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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)

Personal Statement
I majored in Zoology in Argentina, and earned an MSc for working towards the conservation of native ecosystems in productive landscapes. My practice as an environmental consultant took me on extended tours through the wild side of some of the most important natural landscapes of Argentina: the Patagonian deserts, the Andes mountains, the Iberá wetlands, and the subtropical forests in Misiones.

Graduate Research Topic
My current research takes place across the Finger Lakes and the Adirondack Mountains in New York State, and aims to understand the role and importance of ants in the dispersal of forest wildflowers and in the recovery of the herbaceous layer in secondary forests.

David AronsonDavid Aronson
dearonso@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): McGee

Lincoln Backman-LoweLincoln Backman-Lowe
libackma@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Schulz

Katelyn BarhiteKatelyn Barhite
kmbarhit@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

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

Melanie BergerMelanie Berger
mberge01@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Farrell

Undergraduate Study: Brown University (Biology: Ecology & E)

Previous Graduate Study: University of New South Wales (Conservation Biology)

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

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.

Hailey BooneHailey Boone
hmboone@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Belant

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.

Madison BurnhamMadison Burnham
mrburnha@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teale

Undergraduate Study: Utica College (Biology)

Sarah CaltabianoSarah Caltabiano
skcaltab@syr.edu

Environmental Physiology

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

Undergraduate Study: Suny Farmingdale (Horticultural Techno)

Previous Graduate Study: New York Institute of Technolo (Environmental Techno)

Graduate Research Topic
Nitrogen regulation in Microcystis sp.

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)

Eaqan ChaudhryEaqan Chaudhry
eachaudh@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Downs

Zi Jian ChenZi Jian Chen
zchen74@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Teale

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
My current research, and dissertation topic, is focused on the influence of climate induced snow cover variability and its corresponding impact on behavioral ecology and trophic interactions of snowshoe hare and fisher.

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

Anna ConklynAnna Conklyn
alconkly@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Farrell

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University (Biological Sciences)

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.

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.

Colleen ConwayColleen Conway
coconway@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

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

Stephanie CunninghamStephanie Cunningham
stcunnin@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Frair

Undergraduate Study: Michigan State University

Previous Graduate Study: University of Missouri Columbia*

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.

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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follow me on twitter or don't
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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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Matthew DaRinMatthew DaRin
mpdarin@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Weir

Bobbetta DavisBobbetta Davis
bodavis@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Schulz

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

Megan DemcevskiMegan Demcevski
mndemcev@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Green

Undergraduate Study: Keystone College (Microbiology)

Graduate Research Topic
My research utilizes molecular and chemical analyses to study complete ammonia oxidizing bacteria (comammox) and the conditions in which they live, in Adirondack forest soils.

Favorite Quote
"I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy." -Marie Curie

Anthony DolceAnthony Dolce
aldolce@syr.edu

Environmental Physiology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Green

Adam DonigerAdam Doniger
adoniger@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fernando

Undergraduate Study: CUNY Queens College (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
Genetic diversity of beach grass (Ammophila breviligulata) around Lake Ontario.

Favorite Quote
"The commonest way in which we deceive either ourselves or others about understanding is by assuming something as familiar, and accepting it on that account; with all its pros and cons, such knowing never gets anywhere, and it knows not why." - G.W.F. Hegel

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

Kristyn EhlebenKristyn Ehleben
kmehlebe@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Drew ElineDrew Eline
dveline@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

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

Undergraduate Study: Juniata College (Wildlife Conservatio)

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

Project Page
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Jacob ErleJacob Erle
jcerle@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

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

Graduate Research Topic
Assessing impacts of removing European buckthorn, Rhamnus cathartica, in neighborhood parks in the City of Syracuse

Lukas EvansLukas Evans
ljevans@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fernando

Undergraduate Study: Cazenovia College

Plant Biotechnology
Genetic transformation of willow species for use in biofuel production.

Cara Ewell HodkinCara Ewell Hodkin
cnewellh@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Limburg

Dylan FinleyDylan Finley
dyfinley@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Dovciak

Shannon FinneganShannon Finnegan
spfinneg@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Belant

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

Previous Graduate Study: Indiana University of Pennsylv

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

Brittnie FlemingBrittnie Fleming
bflemi04@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Schummer

Julie FletcherJulie Fletcher
jfletc01@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Downs

Nicholas FowlerNicholas Fowler
nlfowler@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Belant

Elizabeth FuhrmanElizabeth Fuhrman
elfuhrma@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Gibbs

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

Susannah HalliganSusannah Halligan
slhallig@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Schummer

Madison HandMadison Hand
mahand@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Underwood

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

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

Kayla HarveyKayla Harvey
kmharvey@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Schummer

Megan HazlettMegan Hazlett
mahazlet@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Drew

Undergraduate Study: Allegheny College

Graduate Research Topic
My research will explore changes in functional diversity in fish assemblages in the Oswego River Watershed from 1927 to present.

Molly HeitMolly Heit
moheit@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

Kate HendersonKate Henderson
kahender@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Drew

Undergraduate Study: Villanova University (Environmental Science)

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.

Namjoo HeoNamjoo Heo
nheo01@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Fernando

Graduate Research Topic
Conservation genetic study of the endangered ferns

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

Justin HerneJustin Herne
jtherne@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Limburg

Susannah HowardSusannah Howard
showard@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Personal Statement
Bozho nikanek, Getsimnajeknwet ndeznekas. Bodewadmi kwe endow. Vermont ne dotchbya. Hello friends, my name is Susannah Howard, and I am a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. I am from Thetford, Vermont located on the western bank of the Connecticut River. In May 2019, I graduated from Smith College (Northampton, Massachusetts) with a BA in Environmental Geosciences and certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies. At SUNY ESF, I continue to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to science through the lens of Indigneous peoples as a Sloan Scholar in the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. I am studying how the culturally important plants of the Potawatomi are and will be impacted by climate change, and how these impacts might be mitigated through intertribal collaborations among the Potawatomi Nations in the future.

Graduate Research Topic
Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (esp. Potawatomi & Anishnaabe_, Biocultural Restoration, Climate Change, Culturally Important Plants & Cultural Keystone Species

Hannah HuberHannah Huber
hjhuber@syr.edu

ESC Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Horton

Morgan IngrahamMorgan Ingraham
meingrah@syr.edu

EFB Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): McGee

Genevieve IvecGenevieve Ivec
gmivec@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Whipps

Molly JacobsonMolly Jacobson
mmjacobs@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

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

Undergraduate Study: University of New Hampshire Durham

Graduate Research Topic
Investigating the effect of restored wetland management on floral resources to support native bee pollinators. I work in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to determine how seasonal water drawdowns produce different flowering plant species, which in turn may result in unique pollinator assemblages. This will allow land managers to make more informed decisions to incorporate pollinators into future management plans, especially in a larger landscape context where wetlands may provide essential late-season resources.

Andrew JanikAndrew Janik
ajjanik@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
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.

Christopher JohnstonChristopher Johnston
cvjohnst@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry

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): Belant

Undergraduate Study: Suny College Agric Tech Cobleskll

Project Website
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Population ecology of white-tailed deer in northern Michigan, focusing on predator-prey relationships.

Amalia KenyonAmalia Kenyon
akenyon@syr.edu

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.

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

Samuel KuciaSamuel Kucia
srkucia@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Schummer

Ian LaihIan Laih
iplaih@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Amanda LemoineAmanda Lemoine
amlemoin@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

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

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Michael LoquetMichael Loquet
mploquet@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Underwood

Gary Adam MacyGary Adam Macy
gjmacy@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

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

Joseph MakaureJoseph Makaure
jmakaure@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

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

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
Home page

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: MS
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

Garrett MaynardGarrett Maynard
gpmaynar@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

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.

Hadis MiralyHadis Miraly
hmiraly@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

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

Undergraduate Study: Guilan University

Previous Graduate Study: Guilan University

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

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: PHD
Advisor(s): Fierke and Drake

Undergraduate Study: Suny Binghamton

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

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

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 )

Kawainohiaakala NavaresKawainohiaakala Navares
knnavare@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Horton

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.

Katherine NewcomerKatherine Newcomer
kanewcom@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Farrell

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

Teresa Rose OsborneTeresa Rose Osborne
trosborn@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Rundell

Undergraduate Study: Pomona College (Biology)

Graduate Research Topic
I study body size evolution in Pacific island land snails. I'm particularly interested in how phylogenetic history, abiotic pressures like microclimate and nutrient availability, and immigrant selection impact land snail body size. Comparing body sizes between snails of very different shapes has motivated me to develop new methods for measuring shell size. I am also interested in gastropod terrestrialization and land snail conservation. My undergraduate work at Pomona College (BA, Biology) examined estivation physiology and microhabitat use in southern California helminthoglypt land snails. I am a co-originator of the Not White Dudes Malacology Reading List (NWDMRL).

Lab Website
Web Link

Terrestrialization Talk
Web Link

Estivation Speed Talk
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NWD Malacology Reading List
Web Link

Iman PakzadIman Pakzad
ipakzad@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

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

Undergraduate Study: Cornell University

Graduate Research Topic
Contaminant transfer by the invasive Tubenose Goby (Proterorhinus semilunaris) in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River basin

Carrick PalmerCarrick Palmer
ctpalmer@syr.edu

Ecology

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

Undergraduate Study: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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.

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

Terra RentzTerra Rentz
tarentz@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

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

Undergraduate Study: Humboldt State University (Wildlife Management)

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

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fernando

Thornton RitzThornton Ritz
thritz@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Farrell

Hannah RodenHannah Roden
heroden@syr.edu

Forest Pathology & Mycology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Weir

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.

Alissa RyanAlissa Ryan
aryan09@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Farrell

Undergraduate Study: New York University (Environmental studie)

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

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

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair

Sarah SchoolerSarah Schooler
sschoole@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Belant

Sandy SlovikoskySandy Slovikosky
saslovik@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Frair

Annie SorrellAnnie Sorrell
asorrell@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kimmerer

Warren StaverWarren Staver
wcstaver@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Joseph SullivanJoseph Sullivan
josulliv@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Ringler

Undergraduate Study:

Graduate Research Topic
Effects of structure composition on epifaunal communities and the subsequent changes in fish diets within a recovering urban lake.

Anna SweeneyAnna Sweeney
asween02@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): McGee

Undergraduate Study: Juniata College

Eric SwieckiEric Swiecki
easwieck@syr.edu

Entomology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parry

Joelee TooleyJoelee Tooley
jrtooley@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Cohen

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.

Merijn van den BoschMerijn van den Bosch
mvandenb@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Belant

Matthew WagnerMatthew Wagner
mrwagner@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Schummer

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

Nathaniel WehrNathaniel Wehr
nhwehr@syr.edu

Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Belant

Undergraduate Study: Oberlin College (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Hawaii at Manoa

Links
nathanielwehr.weebly.com

Graduate Research Topic
Space-use patterns of grey wolves in relation to other large mammals in Isle Royale National Park and northeastern Minnesota

Twitter
@WildNateure

Michael WhalenMichael Whalen
mrwhalen@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

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

Undergraduate Study: Colby College

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.

Taylor WidenerTaylor Widener
twidener@syr.edu

Conservation Biology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Leopold

Maxwell WilderMaxwell Wilder
mwilde01@syr.edu

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.

Ilana ZeitzerIlana Zeitzer
ifzeitze@syr.edu

Ecology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Horton