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James Gibbs

James Gibbs

Professor and Director, Roosevelt Wildlife Station

404 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6764

Email: jpgibbs@esf.edu

 

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Joline BruckmanJoline Bruckman
jmbruckm@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Gibbs
  • Area of Study: Conservation Biology

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Personal Statement
I discovered my perfect career goal the last semester of my undergraduate work. One of my professors was a wildlife biologist with the NYSDEC, and after discussing with him about his career, I knew it would be everything I ever wanted. After I graduated I worked for two years as a wildlife technician at the NYSDEC of Buffalo, NY. Over the course of the two years, I also worked as an environmental educator at Reinstein Woods, and as a wildlife consultant for the Seneca Nation Fish and Wildlife Department. I had the privilege of working with many different incredible species including bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), blandings turtle (Emydoidea blandingii), hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganienses), as well as many different species of bats. I am currently working on a thesis based around expanding knowledge in the field of headstarting eastern hellbenders. After I graduate I would love to find a career as a wildlife biologist with a focus on herpetology.

Graduate Research Topic
Influence of rearing strategies on growth and survival of juvenile eastern hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganienses alleganiensis)

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


Samantha DeanSamantha Dean
shdea100@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Gibbs
  • Area of Study: Conservation Biology
  • Undergraduate Institute: 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.


Michael FishmanMichael Fishman
msfishma@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Gibbs
  • Area of Study: Conservation Biology
  • Undergraduate Institute: 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


Harrison GoldspielHarrison Goldspiel
hgoldspi@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Gibbs
  • Area of Study: Ecology
  • Undergraduate Institute: 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


Ielizaveta IegorovaIelizaveta Iegorova
iviegoro@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Gibbs
  • Area of Study: Conservation Biology


Interacting effects of socio-political and environmental factors on rangeland dynamics in the Altai Mountains in central Asia


Sahila KudalkarSahila Kudalkar
sdkudalk@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Gibbs
  • Area of Study: Conservation Biology
  • Undergraduate Institute: Mumbai University (Electronics Engineer)

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Personal Statement
My Masters research focuses upon habitat associations of two co-occuring generalist rodents- Niviventer fulvescens and Rattus andamanensis- in tropical forests in northeastern India. Broadly, I am interested in tropical ecology, human-wildlife interactions and community-based management of natural resources.

Graduate Research Topic
Effects of microhabitats upon the non-volant small mammal community in protected forests of northeastern India

Favorite Quote
"It is always the same with mountains. Once you have lived with them for any length of time, you belong to them. There is no escape." ― Ruskin Bond, Rain in the Mountains: Notes from the Himalayas


Leah NagelLeah Nagel
lnagel@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Gibbs
  • Area of Study: Ecology
  • Undergraduate Institute: 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


Mikhail PaltsynMikhail Paltsyn
mypaltsy@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Gibbs
  • Area of Study: Conservation Biology

Manoon PliosungnoenManoon Pliosungnoen
mpliosun@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Gibbs
  • Area of Study: Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Julia VanamanJulia Vanaman
jvanaman@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Gibbs
  • Area of Study: Conservation Biology

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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


Tess YoukerTess Youker
teyouker@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Ryan and Gibbs
  • Area of Study: Conservation Biology

Graduate Research Topic
Amphibian ranavirus epidemics in reconstructed vernal pool wetlands

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