If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies and your scholarly interests align with mine, I encourage you to get in touch with me. At present, I am looking for talented, motivated students whose interests are situated broadly within the context of human environment relationships. Students who are interested in critically examining place, perception, value, and identity are particularly well suited to work with me. These concepts, however, may take a variety of forms in practice, from investigations in the context of nature tourism and parks to critical examinations of stakeholder conflict over land management decisions. Much of my research takes place in the Adirondack Park, which provides a wonderfully eclectic landscape and population within which to explore and critically examine a number of research themes.
HOW TO APPLY: The primary track for MS and PhD students who are interested in working with me is through the Graduate Program in Environmental Science (GPES). I am associated with a number of areas of study in GPES, and it is through these that you may apply. Areas of study with which I am affiliated include Coupled Natural and Human Systems, Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes, Environmental and Community Land Planning, and Human Dimensions of the Environment. Please see the GPES website for additional information: http://www.esf.edu/environmentalscience/graduate/
I also have the possibility of accepting MS students through the Environmental Studies Department. Please see the department's website for additional information: http://www.esf.edu/es/
PhD in Integrating Socio-Environmental Systems Using Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches Along with my departmental colleague Dr. Mary Collins, I am presently seeking a PhD student interested in basic and applied research at the intersection of urban green infrastructure and local civic engagement. The student will contribute to a research program aimed at building community capacity for health promotion in an impoverished area of Syracuse, NY, through the provision of ecosystems services. Field sites are vacant lots in which green infrastructure (GI) is implemented to mitigate water quality problems resulting from combined sewer overflows (CSOs). Students should expect to employ a community-based participatory research (CBPR) methodology applied within a coupled social-ecological conceptual framework linking human and ecological outcomes. The student will be expected to play an active part in all community-based collaborative research activities and project management.
She or he will be funded by an EPA grant to work with Drs. Elizabeth Vidon and Mary Collins at SUNY-ESF. She or he will receive three years of Research Assistantship support and one year of a teaching assistantship in addition to developing a project-related dissertation in collaboration with Drs. Vidon and Collins. Funding covers tuition, benefits and stipend.
Start date: Fall of 2017
Design and conduct original, empirical research at the intersection of urban green infrastructure and local civic engagement using CBPR techniques.
Co-author 1 manuscript every two years with Drs. Vidon and Collins.
Follow departmental guidelines to meet graduation requirements in about 4 years
Already have a completed master’s degree in relevant field
To apply: Please send a CV with the names of 3 references and a 2-page research proposal describing (in general) the research you would like to conduct, including hypotheses/questions, methods, justification, and intended products. Send all materials to both Drs. Vidon (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Collins (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
Graduate Assistantships Each year, I am generally able to support the most well qualified student through a Graduate Assistantship (GA), either through the Department of Environmental Studies or through the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences (GPES).
Institutional Opportunities for Funding Additional funding opportunities through SUNY-ESF may be found here: http://www.esf.edu/graduate/awards.htm
INTERESTED? If you are still interested in joining my research team at SUNY-ESF, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information: 1) a current CV or resume that includes your academic and professional history; 2) a summary of your own research interests and what sorts of questions you would like to pursue; 3) your most recent GPA and GRE scores. Once I have your information, we can set up a meeting (either via Skype or in person) to further discuss working together.