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Current Graduate Students

Information on our graduate students is provided here to facilitate communication between enrolled students as well as to inform and encourage prospective students. Photos may be of the student or of their research interest.

Graduate SchoolCurrent Students

Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Matthieu AhouangbenonMatthieu Ahouangbenon
mahouang@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier

Akosua AsabereAkosua Asabere
apasaber@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kuehn

Brandon BenedictBrandon Benedict
brbenedi@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MF
Advisor(s): Germain

Undergraduate Study: SUNY College Oneonta

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Favorite Quote
"I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted." - Jack Kerouac

Paul BillinsonPaul Billinson
ppbillin@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Wagner

Ashlee BoughtonAshlee Boughton
arbought@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MF
Advisor(s): Germain

Undergraduate Study: SUNY Cortland

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Mark BremerMark Bremer
mabremer@syr.edu

FRM Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Naim

Undergraduate Study: The Colorado College (Biology )

Previous Graduate Study: Syracuse University (Environmental Engineering)

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Graduate Research Topic
Market and policy drivers of technological change in the green building industry.

Justin DiamondJustin Diamond
jcdiamon@syr.edu

CERT Environmental Leadership

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Wagner

Irene DomenicoIrene Domenico
imdomeni@syr.edu

FNRM Sustainable Construction Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Jenny FrankJenny Frank
jrfran01@syr.edu

FRM Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Brown and Malmsheimer

Rodney GarrettRodney Garrett
regarret@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Wagner

HakSoo HaHakSoo Ha
hha102@syr.edu

FRM Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Brown

Previous Graduate Study: Indiana University of Bloomington* (Energy/ Environmenta)

Personal Statement
My PhD research interest focuses on lifecycle economic analysis of biopower which is one of key sustainable energy resources to help meet our future energy demand. I am keen on techno-economic analysis (TEA) for modeling a whole supply chain of biopower which is from harvesting forest biomass feedstock through supplying electric power and/or heat. I have developed my research and analytical skills through various resources of the FNRM’s Sustainable Energy program such as coursework, seminar, and conference presentations.

Graduate Research Topic
Techno-economic analysis of forest biomass feedstock supply and biopower

Favorite Quote
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. If you do not change, you can become extinct” ― George Bernard Shaw & Spencer Johnson

Matthew HeckingMatthew Hecking

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Burton

Undergraduate Study: Hampshire College (Chemical Ecology)

Personal Statement
I am currently a first year Master's student in the Burton lab at ESF. I am currently pursuing several ideas to integrate into my thesis work involving plant functional traits and their predictive power in modeling plant communities. I am extremely interested in using functional traits as tools to better predict community responses to climate change, and how trait diversity within and between species relate to these responses.

Graduate Research Topics
Plant functional traits, climate change, community ecology

Favorite Quote
"In Nature, nothing exists alone." - Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Maneesha JayasuriyaManeesha Jayasuriya
ktjayasu@syr.edu

FRM Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Germain

Undergraduate Study: University of Kelaniya

Graduate Research Topic
Delineating ecological riparian buffers in working forests

Favorite Quote
"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins-not through strength, but through persistence."-Buddha

Theodore KochTheodore Koch
twkoch@syr.edu

Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Volk

Undergraduate Study: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Personal Statement
I am passionate about finding ways to reduce our dependance on fossil fuels and integrate sustainable resources into our energy systems. I am currently studying the feasibility of utilizing post consumer waste paper as a feedstock for energy and biofuels.

Basanta LamsalBasanta Lamsal
blamsal@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Wagner

Amelia LesniakAmelia Lesniak
aflesnia@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Katherine LivingstonKatherine Livingston
kcliving@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nowak

Stacey MackStacey Mack
samack@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Germain and Moran

Graduate Research Topic
Resource challenges associated with hydraulic fracturing

Favorite Quote
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."- Steve Prefontaine

Thomas MannThomas Mann
thmann@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Graduate Research Topic
I study nutrient additions’ effect upon on: (1) the fate of soil organic matter, (2) the germination of sugar maple and American beech, and (3) leaf production.

Phoebe OPhoebe O'Connor
phoconno@syr.edu

FRM Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Brown and Malmsheimer

Undergraduate Study: Suny Binghamton (Philosophy, Politics)

Myungjoo ParkMyungjoo Park
mpark102@syr.edu

M Construction Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Crovella

Ry PattonRy Patton
rypatton@syr.edu

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling

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

Patrick PenfieldPatrick Penfield
pcpenfie@syr.edu

Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Germain

Previous Graduate Study: LeMoyne College (Business )

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Personal Statement
My research interests are in supply chains within saw mills, sustainability, continuous improvement,purchasing and project management. Right now the biggest driver of my research activities is the pursuit of my doctoral degree. I also want to be able to publish articles that will benefit society and help change the world in a positive manner. This past year I published my first peer reviewed article with Dr. Germain. I’m in the process working on my dissertation while finishing my course work and working full time.

Graduate Research Topic
Sawmill Supply Chains

Favorite Quote
You can please some of the people some of the time, some of the people all the time but you can't please all the people all the time. Abe Lincoln

Abishek PoudelAbishek Poudel
apoudel@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Undergraduate Study: Tribhuwan University (Forestry)

Previous Graduate Study: Lincoln University of Mo (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
My research interest lies in conservation and management of natural resources through application of UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) and Geo-Spatial Information System.

Graduate Research Topic (MS)
Quantifying stand structure and dynamics of a white oak plantation in Central Missouri

Biidaaban ReinhardtBiidaaban Reinhardt
bmreinha@syr.edu

M Sustainable Construction Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Crovella

Undergraduate Study: Northern Michigan University (Physics, Native Amer)

Graduate Research Topic
Anishinaabe Ojibwe Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Sourced Sustainable Construction Materials

Tribal Affiliation
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

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Taylor RichmondTaylor Richmond
tlrichmo@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Germain

Undergraduate Study: Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Environmental Resources Engineering)

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Graduate Research Topic
I am researching differences in soil compaction and displacement caused by bare tires, tires with chains, and tires with single-wheel tracks on skidders.

Laine RubinLaine Rubin
lcrubin@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MF
Advisor(s): Wagner

Shaghayegh ShahhosseiniShaghayegh Shahhosseini
sshahhos@syr.edu

Construction Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Crovella

Undergraduate Study: Iran University of Science and (Architecture Enginee)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Landscape Architecture)

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PhD Research Topic
Mass Timber Construction: Cross Laminated Timber Fabrication and Standardization

Favorite Quote
"An idea is salvation by imagination" -Frank Lloyd Wright-

Maxfield SorkinMaxfield Sorkin
msorkin@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Beier

Rebecca TapioRebecca Tapio
rmtapio@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Beier

Bradley ThomasBradley Thomas
bthoma12@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MF
Advisor(s): Wagner

Joshua WeyrensJoshua Weyrens
jpweyren@syr.edu

Forest Management and Silviculture

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Germain

Patrick WickershamPatrick Wickersham
pjwicker@syr.edu

Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Brown

Arianna WillsArianna Wills
awills@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Drake

Undergraduate Study: University of Mass Amherst* (Natural Resource Con)

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Graduate Research Topic
Sugar Maple Physiology Across a Soil Acidity Gradient

Jin YinJin Yin
jyin100@syr.edu

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman and Zhang

Undergraduate Study: Minzu University of China (Ecology)

Previous Graduate Study: Yale University (Forest Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Community-based Forest Management in China's Minority Areas

Areas of Interest
Biodiversity conservation; Indigenous knowledge; Land use change; Forest policy; Remote sensing and GIS; Ecosystem services

Jenna ZukswertJenna Zukswert
jmzukswe@syr.edu

ESC Environmental Monitoring

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Burton

Undergraduate Study: Smith College

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Personal Statement
I am a forest ecosystem ecologist interested in bridging the gap between those who conduct research and those who use the results.

Graduate Research Topic
Functional Ecology of Northeastern Forests

Favorite Quote
"One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, 'What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?" - Rachel Carson