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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

Collin BartholomewCollin Bartholomew
csbartho@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nowak

Patrick Borges RodriguesPatrick Borges Rodrigues
pborgesr@syr.edu

M Construction Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Crovella

Colin BraggColin Bragg
cdbragg@syr.edu

SCME Construction Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Crovella

Mark BremerMark Bremer
mabremer@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Naim

Undergraduate Study: The Colorado College (Biology )

Previous Graduate Study: Syracuse University (Environmental Engineering)

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

Qianqian CaoQianqian Cao
qcao03@syr.edu

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Zhang

Undergraduate Study: Beijing Forestry University (Forestry and Related)

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

Gretchen DillonGretchen Dillon
glasser@syr.edu

FRM Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Study: Pennsylvania State University - University Park (Animal Sciences/conc)

Personal Statement
I'm a 2nd-year masters candidate in concurrent degree programs of Forest Ecology and Ecosystems (M.S.) and Public Administration, with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management (M.P.A) and a certificate of advanced study (C.A.S) in Conflict Resolution. What I enjoy about my degree program: the attitude and accessibility of faculty and staff, my major professor's ability to challenge me, the opportunity to attend classes on other campuses (SU!), and my research site, which is in the white mountains of New Hampshire.

Graduate Research Topic
Nutritional Effects on Causal Organism of Beech Bark Disease in Aftermath Forests

Favorite Quote
Pour y voir plus clair, il suffit souvent de changer de point de vue.

Favorite Hobbies
Moth and insect ID, Birding, backpacking, cycling, travel, xc skiing.

My Graduate School Mantras
(1) Read everything that you're given. (2) Just because I don't understand right now doesn't mean that I'm incapable of understanding. (3) When in doubt, whip it out. (translation: stop doubting and get it done!)

Irene DomenicoIrene Domenico
imdomeni@syr.edu

FNRM Sustainable Construction Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Christian ElwellChristian Elwell
celwell@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MF
Advisor(s): Germain

John FinlayJohn Finlay
jmfinlay@syr.edu

FRM Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Brown

Undergraduate Study: University of Michigan Ann Arbor* (Earth and Environmen)

Favorite Quote
they don't allow you to have bees in here

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

Heather HiltbrandHeather Hiltbrand
hlhiltbr@syr.edu

Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Newman

Undergraduate Study: Wells College

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

David KelderhouseDavid Kelderhouse
dkelderh@syr.edu

M Sustainable Construction Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Sally KimSally Kim
skim187@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MF
Advisor(s): Nowak

Aaron KrinskyAaron Krinsky
akrinsky@syr.edu

FRM Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kuehn

Graduate Research Topic
Crowding in New York's state parks. Manager perspectives on crowding impacts.

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

Kirsten McGiverKirsten McGiver
kcmcgive@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Brown

Anuli OnwumeluAnuli Onwumelu
aonwumel@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Drake

Muhammet OzderyaMuhammet Ozderya
maozdery@syr.edu

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Mehmet OzenMehmet Ozen
meozen@syr.edu

Monitoring, Analysis, and Modeling

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Bevilacqua

Emily PayeEmily Paye
ebpaye@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Germain

Undergraduate Study: Suny Binghamton

Graduate Research Topic
Rates of best management practices implementation in the Catskill region of New York State and readability of best management practices field guides

Daniel Pegoretti Leite de SouzaDaniel Pegoretti Leite de Souza
dpegoret@syr.edu

Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Volk

Patrick PenfieldPatrick Penfield
pcpenfie@syr.edu

Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Germain

Previous Graduate Study: LeMoyne College (Business )

Links
Web Link

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

Ryan QuinnRyan Quinn
rquinn@syr.edu

FRM Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fortier and Brown

Biidaaban ReinhardtBiidaaban Reinhardt
bmreinha@syr.edu

M Sustainable Construction Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Crovella

Alexandrea RiceAlexandrea Rice
arice01@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Study: Allegheny College (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently studying the effects of nutrient additions (N, P, N+P) on the sap flow in sugar maple trees.

Will SaundersWill Saunders
wbsaunde@syr.edu

FRM Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier

Undergraduate Study: University of Maine Orono (Ecology and Environm)

Background
Worked in environmental restoration as a manager and supervisor for the Onondaga Lake Restoration Project. New Jersey native, avid hiker, explorer, traveler, and semi-professional photographer and videographer.

Graduate Research Topic
Soil carbon dioxide fluxes in a northern hardwood forest: fine-scale microclimatic controls and impacts of intense rainfall events

Favorite Quote
When it all comes down, can you say that you never gave up? - Rise Against

Undergraduate Research Topics
The NEPA Process Applied to the Proposed East-West Highway in Maine, Vulnerability of the South Pacific to Climate Change due to Globalization

Maggie TarselMaggie Tarsel
motarsel@syr.edu

FRM Sustainable Energy

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Malmsheimer

Obste TherasmeObste Therasme
otherasm@syr.edu

FRM Natural Resources Mgt

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Volk

Links
Web Link

Susan ThomasSusan Thomas
sthoma11@syr.edu

M Sustainable Construction Management

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Crovella

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

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

Alex YoungAlex Young
aryoung@syr.edu

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai

Undergraduate Study: Lewis & Clark College

Personal Statement
I am fascinated by tree canopy dynamics, specifically microclimate gradients that are associated with height in a tree such as humidity and light availability.

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently examining the effects of nutrient additions (N, P, N*P) on the vertical gradient of foliar traits in sugar maple canopies.