalizing Urban Waterways: Streams of Environmental Justice; Chapter 6: Restoring Streams and Restoring Relationships. Earthscan/Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Revitalizing-Urban-Waterway-Communities-Streams-of-Environmental-Justice/Smardon-Moran-Baptiste/p/book/9781138698611

J. Weiss. (2016) Collaboration in Conservation Networks: Regional Conservation Partnerships in New England. Antioch University New England. Dissertation in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Environmental Studies. https://etd.ohiolink.edu/pg_10?0::NO:10:P10_ACCESSION_NUM:antioch1468416493