Environmental Social Sciences

In the field of Environmental Social Sciences (ESS), students learn about the complex relationship between people and the environment through an understanding of issues related to climate change, global food and water distribution, natural resource management, and conservation decision-making.  Faculty members approach environmental problems from various disciplinary perspectives, including but not limited to public policy, psychology, sociology, political science, and law.
Through research experience, students enrolled in the ESS graduate specialization will study how people value and use the environment and natural resources, which will equip students with the skills and knowledge to inform policies that address these issues. The Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab provides regular interaction between all social science faculty and graduate students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR).

Active Graduate Advisors:

Kerry Ard
Ramiro Berardo
Jeremy Brooks
Jeremy Bruskotter
Alia Dietsch
Matthew Hamilton
Shoshanah Inwood
Douglas Jackson-Smith
Jeffrey Jacquet
Kristi Lekies
Linda Lobao
Sayeed Mehmood
Cathy Rakowski
Jeff Sharp
Nicole Sintov
Eric Toman
Robyn Wilson

Recent Theses and Dissertations (available on OhioLink*)

N. Braun


Investigating Environmentally Responsible Behavior: A Phenomenological Study of Personal Behavior of Acknowledged Leaders in the Area of Climate Change

E. Burnett


The Influence of Farmer Stress and Hardiness on the Adoption of Best Management Practices in the Maumee Watershed

E. Eilers MS Exploring the Association between Norm Conflict and Environmental Behavior

J. Ferry


Phosphorus Management in the Agroecosystem: An Analysis of Knowledge and Perceived Risk

S. Fontanella


Indexing Geographic Information Using the Domain Name System

D. Gupta PhD
A. Heeren PhD
K. Horndeski MS
E. Hutchins MS
P. Mudliar PhD

M. G. Myer


Characterizing the Decision Process of Land Managers when Managing for Endangered Species of Fire Dependent Ecosystems: The Case of the Kirtland’s warbler (Septophaga kirtlandii Baird)

J. Perez Saez


Recruiting the Water Quality Trader: Do Socioeconomic Variables and Levels of Trust Matter?

T. Ritter


Exploring the Relationship between Risk Perception and Farmer Nutrient Management Decisions

K. Rose MS The Influence of Communication for Perceptions of Smoke Emissions and Prescribed Fires in Fire Dependent Areas

T. Shaul


Implementation of Best Management Practices of Collaboratively Developed Watershed Action Plans in the Maumee River Watershed

J. Sherry


Informing Fire and Fuels Management Decisions in the Mixed-Pine Ecosystems of the Northern Lake States

A. Singh PhD

D. Singh


Exploring the Factors that Characterize the Decision Process for the Use of Prescribed Fire in South Carolina

K. Slagle PhD

Social and Psychological Drivers of Public Involvement in Large Carnivore Management

H. Szarek MS
B. Wickizer MS

Y. Xing**

PhD Local Environment Attachment and the Possibility of Using Citizen Science Approaches to Measure Firefly Populations in Time and Place

S. Young

MS Farmer Decision Making and Likelihood to Participate in the Conservation Reserve Program

S. Zwickle


Weeds and Organic Weed Management: Investigating Farmer Decisions with a Mental Models Approach

*OhioLink articles available to OSU students, faculty, and staff
**Student advised by SENR faculty in other OSU graduate programs