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Current Graduate Students

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.

Graduate SchoolCurrent Students

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

Amelyn AmbalAmelyn Ambal
amambal@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Germain

Cody BarrettCody Barrett
cabarr03@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Collin BartholomewCollin Bartholomew
csbartho@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nowak

Sarita BassilSarita Bassil
sbassil@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Nyland

Favorite Quote
You must be the change you wish to see in the world (Mahatma Gandhi)

Alexandra BatorskyAlexandra Batorsky
abatorsk@syr.edu

SCME Sustainable Construction

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Crovella

Rohit BhonagiriRohit Bhonagiri
rbhonagi@syr.edu

Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Brown

Colin BraggColin Bragg
cdbragg@syr.edu

SCME Construction Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Crovella

Qianqian CaoQianqian Cao
qcao03@syr.edu

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Zhang

Undergraduate Study: Beijing Forestry University (Forestry and Related)

Favorite Quote
Living without an aim is like sailing without a compass

Mariela CavoMariela Cavo
mcavo@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Wagner

Gretchen DillonGretchen Dillon
glasser@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Study: Pennsylvania State University - University Park (Animal Sciences/conc)

Personal Statement
I'm a 2nd-year masters candidate in concurrent degree programs of Forest Ecology and Ecosystems (M.S.) and Public Administration, with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management (M.P.A) and a certificate of advanced study (C.A.S) in Conflict Resolution. What I enjoy about my degree program: the attitude and accessibility of faculty and staff, my major professor's ability to challenge me, the opportunity to attend classes on other campuses (SU!), and my research site, which is in the white mountains of New Hampshire.

Graduate Research Topic
Nutritional Effects on Causal Organism of Beech Bark Disease in Aftermath Forests

Favorite Quote
Pour y voir plus clair, il suffit souvent de changer de point de vue.

Favorite Hobbies
Moth and insect ID, Birding, backpacking, cycling, travel, xc skiing.

My Graduate School Mantras
(1) Read everything that you're given. (2) Just because I don't understand right now doesn't mean that I'm incapable of understanding. (3) When in doubt, whip it out. (translation: stop doubting and get it done!)

Irene DomenicoIrene Domenico
imdomeni@syr.edu

FNRM Sustainable Construction Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Christian ElwellChristian Elwell
celwell@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MF
Advisor(s): Germain

Tyler Felice-JenningsTyler Felice-Jennings
tjfelice@syr.edu

FRM Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Crovella

John FinlayJohn Finlay
jmfinlay@syr.edu

Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Brown

Undergraduate Study: University of Michigan Ann Arbor* (Earth and Environmen)

Brian FisherBrian Fisher
blfisher@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Jenny FrankJenny Frank
jrfran01@syr.edu

Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Brown and Malmsheimer

Rodney GarrettRodney Garrett
regarret@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Wagner

Haksoo HaHaksoo Ha
hha102@syr.edu

Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Brown

Devin HansenDevin Hansen
dehansen@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nowak

Benjamin HartBenjamin Hart
behart@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Kuehn

Heather HiltbrandHeather Hiltbrand
hlhiltbr@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Newman

Undergraduate Study: Wells College

Maneesha JayasuriyaManeesha Jayasuriya
ktjayasu@syr.edu

FRM Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Germain

Undergraduate Study: University of Kelaniya

Graduate Research Topic
Delineating ecological riparian buffers in working forests

Favorite Quote
"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins-not through strength, but through persistence."-Buddha

Aaron KrinskyAaron Krinsky
akrinsky@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kuehn

Katherine LivingstonKatherine Livingston
kcliving@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nowak

Stacey MackStacey Mack
samack@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Germain and Moran

Graduate Research Topic
Resource challenges associated with hydraulic fracturing

Favorite Quote
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."- Steve Prefontaine

Kirsten McGiverKirsten McGiver
kcmcgive@syr.edu

Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Brown

Omar MohammedOmar Mohammed
omohamme@syr.edu

M Construction Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Crovella

Muhammet OzderyaMuhammet Ozderya
maozdery@syr.edu

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Mehmet OzenMehmet Ozen
meozen@syr.edu

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Emily PayeEmily Paye
ebpaye@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Germain

Daniel Pegoretti Leite de SouzaDaniel Pegoretti Leite de Souza
dpegoret@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Volk

Patrick PenfieldPatrick Penfield
pcpenfie@syr.edu

Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Germain

Previous Graduate Study: LeMoyne College (Business )

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
My research interests are in supply chains within saw mills, sustainability, continuous improvement,purchasing and project management. Right now the biggest driver of my research activities is the pursuit of my doctoral degree. I also want to be able to publish articles that will benefit society and help change the world in a positive manner. This past year I published my first peer reviewed article with Dr. Germain. Iím in the process working on my dissertation while finishing my course work and working full time.

Graduate Research Topic
Sawmill Supply Chains

Favorite Quote
You can please some of the people some of the time, some of the people all the time but you can't please all the people all the time. Abe Lincoln

Abishek PoudelAbishek Poudel
apoudel@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Undergraduate Study: Tribhuwan University (Forestry)

Previous Graduate Study: Lincoln University of Mo (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
My research interest lies in conservation and management of natural resources through application of UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) and Geo-Spatial Information System.

Graduate Research Topic (MS)
Quantifying stand structure and dynamics of a white oak plantation in Central Missouri

Ryan QuinnRyan Quinn
rquinn@syr.edu

Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fortier

Alexandrea RiceAlexandrea Rice
arice01@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Study: Allegheny College (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently studying the effects of nutrient additions (N, P, N+P) on the sap flow in sugar maple trees.

Julio RosadoJulio Rosado
jcrosado@syr.edu

Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fortier

Will SaundersWill Saunders
wbsaunde@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier

Undergraduate Study: University of Maine Orono (Ecology and Environm)

Background
Studied Ecology and Environmental Science, with a concentration on Climate Change and Globalization, and a Economics Minor at University of Maine. Studied abroad at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Worked four years in Environmental Restoration with Cardno Inc. Three years as a manager and supervisor for the Onondaga Lake Restoration Project. Also worked on the Hudson River Restoration and Buffalo River Restoration, among others. New Jersey native, avid hiker, explorer, traveler, and semi-professional photographer and videographer.

Favorite Quote
When it all comes down, can you say that you never gave up? - Rise Against

Undergraduate Research Topics
Influence of Rivers on Silver Maples, The Humaneness of 1080 Pesticides and its Effects on Non-Target Species, The NEPA Process Applied to the Proposed East-West Highway in Maine, Vulnerability of the South Pacific to Climate Change due to Globalization

Maggie TarselMaggie Tarsel
motarsel@syr.edu

Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Malmsheimer

Obste TherasmeObste Therasme
otherasm@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Volk

Links
Web Link

Susan ThomasSusan Thomas
sthoma11@syr.edu

M Sustainable Construction Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Crovella

Amanda TromblyAmanda Trombly
ajtrombl@syr.edu

Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fortier

Undergraduate Study: Le Moyne College

Graduate Research Topic
The goal of my research is to determine the environmental impact (e.g., the climate change impacts) of wines from various wineries/vineyards in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, utilizing Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology.

Jessica Van SplinterJessica Van Splinter
jlvanspl@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

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

Wayne WangWayne Wang
wswang@syr.edu

Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Brown

Undergraduate Study: National University of Singapo (Environmental Engineering)

Jin YinJin Yin
jyin100@syr.edu

ESC Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman and Zhang

Undergraduate Study: Minzu University of China (Ecology)

Previous Graduate Study: Yale University (Forest Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Community-based Forest Management in China's Minority Areas

Areas of Interest
Biodiversity conservation; Indigenous knowledge; Land use change; Forest policy; Remote sensing and GIS; Ecosystem services

Alex YoungAlex Young
aryoung@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Study: Lewis & Clark College

Personal Statement
I am fascinated by tree canopy dynamics, specifically microclimate gradients that are associated with height in a tree such as humidity and light availability.

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently examining the effects of nutrient additions (N, P, N*P) on the vertical gradient of foliar traits in sugar maple canopies.