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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.

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

Michael BullockMichael Bullock
mabulloc@syr.edu

Recreation & Resource Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kuehn

Qianqian CaoQianqian Cao
qcao03@syr.edu

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Zhang

Undergraduate Institute: Beijing Forestry University (Forestry and Related)

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

Jesse CaputoJesse Caputo
jcaputo@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Beier and Volk

Undergraduate Institute: University of Connecticut

Previous Graduate Study: University of Mass Amherst*

Personal Statement
Throughout history, forest ecosystems have provided human communities with a multitude of products, services, and values, including energy sources, structural materials, food, clean water, and important spiritual, cultural, and aesthetic values. My broad interests lie in understanding how the conservation and management of forestlands can continue to provide a diverse suite of goods and services, including both commodities and ecosystem services, as both the physical environment and human needs change and evolve over time.

Graduate Research Topic
The impacts of management practices, particularly those intended to produce biomass for energy production, on the provision of a broad suite of ecosystem services and forest commodities over time and space.

Whitney CarletonWhitney Carleton
wecarlet@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Undergraduate Institute: Minnesota State Univ., Mankato

Graduate Research Topic
Mercury cycling in the Adirondacks

Favorite Quote
I am a part of all that I have met. -Tennyson

Xin ChenXin Chen
xchen70@syr.edu

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Courtney ComptonCourtney Compton
cdcompto@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MF
Advisor(s): Nyland

Fan DaiFan Dai
fdai@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Undergraduate Institute: Beijing Forestry University (Law)

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

Personal Profile link
Web Link

Doctoral Research Interests
Energy Efficiency Governance in U.S. and China, the California Cap-and-Trade Program from a governance approach, U.S.-China Climate Change Collaborations in Green Building

Current Activities
LL.M Candidate at Berkeley Law, with expertise in Environmental Law; Research Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Department of Energy, focusing on U.S.-China Energy and Climate Collaboration, Energy Efficiency Governance.

Samantha DelfingSamantha Delfing
sjdelfin@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Malmsheimer

Ana Diaz PuskarAna Diaz Puskar
apdiaz@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Undergraduate Institute: Wells College (Economics)

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently working on analyzing the impacts on water consumption that a policy of free basic water has had in the city of Bogota, Colombia.

Favorite Quote
"To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but what he aspires to." -Jubrān Khalīl Jubrān

Yi DongYi Dong
ydong03@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Institute: Central South Forestry Uni (Forestry and Related)

Previous Graduate Study: Chinese Academy of Forestry (Forestry and Related)

Anna EbersAnna Ebers
aebers@syr.edu

Economics, Governance and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Undergraduate Institute: 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 Institute: 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 Ė what have we done to prove there is a difference? After all, mice eat and drink, groom themselves, chase each otherís tails and try to avoid risk. How does our idea of 'have a nice day' differ from that?" ~Madeleine K. Albright

Whitney Forman-CookWhitney Forman-Cook
wcforman@syr.edu

FRM Forest Ecosystem Science & Appl

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Malmsheimer

Undergraduate Institute: Michigan State University

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 Institute: Presidency College/Calcutta un

Previous Graduate Study: Forest Research Institute (Forestry )

Graduate Research Topic
Community based forest management with focus on India

Veronica GonzalezVeronica Gonzalez
vagonz01@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Briggs

Amanda GrayAmanda Gray
aggray@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Briggs

Undergraduate Institute: Christopher Newport University (Environmental Science)

Tyler HallTyler Hall
tjhall03@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Malmsheimer

Joshua HansonJoshua Hanson
jwhanson@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nowak

Undergraduate Institute: Unity College (Forestry and Related)

Personal Statement
My interests primarily lie in manipulative studies that ultimately lead to the development of silvicultural guidelines. Lately however, I have developed an interest in non-native invasive species and their growing impact on forest management.

Graduate Research Topic
Assessing overstory and understory tree species similarity across Pennsylvania, and determining how it varies by forest-type group and ecological section. I am also investigating how factors such as overstory stocking, white-tailed deer herbivory, and the abundance of both non-tree vegetation and tree regeneration in the understory influence this relationship.

Favorite Quote
"Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth." - Henry David Thoreau

Aaron HendricksAaron Hendricks
amhendri@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Wagner

Caitlin HomanCaitlin Homan
clhoman@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Biology)

Matthew KellyMatthew Kelly
mckelly@syr.edu

Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Germain

Undergraduate Institute: New York University

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (FNRM )

Doctoral Research Topic
Determining the costs of implementing Best Management Practices for protecting water quality on family forests using a combination of detailed time study and shift-level productivity methods.

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

Masters Research Topic
I used conjoint analysis to determine family forest owner preferences for incentive-based forest conservation programs.

Justin KindtJustin Kindt
jkindt@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MF
Advisor(s): Germain

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College Cortland

Abigail LarkinAbigail Larkin
amlarkin@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Beier

Undergraduate Institute: Xavier University OH (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (EFB )

Link
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic

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 Institute: 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 Institute: 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

Caryl PeckCaryl Peck
cjpeck@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nowak

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Resource Management)

Personal Statement
I am interested in the practical side of the human/natural world interface.

Graduate Research Topic
Controlling Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)Using Cut Stump Herbicide Treatments in the Hudson Valley

Quote
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. -Carl Sagan

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

Meghan PetersMeghan Peters
mpeter02@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Wagner

Cassandra PinkoskiCassandra Pinkoski
cnpinkos@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Germain

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
Throughout my time at SUNY ESF, I have gained experiences and knowledge to prepare myself for a career working in the environmental sector. My personal goals stem from interactions with private landowners, and seeing practical applications of what I have learned in the school setting. I hope to continue to incorporate the environmental ideas I have developed back in my hometown, in order to protect the resources present there.

Graduate Research Topic
Resource Management to Rural Residential: Parcelization in the Catskill Region of New York

Favorite Quote
"It's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau

Other Interests
After competing for five years on the SUNY ESF Woodsmen Team, I am currently the coach for the 2013 - 2014 season. My involvement with the team has led me to have a new found appreciation for forestry and old time logging endeavors.

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

David SchmidtDavid Schmidt
daschm01@syr.edu

Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nyland

Thomas SharkeyThomas Sharkey
tsharkey@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kuehn

Ashley SimpsonAshley Simpson
arsimpso@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nyland

Undergraduate Institute: Franklin Pierce College

Tori SmithTori Smith
trsmit04@syr.edu

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College Cortland

Graduate Research Topic
Evaluate periodic growth and tree conditions in untreated and rehabilitated northern hardwood stands that were damaged by the 1998 ice storm and also affected by the 2005-2006 defoliation by the forest tent caterpillar.

Aaron VlasakAaron Vlasak
acvlasak@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Undergraduate Institute: 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

Adam WildAdam Wild
adwild@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College Agric Tech Cobleskll

Personal Statement
My interest span across multiple aspects of forest ecosystems and factors that influence plant productivity.

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently studying the health and productivity of sugar maples based on available soil nutrients in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. My research project is striving to determine what nutrients influence the sugar concentration of maple sap and whether maple sap sweetness can be increased by application of calcium, nitrogen, or phosphorus fertilizer in a forest stand.

Favorite Quote
"In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet." -Albert Schweitzer

Yang YangYang Yang
yyang100@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Institute: 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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