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Graduate Students in Environmental and Forest Biology

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Current Students

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Kim AdamsKim Adams
kbadams@syr.edu

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Allen

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (EFB)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (EFB)

Mariano AriasMariano Arias
mgarias@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dovciak

Undergraduate Study: Universidad de Buenos Aires (Biology)

James ArrigoniJames Arrigoni
jearrigo@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Schulz

Previous Graduate Study: State University of New York C (Environmental Science)

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

Charlotte AttiCharlotte Atti
cmatti@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Newman

Ericka AugustynEricka Augustyn
eraugust@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Brannon BarrBrannon Barr
bbarr@syr.edu

FRM Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Underwood

Previous Graduate Study: University of North Texas (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
I am broadly interested in environmental determinants of terrestrial vertebrate species distributions and abundances at the community and landscape scales, related species interactions such as colonization, competition, predation, and symbiosis, the evolution of life history characteristics, and how these phenomena are affected in human activities. I specialize in ecological applications of digital imagery techniques.

Graduate Research Topic
Automated detection and identification of animals in trail camra images

Favorite Quote
"Without deviation progress is not possible." --Frank Zappa

Yokshitha Reddy BathulaYokshitha Reddy Bathula
ybathula@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

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

Adam BleauAdam Bleau
ajbleau@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen and Schummer

Lilian Bonjorne de AlmeidaLilian Bonjorne de Almeida
lbdealme@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair

Previous Graduate Study: Universidade Federal de Minas (Ecology )

Graduate Research Topic
Effects of forest loss and fragmentation on felids in Brazil. Collaboration with Brazilian institutions, including CENAP/ ICMBio (National Research Center for Carnivore Conservation/ Chico Mendes for the Conservation of Biodiversity), Guarulhos Zoo, and São Paulo City Hall.

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 )

Dana BrennanDana Brennan
dmbre100@syr.edu

Chemical Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fierke

Undergraduate Study: Maryville University St Louis (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Effects of food use and quality on emerald ash borer parasitoid longevity

Aaron BrownAaron Brown
abrown02@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry

David BullisDavid Bullis
dbullis@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Rundell

Graduate Research Topic
I am interested in reconstructing the phylogenetic history and shell evolution of endodontoid land snails in the Western Pacific.

Wenjun CaiWenjun Cai
wcai02@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Erik CarlsonErik Carlson
ehcarlso@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

Graduate Research Topic
Utilization of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system to increase heritability of blight resistance in American Chestnut (Castanea dentata).

Undergraduate Study:
University of North Dakota (Biology)

Carolyn ChangCarolyn Chang
ctchang@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Whipps

Undergraduate Study: University of Waterloo (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: Saint Mary (Biology )

Personal Website
Web Link

Personal Statement
I am currently a PhD Candidate in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management at SUNY-ESF. I work in the Whipps Fish and Wildlife Disease Laboratory in the Department of Environment and Forest Biology at ESF. My research focuses on controlling an infectious disease in laboratory fish. My research is on mycobacteriosis, a bacterial disease caused by several species and strains of Mycobacterium. Mycobacteriosis is the second most common infectious disease in laboratory zebrafish. I am working to improve our understanding the disease ecology of mycobacteriosis in the zebrafish host. I hope to use these insights to implement successful disease management measures and prevent outbreaks of this disease in laboratory fish.

Graduate Research Topic
Control of Infectious Diseases in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)

Amanda CheesemanAmanda Cheeseman
acheesem@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cohen

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
I am a Ph.D. candidate studying under Dr. Jonathan Cohen at SUNY ESF. My research focus is on underrepresented mammals of conservation interest. Here at ESF, I am studying the ecology of the declining New England cottontail, and its responses to the introduced eastern cottontail. As an early successional obligate species, it is thought recent range contractions in the New England cottontail are due to the progressive loss of early successional habitat as it matures into forest. Additionally, it is thought presence of eastern cottontails might inhibit re-colonization of suitable habitat patches. Using genetics and telemetry, I am examining the impacts of eastern cottontails on New England cottontail habitat associations, survival, and dispersal in the Hudson Valley, NY. Results from this study are helping inform managers about the ecology of New England cottontails in New York and aid in recovery planning and habitat restoration efforts for this species.

Graduate Research Topic
Demographics and habitat associations of New England cottontails

Shawn ClevelandShawn Cleveland
smclevel@syr.edu

ESC Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Underwood

Graduate Research Topic
I am studying the influence of beaver on riparian systems. More specifically, I want to quantify the spatial distribution of beaver lodges, how beaver directly impact the forests in the “forage footprint” associated with the lodge, and finally if beaver created forest disturbance provides a more historically representative stand structure than we currently see in many eastern forests.

Vernon CoffeyVernon Coffey
vcoffey@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

Daniel CollinsDaniel Collins
dbcollin@syr.edu

Chemical Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Graduate Research Topic
My research regards the effectiveness of therapeutic horticulture with military veterans in Central New York. Primarily, whether or not such programs can improve the mood of a patient in the hospital, and can we predict which populations would benefit from such a program.

Favorite Quote
“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” - Dr. Seuss

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.

Robert CurryRobert Curry
rbcurry@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Jesse Czekanski-MoirJesse Czekanski-Moir
jeczekan@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Rundell

Cortney DCortney D'Angelo
cmdangel@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Castello

Undergraduate Study: SUNY College Envrnmntl Sci Frstry (Forest Health)

Graduate Research Topic
My current research involves advancement and expansion of the method first developed by Cale et al (2014) which assesses the structural sustainability of tree species.

Matthew DaRinMatthew DaRin
mpdarin@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Weir

Samantha DeanSamantha Dean
shdea100@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University

Thesis topic
Investigating the effects of habitat edges and recreational trails on the distribution of reptiles and amphibians at the Home of FDR National Historic Site

General research interests
Herpetology, recreation ecology, long term mark-recapture of long-lived reptiles, behavioral ecology of reptiles (specifically turtles), citizen science, and communicating science to the public.

Tiffany DeaterTiffany Deater
tldeater@syr.edu

Environmental Interpretation

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

Tyler DesmaraisTyler Desmarais
trdesmar@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

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" - 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).

Jacob DillonJacob Dillon
jcdillon@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Underwood

Undergraduate Study: Paul Smiths College Arts Science (Wildlife Management)

Graduate Research Topic
Distance sampling to determine abundance and spatial distribution in relation to foraging habitat selection of white-tailed deer in the greater Syracuse area, and Town of DeWitt.

Favorite Quote
"The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others." -Theodore Roosevelt

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.

Hannah DohertyHannah Doherty
hldohert@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Undergraduate Study: Suny College at Geneseo (Biology)

Xue DongXue Dong
xudong@syr.edu

Environmental Interpretation

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

Previous Graduate Study: Beijing Normal University (Curriculum and Instr)

Justin DrokeJustin Droke
jmdroke@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen

Maureen DurkinMaureen Durkin
mmdurkin@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
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.

Cara Ewell HodkinCara Ewell Hodkin
cnewellh@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg

Hajar Faal-Mohammad-AliHajar Faal-Mohammad-Ali
hfaalmoh@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale

Graduate Research Topic
Solitary parasitoid wasp, Ibalia leucospoides (Hym., Ibaliidae) and the pathogenic fungus, Amylostereum areolatum, associated with the invasive European woodwasp, Sirex noctilio (Hym.: Siricidae)

Favorite Quote
MOVE FORWARD

Tomasz FalkowskiTomasz Falkowski
tbfalkow@syr.edu

ERE Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Undergraduate Study: 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

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)

Personal Statement
I am a practical field biologist pursuing a mid-career Master's Degree. My research focuses on gaining practical information for use in the field to further our knowledge of wildlife and their habitats, as well as to develop approaches for long-term conservation of declining species.

Graduate Research Topic
I am studying Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis)roost and foraging habitat selection in the Ontario Lake Plain of central New York.

Favorite Quote
Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us. - Theodore Roosevelt

Jessica FletcherJessica Fletcher
jfletche@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Undergraduate Study: University of Michigan Ann Arbor* (Ecology)

Graduate Research Topic
Habitat use at multiple spatial scales and species assemblage of bats in Cape Cod National Seashore with emphasis on the recently listed northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis).

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 )

Graduate Research Topic
Using reaction-diffusion models to explore contemporary range expansion of nearly extirpated big game animal populations.

Stacy FurgalStacy Furgal
slfurgal@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

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

Megan GallagherMegan Gallagher
mgalla03@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Undergraduate Study: University of Mass Amherst*

Graduate Research Topic
I will be identifying bat species composition, foraging/roosting habitat preference, and response to management activities in the Adirondacks with a special focus on the recently threatened northern long-eared bat.

Home Page
Web Link

Emily GavardEmily Gavard
ejgavard@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

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

Kurt GielowKurt Gielow
khgielow@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Undergraduate Study: University of Florida (Wildlife Ecology and)

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently developing a research project that aims to investigate population dynamics and abundance of American Robins on a rural to urban gradient. I plan to conduct research on the ecology of these birds, looking at their distribution on a broad to local scale and gain insight into their role in wildlife diseases such as Lyme disease. With this research, we will hopefully expand the knowledge of birds as part of the pathogen-vector-host cycle in the distribution and dispersal of ticks.

Favorite Quote
"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." - Aldo Leopold

Harrison GoldspielHarrison Goldspiel
hgoldspi@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Undergraduate Study: Brandeis University

Personal Statement
I am interested in how different spatial configurations of aquatic and terrestrial habitats limit amphibian populations. My research focuses on the habitat requirements of pool-breeding amphibians and Plethodontid salamanders in central New York forests. I am particularly interested in how land-use history shapes current habitat conditions and amphibian demography, and how these concepts can enrich land management practices for amphibian conservation.

Graduate Research Topic
The contributions of aquatic versus terrestrial habitat in limiting populations of amphibians with complex life cycles.

Favorite Quote
I dream. Sometimes I think that is the only right thing to do. - Haruki Murakami

Jessica GoretzkeJessica Goretzke
jagoretz@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Links
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicagoretzke/

Graduate Research Topic
Fish and plant community response to habitat restoration in the Thousand Islands Region of the St. Lawrence River and the development of restoration techniques for the establishment of beneficial species of submersed aquatic vegetation

Suzanne GreenlawSuzanne Greenlaw
segreenl@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

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

Geoffrey GriffithsGeoffrey 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 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 )

Links:
-Personal Web Page

-Connect: LinkedIn

-Friend: Facebook

-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

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

Undergraduate Study: SUNY College at Geneseo (Biochemistry)

Graduate Research Topic
I study the chemical ecology of Asian Longhorned Beetle and Citrus Longhorned Beetle with the goal of identifying attractive host volatiles and developing a monitoring lure.

Kristen HaynesKristen Haynes
krhaynes@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold

Undergraduate Study: 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 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.

Erik HazeltonErik Hazelton
ejhazelt@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

Theodore HermannTheodore Hermann
thermann@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stewart

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University (Earth Systems)

Links
LinkedIn

Personal Statement
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)

Jacqueline HowardJacqueline Howard
jmmccabe@syr.edu

Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Folta

Graduate Research Topic
New York State Parks and Augmented Reality: Exploring the relationship between visitor learning and sense of stewardship through augmented reality games at Green Lakes State Park and Clark Reservation State Park.

Aimee HudonAimee Hudon
ahudon@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Horton

Undergraduate Study: Massachusetts College of Liber (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Mycorrhizal fungal colonies associated with scrub oak on the Albany Pine Barrens

Deborah HummelDeborah Hummel
dhummel@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

Undergraduate Study: St Lawrence University (Biology)

Personal Statement
My interests in Fish and Wildlife Management are habitat assessment and management of aquatic systems. Prior to ESF I have worked in the Adirondack State Park and St. Lawrence River Valley assessing Methylmercury in popular sports fish as well as the effects of Methlymercury on predatory escape response times in larvae fish. More recently, I have worked for the federal agencies in Colorado and Oregon working on habitat restoration projects in high desert rivers and streams as well as increasing wildlife habitat and connectivity in mountain pass corridors.

Graduate Research Topic
I am in the process of solidifying a topic of research focused around fish response to implemented and existing habitat structure in Onondaga Lake.

Chelsea Jahant-MillerChelsea Jahant-Miller
cjjahant@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parry

Jade JohnsonJade Johnson
jjohns23@syr.edu

Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Folta and Fierke

Michael JonesMichael Jones
mijone01@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Fierke

Undergraduate Study: University of Calif Davis (Environmental Science)

Links

Graduate Research Topic
Managing invasive forest pests, using emerald ash borer as a model insect

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

Patricia KaishianPatricia Kaishian
pjkaishi@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Weir

Meredith KaneMeredith Kane
mlkane@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Undergraduate Study: St Lawrence University (Biology)

Masoumeh KhodaverdiMasoumeh Khodaverdi
mkhodave@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Fernando

Chellby KilhefferChellby Kilheffer
crkilhef@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Underwood

Undergraduate Study: Pennsylvania State University (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Con Bio )

Graduate Research Topic
My dissertation focuses on overwashed dune vegetation regeneration on a barrier island since Superstorm Sandy. I am also investigating the role of white-tailed deer herbivory on the vegetation regeneration process, and deer space use of the Wilderness Area on Fire Island, NY.

Home Page
Web Link

Alison KocekAlison Kocek
arkocek@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cohen

Undergraduate Study: University of Arizona (Ecology )


Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
My dissertation research focuses on two tidal marsh sparrow species, saltmarsh sparrows and seaside sparrows within New York City, NY. I am studying the processes by which individuals and populations of tidal marsh sparrows adjust to a changing environment with hopes of using the information gained to impact tidal marsh restoration design.

Gregory KronischGregory Kronisch
grkronis@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

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 )

Wendy LeuenbergerWendy Leuenberger
wleuenbe@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry

Undergraduate Study: Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Response of forest insects and their natural enemies to experimental ice storms in a northeastern forest

Toby LissToby Liss
trliss@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold

Graduate Research Topic
Marginal plant species for use on green roofs and the effects of species composition on green roof functioning for stormwater reduction

Undergraduate Study
University of Pittsburgh (Ecology and Evolution, Linguistics)

Social Media
@mslissecologist on Instagram and Twitter

Alexander LooiAlexander Looi
ahlooi@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Schulz

Chee Pheng LowChee Pheng Low
clow100@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair

Joanna Isadora Lumbsden PintoJoanna Isadora Lumbsden Pinto
jlumsden@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Thomas MackeyThomas Mackey
tjmackey@syr.edu

Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Folta

Undergraduate Study: Colgate University

Previous Graduate Study: Boston College (Secondary Biology In)

Graduate Research Interests
My interests lie at the intersection of environmental justice and teaching/learning. My research will focus on the pedagogical relationship between race and modern American colonialism in urban, rural, and wilderness contexts.

Rea ManderinoRea Manderino
rmanderi@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parry

Undergraduate Study: University of Chicago (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Virginia (Environmental Science)

Links
Home page

Graduate Research Topic
Understanding Compsilura concinnata densities, distribution drivers, and their effects on native moths in Northeastern forests.

Favorite Quote
"Reality has a well-known liberal bias, and who can you count on to kowtow to Reality like it's the only game in town? Scientists." - Stephen T. Colbert

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 )

Dakota MatthewsDakota Matthews
dfmatthe@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

Justin McMullenJustin McMullen
jcmcmull@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Erica McPhailErica McPhail
esmcphai@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fierke

Undergraduate Study: Hartwick College

Graduate Research Topic
Pollinating insects associated with power line rights-of-way

Samantha MelloSamantha Mello
slmello@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

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

Undergraduate Study: University of Connecticut (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Currently, I am an M.S. student in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management at SUNY-ESF studying under Dr. Jonathan Cohen and Dr. Christopher Whipps working on the New England cottontail project. My research interest is in parasite-mediated competition between the native New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) and the non-native Eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus). I will be looking at ecto- and endoparasites of the two species and comparing the species of parasites found. I will also be conducting tick drags through our sites to determine if there is a difference in species composition or abundance between different habitat types.

Favorite Quote
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Colin MetteyColin Mettey
cjmettey@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): McGee

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.

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James MolloyJames Molloy
jmmolloy@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

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 )

Leah NagelLeah Nagel
lnagel@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Undergraduate Study: Middlebury College

Personal Statement
Depending on the day, I identify as an aquatic ecologist and/or herpetologist with a particular interest in aquatic community ecology and the role of citizen science in conservation research and community-based conservation efforts. For my Master’s, I am focusing on vernal pools—small, temporary wetlands that dry out frequently enough to impact both the physical processes and the aquatic community within the pool—and the predation-vulnerable amphibians that use them as nurseries for their young. My research focuses on assessing which factors most strongly influence wood frog and spotted salamander survival in central New York State.

Graduate Research Topic
The effects of vernal pool heterogeneity on amphibian survival

Favorite Quote
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” –Aldo Leopold

David NesbittDavid Nesbitt
djnesbit@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Parry

Andrew NewhouseAndrew Newhouse
aenewhou@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Powell

Graduate Research Topic
Regulatory Biotechnology, focusing on the federal review process for genetically engineered plants to be distributed or used for restoration.

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Marissa NolanMarissa Nolan
mnolan01@syr.edu

Environmental Interpretation

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

Undergraduate Study: Mcgill University (Wildlife Biology)

Teresa Rose OsborneTeresa Rose Osborne
trosborn@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Rundell

Undergraduate Study: Pomona College


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Graduate Research Topic
I study how phylogenetic history, microhabitat characteristics, and interspecific competition influence body size evolution in diplommatinid land snails of the Belau archipelago (Republic of Palau, Oceania). I am also interested in gastropod terrestrialization events, possible preadaptations to habitat transitions, and land snail conservation.

Lab Website
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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

Taylor PattersonTaylor Patterson
trpatter@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Horton

Michelle Peach LangMichelle 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”

Carrianne PershynCarrianne Pershyn
cpershyn@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler and Cohen

Coldwater Fisheries Ecology
My thesis research is based in the northern Adirondacks, and examines population dynamics and habitat use of wild Brook Trout in tributaries of the Ausable River, NY, from headwaters to mouth, with a focus on estimating the Brook Trout population density and community composition in tributary streams and a lake that form the headwaters of the Ausable River. I am also examining the effectiveness of three existing tools for predicting Brook Trout occupancy and habitat quality within this watershed.

Ceili PestalozziCeili Pestalozzi
cebachma@syr.edu

Ecology

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

Samuel PetersonSamuel Peterson
speter06@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair

Undergraduate Study: Colorado State University

Graduate Research Topic
My research focuses on the status of moose (Alces alces) in Adirondack Park. Primarily, I am working to estimate the nutritional carrying capacity of moose for this landscape. This work involves determining the diet of moose in the area, estimating the amount of forage available to moose and estimating the quality of that forage. I also utilize location data from collared animals to investigate multi-scale resource selection in a GIS framework. My research is a subset of a larger cooperative project involving NYSDEC, Cornell University and the Wildlife Conservation Society. This ongoing research aims to determine the population,population trend, and health of moose in Adirondack Park.

Shannon PetersonShannon Peterson
speter09@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale

Lisanne PetraccaLisanne Petracca
lspetrac@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair

Undergraduate Study: Tufts University (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: Duke University (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
I have been involved in the conservation of felids (big cats) since 2008, when I conducted fieldwork in Belize for the nonprofit wild cat conservation organization Panthera. Panthera hired me as their full-time Geospatial Analyst in 2010, a role that has given me invaluable experience in the statistical analysis of data from camera traps, spoor surveys, and interviews to model felid space use and distribution. I continue to work for Panthera as I pursue my Ph.D. at SUNY-ESF, in close collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at Oxford University.

Graduate Research Topic
Spatial and foraging ecology of felids in human-dominated landscapes

Favorite Quote
"What is absolute, enduring, and irreplaceable is the primordial nourishment of our psyches afforded by a quiet walk in an ancient forest or the spectacle of a thousand snow geese against a blue sky on a crisp winter day. There are no substitutes for these things, and if they cease to exist, all the money in the world will not bring them back.” -John Terborgh, Requiem for Nature

Alex PetzkeAlex Petzke
apetzke@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold

Paul PiccianoPaul Picciano
pmpiccia@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Underwood

Manoon PliosungnoenManoon Pliosungnoen
mpliosun@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Rebecca PolicelloRebecca Policello
rpolicel@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Castello

Undergraduate Study: Marywood University (Biology)

Kelly PowersKelly Powers
kpower02@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair

Undergraduate Study: University of Georgia Athens* (Fisheries and Wildli)

Frair Lab Website
http://frair.weebly.com/people.html

Personal Statement
My goal in the field of biological sciences is to work hard to ensure conservation of our public trust of wildlife for current & future generations, through research that contributes towards informed policy-making and management decisions.

Graduate Research Topic
Working on assessing the post-reintroduction population of N. American river otter in central and western NY under Dr. Jacqueline Friar in conjunction with NYS DEC. Testing an experimental camera trapping technique to assess occupancy of river otter across the region.

Favorite Quote
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. ~ Teddy Roosevelt

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Brian RatcliffeBrian Ratcliffe
bdratcli@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Terra RentzTerra Rentz
tarentz@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair

Undergraduate Study: Humboldt State University (Wildlife Management)

Graduate Research Topic
Strengthening the Public Trust: Management Effectiveness of State Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Favorite Quote
"Like the resource it seeks to protect, wildlife conservation must be dynamic. Changing as conditions change, seeking always to become more effective." (Rachel Carson, Silent Spring)

Margaret RobertsMargaret Roberts
mrobe101@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dovciak

Nicole SaavedraNicole Saavedra
nesaaved@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Dovciak and Stewart

Undergraduate Study: SUNY Brockport (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Use of persistent organic pollutant bioaccumulation in lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) as tracers of bioenergetic change in Lake Ontario

Melvin SamsonMelvin Samson
masamson@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg

Undergraduate Study: Leiden University (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: Wageningen University (Aquaculture and Mari)

Project website
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Graduate Research Topic
Tracking effects of sub-lethal hypoxia exposure on growth of Yellow perch and Baltic flounder using otolith chemistry

Errol ScheidErrol Scheid
ejscheid@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Limburg

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University (Natural Sciences — O)

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

Michael ServissMichael Serviss
mjservis@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fernando

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF

Graduate Research Topic
My research focuses on the restoration of the threatened American Hart's-tongue Fern in the Central New York region by exploring methods of introduction, reintroduction and population augmentation. Specifically, I explore the effects of acclimatization, life stage and source population on survival and growth of transplanted ferns.

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Caitlin SlifeCaitlin Slife
ccslife@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fernando

Undergraduate Study: St Marys College Md

Graduate Research Topic
Ecology and Ecotoxicology of Mysis diluviana in NY Finger Lakes

Robert SmithRobert Smith
rlsmit08@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Michelle StantialMichelle Stantial
mlstanti@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cohen

Undergraduate Study: Marietta College (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Factors Limiting Abundance and Productivity of Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus) in Southern New Jersey

Previous Graduate Study
SUNY-ESF (M.S.)

Elizabeth StieberElizabeth Stieber
egstiebe@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

Julia VanamanJulia Vanaman
jvanaman@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Links
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Personal Statement
I have known from a very young age that working with animals is what makes me happiest. Growing up, I always had an assortment of pets including whatever creatures I found in my backyard, such as snakes, salamanders, caterpillars, and many others. Although these last were only a temporary addition to what my family liked to call "The Menagerie," animals eventually became my permanent passion that spurred me to study conservation biology. We are living in what many scientists are claiming is the sixth largest extinction event Earth has ever experienced, and some have even suggested renaming the Holocene to a more appropriate "Anthropocene." I would do what I can to slow this rate, not only for species' economic value, but for the intrinsic value life has in all its forms.

Graduate Research Topic
To improve our understanding of Common Map Turtle habitat, status, and movement in the Hudson River.

Favorite Quote
"How strange and devouring our ways must seem to those for whom living is enough." -Karsten Heuer

Camille WarnerCamille Warner
ciwarner@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Newman

Justine WeberJustine Weber
juweber@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold

Joshua Weber-TownsendJoshua Weber-Townsend
jrwebert@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fernando

Graduate Research Topic
My research utilizes microsatellite based molecular markers to analyze the genetic diversity and population structure of the federally threatened American hart's-tongue fern throughout the eastern United States and Canada.

Michael WhalenMichael Whalen
mrwhalen@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

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

Xueqing XiongXueqing Xiong
xxiong04@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

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

Benjamin ZinkBenjamin Zink
bzink@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Weir

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