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Ecology

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

ecology

This integrative study area allows students to investigate the relationships of organisms to their environment and those factors that affect their distribution and abundance. Both the practical and theoretical applications of ecology are emphasized through courses and research.

There are four major areas in ecology: organismal ecology, population-evolutionary ecology, community ecology and systems ecology. In consultation with the student’s steering committee, courses are chosen from these areas, as well as other disciplines. Specific research may encompass any of the four major areas of ecology and entail the study of the distribution and abundance of organisms, community structure including trophic relationships, diversity, succession and ecosystem properties, such as patterns of energy transfer and biogeochemical cycling.

Participating Faculty

  • Martin Dovciak; mdovciak@esf.edu
    Plant Ecology, Forest Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Global Change, Ecosystem Management & 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
  • John M. Farrell; jmfarrell@esf.edu
    aquatic ecology, fisheries science & management, freshwater coastal wetlands, St. Lawrence River studies & Great Lakes, invasive species, restoration
  • Danilo D. Fernando; dfernando@esf.edu
    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; mkfierke@esf.edu
    forest entomology, forest ecology, invasive forest pests, insect-tree interactions, tree defenses
  • 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
  • Thomas R. Horton; trhorton@esf.edu
    mycorrhizal plant ecology, molecular ecology, ecology, fungal communities, mycology, fire ecology
  • Robin W. Kimmerer; rkimmer@esf.edu
    plant restoration ecology, bryology, bryoecology, restoration ecology, ethnobotany, conservation biology and bryophyte ecology, traditional ecological knowledge
  • Donald J. Leopold; djleopold@esf.edu
    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; 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
  • Gregory McGee; ggmcgee@esf.edu
    ecology, management and restoration of forest ecosystems; STEM education
  • 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.
  • Myron J. Mitchell; mitchell@syr.edu
    biogeochemistry, environmental energetics
  • Dylan Parry; dparry@esf.edu
    Biological invasion, climate change, and conservation, primarily in the context of insects in forested ecosystems.
  • Neil H. Ringler; neilringler@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
  • Rebecca Rundell; rundell@esf.edu
    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; 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
  • William M. Shields; wms1@syr.edu
    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; 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
  • J. Scott Turner; jsturner@syr.edu
    animal physiology, physiological ecology, thermal energetics, biology of body size, physiology of gas exchange
  • Alexander Weir; alexw@esf.edu
    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

Current Graduate Students in Ecology


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

Grete Bader

glbader@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold


Monica Bibiana Berdugo Moreno

Monica Bibiana Berdugo Moreno

mbberdug@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dovciak
Undergraduate Institute: Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: Universidad del Pais Vasco (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Forest ecology and mosses



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 )



Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown

abrown02@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry


David Bullis

dbullis@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Rundell


Vernon Coffey

vcoffey@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell


Robert Curry

rbcurry@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell


Allison Devlin

Allison Devlin

aldevlin@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair
Undergraduate Institute: Cornell University (Animal Sciences)

Previous Graduate Study: Columbia U Sch General Studies (Cons Bio )

Graduate Research Topic
Working thesis title: "Population Persistence of Jaguar (Panthera onca) in the Brazilian Pantanal" - Quantify and predict comparative density, resource use, and demography of jaguar residing in two working cattle ranches and two protected areas in the world's largest inland wetland, the Pantanal (MT, MS, Brazil). Collaborations include: SUNY ESF; Panthera; and ICMBio (Chico Mendes Institute for the Conservation of Biodiversity). Specifically within ICMBio, close collaboration with CENAP (National Research Center for Carnivore Conservation).



Tomasz Falkowski

Tomasz Falkowski

tbfalkow@syr.edu
ERE Ecological Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Binghamton (Engineering — Other)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (ERE )

Graduate Research Topic
Evaluating the potential application of Lacandon Maya traditional ecological knowledge in ecosystem restoration and conservation management in the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve Region of Chiapas, Mexico.

Favorite Quote
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ― John Muir

Web Page
Web Link



Harrison Goldspiel

hgoldspi@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs


Geoffrey Griffiths

Geoffrey Griffiths

gegriffi@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): McGee

Graduate Research Topic
"Development of Native Plant Restoration Protocols and Investigation of Plant and Pollinator Diversity Linkages in Post-agricultural Forests of New York"

Home Page



Daniel Gurdak

Daniel Gurdak

djgurdak@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stewart
Undergraduate Institute: Herbert H Lehman College (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Oxford (Environmental Sci )

Links:
-Personal Web Page

-Connect: LinkedIn

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-Follow Blog: A Walk in the Várzea

Doctoral Research Brief:
My research focuses on the ecology, conservation, and management of Amazonian arapaima, among the largest freshwater fish species in the world (More Information).

Research Key Words:
conservation biology, tropics, freshwater fish ecology, protected areas [and beyond], carbon, flagship, diversity



Raymond Gutteriez

rjgutter@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Beier and Kimmerer


Alison Halpern

adhalper@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold and Farrell
Undergraduate Institute: Indiana University of Bloomington* (ORGANISMAL BIO)

Previous Graduate Study: ( )



John Hartigan

jjhartig@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Shields
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Biology)


Kristen Haynes

Kristen Haynes

krhaynes@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold
Undergraduate Institute: Cornell University

Personal Statement
My research applies genetic techniques to the question of species' vulnerability to climate change, focusing on two rare taxa endemic to the the alpine zone of New York and New England: Nabalus boottii and Nabalus trifoliolatus var. nanus.

Graduate Research Topic
Conservation of the Northeast Alpine Zone in the face of rapid environmental change.



James Johnson

James Johnson

jkjohn03@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Favorite Quote
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. - Carl Sagan

Research interests
I am interested in how native and invasive plant species can facilitate succession on waste sites.

Location
401 Illick



Meredith Kane

mlkane@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer
Undergraduate Institute: St Lawrence University (Biology)


Phil-Goo Kang

Phil-Goo Kang

pkang01@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mitchell

Previous Graduate Study: Kangwon National University (Water Pollution )

Home Page
http://www.esf.edu/efb/grad/Kang.htm



Catherine Landis

Catherine Landis

cllandis@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold and Kimmerer
Undergraduate Institute: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN (ENGLISH)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Environ Science )



Alexander Looi

ahlooi@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Schulz


Kapil Mandrekar

kmandrek@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stewart
Undergraduate Institute: Albion College (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: Arkansas State University of St Univ (Biology )



Kali Mattingly

kzmattin@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold
Undergraduate Institute: Transylvania University

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Identifying microclimate factors for and invasive species impacts on the federally-listed threatened plant Rhodiola integrifolia subsp. leedyi (Crassulaceae), Leedy's roseroot



Leah Nagel

lnagel@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs
Undergraduate Institute: Middlebury College


Patrick Oelschlager

Patrick Oelschlager

ptoelsch@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): McNulty and Stella
Undergraduate Institute: Juniata College

Graduate Research Topic
My research focuses on successional dynamics of beaver wetlands in the central Adirondacks, the potential factors that influence these dynamics, and the resulting effects on biological diversity at the landscape scale. Deer impacts on plant regeneration and bird community responses to landscape modification by beavers are two areas of focus, but I am broadly interested in role of beaver-modified habitats in the region.



Teresa Rose Osborne

trosborn@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Rundell
Undergraduate Institute: Pomona College


Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
I am interested in the role of natural selection in land snail body size evolution. My work focuses on the land snails of Belau in the Republic of Palau, Micronesia.



Logan Osterhoudt

ljosterh@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Rundell


Taylor Patterson

trpatter@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Horton


Michelle Peach Lang

mapeachl@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair and Cohen

Previous Graduate Study: University of Wisc Madison* (Land Resources )

Graduate Research Topic
Dissertation title: “Role of protected areas in conserving biodiversity”



Ceili Pestalozzi

cebachma@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mitchell and Schulz


Lisanne Petracca

lspetrac@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair


Matthew Regan

mjrega01@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold


Margaret Roberts

mrobe101@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dovciak


Jessica Saville

jmsavill@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold and Newman


Neil Schoppmann

nrschopp@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry


Robert Smith

rlsmit08@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold


Sara Smith

sasmit05@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer


Andrew Tomes

altomes@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer and Horton

Graduate Research Topic

Plant-fungal interactions focusing on mycorrhizae and the American chestnut


GIS modeling of plant species distributions



Jay Wason

Jay Wason

jwwasoni@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dovciak
Undergraduate Institute: University of Pittsburgh

Graduate Research Topic
Climatic controls of vegetation distributions along elevation gradients in the Northern Forest (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York).

Home Page
Web Link



Justine Weber

juweber@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold


John Wiley

John Wiley

jwileyjr@syr.edu
Ecology
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Beier and McGee
Undergraduate Institute: Hanover College (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: Ohio University (Plant Biology/Forest)




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