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Donald Leopold

Donald J. Leopold
Chair and Distinguished Teaching Professor

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

Phone: (315) 470-6760

Email: djleopold@esf.edu

Current Graduate Advisees

Grete BaderGrete Bader
glbader@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Leopold
  • Area of Study: Ecology

Laura BrownLaura Brown
lrbrow02@syr.edu

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


Thomas BrumbelowThomas Brumbelow
trbrumbe@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Leopold
  • Area of Study: Ecology
  • Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College Oswego (Biology)

Frances DelaneyFrances Delaney
fdelaney@syr.edu

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

Paul Di SalvoPaul Di Salvo
padisalv@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Leopold
  • Area of Study: Conservation Biology
  • Undergraduate Institute: Gettysburg College (Environmental Science)

Alison HalpernAlison Halpern
adhalper@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Leopold and Farrell
  • Area of Study: Ecology
  • Undergraduate Institute: Indiana University of Bloomington* (ORGANISMAL BIO)
  • Previous Graduate Study: ( )

Bettyjo JivoffBettyjo Jivoff
bjivoff@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Leopold
  • Area of Study: Ecology

James JohnsonJames Johnson
jkjohn03@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Leopold
  • Area of Study: Ecology

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


Jaime JonesJaime Jones
jbjone01@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Leopold
  • Area of Study: Conservation Biology
  • Undergraduate Institute: University of North Carolina Asheville (Biology)

Links
Upper Susquehanna Coalition Vernal Pool Program

Graduate Research Topic
My research focuses on quantifying the plant species diversity and composition of created and natural vernal pools in the southern tier of New York, and investigating the abiotic and biotic factors influencing vernal pool plant assemblages. This work is done in cooperation with the Upper Susquehanna Coalition.

Favorite Quote
"More education can help us only if it produces more wisdom." -E.F. Schumacher

Home Page
http://sites.google.com/site/jaimebjones/


Catherine LandisCatherine Landis
cllandis@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Leopold and Kimmerer,r
  • Area of Study: Ecology
  • Undergraduate Institute: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN (ENGLISH)
  • Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Environ Science )

Juliana QuantJuliana Quant
jmquant@syr.edu

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

Graduate Research Topic
Forest communities along soil, acid deposition, and climate gradients of the Appalachian Trail

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

Undergraduate Institute
Ithaca College


Patrick RaneyPatrick Raney
paraney@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Leopold
  • Area of Study: Conservation Biology
  • Undergraduate Institute: Bethany College WV (Environmental Science)
  • Previous Graduate Study: Samford University ()

Graduate Research Topic
I am researching the effects of climate change on rare wetland plant communities.

Home Page
http://sites.google.com/site/praneycv/home


Matthew ReganMatthew Regan
mjrega01@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Leopold
  • Area of Study: Ecology

Jessica SavilleJessica Saville
jmsavill@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Leopold
  • Area of Study: Ecology

Scott SveivenScott Sveiven
sjsveive@syr.edu

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



Samantha WasonSamantha Wason
sjwason@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Leopold
  • Area of Study: Ecology

Justine WeberJustine Weber
juweber@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Leopold
  • Area of Study: Ecology


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