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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.

Current Students

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

Jerome BarnerJerome Barner
jcbarner@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Study: University of Vermont

Personal Statement
I am interested in the influence of mycorrhizal fungi on nutrient dynamics and cycling processes in northern hardwood forests. Through practical understanding of below ground processes (including fungal interactions), I ultimately aim to work towards improving landscape scale forest management practices to incorporate these fundamental belowground interactions.

Graduate Research Topic
My current research consists of evaluating the influence of two major mycorrhizal guilds (ectomycorrhizae and arbuscular mycorrhizae) on nutrient dynamics in northern hardwood forests. Specifically, the influence of mycorrhizae on nutrient uptake capacity of fine roots of yellow birch and red maple. Concurrent research includes ectomycorrhizal associations with American beech seedlings across fertilizer treatment plots (N, P, and Ca) in the White Mountains.

Favorite Quote
"I will arise and go now, for always night and day I hear the lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray, I hear it in the deep heart's core." WB Yeats

Brannon BarrBrannon Barr
bbarr@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Yanai

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

Personal Statement
I am interested in determinants of species distributions and abundances at the community and landscape scale, related species interactions such as colonization, competition, predation, and symbiosis, the evolution of life history characteristics, and how these phenomena are related to resource supply rates and nutrient fluxes.

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

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)

Timothy CallahanTimothy Callahan
tecallah@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nowak

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF

Graduate Research Topic
Field testing the growth of tissue culture and seed-origin American chestnut plantlets

Qianqian CaoQianqian Cao
qcao03@syr.edu

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Zhang

Undergraduate Study: Beijing Forestry University (Forestry and Related)

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

Xin ChenXin Chen
xchen70@syr.edu

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Matthew CowenMatthew Cowen

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Briggs

Fan DaiFan Dai
fdai@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Undergraduate Study: Beijing Forestry University (Law)

Previous Graduate Study: Beijing Forestry University (Public Policy Studie)

Personal Profile link
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Doctoral Research Interests
The California Cap-and-Trade Program from a governance approach, U.S.-China Climate Change Collaborations

Current Activities
Policy Fellow at the Governor's Office, California.

Erich DvorakErich Dvorak
edvorak@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Brigid FarrellBrigid Farrell
bfarr101@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Beier

Rodney GarrettRodney Garrett
regarret@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Wagner

Chandrani GhoshChandrani Ghosh
cghosh@syr.edu

Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Germain

Undergraduate Study: Presidency College/Calcutta un

Previous Graduate Study: Forest Research Institute (Forestry )

Graduate Research Topic
Community based forest management with focus on India

Daniel GoldeenDaniel Goldeen
dngoldee@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Germain

Undergraduate Study: Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Forestry and Related)

Graduate Research Topic
Public perception of forest operations

Favorite Quote
Look! A trickle of water running through some dirt! Id say our afternoon just got booked solid! Bill Watterson

Veronica GonzalezVeronica Gonzalez
vagonz01@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Briggs

Holly GranatHolly Granat
hggranat@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

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

Amanda GrayAmanda Gray
aggray@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Briggs

Undergraduate Study: Christopher Newport University (Environmental Science)

Aaron HendricksAaron Hendricks
amhendri@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Wagner

Nichole HengerNichole Henger
nhenger@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Malmsheimer

Caitlin HomanCaitlin Homan
clhoman@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Biology)

Eva HopperEva Hopper
ebhopper@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nowak

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Forestry and Related)

Graduate Research Topic
The assessment and economic analyses of sapling height growth rates across electric transmission line rights-of-way in New York State.

Brendan JacksonBrendan Jackson
bjjac100@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kuehn

Undergraduate Study: Paul Smiths College Arts Science (Forestry and Related)

Maneesha JayasuriyaManeesha Jayasuriya
ktjayasu@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
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

Matthew KellyMatthew Kelly
mckelly@syr.edu

Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Germain

Undergraduate Study: New York University

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (FNRM )

Website
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Favorite Quote
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone. - Henry David Thoreau

Justin KindtJustin Kindt
jkindt@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MF
Advisor(s): Germain

Undergraduate Study: SUNY College Cortland

Abigail LarkinAbigail Larkin
amlarkin@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Beier

Undergraduate Study: Xavier University OH (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (EFB )

Link
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Graduate Research Topic
I study the social-ecological process of natural resource management and decision-making at the landscape scale, with a focus on methods that spatially represent intangible, non-consumptive forms of public use, broadly understood as cultural ecosystem services. My work concentrates on the complex management and regulatory structure of recreation, community development, and wilderness protection in the Adirondack Park, NY.

Thomas LombardiThomas Lombardi
twlombar@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Kuehn

John LombardiJohn Lombardi
jalomb01@syr.edu

ESC Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stehman

Undergraduate Study: University of North Carolina Asheville (Mathematics)

Personal Statement
Statistics, Math, and the Environment are what I am interested in. When I am not doing those things then I love biking and rock climbing!

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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

Valerie NewmanValerie Newman
vlnewman@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MF
Advisor(s): Nyland

Quincey OliverQuincey Oliver
qboliver@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nowak

Undergraduate Study: University of New Hampshire Durham (Forestry and Related)

Personal Statement
My goals are to provide public forest management services and outreach to communities, domestic or international.

Graduate Research Topic
Direct seeding success of white pine in the Adirondacks

Karun PanditKarun Pandit
kpandit@syr.edu

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

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. Im 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

Meghan PetersMeghan Peters
mpeter02@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Wagner

Kyra PinskyKyra Pinsky
kmpinsky@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Joel RamtahalJoel Ramtahal
jframtah@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kuehn

Daniel RockefellerDaniel Rockefeller
dmrockef@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier

John RohanJohn Rohan
jjrohan@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MF
Advisor(s): Newman

Eva SalinasEva Salinas
ersalina@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Germain

Favorite Quote
There was nowhere to go, but everywhere. - Jack Kerouac

Ashley SimpsonAshley Simpson
arsimpso@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nyland

Undergraduate Study: Franklin Pierce College

Evan SweeneyEvan Sweeney
easweene@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Briggs

Aaron VlasakAaron Vlasak
acvlasak@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MF
Advisor(s): Newman

Undergraduate Study: University of Calif Santa Cruz (All Philosophy Field)

Previous Graduate Study: New School for Social Research (All Philosophy Field)

Graduate Research Topic
Issues surrounding natural resource management and policy in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina

Personal Profile
After receiving a doctorate in 2007, Aaron Vlasak taught in the departments of philosophy and religious studies at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. There he taught courses on topics ranging from ancient Greek philosophy, to multiculturalism and environmental ethics. In 2010 Vlasak was appointed Humanities Faculty Fellow at Syracuse University. There he refined his interest in ethics and politics through historical sources, teaching cosmopolitanism and environmental ethics. Recently joining the E.S.F. community, Vlasak is cultivating an enduring passion for the outdoors and environmental issues by pursuing a Master of Science degree in forestry. He says that his academic background allows him to integrate forestry practice with historically informed, rigorous thinking about values, policy and professional codes.

Areas of Interest
Forestry, natural resources policy, and environmental ethics

Yang YangYang Yang
yyang100@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Study: Minzu University of China

Personal Statement
I'm interested in forest-based environmental issues that raised currently. I'm more focused on nutrient cycling in forests and the way to assess the forest health.

Graduate Research Topic
My project is detecting the change in tree tissue chemistry over time in Northern Hardwoods. Research,conducted in Huntington Wildlife Forest,will show a change in concentrations of tree nutrients in different tree components over time and detail the uncertainties of processing long-time detecting studies in tree nutrients..


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