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Graduate Students in Environmental Biology

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.

Michael AklandMichael Akland
mkakland@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Limburg

David AndrewsDavid Andrews
daandrew@syr.edu

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Schulz

Graduate Research Topic
My research is focused on invasive freshwater mussels in Skaneateles Lake, NY. I am working towards automated counting methods using underwater photography, with the count data being used to support a water quality modeling effort that is part of the development of a NYSDEC Nine-Element Plan for Skaneaateles Lake and its watershed. I hope to shed light on the important impacts of invasive mussels with respect to water quality and development of HAB's.

Katelyn BarhiteKatelyn Barhite
kmbarhit@syr.edu

Aquatic and Fisheries Science

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Chloe BeaupreChloe Beaupre
cbeaupre@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Gurarie

Melanie BergerMelanie Berger
mberge01@syr.edu

EFB Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair

Favorite Quote
"Creativity is intelligence having fun." - Albert Einstein

John BittnerJohn Bittner
jmbittne@syr.edu

EFB Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Underwood

Theodore BlackTheodore Black
tvblack@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leydet and Downs

Lilian Bonjorne de AlmeidaLilian Bonjorne de Almeida
lbdealme@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair

Graduate Research Topic
Effects of forest loss and fragmentation on felids in Brazil. Collaboration with Brazilian institutions, including CENAP/ ICMBio (National Research Center for Carnivore Conservation/ Chico Mendes for the Conservation of Biodiversity), Guarulhos Zoo, and São Paulo City Hall.

Sarah CaltabianoSarah Caltabiano
skcaltab@syr.edu

EFB Environmental Physiology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Green and Boyer

Graduate Research Topic
Nitrogen regulation in Microcystis sp.

Julie CapitoJulie Capito
jacapito@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Erik CarlsonErik Carlson
ehcarlso@syr.edu

EFB Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Powell

Graduate Research Topic
Characterization and utilization of biotechnologies in American Chestnut (Castanea dentata).

Undergraduate Study:
University of North Dakota (Biology)

Adrian CastilloAdrian Castillo
acasti28@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg

Eaqan ChaudhryEaqan Chaudhry
eachaudh@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Downs

Anna ConklynAnna Conklyn
alconkly@syr.edu

Aquatic and Fisheries Science

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Farrell

Graduate Research Topic
I am investigating the intersection of invasive species and disease ecology through the interrelationship of the round goby and viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus in the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River.

Corinne ConlonCorinne Conlon
clconlon@syr.edu

Aquatic and Fisheries Science

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Whipps

Colleen ConwayColleen Conway
coconway@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Andrew CorteseAndrew Cortese
amcortes@syr.edu

EFB Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Horton

Stephanie CunninghamStephanie Cunningham
stcunnin@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair

Personal Statement
My research interests are mainly population and quantitative ecology. For my Master's research, I studied behavior and demography of greater white-fronted geese in North America and western Europe.

Graduate Research Topic
Demography of fisher populations in northern New York. I am interested in spatial and temporal trends of abundance and vital rates.

Jesse Czekanski MoirJesse Czekanski Moir

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Rundell

google scholar profile
Web Link

Personal Statement
Well howdy there! I study the causes and correlates of species diversity, especially as they pertain to ants and land snails in Palau. Check out the links for more info!

Graduate Research Topic
Conservation Biology; community ecology; evolutionary biology; biogeography; some dabbling in simulations of evolution

Home Page
Web Link

follow me on twitter or don't
Web Link

Palau field course blog
Web Link

sometimes I help this ant blog
Web Link

I fell into a soil pit once
Web Link

Tiffany DeaterTiffany Deater
tldeater@syr.edu

EFB Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Weir and Turner

Home Page
Web Link

Previous Graduate Study
Syracuse University: MFA Video

Danielle DryerDanielle Dryer
dldryer@syr.edu

EFB Entomology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Teale

Graduate Research Topic
The identification and analysis of chemical attractants for the management of Philornis downsi, an invasive parasitic fly species in the Galapagos Islands.

Monica EdgertonMonica Edgerton
mcedgert@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mcgee

Jordan ElliottJordan Elliott
jmelliot@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Cohen

Brandon FerroBrandon Ferro
bmferro@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Green

Cameron FissCameron Fiss
cafiss@syr.edu

EFB Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cohen

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Assessing the effects of forest management activities on songbird communities in Pennsylvania

Susannah HalliganSusannah Halligan
slhallig@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Schummer

Madison HandMadison Hand
mahand@syr.edu

EFB Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Underwood

Graduate Research Topic
Integrating winter track counts with conventional distance sampling to estimate white-tailed deer density in urban areas.

David HarrisDavid Harris
dharri25@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parry

Molly HeitMolly Heit
moheit@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell and Horton

Kate HendersonKate Henderson
kahender@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Drew

Graduate Research Topic
My research will examine changes in fish community compositions in the Oswego River watershed from 1927 to the present, and which environmental factors may have driven these changes.

Justin HerneJustin Herne
jtherne@syr.edu

Aquatic and Fisheries Science

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Limburg

Leanne HughesLeanne Hughes
lhughes@syr.edu

EFB Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

Genevieve IvecGenevieve Ivec
gmivec@syr.edu

Aquatic and Fisheries Science

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Whipps

Graduate Research Topic
My thesis is focusing on fish health and biodiversity. I'm studying the freshwater fish-parasite communities at Lily Lake, PA and also using otolith microchemistry analysis to look at the relationship between parasite burden and trace element concentrations in fish.

Natia JavakhishviliNatia Javakhishvili
njavakhi@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen

Andrew JazdzykAndrew Jazdzyk
aljazdzy@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Green

Christopher JohnstonChristopher Johnston
cvjohnst@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry

Dineh JuddDineh Judd
dejudd@syr.edu

ESC Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Meredith KaneMeredith Kane
mlkane@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Understory forest ecology in post-agricultural secondary forests in central New York.

Amalia KenyonAmalia Kenyon
akenyon@syr.edu

EFB Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Graduate Research Topic
Phytoremediation of per-and polyfluoroalkyl compounds using wetland and phreatophytic plants. Development of novel non-invasive detection methods to identify environmental contaminants.

Ekaterina KhadonovaEkaterina Khadonova
ekhadono@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gurarie

Alyssa KillingsworthAlyssa Killingsworth
akilling@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Samuel KrebsSamuel Krebs
sakrebs@syr.edu

EFB Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Schummer

LinkedIn
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Studying the winter foraging ecology of birds and mammals on staghorn sumac in Central New York and the Finger Lakes.

Office
Illick 301

Olivia KurzOlivia Kurz
olkurz@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Katherine LawsonKatherine Lawson
kanewcom@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Drew and Rundell

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
Katy started a PhD program at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in fall 2020. She works with Dr. Joshua Drew, a conservation ecologist, and Dr. Rebecca Rundell, an evolutionary biologist. Katy's research is funded by a 2020 National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship. Katy's research involves marine invertebrate biodiversity in the western Pacific. Her interests include marine invasions, invertebrate taxonomy, social-biological interaction, scuba, and biodiversity conservation. Katy worked as a Research Technician for the Marine Invasions Lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, MD. She worked for the lab from April 2015 to August 2020. Katy graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Science and Maritime Studies from Williams College in Williamstown, MA in 2014. She has worked in many places including Alaska, Pacific Northwest, San Francisco Bay, Southern California, Panama, Florida Keys, Chesapeake Bay, New England Coast, Maine Coast, and Northeastern Australia. Originally from Macon, GA, Katy now lives in Syracuse, NY. She was a member of the SERC Women in Science Committee, a scholarship recipient from the Women Divers Hall of Fame, and was the intern coordinator for the Our World Underwater Lee Somers AAUS Dive Training Internship (2017-2019).

Amanda LemoineAmanda Lemoine
amlemoin@syr.edu

Aquatic and Fisheries Science

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Brittany LeydaBrittany Leyda
baleyda@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Rundell

Dan LiDan Li
dli126@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Belant

Toby LissToby Liss
trliss@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold

Graduate Research Topic
Marginal plant species for use on green roofs and the effects of species composition on green roof functioning for stormwater reduction

Undergraduate Study
University of Pittsburgh (Ecology and Evolution, Linguistics)

Social Media
@mslissecologist on Instagram and Twitter

Jade LittleJade Little
jlittl01@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Diemont

Spencer Lone FightSpencer Lone Fight
slonefig@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Powell and Kimmerer

Kapil MandrekarKapil Mandrekar
kmandrek@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stewart

Garrett MaynardGarrett Maynard
gpmaynar@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Personal Statement
In addition to research, classwork, and teaching here at SUNY-ESF, I am also a professional wedding photographer traveling to photograph people in love. Through photographs, I found my love for people, and that love for people has been incorporated into my love for science, so I am fascinated by the intersection of human culture and ecological community. Particularly, I hope to show that humans can not only be a force for environmental good, but that we have a responsibility to do so. It would be an honor if you stopped by my corner of the web: www.garrettmaynard.com

Graduate Research Topic
I am developing a project relating to the urban restoration of locally relevant food species (such as Morus rubra, the red mulberry) in Syracuse city parks. The project's focal points are the effects of European buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) and multiple planting strategies on the efficacy of this restoration. This will provide meaningful insights and guidance for the growing urban food forest movement, city planners, and ecological restorationists alike.

Undergraduate Study
Roberts Wesleyan College (Biology with Environmental Science). My undergraduate honors capstone project focused on restoring native pollinator habitat on campus while also performing a three-season pollinator population assessment in multiple campus areas.

Jack MemmerJack Memmer
jpmemmer@syr.edu

EFB Entomology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fierke

Carolyn MillerCarolyn Miller
cjmill04@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Downs

Hadis MiralyHadis Miraly
hmiraly@syr.edu

Aquatic and Fisheries Science

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg and Razavi

Graduate Research Topic
The goal of my research is to determine the effects of lifetime hypoxia exposure on trophic transfer of methylmercury using fish otoliths and eye lenses chemistry

Stephanie MorningstarStephanie Morningstar
smorning@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Timothy MorrisTimothy Morris
tmorri04@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Fierke and Drake

Personal Statement
I am currently a Ph.D student in the Fierke lab working on the long term biocontol of the emerald ash borer. As introduced parasitoids are established across New York State we must assess their ecological impacts over time. My current projects include assessing the distribution of biocontrol agents across the urban gradient, and constructing EAB lifetables in aftermath forests.

Graduate Research Topic
Emerald ash borer and associated parasitoids

Joshua MottJoshua Mott
jcmott@syr.edu

EFB Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

Christopher NackChristopher Nack
ccnack@syr.edu

Aquatic and Fisheries Science

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg

Sarah OlneySarah Olney
solney@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Carrick PalmerCarrick Palmer
ctpalmer@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler and Schulz

Graduate Research Topic
I'm interested in examining the effects of the invasive macroalga Nitellopsis obtusa (starry stonewort) on the epiphytic community of New York lakes. This aquatic invasive species has recently been spreading in New York and across the Great Lakes Region in the US and Canada. It often forms dense monocultures by outcompeting and displacing native macrophyte species. Previous research has primarily focused on the distribution of starry stonewort, but little has explored its potential ecological impacts.

Andrew ParnasAndrew Parnas
arparnas@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Richardson PedigoRichardson Pedigo
rpedigo@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Downs

Megan PerraMegan Perra
mperra@syr.edu

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Gurarie

Alex PetzkeAlex Petzke
apetzke@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold

Graduate Research Topic
My dissertation research is focused on the inland salt marshes of the northeastern United States. I am performing the first thorough survey of the halophytic flora of Central New York's inland salt marshes in over 40 years and using my findings to assess how it has changed over time. It is unknown how halophytes native to these rare disjunct wetlands came to occupy them: by dispersal or vicariance events, and from eastern or western populations. I am addressing this question by investigating the phylogeography of the widespread halophyte Schoenoplectus americanus (Cyperaceae) as a case study.

Favorite Quote
"There is a kind of lazy pleasure in useless and out-of-the-way erudition." -Jorge Luis Borges

Manoon PliosungnoenManoon Pliosungnoen
mpliosun@syr.edu

EFB Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Jessica ProctorJessica Proctor
jproctor@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Terra RentzTerra Rentz
tarentz@syr.edu

EFB Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair and Parker

Graduate Research Topic
Strengthening the Public Trust: Management Effectiveness of State Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Favorite Quote
"Like the resource it seeks to protect, wildlife conservation must be dynamic. Changing as conditions change, seeking always to become more effective." (Rachel Carson, Silent Spring)

Rachael RenziRachael Renzi
rarenzi@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fernando and Leopold

Anthony RiceAnthony Rice
anrice@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Drew

Thornton RitzThornton Ritz
thritz@syr.edu

Aquatic and Fisheries Science

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Farrell

Julia RizzoJulia Rizzo
jrrizzo@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mcgee and Rojas

Matthew RoosMatthew Roos
mjroos@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Underwood

Leah RubinLeah Rubin
ldrubin@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Drew

Daisy de Fatima Sanchez MosquedaDaisy de Fatima Sanchez Mosqueda
dsanch15@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair

Personal Statement
From Iquitos, the capital of the biggest "state" of Peru, which is part of the Amazon rainforest and contains one of the highest levels of biodiversity in South America. I'm a Fulbright and Concytec grantee Master's student in Environmental & Forest Biology. My background includes wildlife monitoring (using invasive and non-invasive sampling methods for terrestrial and aquatic mammals, primates, alligators, birds, and bats) in the tropical rainforests of Peru and part of the Andes Amazon region. My focus is on wildlife conservation, particularly mammal research. I also have experience in field work in extreme conditions with indigenous communities and rural citizens as part of different projects launched in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. My research interests center on wild cats and their prey, understanding their inter- and intraspecific interactions, and human-wildlife conflicts.

Favorite Quote
“YOU cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around YOU. What YOU do makes a difference, and YOU have to decide what kind of difference YOU want to make.” Jane Goodall (:

Sarah SchoolerSarah Schooler
sschoole@syr.edu

EFB Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Belant and Kroll

Laurel SchusterLaurel Schuster
lfschust@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mcgee and Mcnulty

Scott ScrodinScott Scrodin
sascrodi@syr.edu

Aquatic and Fisheries Science

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Limburg

Georgianna SilveiraGeorgianna Silveira
gsilveir@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair

Sandy SlovikoskySandy Slovikosky
saslovik@syr.edu

EFB Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair

Personal Website
Web Link

Personal Statement
Though originally from Munich, Germany, I was raised in the American Southwest in Tucson, Arizona. I have always been passionate about big cats, though also love other mammals in addition to herps, birds, and other wildlife species. My personal interests include sharing about Jesus and serving within the church, spending time with family and friends, reading, and learning new languages. I also enjoy being involved with the GSA at ESF and Christian Outreach at SU.

Graduate Research Topic
My research interests primarily center on human-wildlife conflict, large carnivore ecology, endangered species conservation, and international work. My research focus is on how observations of livestock depredation by carnivores, as well as their variance, relate to the spatio-temporal scale (both extent and resolution) at which these data are collected. Moreover, I am assessing how these observations of conflict relate to carnivore densities with a focus on leopard.

Laura StarkLaura Stark
lkstark@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry

Warren StaverWarren Staver
wcstaver@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Alison StevensAlison Stevens
asteve21@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Eric SwieckiEric Swiecki
easwieck@syr.edu

EFB Entomology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry

Fate SyewoangnuanFate Syewoangnuan
fsyewoan@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry

Jordon TourvilleJordon Tourville
jtourvil@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dovciak

Graduate Research Topic
Effects of tree species responses to global environmental changes and biotic controls on tree species distributions in the northeastern United States.

Grace VollmersGrace Vollmers
gevollme@syr.edu

EFB Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale

Justine WeberJustine Weber
juweber@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold

Graduate Research Topic
Rare plant ecology and conservation: my dissertation focuses on the conservation of federally-listed Houghton's goldenrod (Oligoneuron houghtonii). I am also working with Dr. Sara Scanga (Utica College) to monitor population trends of globally rare Trollius laxus in upstate NY.

Twitter
@Justine_Weber

Abby WebsterAbby Webster
abwebste@syr.edu

EFB Chemical Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Razavi

Katelyn WehrKatelyn Wehr
kawehr@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Underwood

Michael WhalenMichael Whalen
mrwhalen@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dovciak

Links
My Photography: https://www.instagram.com/mr.zarfos/

Personal Statement
At ESF I study the relationships between acid rain, beech bark disease, and plant and bird community composition in Adirondack hardwood forests. I am enrolled in the MA of international relations program at Syracuse University, where I focus on international security. My volunteering efforts are dedicated to improving land conservation in my home town of Deep River CT. I enjoy producing nature and landscape photography in my free time.

Maxwell WilderMaxwell Wilder
mwilde01@syr.edu

EFB Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Green

Graduate Research Topic
Environmental DNA (eDNA) as a tool to improve monitoring efforts for rare, invasive, and difficult to detect organisms in a variety of habitats. Current projects focus on river otter and muskellunge.

Erica WoodErica Wood
ewood02@syr.edu

Environmental & Forest Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer