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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

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.

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

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
mvcowen@syr.edu

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
Web Link

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

Anna EbersAnna Ebers
aebers@syr.edu

Economics, Governance and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Undergraduate Study: University of Tartu (English/Economics)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Konstanz, Germany (Int'l Economics )

My personal profile
Web Link

Personal Statement
Hi, I'm Anna Ebers, Fulbright scholar from Estonia studying economics at SUNY ESF in Syracuse, NY. I am passionate about the environment & renewable energy, social entrepreneurship, healthy food, and the great outdoors!

Doctoral Research Interests
Forest bioenergy policies in the US, production of electricity and heat from renewable sources, micro-loans and other tools for financing solar projects in developing countries

Favorite Quote
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -Gandhi

My solar initiative SunRaisers
Bringing sustainable solar electricity to villages in Mexico Visit www.sunraisers.org or like my initiative of Facebook www.facebook.com/SunRaisersSolar.

Current activities
-Founder of the SunRaisers -Active member of the Lutheran Campus Ministry

Links
Explaining concept behind SunRaisers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3r2HMexkE0 Video I made about renewable energy projects at SUNY ESF: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak_yHDTu3-M

Sarah FickenSarah Ficken
sschoenb@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Germain

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University

Favorite Quote
"We are all mortal. What divides us is the use we make of the time and opportunities we have. Another way of thinking about [this] is to consider the recent discovery of similarities between the genetic code of a human being and that of a mouse. We are 95 percent the same. Perhaps each night, we should ask ourselves what have we done to prove there is a difference? After all, mice eat and drink, groom themselves, chase each others tails and try to avoid risk. How does our idea of 'have a nice day' differ from that?" ~Madeleine K. Albright

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

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

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

Brendan JacksonBrendan Jackson
bjjac100@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kuehn

Maneesha JayasuriyaManeesha Jayasuriya
ktjayasu@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Germain

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
Web Link

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
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
I study recreation as the main resource of the Adirondack Park landscape. The intention is to assess if, and in what ways, recreation and the Adirondack Park model are mutually supported, and whether this model can be applied to other protected landscapes. My work will examine the policies surrounding recreation and the Adirondack Park, while also drawing on the ecosystem services framework to spatially examine recreation in the Adirondacks as a complex cultural ecosystem service.

Thomas LombardiThomas Lombardi
twlombar@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Kuehn

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

Daniela ManuschevichDaniela Manuschevich
dimanusc@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Beier

Undergraduate Study: Pontifica University of Catolica de Ch

Graduate Research Topic
I'm interested in drivers and consequences of Land-use and land-cover change (LULCC). In particular I'm interested in the ongoing process of LUCC in south central Chile. In the last 40 years exotic tree plantations have expanded rapidly over eroded soils and farmlands and now are becoming a representative land use in the region. Nevertheless, political positions in regards to this change are diverse among different stakeholder. On the other hand, I am interested the landscape consequences of this change in land use over environmental variables such as soil quality, biodiversity and fire probability. My main goal is to understand the human-natural interaction in this system and how this interaction can be sustained in the long-term.

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

Thomas SharkeyThomas Sharkey
tsharkey@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Kuehn

Ashley SimpsonAshley Simpson
arsimpso@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nyland

Undergraduate Study: Franklin Pierce College

Aaron VlasakAaron Vlasak
acvlasak@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MS
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..

Qianyun ZouQianyun Zou
qzou@syr.edu

FRM Envrn & Natural Resource Policy

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

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