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Ecology and Ecosystems Area of Study for M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in Forest Resources Management


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.

Participating Faculty

  • Colin M. Beier; cbeier@esf.edu
    forest ecosystem and landscape ecology, social-ecological systems, climate change, ecosystem services, landscape change modeling, resilience, adaptive management, resource governance, applied geoinformatics
  • Eddie Bevilacqua; ebevilacqua@esf.edu
    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; rdbriggs@esf.edu
    forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, ecosystem services, watershed management, forest soils, silviculture
  • Julia I. Burton; jiburton@esf.edu
    Forestry, Silviculture, Forest Ecology, Ecosystem Management, Plant Community Ecology, Disturbance Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Climate Change, Forest Health
  • John E. Drake; jedrake@esf.edu
    Tree physiology, forest ecology, global climate change, ecosystem nutrient and C cycling, soils gas fluxes, tree water use
  • René Germain; rhgermai@esf.edu
    forest health, policy, silviculture, forest management and operations, forest management for renewable energy, watershed management, sustainable forestry systems
  • Mariann T. Johnston; mjohnston@esf.edu
    forest ecology, soils, biogeochemistry, forest health, silviculture
  • Christopher A. Nowak; canowak@esf.edu
    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; stella@esf.edu
    riparian and stream ecology, restoration ecology, watershed management, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, river restoration, arid-land and Mediterranean ecosystems
  • Philippe G. Vidon; pgvidon@esf.edu
    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; tavolk@esf.edu
    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; rdyanai@esf.edu
    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.

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Contact Us

Diane Kuehn
Associate Professor
Graduate Education Coordinator - FNRM
310A Bray Hall, One Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2788
Phone: (315) 470-6561
Fax: (315) 470-6535

Current EE Graduate Students

Current Students Only currently registered students appear — new names appear at start of academic year

Matthew Hecking

Ecology and Ecosystems
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Burton

Thomas Mann

Ecology and Ecosystems
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Anuli Onwumelu

Ecology and Ecosystems
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Drake

Alexandrea Rice

Alexandrea Rice

Ecology and Ecosystems
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai
Undergraduate Institution: Allegheny College (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently studying the effects of nutrient additions (N, P, N+P) on the sap flow in sugar maple trees.

Will Saunders

Will Saunders

FRM Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maine Orono (Ecology and Environm)

Worked in environmental restoration as a manager and supervisor for the Onondaga Lake Restoration Project. New Jersey native, avid hiker, explorer, traveler, and semi-professional photographer and videographer.

Graduate Research Topic
Soil carbon dioxide fluxes in a northern hardwood forest: fine-scale microclimatic controls and impacts of intense rainfall events

Favorite Quote
When it all comes down, can you say that you never gave up? - Rise Against

Undergraduate Research Topics
The NEPA Process Applied to the Proposed East-West Highway in Maine, Vulnerability of the South Pacific to Climate Change due to Globalization

Arianna Wills

Ecology and Ecosystems
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Drake
Undergraduate Institution: University of Mass Amherst* (Natural Resource Con)

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Graduate Research Topic
Sugar Maple Physiology Across a Soil Acidity Gradient