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Graduate Students in Environmental and Forest Biology

Information on our graduate students is provided here to facilitate communication between enrolled students as well as to inform and encourage prospective students. Photos may be of the student or of their research interest.


Current Students

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

Kim AdamsKim Adams
kbadams@syr.edu

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s):

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (EFB)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (EFB)

Oluwafunmilayo AfelumoOluwafunmilayo Afelumo
oaafelum@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Katrina AlgerKatrina Alger
kealger@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Whipps

Melissa AlthouseMelissa Althouse
maalthou@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen

Benjiman AmosBenjiman Amos
bjamos@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Undergraduate Study: Pennsylvania State University - University Park

Graduate Research Topic
Spatial Scale and Natal Influence on Spawning Site Fidelity in Northern Pike: Investigation Using Microsatellite and Otolith Microchemistry Analysis

Favorite Quote
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” - The Lorax

James Arrigoni Jr.James Arrigoni Jr.
jearrigo@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (EFB )

Home Page
http://www.esf.edu/efb/gibbs/JA.htm

Michelle AvisMichelle Avis
mlavis@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen

Undergraduate Study: Marietta College (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Flight Behavior of Breeding Piping Plovers: Implications for Risk of Collision with Turbines and Other Human Structures

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

Samouel BeguinSamouel Beguin
sjbeguin@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): McNulty

Undergraduate Study: Middlebury College (Biological Sciences)

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
I believe that ecological research must be connected to the spheres of environmental policy, conservation planning, and integrated natural resources management. This kind of applied, multidisciplinary research promotes more effective environmental stewardship and helps us move toward the goal of safeguarding the biosphere for future generations. I am grateful to have the opportunity to conduct applied conservation biology research here at ESF. I plan to develop my career around integrated, interdisciplinary, and international environmental projects related to biodiversity conservation, wetlands ecology and management, and social-ecological systems resilience. I am also eager to improve my understanding of soundscape ecology, ethnoscience and traditional ecological knowledge, and natural history/environmental education.

Graduate Research Topic
I am examining the soundscape ecology of boreal lowland wetland sites in New York State's Adirondack Park. Analysis of automated digital sound recordings obtained from 20+ wetland sites will allow me to quantify bioacoustic diversity, boreal bird species richness, and several other acoustic metrics at a landscape scale. I will also be able to determine the level of anthropogenic noise at wetland sites with differing Land Use Classifications as designated by the Adirondack Park Agency. This research will improve understanding of how both biological sound diversity and anthropogenic noise may vary depending on differences in land ownership and corresponding human activities. Finally, I will be able to examine how Adirondack wetland soundscapes change temporally at hourly, daily, and monthly scales.

Favorite Quotes
“We shall never achieve harmony with the land, anymore than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations the important thing is not to achieve but to strive.” - Aldo Leopold / "A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a soundscape is worth a thousand pictures. You can spend years evaluating a habitat from a visual perspective, but you will find out more from a 10-second sound clip than from years of visual study." - Bernie Krause

Monica Bibiana Berdugo MorenoMonica Bibiana Berdugo Moreno
mbberdug@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dovciak

Undergraduate Study: 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 )

Laura BrownLaura Brown
lrbrow02@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Biology)

Favorite Quote
"We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well - for we will not fight to save what we do not love." -Stephen Jay Gould

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)

Elaina BurnsElaina Burns
ekburns@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Underwood

Undergraduate Study: Nazareth College of Rochester (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Habitat selection and non-invasive abundance sampling of North American river otter in the Finger Lakes.

Wenjun CaiWenjun Cai
wcai02@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Jonathan CaleJonathan Cale
jacale@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Castello

Undergraduate Study: Paul Smiths College (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
My research examines the role of entomological and host physiological factors in driving susceptibility of American beech trees to beech bark disease (BBD). The results of this work will be used to develop an alternative model of BBD in aftermath forests.

Carolyn ChangCarolyn Chang
ctchang@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Whipps

Amanda CheesemanAmanda Cheeseman
acheesem@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cohen

Kean CliffordKean Clifford
kmcliffo@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stewart

Daniel CollinsDaniel Collins
dbcollin@syr.edu

Chemical Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Michael ConnertonMichael 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.

Matthew DaRinMatthew DaRin
mpdarin@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Weir

Tiffany DeaterTiffany Deater
tldeater@syr.edu

Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Weir and Turner

Lindsay DenhoffLindsay Denhoff
ladenhof@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Shields and Turner

Allison DevlinAllison Devlin
aldevlin@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair

Undergraduate Study: 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).

Paul Di SalvoPaul Di Salvo
padisalv@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Undergraduate Study: Gettysburg College (Environmental Science)

Justin DiRadoJustin DiRado
jadirado@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

Kristin DohertyKristin Doherty
kmdohert@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Teale

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Chemical attractants of Philornis downsi [Diptera: Muscidae], an invasive parasite of birds in the Galapagos Islands.

Maureen DurkinMaureen Durkin
mmdurkin@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen

Undergraduate Study: Connecticut College (Biology)

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

Thomas EvansThomas Evans
tevans03@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg

Undergraduate Study: Juniata College (Biology)

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

Gabrielle FanfanGabrielle Fanfan
glfanfan@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Michael FishmanMichael Fishman
msfishma@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University (Natural Resources)

Christopher FoelkerChristopher Foelker
cjfoelke@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Fierke

Undergraduate Study: University of Wisc Madison* (Forestry and Related)

Previous Graduate Study: Northrn Arizona University (Forestry and Related)

Graduate Research Topic
Parasitism and community interactions of Sirex noctilio

Home Page
Web Link

Joseph FoltaJoseph Folta
jefolta@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Underwood

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Wildlife Management)

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

Rebecca FudaRebecca Fuda
rkfuda@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Ryan and Frair

Undergraduate Study: Boston University

Personal Statement
My research interests lie at the human-wildlife interface in African landscapes. In particular, I am interested in investigating the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on wildlife populations as well as factors contributing to human-wildlife conflict and potential strategies for mitigation.

Graduate Research Topic
Response of large carnivores to human disturbance in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Home Page
beckyfuda.weebly.com

Miguel Garmendia ZapataMiguel Garmendia Zapata
magarmen@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): McGee

Emily GavardEmily Gavard
ejgavard@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ryan and Whipps

Cody GilbertsonCody Gilbertson
crgilber@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Rundell

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.

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.

Home Page
Web Link

Lauren GoldmannLauren Goldmann
lmgold01@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Weir

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (EFB)

Suzanne GreenlawSuzanne Greenlaw
segreenl@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Undergraduate Study: University of Maine Presque Isle (Environmental Science)

Lewis GroveLewis Grove
legrove@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Underwood

Undergraduate Study: Pennsylvania State University - University Park (Ecology)

Graduate Research Topic
Inter-specific communication, information exchange and implications for bioacoustic monitoring of nocturnal songbird migration

Home Page
Web Link

Matthew GundersonMatthew Gunderson
magunder@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kapuscinski

Undergraduate Study: University of Wisc Stevens Point (Fishery Sciences)

Graduate Research Topic
Habitat preferences and seasonal succession of aquatic vegetation in the upper Niagara River

Daniel GurdakDaniel Gurdak
djgurdak@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stewart

Undergraduate Study: 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

Alison HalpernAlison Halpern
adhalper@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold and Farrell

Undergraduate Study: Indiana University of Bloomington* (ORGANISMAL BIO)

Previous Graduate Study: ( )

Laura HansenLaura Hansen
lehans01@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale

John HartiganJohn Hartigan
jjhartig@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Shields

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Biology)

Molly HassettMolly Hassett
mrhasset@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): McGee

Undergraduate Study: 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 Study: Cornell University

Cathy HazellCathy Hazell
cjhazell@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Shields

Previous Graduate Study: ( )

Graduate Research Topic
Keystone predators in Kyrgistan.

William HelenbrookWilliam Helenbrook
wdhelenb@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Shields and Whipps

Undergraduate Study: SUNY Center Buffalo

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY College Buffalo (Biology )

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

Theodore HermannTheodore Hermann
thermann@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stewart

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University (Earth Systems)

Personal Statement
Before coming to ESF, I worked in several laboratories at Cornell. The focus of the work was broad in scope, including ichthyology, limnology, stable isotope analysis and microbiology. 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.

Adam HoffmanAdam Hoffman
ashoffma@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Undergraduate Study: University of South Carolina Columbia* (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: University of South Carolina Columbia* (Environmental Health)

Robin HolevinskiRobin Holevinski
raholevi@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair

Previous Graduate Study: Cornell University (Natural Resources )

Graduate Research Topic
Dissertation title: “Foraging ecology of coyotes in NY State”

Kelly HuffmanKelly Huffman
khuffman@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell and Whipps

Undergraduate Study: Old Dominion University (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Northern pike: genetic and experimental study of sex ratio imbalance in the upper St. Lawrence River.

Favorite Quote
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. --Mark Twain

Danielle HurleyDanielle Hurley
dmhurley@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

Rie IriyamaRie Iriyama
ririyama@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fernando

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

My photo album!
Web Link

Location
401 Illick

Michael JonesMichael Jones
mijone01@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Fierke and Ryan

Undergraduate Study: University of Calif Davis (Environmental Science)

Links

Graduate Research Topic
Distribution and dispersal of the emerald ash borer.

Favorite Quote
"If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right." -Henry Ford

Home Page
Web Link

Meredith KaneMeredith Kane
mlkane@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Undergraduate Study: 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 )

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

Stefan KarkuffStefan Karkuff
skarkuff@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

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

Graduate Research Topic
I am interested in understanding the nutrient benefits of allochthonous leaf litter in Northeastern US vernal pool ecosystems. My goal is to quantify the nutritional value of various leaf species using physical, chemical, and biological indicators. These unique microecosystems are typically found in heavily shaded forests, and therefore lack the primary production benefits of most larger wetlands. Thus, this project will contribute significantly to our understanding of the controlling influence of stand composition and structure on forest wetlands. My results will have direct relevance to agencies engaged in vernal pool creation and wetland mitigation.

Favorite Quote
"Go climb a mountain"

Georgia KeeneGeorgia Keene
grkeene@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry

Undergraduate Study: SUNY College Oswego (Zoology)

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

Alison KocekAlison Kocek
arkocek@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen

Undergraduate Study: 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.

Catherine LandisCatherine Landis
cllandis@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold and Kimmerer

Undergraduate Study: 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 Study: Plattsburgh State University (Ecology)

Stewart LaPanStewart LaPan
sjlapan@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs and Farrell

Mark LeopoldMark Leopold
mfleopol@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University (Natural Sciences — O)

Graduate Research Topic
Exploring the history of and possible causes and explanations for the heavily female-skewed sex ratios of northern pike on the St. Lawrence River

Favorite Quote
"Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens." -R.W.E.

Alexander LooiAlexander Looi
ahlooi@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Schulz

Andrew MacDuffAndrew MacDuff
ajmacduf@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair

Graduate Research Topic
Thesis title: “A non-harvest based assessment of river otter populations in NY State”

Kapil MandrekarKapil Mandrekar
kmandrek@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stewart

Undergraduate Study: Albion College (Biology)

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

Joie MatillanoJoie Matillano
jdmatill@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stewart

Undergraduate Study: Western Phillippines Univ (Aquatic Biology)

Personal Statement
I am a Ph. D. student majoring in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management at SUNY ESF in Syracuse, NY. I also worked with Dr. Donald Stewart’s lab for my MS Degree but before I came to ESF, I was a faculty member of the Aquatic Biology Program of Western Philippines University in Puerto Princesa, Philippines. My MS research focused on taxonomy and conservation of the minnow genus Puntius in northern Palawan, Philippines. Currently, my graduate research in ESF deals with fish community patterns in riverine and coastal ecosystems of Honda Bay Basin. My research aims to compare the species composition of fishes from rivers, estuaries, and coral reef areas in Honda Bay area in Palawan, Philippines. The main goal is to assess the connectivity of these ecosystems in terms of supporting the different life history stages of several commercially important species in Honda Bay. I hope that through the results of my study, sound management programs will be formulated and implemented to effectively delineate marine protected areas that will provide umbrella protection to the different ecosystems that support the Honda Bay area fish communities.

Graduate Research Topic
Riverine and Coastal Fish Community Patterns in Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa City, Philippines

Homepage
Web Link

Timothy McCoyTimothy McCoy
tjmccoy@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): McNulty

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Conservation Bio)

Graduate Research Topic
I am conducting a study on the diet of the American marten (Martes americana) population in the Adirondacks. Through this study I hope to flesh out the relationships that martens have with important prey items including small mammals and masting tree species. Certain small mammal species and certain tree species exhibit pulse driven cycles. I want to know what role the marten plays in these cycles and how the marten benefits or declines from these interactions.

Favorite Quote
The worst thing that will probably happen—in fact is already well underway—is not energy depletion, economic collapse, conventional war, or the expansion of totalitarian governments. As terrible as these catastrophes would be for us, they can be repaired in a few generations. The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us — Edward O. Wilson

Home Page
Web Link

Justin McMullenJustin McMullen
jcmcmull@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Andrew MianoAndrew Miano
ajmiano@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Graduate Research Topic
How differences in spawning habitat influence Round Goby egg predation rates on Yellow Perch, Walleye, Northern Pike, and Muskellunge.

Favorite Quote
"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope." - John Buchan

Alejandro Mieles GarcíaAlejandro Mieles García
aemieles@syr.edu

Chemical Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale

Undergraduate Study: Universidad Técnica de Manabí (Biological Sciences)

Previous Graduate Study: Universidad Autónoma de Baja C (Management Science )

Philornis working group
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Chemical Ecology and Entomolog
Analysis of pheromones to control parasitic flies (Philornis downsi) in Galapagos Islands.

Sarah MountSarah Mount
sjmount@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Limburg

Christopher NackChristopher Nack
ccnack@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (EFB)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Fisheries Sci )

Allison OakesAllison Oakes
adoakes@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Maynard and Powell

Graduate Research Topic
American elm transformations for Dutch Elm disease resistance and phytoremediation.

Amanda PachomskiAmanda Pachomski
alpachom@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): McNulty

Undergraduate Study: SUNY Binghamton (Environmental Science)

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

Mikhail PaltsynMikhail Paltsyn
mypaltsy@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Michael ParisioMichael Parisio
mparisio@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fierke

Undergraduate Study: SUNY Binghamton (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Classical Biological Control of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Parasitoid Monitoring

Ashley PirovanoAshley Pirovano
ampirova@syr.edu

FCH Biochemistry

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Jennifer PotrikusJennifer Potrikus
jrpotrik@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fernando

Christopher PowersChristopher Powers
cdpowers@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

Angga RachmansahAngga Rachmansah
arachman@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Matthew ReganMatthew Regan
mjrega01@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Terra RentzTerra Rentz
tarentz@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair

Jessica SavilleJessica Saville
jmsavill@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold

Errol ScheidErrol Scheid
ejscheid@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University (Natural Sciences — O)

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

Neil SchoppmannNeil Schoppmann
nrschopp@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry

Sara SmithSara Smith
sasmit05@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Zachary SmithZachary Smith
zsmith@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

Scott SveivenScott Sveiven
sjsveive@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Undergraduate Study: University of Minnesota Duluth (Biology)

Personal Statement
My interests span the whole of biology and humanity. It is the collection, interconnectedness, and diversity of life on this planet that inspire and motivate me to pursue graduate studies. This includes societal components across the globe, which have led me to pursue a concurrent master of public administration degree at the neighboring Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs. Rather than focus on one aspect or element of the menagerie of life, I hope to explore what unifying themes exist, particularly in regards to conservation. Simply, I view species conservation and environmental degradation as small pieces of a larger puzzle. How we, as human beings, are collectively utilizing and interacting with the natural world and its resources is both the cause of and ultimate solution to issues in conservation and sustainability.

Graduate Research
"Plant invasions: testing theory with ecological monitoring data from wetlands in Colorado, USA." My research is a collaboration with the National Park Service in Colorado and Montana. Significance: Invasive plant species are affecting landscapes worldwide. Despite their prevalence, invasive species remain a hotly debated topic amongst ecologists. My research draws on observational wetland plant survey and environmental metric data collected through the National Park Service's Rocky Mountain Inventory & Monitoring Network to test whether native richness is negatively related to invasive richness and abundance; the pattern of plant functional guild as it relates to invasives; and the stability of invasive richness and abundance temporally. Wetlands in mountainous habitats provide an ideal setting for this work, as they are critical components of these ecosystems and little work has been done specifically on invasive species impacts in these habitats.

Favorite Quotes
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - M.K. Gandhi "I am a faulty string of blue Christmas lights" - John K. Samson


Andrea ThomenAndrea Thomen
apthomen@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ryan and Farrell

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

Emily Van NessEmily Van Ness
esvannes@syr.edu

Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): McGee and Folta

Rebecca WallingRebecca Walling
rwalling@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Horton

Undergraduate Study: Carleton College (Biology)

Personal Statement
I am interested in belowground community and ecosystem ecology.

Graduate Research Topic
The effect of invasive earthworms on soil nutrient distribution and ectomycorrhizal diversity

Favorite Quote
"If your soil is suitable for earthworms... there may be more than 2 and one-half million per acre, weighing about 1400 pounds. That means that you may have more pounds of earthworms in your employment than all of your domestic animals put together" -Professor Svend Heiberg, SUNY ESF (1900-1965)

Website
Web Link

Dale WarnerDale Warner
drwarner@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

Camille WarnerCamille Warner
ciwarner@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

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 Study: 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 WeberJustine Weber
juweber@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold

Justin WestJustin West
jlwest01@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Castello

Graduate Research Topic
Beech Bark Disease, Forest Sustainability (Baseline Mortality)

Cheryl WhritenourCheryl Whritenour
cawhrite@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Schulz

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (EFB)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Ecology )

John WileyJohn Wiley
jwileyjr@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Beier and McGee

Undergraduate Study: Hanover College (Biology)

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

Tian XuTian Xu
txu01@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale

Previous Graduate Study: Nanjing Forestry University (Zoology )

Graduate Research Topic
Identification of female-produced pheromone in Asian Longhorn Beetle

Tess YoukerTess Youker
teyouker@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ryan and Gibbs

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