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Monitoring, Analysis and Modeling Area of Study for M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in Forest Resources Management


The Monitoring, Analysis and Modeling area of study focuses on the application of statistical and operations research methods and techniques used to sample, describe and predict how individual trees, forest stands and terrestrial ecosystems change over both temporal and spatial scales.

Because trees and forests respond in varying ways to an array of human and natural disturbances, research opportunities in this area of study address a diversity of topics that help us to better understand and evaluate the dynamics 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
  • Julia I. Burton; jiburton@esf.edu
    Forestry, Silviculture, Forest Ecology, Ecosystem Management, Plant Community Ecology, Disturbance Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Climate Change, Forest Health
  • Stephen V. Stehman; svstehma@esf.edu
    environmental sampling, map accuracy assessment, land-cover monitoring; applied statistics
  • 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).
  • John E. Wagner; jewagner@esf.edu
    forest resource and environmental economics, ecosystem services, policy, quantitative silviculture, forest management and operations, operations research, simulation
  • Lianjun Zhang; lizhang@esf.edu
    forest biometrics, growth and yield modeling, spatial statistics and modeling, quantitative silviculture

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Contact Us

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

Current Graduate Students in MAM

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

Ry Patton

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Drake and Kiernan

Robert Rutherford

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Natasha Torres

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier

Jin Yin

Jin Yin

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman and Zhang
Undergraduate Institution: Minzu University of China (Ecology)

Previous Graduate Study: Yale University (Forest Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Community-based Forest Management in China's Minority Areas

Areas of Interest
Biodiversity conservation; Indigenous knowledge; Land use change; Forest policy; Remote sensing and GIS; Ecosystem services

Jenna Zukswert

Jenna Zukswert

ESC Environmental Monitoring
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Burton and Drake
Undergraduate Institution: Smith College

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Personal Statement
I am a forest ecosystem ecologist interested in bridging the gap between those who conduct research and those who use the results.

Graduate Research Topic
Functional Ecology of Northeastern Forests