Ecology and Ecosystems Area of Study for M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in Forest Resources ManagementApply
The Ecology and Ecosystems area of study focuses on the structure, function, dynamics, and resilience of terrestrial ecosystems, at a range of scales, from tree genetics and plant physiology to landscape ecology, modeling and remote sensing.
Because functioning and resilient ecosystems are central to human well-being, research opportunities in this area of study address a diversity of topics that help us better understand and enhance the sustainability of terrestrial ecosystems in a rapidly changing world.
- Colin M. Beier; email@example.com
forest ecosystem and landscape ecology, social-ecological systems, climate change, ecosystem services, landscape change modeling, resilience, adaptive management, resource governance, applied geoinformatics
- Eddie Bevilacqua; firstname.lastname@example.org
sampling/inventory, biometrics, forest mensuration, growth and yield modeling, applied statistics, GIS/spatial analysis, forest ecology, landscape ecology, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, quantitative silviculture
- Russell D. Briggs; email@example.com
forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, ecosystem services, watershed management, forest soils, silviculture
- Julia I. Burton; firstname.lastname@example.org
Forestry, Silviculture, Forest Ecology, Ecosystem Management, Plant Community Ecology, Disturbance Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Climate Change, Forest Health
- John E. Drake; email@example.com
Tree physiology, forest ecology, global climate change, ecosystem nutrient and C cycling, soils gas fluxes, tree water use
- René Germain; firstname.lastname@example.org
forest health, policy, silviculture, forest management and operations, forest management for renewable energy, watershed management, sustainable forestry systems
- Mariann T. Johnston; email@example.com
forest ecology, soils, biogeochemistry, forest health, silviculture
- Christopher A. Nowak; firstname.lastname@example.org
vegetation management, silviculture and forest ecology, production ecology and plant ecophysiology, invasive exotic plant control, biogeography and cultural landscapes, sustainable management and certification systems
- John C. Stella; email@example.com
riparian and stream ecology, restoration ecology, watershed management, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, river restoration, arid-land and Mediterranean ecosystems
- Philippe G. Vidon; firstname.lastname@example.org
geography/environmental science, surface and subsurface hydrology, water quality, riparian zone/watershed biogeochemistry and hydrology, agriculture, best management practices, nitrogen, phosphorus, mercury, carbon cycling, greenhouse gases (N2O, CO2, CH4).
- Timothy A. Volk; email@example.com
silviculture, forest management for renewable energy, biomass and bioenergy, energy, agroforestry, phytoremediation, management and sustainability of short rotation woody crops, life cycle analysis, ecophysiology, international forestry
- Ruth D. Yanai; firstname.lastname@example.org
forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, biogeochemistry, forest health, ecological modeling, watershed management, ecosystem nutrient cycling, uncertainty
For details on doctoral and masters programs, download the Graduate Student Handbook for The Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management. Hard copies are available from the FNRM office.
Graduate Education Coordinator - SRM
310A Bray Hall, One Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2788
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Current EE Graduate Students
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Matthew HeckingEcology and Ecosystems
Degree Sought: MS
I am currently a first year Master's student in the Burton lab at ESF. I am currently pursuing several ideas to integrate into my thesis work involving plant functional traits and their predictive power in modeling plant communities. I am extremely interested in using functional traits as tools to better predict community responses to climate change, and how trait diversity within and between species relate to these responses.
Graduate Research Topics
Plant functional traits, climate change, community ecology
"In Nature, nothing exists alone." - Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Graduate Research Topic
I study nutrient additions’ effect upon on: (1) the fate of soil organic matter, (2) the germination of sugar maple and American beech, and (3) leaf production.
Graduate Research Topic
Sugar Maple Physiology Across a Soil Acidity Gradient