Susan G. Stafford
B.S. Biology (Magna Cum Laude), Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 1974
M.S. Quantitative Ecology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York, 1975
Ph.D. Applied Statistics, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York, 1979
Areas of Expertise
Environmental science, policy and management; applied statistics; environmental leadership; research information and data management; frameworks for interdisciplinary research and education.
Areas of Interest
After nearly a decade in higher education administration at three Land Grant Universities, Dr. Stafford is now focusing her research interests in two major areas of emphasis: facilitating and understanding interdisciplinary research and education; and using visual analytics (computer visualization and animation) to aid in the flow and understanding of environmental data and information among researchers (ecologists and environmental scientists), practitioners (resource managers) and stakeholders (policy makers).
Most recently, Dr. Stafford has been working with colleagues from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria, and the Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE), University of Copenhagen, Denmark, developing an international educational experience on Global Environmental Leadership introducing students to decision-making on critical environmental issues within the European Union's (EU) common policy frameworks.
Her primary goal is to prepare students to be the next generation of environmental leaders and equip them with the knowledge and skills that will be needed to address the myriad of complex, grand challenge issues spanning the biophysical and social sciences at a global scale.
- ESPM 1002 Transfer Orientation Seminar (co-taught), 1 credit.
- ESPM 2021 Environmental Sciences: Integrated Problem Solving (co-taught), 3 credits.
- ESPM 3000 Seminar on Current Issues for ESPM--The Essentials of Environmental Leadership: Do YOU have what it takes?, 1 credit.
- ESPM 4096 Professional Experience Program: Internship, 1 credit.
Among Dr. Stafford’s many honors are the Oregon State University Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, OSU Woman of Achievement Award, OSU College of Forestry Aufderhiede Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2009 E. J. Dyksterhuis Distinguished Lecturer iin recognition of outstanding research in ecology and natural resource management, Texas A&M University.