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Fish and Wildlife Biology & Management M.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.


Graduate Research

Graduate students in Fish and Wildlife at ESF gain direct exposure to some of the world's most spectacular ecosystems and engage challenging questions. This list provides a flavor of the Masters (M.S.) and Doctoral (Ph.D.) research projects currently being conducted under the supervision of the faculty. More information is available for some faculty (click on names for more information).

  • Dr. Guy A. Baldassarre; e-mail
  • Bogner, Heidi, M.S.; Breeding ecology of least bittern in Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
  • Gregory, Mark; Ph.D.; Waterbird and wetland monitoring and ecology in the Llanos wetlands onf Venzuala
  • Jensen, Wendy; M.S.; Wetland iventory and mapping in the Llanos of Venzuala
  • Siler, Julie; M.S.; Effects of wildlife rehabilitatoin on selected water birds
  • Wiley, Kathleeen; M.S.; Macro invertebrate response to restored wetlands in central New York
  • Young, Matt; M.S.; Avian diversity of restored wetlands in central New York
  • Dr. Robert E. Chambers
  • Demers, Charlotte; M.S.; Impact of timber management on small mammal populations.
  • Dr. John Farrell; e-mail
  • Beland, Molly; M.S.; Effect of disturbances on plant communities and sedimentation in freshwater coastal wetlands of the Upper St. Lawrence River.
  • Bosworth, Aaron; M.S.; Population genetics: reproductive strategies of northern pike and muskellunge of ht St. Lawrence River.
  • Connerton, Molly; M.S.; Effect of Double-Crested Cormorant consumption on Northern pike and Muskellunge populations in Eastern Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River.
  • Halpern, Alison; M.S.; Effects of hydrologic management and introduced European Frog’s-Bit (Hydrocharis morsus ranae) on coastal wetland vegetation communities in Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River (co-advised with Dr. Donald Leopold).
  • Hardin, Susan; M.S.; Fish community and habitat structure relationships in northern pike and muskellunge nursery bays in the St. Lawrence River.
  • Murray, Brent; M. S.; Role of predations in structuring fish communities in a large river ecosystem.
  • Toner, Jason; M.S.; Impacts of hydrologic management and muskrat herbivory on fish diversity coastal wetlands in the St. Lawrence River.
  • Dr. James Gibbs; e-mail
  • Arrigoni, James; M.S.; Monitoring approaches for forest amphibians in Belize
  • Cantrell, Ilana; M.S.; Land use change in New York State
  • Carter, Shawn; Ph.D.; Controls on faunal diversity in northern forest ecosystems.
  • Karraker, Nancy; Importance of vernal pools to amphibian production
    Motegi, Eriko; M.S.; Allelic diversity in Adirondack forest stands: old growth versus managed stands
  • Shriver, Gregory; Ph.D.; Hybridization, habitats, and mating systems of sharp-tailed sparrows in Maine salt marshes.
  • Steen, David; M.S.; Turtle population structure in relatino to road density
  • Montegi, Eriko; M.S.;Whiteleather, Kristian; M.S.; Plethodontid salamander guilds as indicators of water quality.
  • Dr. Karin Limburg; e-mail
  • Blackburn, Ian; M.S.; Ecological constraints on establishment of a resident population of blueback herring in the Mohawk River
  • Stainbrook, M.S./Ph.D; Assessment of ecosystem health and its relation to economic development in the Hudson River Valley.
  • Deutsch, Lisa; Department of Systems Ecology, University of Stockholm; Life-Support Systems and Trade: Creating a better match between ecosystem support and human activities (co-advising with Professor Carl Folke).
  • Olson, Carina; Department of Archaeology, Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory, University of Stockholm; Reconstruction of Fisheries and Environment from the Stone Age: Studies of Hard Parts of Codfish (Gadus morhua) from Ajvide, Gotland, Sweden (co-advising with Ebba During).
  • Dr. Dietland Müller-Schwarze; e-mail
  • Coleman, Rebecca; M.S.; Changes in beaver sites over time as habitat for amphibians
  • Moore, Donald; Ph.D.; Behavioral ecology and conservation of Pampas deer, Ozotocerus bezoarticus, in Uruguay.
  • Schwoyer, Maryann; M.S.; Food processing by beaver.
  • Sturm, Mark; M.S.; Conservation of Pampas deer and its habitat in Uruguay.
  • Dr. William F. Porter; e-mail
  • Didier, Karl; Ph.D.; Long-term implications of herbivory by deer on forest regeneration following the 1998 ice storm in the Adirondacks.
  • Fleming, Kathy; Ph.D.; Using satellite imagery to assess wildlife habitat on landscape scales.
  • Glennon, Michale; Ph.D.; Biodiversity of small mammals and songbirds as affected by timber harvest and residential development in Adirondack Park
  • Goetz, Sharon; M.S./ Ph.D.; Landscape-level habitat assessment of wild turkey habitat in Arkansas.
  • Gorham, Dawn; Ph.D.; Evaluation of habitat on a landscape scale for managing white-tailed deer in suburban and park environments.
  • Hurst, Jeremy; M.S.; Long-term changes in spatial patterns of winter deer yards in the Adirondack Mountains
  • Lott, Alison; M.S.; Calibrating the impact of white-taield deer on vegetation in the Adirondack ecosystem
  • Miranda, Brian; M.S.; Landscape-level habitat assessment of white-tailed deer habitat in Arkansas
  • Oyer, Anne; M.S.; Social behavior of white-tailed deer in the Adirondacks: recolonization of a population void.
  • Dr. Neil H. Ringler; e-mail
  • Burnet, John; M.S.; Changes in Onondaga Lake fish and invertebrate communities.
  • Connerton, Michael; M.S.; Utilization of GIS and bioenergetic modeling in stream ecosystems.
  • Coghlan, Steven; M.S.; Spatial analysis of salmonid habitats.
  • Crabtree, Darren; Ph.D.; Analysis of fish production in coastal wetlands and its contribution to pelagic Great Lakes Systems.
  • Hopkins, Cynthia; M.S. Role of forest practices in enhancing stream biota.
  • Karagosian, Michael; Ph.D.; Foraging behavior of sticklebacks.
  • Millard, Christopher; M.S.; Atlantic salmon restoration in N.Y. streams: habitat limitations and quantification.
  • Murray, Karen; Ph.D.; Community ecology of fishes in Lake Ontario tributaries.
  • Spada, Michael; M.S.; Recruitment, mortality and distribution of Zebra mussels in a highly perturbed lake.
  • Tango, Peter; Ph.D.; Population dynamics and modeling of fishes in Onondaga Lake.
  • Wagner, Bruce: M.S.; Distribution and abundance of benthic invertebrates in a highly perturbed lake.
  • Mr. Richard Sage, Jr.; e-mail
  • Dr. Kimberly Schulz; e-mail
  • Snyder, Mike; M.S; Bioenergetic estimation of the predatory impact of the exotic zooplankter Cercopagis pengoi in Lake Ontario
  • Ji, Xinli; Ph.D; Ecological stoichiometry and aquatic food webs
  • Szprygada, Kristi; M.S; Accumulation of cyanobacterial toxins by zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha)
  • Dr. Donald Stewart; e-mail
  • Connerton, Michael; Ph.D. (co-advisor w/ N. Ringler); Spatial and temporal modeling of stream primary production.
  • Pashaus, Eric; M.S. (co-advisor w/ N. Ringler); Community ecology of aquatic insects in southeastern New York.
  • Murphy, Margaret; Ph.D.; Ecology of the early life history of Atlantic salmon: Evaluation of strain differences and over-winter survival.
  • Ruby, Richard J.; Ph.D.; Ecological energetics of deepwater and slimy sculpins in the Laurentian Great Lakes.
  • Smith, Ronald E.; Ph.D.; Bioenergetics and trophic interactions of fishes: Indirect assessments using otolith stable isotopes.
  • Dr. H. Brian Underwood; e-mail
  • Douglass, Kevin M.S. White-tailed deer population biology: TBA.
  • Fischer, James P. M.S. Role of Peromyscus leucopus in the transmission of Lyme Disease on Fire Island, New York.
  • Gormezano, Linda J. M.S. Modelling the detection process with covariates for distance sampling data.
  • Keenan, Thomas M.S. White-tailed deer population biology: TBA.
  • Page, Blair D. M.S. Effects of nutritional supplementation on the overwinter survival and performance of white-tailed deer fawns in the
    Adirondack Mountains of New York.
  • Schwager, Kathy M.S. Estimating and modelling survival rates of a white-tailed deer population after 6 years of fertility control:
    combining Lefkovitch's and Siler's methods.
  • Verret, Frank D. Ph.D. Bioenergetic consequences of immuno-contraception on a white-tailed deer population.
  • Dr. Larry W. VanDruff (emeritus); e-mail
  • Adams, Tamara; MPS; Science education - biology
  • Maive Taylor; MPS; Developong education programs and facilities for the northern Montezuma project
  • Mangan, Teresa; MPS
  • Prasad, Ayesha; MPS
  • Robinson, Gregory; MPS; Science education - biology
  • Virgin, AAron; MPS; A naturalists' guide to the Hudson highlands
  • Yakiak, Lori; MPS; Science education - biology
  • Dr. Robert G. Werner; e-mail
  • Hayes, Jennifer; Ph.D.; Reproductive biology of lake sturgeon (Acipinser fulvescens) in the St. Lawrence River.
  • Schlueter, Scott; M.S.; Early life history of lake sturgeon in the St. Lawrence River.
  • Wuenschel, Mark; Ph.D.; Bioenergetic modeling of larval and juvenile spotted sea trout in Florida Bay.

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