M.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.
This area entails study and maintenance of biological diversity at the level of genes, populations, communities, ecosystems and biomes; intellectual underpinnings include evolutionary theory, systematic biology, population biology and ecosystem science. Conservation biology seeks ways to integrate biological principles with social, economic and political perspectives to achieve conservation goals.
The field is a response of the scientific community to the biodiversity crisis. Conservation biologists view nature’s diversity as important and having inherent value. Training in this field includes experience with the fundamental disciplines and theory of conservation biology, as well as specialization in conservation issues. Students are encouraged to explore the human dimensions of biological conservation through coursework in other departments of the College, and to acquire firsthand experience in the application of biological knowledge to problems by working for a conservation agency. Students find employment in a variety of government and private conservation agencies and in academic institutions. Many also work as administrators, policymakers, teachers and communicators. Current research areas in conservation biology include global climate change, endangered species biology, conservation genetics theory and practice, behavioral ecology, habitat fragmentation, restoration ecology, exotic species biology and control, forest and wetland ecosystem management, tropical ecology, ecological monitoring, conservation education and harvest management.
- Martin Dovciak; email@example.com
Plant Ecology, Forest Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Global Change, Ecosystem Management & Restoration
- Shannon Farrell; firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- John M. Farrell; email@example.com
aquatic ecology, fisheries science & management, freshwater coastal wetlands, St. Lawrence River studies & Great Lakes, invasive species, restoration
- Danilo D. Fernando; firstname.lastname@example.org
plant structure and development, reproductive biology of conifers, pollen transformation, genomics and proteomics of pine pollen tube development, willow flowering and tissue culture, genetic diversity of rare and endangered ferns, and plant evolution, diversity and conservation.
- Melissa K. Fierke; email@example.com
forest entomology, forest ecology, invasive forest pests, insect-tree interactions, tree defenses
- Jacqueline Frair; firstname.lastname@example.org
wildlife ecology and management, ecology of large herbivores and predators, animal movements, resource selection, population demography, quantitative methods in conservation, landscape ecology
- James Gibbs; email@example.com
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
- Thomas R. Horton; firstname.lastname@example.org
mycorrhizal plant ecology, molecular ecology, ecology, fungal communities, mycology, fire ecology
- Robin W. Kimmerer; email@example.com
plant restoration ecology, bryology, bryoecology, restoration ecology, ethnobotany, conservation biology and bryophyte ecology, traditional ecological knowledge
- Donald J. Leopold; firstname.lastname@example.org
forest and freshwater wetland ecology, conservation, and restoration, peatland ecology and conservation, local and regional controls of species richness and rarity, dynamics of plant communities as affected by man and environment, management for unique communities and rare species, dendrology, native plants, restoration ecology, rare species conservation
- Karin E. Limburg; email@example.com
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
conservation biology, wildlife, ecology, evolution and biogeography
- Stacy A. McNulty; email@example.com
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.
- Dylan Parry; firstname.lastname@example.org
Biological invasion, climate change, and conservation, primarily in the context of insects in forested ecosystems.
- William A. Powell; email@example.com
forest biotechnology, molecular plant-microbe interactions, genetic engineering in plant conservation, antimicrobial peptide design, plant gene design, plant pathology, molecular biology
- Neil H. Ringler; firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Rebecca Rundell; email@example.com
evolutionary biology, conservation biology, speciation, adaptive and nonadaptive radiations, biogeography, phylogenetics, systematics, Pacific island radiations and biodiversity conservation, land snails, marine/aquatic microscopic invertebrates
- Kimberly L. Schulz; firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- William M. Shields; email@example.com
animal behavior, evolution and genetics, evolution of animal communication and dispersal systems, effects of genetic constraints on the evolution of social behavior, sociobiology and behavioral ecology, the use of DNA in identity testing and conservation biology, the interface between science and the law, conservation theory, behavior in birds and mammals, forensic DNA analysis
- Donald Stewart; firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Stephen A. Teale; email@example.com
forest entomology, insect behavior, pheromones of forest insects, insect ecology, pest management, chemical ecology, evolution of pheromone communications
- J. Scott Turner; firstname.lastname@example.org
animal physiology, physiological ecology, thermal energetics, biology of body size, physiology of gas exchange
- H. Brian Underwood; email@example.com
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
- Alexander Weir; firstname.lastname@example.org
conservation mycology, fungal biodiversity and conservation, fungal-arthropod interactions, biology of parasites and symbionts, systematics and evolutionary biology of fungi, fungi and humans, biology of parasites and symbionts
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Previous Graduate Study: State University of New York C (Environmental Science)
Herpetological Survey at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Graduate Research Topic
Removing the threat of stochastic extinction for the Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail: A collaborative captive propagation effort to develop ex situ populations in New York State.
Interacting effects of socio-political and environmental factors on rangeland dynamics in the Altai Mountains in central Asia
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.
Graduate Research Topic
Restoration of the Federally listed American Hart's-Tongue Fern in the upstate New York region.
EFB Conservation Biology
Degree Sought: MSC
Advisor(s): Fierke and Volk
Graduate Research Topic
Insect pollinators associated with shrub-willow biomass crop.
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Farrell and Dovciak