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M.P.S., M.S. & Ph.D. in Natural Resources Management


The Natural Resources Management program focuses on both the underlying theory and on-the-ground application of practices to achieve sustainable outcomes in natural resource systems.

Because management practices and decisions arise from the combination of ecological knowledge, economic considerations and landowner/manager objectives and/or policies, research opportunities in management are interdisciplinary by nature.

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
  • Tristan R. Brown; trbro100@esf.edu
    sustainable energy law & policy; energy systems analysis; techno-economic analysis; and climate policy
  • 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
  • Diane M. Kuehn; dmkuehn@esf.edu
    social and recreational dimensions, ecotourism and nature tourism, recreation management and research
  • Robert W. Malmsheimer; rwmalmsh@esf.edu
    How laws and the legal system affect natural resources management, including how carbon accounting policies affect forest and natural resources.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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
  • John E. Wagner; jewagner@esf.edu
    forest resource and environmental economics, ecosystem services, policy, quantitative silviculture, forest management and operations, operations research, simulation

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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 Management

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

Lalita Adhikari

Natural Resources Mgt
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Stacey Mack

Stacey Mack

Natural Resources Mgt
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Germain and Moran

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

Joseph Nash

Joseph Nash

Natural Resources Mgt
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Graduate Research Topic
My research focuses on the influence of forest succession on downed wood accumulation, as well as carbon accounting and uncertainty analysis.

Abishek Poudel

Natural Resources Mgt
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua
Undergraduate Institution: Tribhuwan University (Forestry)

Previous Graduate Study: Lincoln University of Mo (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
My research interest lies in conservation and management of natural resources through application of UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) and Geo-Spatial Information System.

Graduate Research Topic (MS)
Quantifying stand structure and dynamics of a white oak plantation in Central Missouri

Taylor Richmond

Taylor Richmond

Natural Resources Mgt
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Germain
Undergraduate Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Environmental Resour)


Graduate Research Topic
I am researching differences in soil compaction and displacement caused by bare tires, tires with chains, and tires with single-wheel tracks on skidders.

Jeffrey Stephens

Natural Resources Mgt
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Rebecca Tapio

Natural Resources Mgt
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Beier