Marie-Odile P. Fortier, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Sustainable Energy
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF)


4/14/2018 - Dr. Fortier judged engineering research posters at the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Statewide Student Conference in Bolton Landing, NY.

4/9/2018 - Breck Sullivan, who is co-advised by Dr. Fortier and Dr. Malmsheimer in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science at SUNY ESF, gave a formal presentation of her thesis and passed her thesis defense, making her the first Fortier research group graduate!

2/15/2018 - Breck Sullivan, who is co-advised by Dr. Fortier and Dr. Malmsheimer in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science at SUNY ESF, gave an oral presentation titled "Geographically specific life cycle assessment of electricity from tidal turbines in the United States" at the 2018 Oceans Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR.

2/12/2018 - Dr. Fortier was PI on a federal-level proposal and co-PI on a state-level proposal submitted to funding agencies for review within the past week.

2/4/2018 - Dr. Fortier was unanimously recommended for continued appointment as an Assistant Professor by the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management faculty, Departmental Review Committee, and Interim Chair based on her third year review dossier.

1/1/2018 - Dr. Fortier's scholarship now has over 200 citations.

12/12/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave an oral presentation titled "Influence of geographic factors on the life cycle climate change impacts of renewable energy systems" at the 2017 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

11/16/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave a guest lecture on biofuels and harnessing energy from waste to students from the Expeditionary Learning Middle School.

11/14/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave a guest lecture on social life cycle assessment and energy justice via Skype for Dr. Tony Reames' NRE 501 Energy Justice course at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

11/12/2017 - Dr. Fortier participated on a panel at the Women's Empowerment Brunch at SUNY ESF, an event organized by the Undergraduate Student Association and the Baobab Society.

10/22/2017 - "Determination of the life cycle climate change impacts of land use and albedo change in algal biofuel production" is in press at Algal Research and now available online. Dr. Fortier is the lead author.

10/9/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave a guest lecture on "Energy Systems and Environmental Impacts" in FOR 132, the departmental orientation seminar for undergraduate students.

10/1/2017 - Dr. Fortier and two graduate students in the group (Dynta Munardy and Breck Sullivan) with Dr. Lemir Teron (SUNY ESF) and Dr. Tony Reames (University of Michigan) submitted a paper invited for publication in a special issue.

8/28/2017 - We are welcoming two new Master's degree students to the Fortier research group this Fall semester: Julio Rosado and Ryan Quinn.

8/25/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave a speech at the SUNY ESF New Student Convocation to welcome students on behalf of the faculty.

8/20/2017 - Dr. Fortier participated on a panel for CONNECTIONS, a pre-orientation program for entering freshmen at SUNY ESF.


I model emerging energy systems and climate change mitigation strategies and study their environmental impacts using life cycle assessment (LCA). I also develop methodology for LCA practice.

What are we missing from the way that we currently assess life cycle environmental impacts and how can we address these issues?

How do the climate change impacts of novel renewable energy systems compare to our current systems, and how do geographic and temporal variables affect these impacts?

How are the life cycle climate change impacts of the materials we need for the energy transition changing?


SRE 225: Physics of Energy (fall)
SRE 325/525: Energy Systems (fall)
SRE 479/679: Life Cycle Assessment (spring)
FOR 797: Sustainable Energy Graduate Seminar (fall & spring, co-taught)

The Team

Dr. Marie-Odile Payne Fortier

Assistant Professor, Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management, SUNY ESF (2015-present)
PhD Environmental Engineering (University of Kansas, 2015)
BS Environmental Engineering (University of Florida, 2010)

Master's Degree (MS) students

Dynta Trishana Munardy - BS Environmental Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

Breck Sullivan - BA Environmental Studies with a minor in Mathematics, Salisbury University (coadvised with Dr. Robert Malmsheimer)

Amanda Trombly - BS Environmental Science Systems with Pre-Engineering, Le Moyne College

Julio Rosado - BS Environmental Science, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

Ryan Quinn - BA English Literature, SUNY Geneseo, and BT Renewable Energy, SUNY Morrisville

Prospective Students

Please contact Marie-Odile Fortier if you are interested in pursuing a Master's degree or PhD in her research group at to discuss potential opportunities.


Contact Me

307 Bray Hall (office) or 320 Bray Hall (mail)
One Forestry Drive
Syracuse, New York 13210

(315) 470-4788

Faculty webpage at SUNY ESF

Google Scholar page

Sustainable Energy Research Group @ SUNY ESF