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Fish and Wildlife Biology & Management

M.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.

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Introduction

Study in this area provides students with advanced preparation in biological concepts of fish and wildlife populations as they relate to resource management.

Increasing concern for these wild animal resources has been matched by strong student interest in educational programs that prepare them for careers in the fish and wildlife professions; ESF graduates are employed worldwide.

Graduate education is rapidly becoming a universal prerequisite to employment as a professional fisheries or wildlife biologist. A major strength is the diversity of cooperators including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Areas of research include population habitat relationships, predator ecology, fish behavior, wildlife in Adirondack ecosystems, urban wildlife relationships, endangered species studies, feeding ecology of fishes, stream ecology, Great Lakes fisheries, ecology of larval fishes and estuarine properties of Great Lakes wetlands.

ESF is a specialized unit within the SUNY system focused to natural resources and the environment. Perhaps nowhere in the world is there a larger grouping of ecologists dedicated to solving environmental problems through research, teaching and service. With a total enrollment of about 1,000 undergraduates and 600 graduate students, ESF's size creates an intimate College community. The low student/faculty ratio also allows for an active advisory system that provides personal attention and assistance for students. The proximity of the adjacent Syracuse University gives students the added resources of a large, comprehensive institution of higher education, including an array of courses, computer and library facilities, and sports and health services.

ESF's field stations are unmatched, and include the 6,000-hectare Huntington Forest and associated Adirondack Ecological Center, the Cranberry Lake Biological Station in the Adirondack Mountains and the Heiberg Forest south of Syracuse. Other field facilities are available on the St. Lawrence River, including the Thousand Islands Biological Station. These properties form a strong foundation for much of the coursework taken by undergraduate students and field research for graduate students. Undergraduates in Fish and Wildlife Science spend a summer taking classes at Cranberry Lake. Qualified undergraduates are encouraged to intern as field assistants with graduate students to gain direct experience with wildlife research.

Fish and wildlife programs at ESF date back to early studies of Adirondack fishes and work in the Yellowstone National Park. These efforts quickly expanded to include formation of the Roosevelt Wild Life Station in 1919. The Roosevelt Wildlife Museum also was established, and currently houses over 20,000 specimens of vertebrates that are an integral part of today's teaching and research programs. Today, the faculty in fish and wildlife supervise more than $3 million in sponsored research and about 60 graduate students. While much of the research occurs in New York State, international opportunities are available and recent studies have been conducted in Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Madagascar. Studies range from restoration of species, to adaptive management of wildlife in forest ecosystems and urban areas. Technology is often central to this research including extensive use of computer modeling, use of satellite imagery to evaluate habitat, and radio and GPS telemetry to study animal behavior and population dynamics.

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Certification

Graduates can receive certification from The Wildlife Society. Information on the coursework required for certification can be found by following the links below.

Fish and Wildlife Biology & Management Links

EFB Graduate Study Links

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Faculty

  • John M. Farrell; jmfarrell@esf.edu
    aquatic ecology, fisheries science & management, freshwater coastal wetlands, St. Lawrence River studies & Great Lakes, invasive species, restoration
  • Shannon Farrell; sfarrell@esf.edu
    Wildlife ecology, wildlife-habitat relationships, management planning for endangered and threatened species, human impacts on wildlife, ecosystem services, endangered species act policy innovations, birds, bats
  • Jacqueline Frair; jfrair@esf.edu
    wildlife ecology and management, ecology of large herbivores and predators, animal movements, resource selection, population demography, quantitative methods in conservation, landscape ecology
  • James Gibbs; jpgibbs@esf.edu
    herpetology, vertebrate conservation biology, genetics and ecology in birds, reptiles and amphibians, songbirds, giant tortoise, statistics, wildlife population monitoring, galapagos islands, conservation biology, ecological monitoring, population genetics, applied demography, undergraduate conservation education
  • Karin E. Limburg; klimburg@esf.edu
    riverine fish and estuarine ecology, fisheries ecology, watershed ecology, systems ecology, ecological economics, fisheries and ecosystem science, coupled human-natural systems, biogeochemistry, fisheries ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemical tracers, modeling
  • Mark V. Lomolino; island@esf.edu
    conservation biology, wildlife, ecology, evolution and biogeography
  • Stacy A. McNulty; smcnulty@esf.edu
    forest ecology, phenology, vertebrate ecology. exploration of long-term changes, biodiversity conservation, and relationship of human land use planning, recreation, and forest management to ecosystem function in the northern forest.
  • Neil H. Ringler; nhringle@esf.edu
    fish ecology and behavior, foraging behavior of fishes, salmon reproduction, vertebrate anatomy, aquatic insect ecology, stream ecology and management, aquatic and fisheries restoration, aquatic entomology
  • Kimberly L. Schulz; kschulz@syr.edu
    nutrient and exotic species effects on aquatic ecosystems, ecological stoichiometry, aquatic community and ecosystem ecology, bioenergetics, nutrient cycling, lower food web studies, great lakes, finger lakes, plankton, limnology, aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, invasive species
  • Donald Stewart; djstewart@esf.edu
    ecology and systematics, lake systems ecology, aquatic ecology, fish conservation, ecology and population biology in tropical and temperate systems, fish ecology and fisheries management, ecological energetics, modeling predation and production processes, Great Lakes ecosystems, Amazonian ecosystems, ecology and systematics of neotropical freshwater fishes
  • H. Brian Underwood; hbunderw@syr.edu
    wildlife ecology, deer, small mammals, songbirds, quantitative ecology and biostatistics, population surveys, ecological modeling and simulation, national park management, applied population analysis, life-history evolution, trophic dynamics, large mammal management
  • Christopher Whipps; cwhipps@esf.edu
    fish parasites and diseases, wildlife diseases, parasitology, microbiology, taxonomy, molecular systematics, diagnostics, parasites as biological tags and ecological indicators, epidemiology and control of pathogens of ecological and veterinary importance, evolution and biology of disease causing organisms in animal populations using molecular systematics

Current Graduate Students in Fish and Wildlife Biology & Management


Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Melissa Althouse

maalthou@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen
Undergraduate Institute: Green Mountain College (Biology)

Personal Statement
I never heard of the fields of wildlife biology or conservation management until my sophomore year at Green Mountain College, while a class of mine was ‘testing out’ a prospective new professor. I was instantly hooked. I have since acquired a varied background working with academic institutions, federal agencies, and non profit organizations. Most projects focused on endangered species management and human-wildlife conflict. Some research species are white suckers (Catostomus commersonii) and blacknose daces (Rhinichthys atratulus), Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis), dunes sagebrush lizards (Sceloporus arenicolus), lesser prairie chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus), and now roseate terns (Sterna dougallii).

Graduate Research Topic
Behavioral and demographic effects of disturbance on the federally endangered Roseate tern (Sterna dougallii) as it stages on the Cape Cod National Seashore

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Ericka Augustyn

eraugust@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell


Adam Bleau

ajbleau@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen and


Andrew Brainard

Andrew Brainard

abrainar@syr.edu
EFB Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Schulz

Previous Graduate Study: West Chester University PA (Biology )



Carolyn Chang

Carolyn Chang

ctchang@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Whipps
Undergraduate Institute: University of Waterloo (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: Saint Mary (Biology )

Personal Website
Web Link

Personal Statement
I am currently a PhD Candidate in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management at SUNY-ESF. I work in the Whipps Fish and Wildlife Disease Laboratory in the Department of Environment and Forest Biology at ESF. My research focuses on controlling an infectious disease in laboratory fish. My research is on mycobacteriosis, a bacterial disease caused by several species and strains of Mycobacterium. Mycobacteriosis is the second most common infectious disease in laboratory zebrafish. I am working to improve our understanding the disease ecology of mycobacteriosis in the zebrafish host. I hope to use these insights to implement successful disease management measures and prevent outbreaks of this disease in laboratory fish.

Graduate Research Topic
Control of Infectious Diseases in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)



Amanda Cheeseman

acheesem@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cohen

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Graduate Research Topic
Demographics and habitat associations of New England cottontails



Michael Connerton

mjconner@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Ringler

Previous Graduate Study: ( )

Graduate Research Topic
Wild reproduction of Chinook salmon in Lake Ontario and its tributaries.



Jacob Dillon

jcdillon@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Underwood


Justin Droke

jmdroke@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen


Maureen Durkin

Maureen Durkin

mmdurkin@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cohen
Undergraduate Institute: Connecticut College (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Effects of human-caused disturbance on Snowy Plover behavior, habitat selection, and reproductive success in the Florida Panhandle.



Cassandra Elliott

cellio01@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Whipps


Thomas Evans

tevans03@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg
Undergraduate Institute: Juniata College (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: Ohio State University of Columbus (Ecology )



Cara Ewell Hodkin

cnewellh@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg


Jessica Fletcher

jfletche@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell
Undergraduate Institute: University of Michigan Ann Arbor* (Ecology)

Graduate Research Topic
Characterizing habitat use and species composition of bats in Cape Cod National Seashore with emphasis on the recently listed northern long-eared bat.



Joseph Folta

Joseph Folta

jefolta@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Underwood
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Wildlife Management)

Previous Graduate Study: North Car State University of Raleigh (Wildlife Management )

Graduate Research Topic
Velocity of Range Expansion of Black Bears in North Carolina



Megan Gallagher

mgalla03@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell


Jessica Goretzke

jagoretz@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Graduate Research Topic
Fish and plant community response to habitat restoration in the Thousand Islands Region of the St. Lawrence River and the development of restoration techniques for the establishment of beneficial species of submersed aquatic vegetation



Erik Hazelton

Erik Hazelton

ejhazelt@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler


Theodore Hermann

Theodore Hermann

thermann@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stewart
Undergraduate Institute: Cornell University (Earth Systems)

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Personal Statement
My graduate work focuses on the catfish of the family Pimelodidae, particularly the giants of the genus Brachyplatystoma, which undertake spawning migrations of thousands of kilometers in the Amazon River. Using microelemental analysis of otoliths, I aim to determine phylogenetic patterns of migration within the family.

Graduate Research Topic
Determining patterns of migration within the Amazonian catfish family, Pimelodidae, using otolith microelemental data.



Deborah Hummel

dhummel@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler


Chellby Kilheffer

Chellby Kilheffer

crkilhef@syr.edu
EFB Conservation Biology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Underwood
Undergraduate Institute: Pennsylvania State University (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
My dissertation focuses on dune vegetation regeneration on a barrier island since Superstorm Sandy overwashed large areas of the beach. I am also investigating the role of white-tailed deer herbivory on the vegetation regeneration process.

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Alison Kocek

Alison Kocek

arkocek@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cohen
Undergraduate Institute: University of Arizona (Ecology)


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Graduate Research Topic
Avian demographic response to salt marsh restoration, with emphasis on salt marsh breeding sparrows in coastal New York state.



Wendy Leuenberger

Wendy Leuenberger

wleuenbe@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry
Undergraduate Institute: Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Response of forest insects and their natural enemies to ice storms in a northeastern forest



Chee Pheng Low

clow100@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair


Samantha Mello

slmello@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Whipps and Cohen


Christopher Nack

ccnack@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (EFB)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Fisheries Sci )



Amanda Pachomski

Amanda Pachomski

alpachom@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): McNulty
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Binghamton (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Foraging ecology of rusty blackbirds in northern New Hampshire



Carrianne Pershyn

cpershyn@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler


Samuel Peterson

speter06@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair


Paul Picciano

pmpiccia@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Underwood


Nicholas Piedmonte

Nicholas Piedmonte

nppiedmo@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fierke and Shaw
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College at Geneseo

Graduate Research Topic
Ecology and distribution of ticks and tick-borne disease in Onondaga County, New York



Manoon Pliosungnoen

mpliosun@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Gibbs


Kelly Powers

kpower02@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair


Terra Rentz

tarentz@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair
Undergraduate Institute: Humboldt State University (Wildlife Management)

Graduate Research Topic
Strengthening the Public Trust: Management Effectiveness of State Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Favorite Quote
"Like the resource it seeks to protect, wildlife conservation must be dynamic. Changing as conditions change, seeking always to become more effective." (Rachel Carson, Silent Spring)



Nicole Saavedra

nesaaved@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Paterson


Melvin Samson

masamson@syr.edu
ESC Environmental Monitoring
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg


Errol Scheid

ejscheid@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s):
Undergraduate Institute: Cornell University (Natural Sciences — O)

Graduate Research Topic
Lake sturgeon summer habitat use in the Erie Canal System



Michelle Stantial

Michelle Stantial

mlstanti@syr.edu
Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cohen
Undergraduate Institute: Marietta College (Biology)



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