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Current Students

Amanda Aniston

MS Student
My research lies in natural resource economics and the perspectives of the food, water and energy nexus in low-income countries

Anne Armstrong

PhD Student
Climate change education, civic ecology practices in areas threatened by sea level rise, online learning

Gloria Blaise

MS Student
Broadly interested in socioecological systems, community development, and environmental education in developing countries.
I am interested in understanding how the many environmental systems in our world interact with one another, including the human system, and in how to shift human behavior toward a more environmentally conscious and proactive model.

Sara Davis

PhD Student
Environmental impacts of roadside ditches in the Chesapeake Bay watershed

Civic Ecology Practices. Civic Ecology Education. Children’s participation in community environmental stewardship and 
and its relation to their learning.

Bryant Dossman

PhD Student
My research interests lie in conservation, movement ecology, and population biology of migratory organisms, especially birds. In particular, I am interested in understanding how seasonal interactions influence population dynamics, movement, and behavior between different periods of the annual cycle.
Examining the processes of developing and implementing landscape-level conservation across complex social-ecological systems, with an emphasis on understanding the role of local stakeholders in conservation decision-making.
Bobbi Estabrook
Using passive acoustic technology to monitor African forest elephant distribution and abundance in response to anthropogenic activities

Santiago Garcia

PhD Student
My main areas of interest are focusing on sustainable forest management, deforestation & land conversion, human-wildlife conflicts, and climate change. I will be conducting spatial risk mapping in Ecuador as a tool to plan and implement human-Andean bear conflict mitigation measures.

Jim Goetz

PhD student
Intended and unintended impacts of payment for ecosystem service projects on biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods in areas with high poverty and weak governance
Civic ecology practices in coastal communities, environmental education, the political ecology of plastics, citizen science and participatory observatories for microplastic pollution in coastal zones of the North Atlantic and Mediterranean systems.

Frieda Kay

MS Student
Human dimensions of natural resources management, comparative energy transitions, stakeholder engagement, information transfer and solutions sharing 

Daler Kaziev

MS Student
Daler completed his BA at American University of Central Asia, Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) majoring in the Environmental Management and Sustainability and minoring in Anthropology. His BA thesis is on community resilience and commodification of nature in Eastern Pamirs of Tajikistan since 2015. Currently, he is working on the role of Ecological Knowledge to Anticipate Climate Change in village scale, specifically in the Alai and Pamir region, with the science team of Belmont Forum funded project “Ecological Calendars and Climate Adaptation in the Pamirs”

Kirsten Kurtz

MS Student
I am investigating the northern United States tallgrass prairie region, as well as adjacent agricultural land, for an extensive suite of physical, chemical, biological and microbial soil properties. These data will be used to establish a landmark, comprehensive soil health profile for relict, natural tall grass prairies and a consequent set of targets for grassland remediation efforts. This research will also provide Midwest relict (near virgin) grassland soil data, which is scarce at best and contribute to national efforts to map the health of domestic soil. Lastly, when compared to the active agricultural land samples, these data will establish a quantifiable estimate of post-European colonization degradation of soil.

Daniel Large

PhD Student
Critical environmental policy and institutional analysis, environmental governance, science and technology studies.
Patterns of habitat use by tropical resident and migratory bird species in regenerating pasture landscapes in Guatemala

Rachael Mady

M.S. Student
I am studying bird behavior and ecology, and working as a research assistant to create an online platform for co-created citizen science centered around the Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Cams.

Robert Marquez

PhD Student
I am interested in generating information that contributes to the conservation of large mammals and influences how species and landscapes are managed by governmental and non-governmental organizations. I am interested to understand how spatial patterns and processes, including human activities, influence large mammal populations. I also study the human – wildlife interaction, focusing on understanding how spatial variation in the environment, farm management (e.g. husbandry practices), and human – wildlife interaction management influence damage, people attitude, and people behavior.
My research examines how framing, specifically word choice, can impact the long term conservation of a species. I'm broadly interested in overarching questions related to how humans act towards and think about non human animals, and particularly interested in categories of animals that become targeted for mass management (such as feral, non native, invasive, etc). I hope to better understand the complicated ethics behind why people make certain decisions or take certain actions in relation to these animals- and ultimately influence those decisions and actions.

Benjamin Mirin

MS Student
I focus on songbird competitions, in which wild birds are trapped and sold to sing for human amusement. My proposed research uses bioacoustic and cultural data to investigate how birds win singing competitions based on human and natural definitions of vocal fitness, and integrates that research into a music-based environmental education curriculum. My goal is to investigate how music connects students to nature, to critically evaluate its use as a tool for inspiring conservation through education and outreach.

Sarah Naiman

PhD Student
The impact individuals' perceptions of the environment, community and sense of place have on environmental behavior

Roberta Nilson

PhD Student
My research interests include environmental sociology, natural resource dependent communities, energy transitions, and social class dynamics. 

Dawn Parry

PhD Student
Marine mammal ecology, passive acoustic monitoring, identifying and conserving vital habitats

Shashank Poudel

PhD Student
Interested in identifying drivers of human leopard conflict across rural-urban gradient in human dominated regions of South Asia for developing sustainable mitigation solutions. 

Brendan Quirion

MS Student
My research interests relate to multiple stressors affecting forest health - invasive species, deer overabundance, and climate change - as well as outcome monitoring to evaluate whether management actions achieve desired objectives.

Jenna Rice

MPS student
Social analysis and decision making (in regard to environmental stewardship)

Santi Saypanya

PhD Student
Effectiveness of social marketing campaign on wildlife conservation in Nam Et — Phou Louey, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
I study the effect of climate change, habitat patchiness and landscape configuration over the structure and composition of Polylepis (Rosacea) bird community in Huascaran National Park and Biosphere Reserve in norther Peru.

Alexandra Sholk

MPS Student
Educational outreach to the general public about uncharismatic threatened or endangered wildlife in New York State. My overall interests are in environmental conflict mitigation and facilitating implementation of conservation management plans.

Wade Simmons

MS Student
Ecology, biogeochemistry, and management of water chestnut. Broadly interested in biological invasions and their impacts on ecological interactions and nutrient cycling. 

Kanishka Singh

MS/PhD Student
I research computational hydrology and ecohydrology at the Soil and Water lab. Broadly, I'm interested in learning how vegetative form and function determines water budget and hydrogeochemistry, and how invasive species and land use changes transform them

Gerardo Soto

PhD Student
I study the effect of human development activities on the behavior and population structure of forest birds in the Chilean temperate forests, both in mainland and oceanic islands. For my dissertation, I investigate how the deforestation for firewood and cleaning for cattle and agriculture affects habitat use and survival of Magellanic woodpeckers. 

Carl St. John

PhD Student
I am intensely interested in evolutionary genomics and in using techniques from this field to both describe patterns of evolution – particularly those of adaptive radiations – and to solve conservation and management issues in polar and temperate fisheries.
Conservation ecology, ornithology, GIS/remote sensing, American Indian sovereignty and environmental justice

Cat Sun

PhD Student
Estimating population abundance and genetic relatedness of New York state black bears.

Jeffrey Wall

PhD Candidate
I focus on the ethnobiological dimensions of plant genetic resource value.  I have conducted interdisciplinary research in Turkey and Azerbaijan in a context where rural smallholders and society at large are adapting to significant threats to the native chestnut species caused by imported pathogens and rural abandonment.  I strive to make contributions to ethno-landscape ecology, conservation ethics, theories of plant value and participatory mapping.  My research is best described as conservation-driven ethnobiology and cultural geography.    

Binbin Wang

PhD Student
Nutrient limitations of algal in streams and lakes. The nutrients I am interested in include: nitrogen, phosphorus, and thiamine (vitamin B1). 
I am interested in the conservation, restoration, and recovery of native plant biodiversity in our wilderness areas. Of particular interest to me are species and communities endemic to marginal and fragile habitats that are especially vulnerable to the effects of a shifting climate.

Mi Yan

MS Student
I am interested in the business model of environmental education organizations.

Yueyang Yu

MS Student
My primary research interest is in roles and environmental education of campus environmental groups, especially campus environmental clubs in China.

Hao Zhuang

PhD Student
The civic role of NGO and domestic communities in responding social environmental issues;
conservation governance; community mobilization