Valerie Luzadis, Ph.D.

Professor and Senior Advisor to the President, The State University of New York, ESF

Dr. Valerie Luzadis is Professor of Social-Ecological Systems and Ecological Economics at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), a public, doctoral granting institution in upstate NY, where she has worked since 1994. Luzadis has also served as Interim Provost and as the first Executive Vice President of ESF and held several other leadership roles in the institution.

Her teaching and research focuses on systems approaches to social-ecological foundations for conservation and sustainability. Luzadis’ scholarly work also includes the study and practice of collaborative interdisciplinary science and efforts to bring science into policy. Dr. Luzadis brings system thinking to administrative and professional leadership roles to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of institutions through matrixed systems of shared effort, power, and respect for all.  

Dr. Luzadis serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors within the National Council for Science and the Environment. She is a Past President of the United States Society for Ecological Economics, having also served as leader of the Founding Organizational Committee for the United States Society for Ecological Economics in 1999 and in varying capacities since. Dr. Luzadis also served in National and State level leadership positions in the Society of American Foresters (SAF), including: Chair of the House of Society Delegates at the National level in 1996 – the first woman to serve in this elected position, after having served as Chair at the New York SAF level in 1995-1996. Luzadis won the National Young Forester Leadership Award from the Society of American Foresters in 1997.  

She brings to the academy strong practical experience having worked in Cornell Cooperative Extension and a forestry trade organization for several years and through consulting with and for environmental NGOs including The Nature Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Society.