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Graduate Students in Environmental and Forest 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.

Mariano AriasMariano Arias
mgarias@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dovciak

Undergraduate Study: Universidad de Buenos Aires (Biology)

David AronsonDavid Aronson
dearonso@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): McGee

Brannon BarrBrannon Barr
bbarr@syr.edu

FRM Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Underwood

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

Personal Statement
I am broadly interested in environmental determinants of terrestrial vertebrate species distributions and abundances at the community and landscape scales, related species interactions such as colonization, competition, predation, and symbiosis, the evolution of life history characteristics, and how these phenomena are affected in human activities. I specialize in ecological applications of digital imagery techniques.

Graduate Research Topic
Automated detection and identification of animals in trail camra images

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

Yokshitha Reddy BathulaYokshitha Reddy Bathula
ybathula@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

Monica Bibiana Berdugo MorenoMonica Bibiana Berdugo Moreno
mbberdug@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dovciak

Undergraduate Study: Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: Universidad del Pais Vasco (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Forest ecology and mosses

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

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair

Previous Graduate Study: Universidade Federal de Minas (Ecology )

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.

David BullisDavid Bullis
dbullis@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Rundell

Graduate Research Topic
I am interested in reconstructing the phylogenetic history and shell evolution of endodontoid land snails in the Western Pacific.

Sarah CaltabianoSarah Caltabiano
skcaltab@syr.edu

Environmental Physiology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Graduate Research Topic
Phytoremediation of trichloroethylene- genetics and hyperspectral imaging.

Erik CarlsonErik Carlson
ehcarlso@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

Graduate Research Topic
Utilization of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system in American Chestnut (Castanea dentata).

Undergraduate Study:
University of North Dakota (Biology)

Emlyn ClarkEmlyn Clark
ebclar01@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Rundell

Undergraduate Study: Alfred University (Biology)

Shawn ClevelandShawn Cleveland
smclevel@syr.edu

ESC Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Underwood

Graduate Research Topic
I am studying the influence of beaver on riparian systems. More specifically, I want to quantify the spatial distribution of beaver lodges, how beaver directly impact the forests in the “forage footprint” associated with the lodge, and finally if beaver created forest disturbance provides a more historically representative stand structure than we currently see in many eastern forests.

Daniel CollinsDaniel Collins
dbcollin@syr.edu

Chemical Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Graduate Research Topic
My research regards the effectiveness of therapeutic horticulture with military veterans in Central New York. Primarily, whether or not such programs can improve the mood of a patient in the hospital, and can we predict which populations would benefit from such a program.

Favorite Quote
“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” - Dr. Seuss

Sarah-Jayne CollinsSarah-Jayne Collins
scolli06@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Farrell

Undergraduate Study: University of the West of Engl (Animal Science)

Previous Graduate Study: Bangor University (Ecology )

Graduate Research Topic
Fall swarming and spatial ecology of bat species in coastal Massachusetts, with a particular focus on the federally listed Northern long eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis).

Anna ConklynAnna Conklyn
alconkly@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University (Biological Sciences)

Michael ConnertonMichael Connerton
mjconner@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Ringler

Previous Graduate Study: ( )

Graduate Research Topic
Wild reproduction of Chinook salmon in Lake Ontario and its tributaries.

Alexandra CookAlexandra Cook
alcook@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen

Undergraduate Study: University of Mass Amherst*

Graduate Research Topic
The goal of my research is to determine the effects and benefits of a thin layer sediment restoration project on breeding salt marsh and seaside sparrows in NYC.

Andrew CorteseAndrew Cortese
amcortes@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Horton

Robert CurryRobert Curry
rbcurry@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Jesse Czekanski-MoirJesse Czekanski-Moir

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Rundell

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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
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Palau field course blog
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sometimes I help this ant blog
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I fell into a soil pit once
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Cortney DCortney D'Angelo
cmdangel@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Castello

Undergraduate Study: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Forest Health)

Graduate Research Topic
My current research involves advancement and expansion of the method first developed by Cale et al (2014) which assesses the structural sustainability of tree species.

Matthew DaRinMatthew DaRin
mpdarin@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Weir

Tiffany DeaterTiffany Deater
tldeater@syr.edu

Environmental Interpretation

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

Home Page
Web Link

Previous Graduate Study
Syracuse University: MFA Video

Kaya DeerInWaterKaya DeerInWater
kdeerinw@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Tyler DesmaraisTyler Desmarais
trdesmar@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

Allison DevlinAllison Devlin
aldevlin@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University (Animal Sciences)

Previous Graduate Study: Columbia U Sch General Studies (Cons Bio )

Graduate Research Topic
Working thesis title: "Population Persistence of Jaguar (Panthera onca) in the Brazilian Pantanal" - Quantify and predict comparative density, resource use, and demography of jaguar residing in two working cattle ranches and two protected areas in the world's largest inland wetland, the Pantanal (MT, MS, Brazil). Collaborations include: SUNY ESF; Panthera; and ICMBio (Chico Mendes Institute for the Conservation of Biodiversity). Specifically within ICMBio, close collaboration with CENAP (National Research Center for Carnivore Conservation).

Jacob DillonJacob Dillon
jcdillon@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Underwood

Undergraduate Study: Paul Smiths College Arts Science (Wildlife Management)

Graduate Research Topic
Distance sampling to determine abundance and spatial distribution in relation to foraging habitat selection of white-tailed deer in the greater Syracuse area, and Town of DeWitt.

Favorite Quote
"The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others." -Theodore Roosevelt

Kristin DohertyKristin Doherty
kmdohert@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Teale

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Chemical attractants of Philornis downsi [Diptera: Muscidae], an invasive parasite of birds in the Galapagos Islands.

Xue DongXue Dong
xudong@syr.edu

Environmental Interpretation

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

Previous Graduate Study: Beijing Normal University (Curriculum and Instr)

Graduate Research
With the development of cloud computing, 4G communication and popularity of smart phones, QR codes have been used in our daily life in almost every aspect. Most of the traditional interpretive signs are incapable of providing a popular, direct and convenient way to meet young visitors’ needs about some exploratory topics. However, the applying of QR codes as the new interpretive media could deal with this problem effectively.

Danielle DryerDanielle Dryer
dldryer@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Teale

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University

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.

Maureen DurkinMaureen Durkin
mmdurkin@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cohen

Undergraduate Study: Connecticut College (Biology )

Graduate Research Topic
Effects of human-caused disturbance on Snowy Plover behavior, habitat selection, and reproductive success in the Florida Panhandle.

Sarah DzielskiSarah Dzielski
sadziels@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Razavi

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University

Graduate Research Topic
Effects of anthropogenic mercury pollution and land use change on avian health and diversity

Drew ElineDrew Eline
dveline@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen

Undergraduate Study: Juniata College (Wildlife Conservatio)

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Graduate Research Topic
The impact of habitat management on the imperiled New England cottontail.

Lukas EvansLukas Evans
ljevans@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fernando

Cara Ewell HodkinCara Ewell Hodkin
cnewellh@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg

Hajar Faal-Mohammad-AliHajar Faal-Mohammad-Ali
hfaalmoh@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale

Graduate Research Topic
Solitary parasitoid wasp, Ibalia leucospoides (Hym., Ibaliidae) and the pathogenic fungus, Amylostereum areolatum, associated with the invasive European woodwasp, Sirex noctilio (Hym.: Siricidae)

Favorite Quote
MOVE FORWARD

Edward FarleyEdward Farley
ebfarley@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Undergraduate Study: University of North Carolina Chapel Hl

Victoria FieldVictoria Field
vgfield@syr.edu

Chemical Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Razavi

Shannon FinneganShannon Finnegan
spfinneg@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Razavi

Undergraduate Study: Liverpool John Moores Universi (Zoology)

Previous Graduate Study: Nottingham Trent University (MRes Biodiversity Conservation )

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Personal Statement
My prior research has largely been focused on jaguar ecology and conservation in Brazil. For my Masters research I studied how environmental factors and interspecific interactions affect carnivore coexistence in the Brazilian Pantanal. I have been a member of the Jaguar Conservation Fund for a number of years where I assisted with long term monitoring projects in two biomes of Brazil; additionally I worked with a tiger conflict mitigation project in India and assisted with research on a large carnivore project in South Africa. My research interests include large carnivore ecology, conflict mitigation and conservation

Graduate Research Topic
Brown bear and elk resource use in relation to timber harvest on Afognak Island, Alaska

Cameron FissCameron Fiss
cafiss@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cohen

Undergraduate Study: Indiana University of Pennsylv (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: Indiana University of Pennsylv (Biology)

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

Loga FixicoLoga Fixico
lfixico@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Aidan FloresAidan Flores
aflore06@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen and Schummer

Undergraduate Study: Texas AandM University of Kingsville (Range and Wildlife M)

Graduate Research Topic
Influences of Agricultural Grains on Body Condition and Seasonal Stress in American Black Ducks Wintering on Long Island

Joseph FoltaJoseph Folta
jefolta@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Underwood

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Wildlife Management)

Previous Graduate Study: North Car State University of Raleigh (Wildlife Management )

Graduate Research Topic
Using reaction-diffusion models to explore contemporary range expansion of nearly extirpated big game animal populations.

Nicholas FowlerNicholas Fowler
nlfowler@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Underwood

Kaitlyn FoxKaitlyn Fox
kfox06@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Underwood

Undergraduate Study: Stony Brook University

Graduate Research Topic
Modeling the Spatial-Temporal Thermal Environment of Endotherms – Shade-seeking Behavior in White-tailed Deer on Fire Island, New York.

Stacy FurgalStacy Furgal
slfurgal@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Megan GallagherMegan Gallagher
mgalla03@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Undergraduate Study: University of Mass Amherst*

Graduate Research Topic
I will be identifying bat species composition, foraging/roosting habitat preference, and response to management activities in the Adirondacks with a special focus on the recently threatened northern long-eared bat.

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Benjamin GalloBenjamin Gallo
bdgallo@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell and Leydet

Undergraduate Study: University of New Hampshire Durham

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Graduate Research Topic
My Research focuses on the fish gut microbiome and how it is shaped by the fishes environment. I will principally examine the gut microbiomes of Age-0 Northern Pike (E. lucius) from different spawning locations to determine the effect spawning site has on the inoculation and subsequent composition of the fishes gut microbiota.

Kurt GielowKurt Gielow
khgielow@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Undergraduate Study: University of Florida (Wildlife Ecology and)

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently developing a research project that aims to investigate population dynamics and abundance of American Robins on a rural to urban gradient. I plan to conduct research on the ecology of these birds, looking at their distribution on a broad to local scale and gain insight into their role in wildlife diseases such as Lyme disease. With this research, we will hopefully expand the knowledge of birds as part of the pathogen-vector-host cycle in the distribution and dispersal of ticks.

Favorite Quote
"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." - Aldo Leopold

Jessica GoretzkeJessica Goretzke
jagoretz@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Links
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicagoretzke/

Graduate Research Topic
Fish and plant community response to habitat restoration in the Thousand Islands Region of the St. Lawrence River and the development of restoration techniques for the establishment of beneficial species of submersed aquatic vegetation

Suzanne GreenlawSuzanne Greenlaw
segreenl@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Undergraduate Study: University of Maine Presque Isle (Environmental Science)

Laura HansenLaura Hansen
lehans01@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale

Undergraduate Study: SUNY College at Geneseo (Biochemistry)

Graduate Research Topic
I study the chemical ecology of Asian Longhorned Beetle and Citrus Longhorned Beetle with the goal of identifying attractive host volatiles and developing a monitoring lure.

Kristen HaynesKristen Haynes
krhaynes@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University

Personal Statement
My research applies genetic techniques to the question of species' vulnerability to climate change, focusing on two rare taxa endemic to the alpine zone of New York and New England: Nabalus boottii and Nabalus trifoliolatus var. nanus.

Graduate Research Topic
Conservation of the Northeast Alpine Zone in the face of rapid environmental change.

Michelle HermanMichelle Herman
miherman@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Graduate Research Topic
Working thesis title: Effects of Water Source and Diet on the Condition of Juvenile Eastern Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) during Rearing in Captivity and Repatriation to the Wild

Theodore HermannTheodore Hermann
thermann@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stewart

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University (Earth Systems)

Links
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Personal Statement
My graduate work focuses on the catfish of the family Pimelodidae, particularly the giants of the genus Brachyplatystoma, which undertake spawning migrations of thousands of kilometers in the Amazon River. Using microelemental analysis of otoliths, I aim to determine phylogenetic patterns of migration within the family.

Graduate Research Topic
Determining patterns of migration within the Amazonian catfish family, Pimelodidae, using otolith microelemental data.

Adam HoffmanAdam Hoffman
ashoffma@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Undergraduate Study: University of South Carolina Columbia* (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: University of South Carolina Columbia* (Environmental Health)

Aimee HudonAimee Hudon
ahudon@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Horton

Undergraduate Study: Massachusetts College of Liber (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Mycorrhizal fungal colonies associated with scrub oak on the Albany Pine Barrens

Abigail JagoAbigail Jago
ajjago@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fierke

Undergraduate Study: Suny College Oswego (Zoology)

Favorite Quote
"I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavors to live the life which they have imagined, they will meet with success unexpected in common hours." - Thoreau in Walden, or Life in the Woods (1854)

Chelsea Jahant-MillerChelsea Jahant-Miller
cjjahant@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parry

Andrew JanikAndrew Janik
ajjanik@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Whipps

Undergraduate Study: Oregon State University (Microbiology)

Previous Graduate Study: Oregon State University (Comparative Health S)

Graduate Research Topic
Zebra fish are becoming more and more common as laboratory research animals. My research is on the effects that disease, specifically Mycobacteriosis, could have on research end points.

Patricia KaishianPatricia Kaishian
pjkaishi@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Weir

Meredith KaneMeredith Kane
mlkane@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Undergraduate Study: St Lawrence University (Biology)

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

Todd KautzTodd Kautz
tmkautz@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Michaela KenwardMichaela Kenward
mjkenwar@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

Amalia KenyonAmalia Kenyon
akenyon@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Masoumeh KhodaverdiMasoumeh Khodaverdi
mkhodave@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Powell

Alison KocekAlison Kocek
arkocek@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cohen

Undergraduate Study: University of Arizona (Ecology )


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Graduate Research Topic
My dissertation research focuses on two tidal marsh sparrow species, saltmarsh sparrows and seaside sparrows within New York City, NY. I am studying the processes by which individuals and populations of tidal marsh sparrows adjust to a changing environment with hopes of using the information gained to impact tidal marsh restoration design.

Julian KoobJulian Koob
jukoob@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Horton

Gregory KronischGregory Kronisch
grkronis@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

Undergraduate Study: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Aquatic and Fisherie)

Graduate Research Topic
Evaluating long-term changes of the Onondaga Lake fish assemblage in response to remediation efforts.

ZI XUN KUAZI XUN KUA
zkua01@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell and Stella

Undergraduate Study: Ohio State University of Columbus (Evolution and Ecolog)

Graduate Research Topic
For my Masters research, I am studying the effects of water regulation changes on aquatic wetland community of the St. Lawrence River at the Thousand Islands Biological Station (TIBS) following the implementation of Plan 2014. The main objectives of the study will focus on the hydrologic fluctuation effects on muskrat occupancy and the subsequent interactive effects of muskrat disturbances on the aquatic community.

Sarah LanthierSarah Lanthier
slanthie@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leydet

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

Michael LoquetMichael Loquet
mploquet@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Underwood

Joanna Isadora Lumbsden PintoJoanna Isadora Lumbsden Pinto
jlumsden@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Personal Statement
My major area of interest is about the interaction between ecosystem dynamics and anthropogenic and climate alterations. I am interested in comprehend how this interaction influences the resilience and adaptability of the biota and what could be the implications on its management and restoration. I am inquisitive for investigating topics of this nature so we could be able to develop sustainable approaches, interdisciplinary management and conservation methodologies that protect and preserve forests, their components and their inhabitants such as Indigenous People.

Graduate Research Topic
Developing a community and expert based long-term biodiversity monitoring framework which will be executed for the first time in an existing restoration project located in the tropical dry forest in Panama. This, hopefully will serve as a model to be used in other areas in the country that are part of the efforts to restore tropical forests.

Favorite Quote
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” C.S. Lewis

Thomas MackeyThomas Mackey
tjmackey@syr.edu

Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Gibbs and McGee

Undergraduate Study: Colgate University

Previous Graduate Study: Boston College (Secondary Biology In)

Graduate Research Interests
My interests lie at the intersection of environmental justice and teaching/learning. My research will focus on the pedagogical relationship between race and modern American colonialism in urban, rural, and wilderness contexts.

Gary Adam MacyGary Adam Macy
gjmacy@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen

Joseph MakaureJoseph Makaure
jmakaure@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stewart

Rea ManderinoRea Manderino
rmanderi@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Parry

Undergraduate Study: University of Chicago (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Virginia (Environmental Science)

Links
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Graduate Research Topic
Understanding Compsilura concinnata densities, distribution drivers, and their effects on native moths in Northeastern forests.

Favorite Quote
"Reality has a well-known liberal bias, and who can you count on to kowtow to Reality like it's the only game in town? Scientists." - Stephen T. Colbert

Kapil MandrekarKapil Mandrekar
kmandrek@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stewart

Undergraduate Study: Albion College (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: Arkansas State University of St Univ (Biology )

Dina MatiukhinaDina Matiukhina
dsmatiuk@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair

Dakota MatthewsDakota Matthews
dfmatthe@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

Laine McCallLaine McCall
lemccall@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Undergraduate Study: University of Missouri Columbia*

Graduate Research Topic
My research will focus on how science and policy interactions affect the management and protection of endangered species.

Justin McMullenJustin McMullen
jcmcmull@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Alejandro Mieles GarcíaAlejandro Mieles García
aemieles@syr.edu

Chemical Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale

Undergraduate Study: Universidad Técnica de Manabí (Biological Sciences)

Previous Graduate Study: Universidad Autónoma de Baja C (Management Science )

Philornis working group
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Chemical Ecology and Entomolog
Analysis of pheromones to control parasitic flies (Philornis downsi) in Galapagos Islands.

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Hadis MiralyHadis Miraly
hmiraly@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

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

James MolloyJames Molloy
jmmolloy@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Jacob MooreJacob Moore
jpmoore@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stewart

Undergraduate Study: University of New Hampshire Durham (Marine and Freshwate)

Timothy MorrisTimothy Morris
tmorri04@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

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

Undergraduate Study: Suny Binghamton

Personal Statement
I am currently a first year Master's student here at ESF working in the Fierke lab. I am currently working on projects related to the emerald ash borer, ash decline, and relevant parasitoids. I am extremely interested in work studying the long-term impacts of invasions; and any implications for management and restoration efforts. Ideally through this work I will be able to educate others and help design management efforts.

Graduate Research Topic
Emerald ash borer and associated parasitoids

Christopher NackChristopher Nack
ccnack@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg

Undergraduate Study: SUNY-ESF (EFB)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (Fisheries Sci )

Leah NagelLeah Nagel
lnagel@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Undergraduate Study: Middlebury College

Personal Statement
Depending on the day, I identify as an aquatic ecologist and/or herpetologist with a particular interest in aquatic community ecology and the role of citizen science in conservation research and community-based conservation efforts. For my Master’s, I am focusing on vernal pools—small, temporary wetlands that dry out frequently enough to impact both the physical processes and the aquatic community within the pool—and the predation-vulnerable amphibians that use them as nurseries for their young. My research focuses on assessing which factors most strongly influence wood frog and spotted salamander survival in central New York State.

Graduate Research Topic
The effects of vernal pool heterogeneity on amphibian survival

Favorite Quote
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” –Aldo Leopold

Joseph NastaJoseph Nasta
jvnasta@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Green

Portfolio
Web Link

Personal Statement
My name is Joseph V. Nasta. I was born and raised on Long Island, NY, and am a student at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. I am a first year Master's student studying microbial evolution and bioremediation. I aspire to be an innovator in the field of Science Education, and a forerunner on the expanding knowledge base of Microbiology.

Graduate Research Topic
Microbial Evolution and Bioremediation

Favorite Quote
"Mistakes" is the word you're too embarrassed to use. You ought not to be. You're a product of a trillion of them. Evolution forged the entirety of sentient life on this planet using only one tool: the mistake. --- Robert Ford

David NesbittDavid Nesbitt
djnesbit@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Parry

Ravyn NevilleRavyn Neville
ranevill@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Undergraduate Study: Salisbury University

Graduate Research Topic
I am working on developing a project that examines how beech bark disease is impacting the biodiversity of the Adirondacks. Specifically, I'm interested in how different wildlife communities respond to the removal of American beech, and how that translates in effective forest management planning.

Andrew NewhouseAndrew Newhouse
aenewhou@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Powell

Graduate Research Topic
Regulatory Biotechnology, focusing on the federal review process for genetically engineered plants to be distributed or used for restoration.

Home Page
Web Link

Harold NugentHarold Nugent
hjnugent@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

Claire OClaire O'Kane
cyokane@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University

Teresa Rose OsborneTeresa Rose Osborne
trosborn@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Rundell

Undergraduate Study: Pomona College


Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
I study how phylogenetic history, microhabitat characteristics, and interspecific competition influence body size evolution in diplommatinid land snails of the Belau archipelago (Republic of Palau, Oceania). I am also interested in gastropod terrestrialization events, possible preadaptations to habitat transitions, and land snail conservation.

Lab Website
Web Link

Iman PakzadIman Pakzad
ipakzad@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Razavi and Farrell

Taylor PattersonTaylor Patterson
trpatter@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Horton

Undergraduate Study: University Of Kansas

Graduate Research Topic
I'm studying the use of ectomycorrhizal fungi to improve restoration of pitch pine in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Preserve managers have been removing invasive black locust trees and reintroducing periodic fires to reestablish the native pitch pine - scrub oak communities. I hope to provide a tool to promote successful establishment of pitch pines in previously invaded areas.

Shannon PetersonShannon Peterson
speter09@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale

Samuel PetersonSamuel Peterson
speter06@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair

Undergraduate Study: Colorado State University

Graduate Research Topic
My research focuses on the status of moose (Alces alces) in Adirondack Park. Primarily, I am working to estimate the nutritional carrying capacity of moose for this landscape. This work involves determining the diet of moose in the area, estimating the amount of forage available to moose and estimating the quality of that forage. I also utilize location data from collared animals to investigate multi-scale resource selection in a GIS framework. My research is a subset of a larger cooperative project involving NYSDEC, Cornell University and the Wildlife Conservation Society. This ongoing research aims to determine the population,population trend, and health of moose in Adirondack Park.

Lisanne PetraccaLisanne Petracca
lspetrac@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair

Undergraduate Study: Tufts University (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: Duke University (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
I have been involved in the conservation of felids (big cats) since 2008, when I conducted fieldwork in Belize for the nonprofit wild cat conservation organization Panthera. Panthera hired me as their full-time Geospatial Analyst in 2010, a role that has given me invaluable experience in the statistical analysis of data from camera traps, spoor surveys, and interviews to model felid space use and distribution. I continue to work for Panthera as I pursue my Ph.D. at SUNY-ESF, in close collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at Oxford University.

Graduate Research Topic
Spatial and foraging ecology of felids in human-dominated landscapes

Favorite Quote
"What is absolute, enduring, and irreplaceable is the primordial nourishment of our psyches afforded by a quiet walk in an ancient forest or the spectacle of a thousand snow geese against a blue sky on a crisp winter day. There are no substitutes for these things, and if they cease to exist, all the money in the world will not bring them back.” -John Terborgh, Requiem for Nature

Alex PetzkeAlex Petzke
apetzke@syr.edu

EFB Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Leopold

Hannah PilkeyHannah Pilkey
hcpilkey@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

Manoon PliosungnoenManoon Pliosungnoen
mpliosun@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Kelly PowersKelly Powers
kpower02@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair

Undergraduate Study: University of Georgia Athens* (Fisheries and Wildli)

Frair Lab Website
http://frair.weebly.com/people.html

Personal Statement
My goal in the field of biological sciences is to work hard to ensure conservation of our public trust of wildlife for current & future generations, through research that contributes towards informed policy-making and management decisions.

Graduate Research Topic
Working on assessing the post-reintroduction population of N. American river otter in central and western NY under Dr. Jacqueline Friar in conjunction with NYS DEC. Testing an experimental camera trapping technique to assess occupancy of river otter across the region.

Favorite Quote
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. ~ Teddy Roosevelt

LinkedIn
Web Link

Michael PremingerMichael Preminger
mpreming@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Teale

Undergraduate Study: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Forest Health)

Graduate Research Topic
The effects of bark chemistry on the development of Beech Bark Disease

Favorite Quote
"There’s nothing wrong with criticism, but the purpose of criticism is to separate the wheat from the chaff: it’s not to burn everything to the ground." -Dr. Jordan B Peterson

Brian RatcliffeBrian Ratcliffe
bdratcli@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Undergraduate Study: Swarthmore College (Chemistry)

Personal Statement
I am a dual-degree student working towards a Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Ecology with Dr. Robin Kimmerer, and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. I am interested in working on Environmental Policy, particularly in the realms of Environmental Justice, Biocultural Restoration, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Indigenous Issues, Climate Change, and Environmental Conflict Management. I have a background in professional theater, and am a firm believer in the transformative power of stories.

Favorite Quote
"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction." – Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Margaret RobertsMargaret Roberts
mrobe101@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dovciak

Brittney RogersBrittney Rogers
brrogers@syr.edu

Environmental Interpretation

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Fierke and Farrell

Graduate Research Topic
Developing and implementing an iMapInvasives Trainers Network to help serve the needs of the invasive species network by training and retaining instructors across the state.

Michael RosenthalMichael Rosenthal
mrosen05@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell and Stella

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University

Links
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelrrosenthal/ ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Rosenthal3

Graduate Research Topic
My research examines the effects that beavers' tree felling activities has upon small rodent, weasel, shrew and bat biodiversity and habitat selection.

Nicole SaavedraNicole Saavedra
nesaaved@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell and Stewart

Undergraduate Study: SUNY Brockport (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Use of persistent organic pollutant bioaccumulation in lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) as tracers of bioenergetic change in Lake Ontario

Melvin SamsonMelvin Samson
masamson@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg

Undergraduate Study: Leiden University (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: Wageningen University (Aquaculture and Mari)

Project website
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Tracking effects of sub-lethal hypoxia exposure on growth of Yellow perch and Baltic flounder using otolith chemistry

Home Page
Web Link

Daniel SinopoliDaniel Sinopoli
dsinopol@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Stewart

Undergraduate Study: SUNY College of Environmental (Aquatics and Fisheri)

Stephen SliwinskiStephen Sliwinski
smsliwin@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Cohen

Annie SorrellAnnie Sorrell
asorrell@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Michelle StantialMichelle Stantial
mlstanti@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Cohen

Undergraduate Study: Marietta College (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Factors Limiting Abundance and Productivity of Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus) in Southern New Jersey

Previous Graduate Study
SUNY-ESF (M.S.)

Jordon TourvilleJordon Tourville
jtourvil@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dovciak

Undergraduate Study: University of Vermont (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Michigan Ann Arbor* (Natural Resources an)

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

Julia VanamanJulia Vanaman
jvanaman@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
I have known from a very young age that working with animals is what makes me happiest. Growing up, I always had an assortment of pets including whatever creatures I found in my backyard, such as snakes, salamanders, caterpillars, and many others. Although these last were only a temporary addition to what my family liked to call "The Menagerie," animals eventually became my permanent passion that spurred me to study conservation biology. We are living in what many scientists are claiming is the sixth largest extinction event Earth has ever experienced, and some have even suggested renaming the Holocene to a more appropriate "Anthropocene." I would do what I can to slow this rate, not only for species' economic value, but for the intrinsic value life has in all its forms.

Graduate Research Topic
To improve our understanding of Common Map Turtle habitat, status, and movement in the Hudson River.

Favorite Quote
"How strange and devouring our ways must seem to those for whom living is enough." -Karsten Heuer

Jane VanVessemJane VanVessem
javanves@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

Undergraduate Study: Mercyhurst University

Claudia VictoroffClaudia Victoroff
cnvictor@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Horton

Michelle VolkMichelle Volk

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fierke

Undergraduate Study: SUNY College Plattsburgh (Ecology)

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Biological Control of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. This research is performed in collaboration with Cornell's New York State Hemlock Initiative, and made possible through a grant from the Edna Bailey Susan Foundation.

Justine WeberJustine Weber
juweber@syr.edu

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

Michael WhalenMichael Whalen
mrwhalen@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Farrell and Dovciak

Maxwell WilderMaxwell Wilder
mwilde01@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Green

McKenzie WybronMcKenzie Wybron
mdwybron@syr.edu

Ecology

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

Graduate Research Topic
Dispersal and habitat selection of the rare Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle (Cicindela patruela Dejean) to facilitate a management plan.

Xueqing XiongXueqing Xiong
xxiong04@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

John ZeigerJohn Zeiger
jozeiger@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Benjamin ZinkBenjamin Zink
bzink@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Weir