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

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
  • Danilo D. Fernando; fernando@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, landscape ecology, long-term monitoring, and applied geographic information systems. focused on exploring long-term changes, biodiversity conservation in the northern forest, and impacts of recreation, development, and forest management in the adirondack mountains and northern forest, phenology, amphibians, beaver, songbirds, white-tailed deer, animal movements and habitat use, wildlife management
  • Myron J. Mitchell; mitchell@syr.edu
    biogeochemistry, environmental energetics
  • James P. Nakas; jpnakas@esf.edu
    microbiology, transformation and decomposition processes, nutrient cycling, soil and aquatic microbiology, microbial biomass, solvent production, microbial ecology, microbial physiology
  • James P Nakas; jpnakas@esf.edu
    microbiology, transformation and decomposition processes, nutrient cycling, soil and aquatic microbiology, microbial biomass, solvent production, microbial ecology, microbial physiology
  • Dylan Parry; dparry@esf.edu
    population dynamics and evolutionary ecology of defoliating Lepidoptera and their natural enemies (predators, parasitoids, and pathogens), invasive species in forested environments, insect-plant interactions, conservation of moths and butterflies, forest entomology, biological control
  • 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

Current Students

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

Ceili BachmanCeili Bachman
cebachma@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mitchell and Schulz

Grete BaderGrete Bader
glbader@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Monica Bibiana Berdugo MorenoMonica 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 BrainardAndrew Brainard
abrainar@syr.edu

EFB Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Schulz

Previous Graduate Study: West Chester University PA (Biology )

Aaron BrownAaron Brown
abrown02@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry

David BullisDavid Bullis
dbullis@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Rundell

Anne BurnhamAnne Burnham
alburnha@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

Graduate Research Topic
The development and application of a New York state fish based Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI)

Allison DevlinAllison 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" - Conduct demographic and genetic data collection on 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 Mendez Institute of the Conservation of Biodiversity). Specifically within ICMBio, close collaboration with CENAP (National Center for the Conservation of Natural Predators).

Tomasz FalkowskiTomasz 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
Examining the nexus of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and ecological engineering by quantifying and comparing the efficacy of TEK and conventional tropical forest ecosystem restoration treatments in 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

Miguel Garmendia ZapataMiguel Garmendia Zapata
magarmen@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): McGee

Jacob GilletteJacob Gillette
jpgillet@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stewart and Teece

Graduate Research Topic
My thesis research is focused on quantifying the role that mixotrophic algae play in freshwater pelagic food webs. Mixotrophs, which are algae that combine photosynthetic production with heterotrophic consumption, are currently well identified in the literature, but their effects on both primary production and trophic transfer rate estimations are largely unknown. Utilizing stable isotopic tracers in conjunction with lab and field experimentation, I am developing a framework with which to address these questions for the first time.

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Web Link

Suzanne GreenlawSuzanne Greenlaw
segreenl@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer
Undergraduate Institute: University of Maine Presque Isle (Environmental Science)

Geoffrey GriffithsGeoffrey Griffiths
gegriffi@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): McGee

Daniel GurdakDaniel 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 )

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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 GutteriezRaymond Gutteriez
rjgutter@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier and Kimmerer

Karyn HajekKaryn Hajek
klhajek@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold
Undergraduate Institute: Xavier University OH (Biology)

Alison HalpernAlison 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 HartiganJohn Hartigan
jjhartig@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Shields
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Biology)

Molly HassettMolly Hassett
mrhasset@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): McGee
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College Oneonta (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Determining possible sugar (flowers, nectar, honeydew, pollen) limitations and use of emerald ash borer parasitoids at release sites in Northern United States.

Kristen HaynesKristen Haynes
krhaynes@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Lomolino
Undergraduate Institute: Cornell University

Ielizaveta IegorovaIelizaveta Iegorova
iviegoro@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

James JohnsonJames Johnson
jkjohn03@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
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 KaneMeredith Kane
mlkane@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer
Undergraduate Institute: St Lawrence University (Biology)

Phil-Goo KangPhil-Goo Kang
pkang01@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mitchell

Previous Graduate Study: Kangwon National University (Water Pollution )

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

Georgia KeeneGeorgia Keene
grkeene@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College Oswego (Zoology)

Graduate Research Topic
Inland barrens buck moth phenology and distribution in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Zachary LafaverZachary Lafaver
zjlafave@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Schulz
Undergraduate Institute: Nazareth College Of Rochester (Biology)

Catherine LandisCatherine 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 )

Stephen LangdonStephen Langdon
sflangdo@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Dovciak
Undergraduate Institute: Plattsburgh State University (Ecology)

Alexander LooiAlexander Looi
ahlooi@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Schulz

Kapil MandrekarKapil 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 MattinglyKali Mattingly
kzmattin@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Logan OsterhoudtLogan Osterhoudt
ljosterh@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Rundell

Michelle Peach LangMichelle Peach Lang
mapeachl@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair

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

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

Matthew ReganMatthew Regan
mjrega01@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Jessica SavilleJessica Saville
jmsavill@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold

Neil SchoppmannNeil Schoppmann
nrschopp@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry

Robert SmithRobert Smith
rlsmit08@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Sara SmithSara Smith
sasmit05@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Andrew TomesAndrew 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

Samantha WasonSamantha Wason
sjwason@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Jay WasonJay 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).

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Web Link

Justine WeberJustine Weber
juweber@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold

John WileyJohn 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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