Graduate Students

 

Post-Doctoral Scholars – Current

  •  Dr. Chad Parent - Post-Doctoral Associate - Midwest Wild Turkey Consortium for Monitoring and Research

 

Graduate Students – Current

  • Sonja Christensen - Doctoral Candidate - Local-scale assessment and monitoring of deer populations following outbreak of disease.
  • Bryan Stevens - Doctoral Candidate - Population dynamics and management of wild turkeys in Michigan: hunting quality, density dependence and decision-analytic approaches. 
  • Andrew Crosby - Doctoral Candidate - Landscape ecology of impacts of biofuels development on wildlife communities in the upper Great Lakes.
  • Rebecca Cain - Doctoral Candidate - Characteristics of areas producing white-tailed deer of Boone and Crockett record status.
  • Kathryn Frens - Doctoral Candidate - Unraveling the effects of policy: land protections, habitat quality, and human wellbeing in the U.S. Northern Forest.
  • Christopher L. Hoving - Doctoral Candidate - Increasing the resilience of wildlife habitat investments by considering multiple plausible scenarios.
  • Jennifer Smith - Masters Candidate - Responding to dynamic landscapes: the role of density dependence in resource selection.

 

Post-Doctoral Associates – Completed

  • Dr. Amy Dechen Quinn - 2010 – 2011 - Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Studies, State University of New York - Cobleskill
  • Dr. David Williams - 2010 – 2012 - Current position: Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Laboratory, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Richard Lawrence - 1995 – 1997 - Current position: Project Manager with ESRI, Redlands, California

 

Doctoral Degree Students – Completed

  • Andrea Bowling - Ph.D. 2014 - Landscape-level effects of weather and land cover on wild turkey abundance, productivity, and regional harvest potential in New York State.
  • Marta Jarzyna - Ph.D. 2014 - Macroecology of breeding birds of New York State: Influences of climate change, landscape fragmentation, and spatial scale.  Current position: Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI), Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University.  Current research project: Changes in functional and phylogenetic structure of vertebrate assemblages across continental scales.
  • Nathan Snow - Ph.D. 2014 - Hotspots, underreporting, and dynamic space-time influences of wildlife-vehicle collisions.  Current position: Research Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, but working jointly (and housed at) with the USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, CO.  Dr. Snow is conducting research to develop new techniques to help curtail the invasion of feral swine throughout the United States.
  • Megan Kirchgessner - Ph. D. 2012 - Presence and distribution of bovine viral diarrhea virus and Coxiella burnetii in white-tailed deer in the northeastern United States. (co-advised with C. Whipps).  State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Syracuse. 133 pp. Current position: State Wildlife Veterinarian, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
  • David Williams - Ph.D. 2010 - Scales of movement and contact structure of white-tailed deer in central New York. Doctoral Dissertation. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Syracuse.  140 pp.  Current position: Post Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University.
  • Amy Dechen Quinn - Ph.D. 2010 - Influences of movement behavior and space use in evaluating disease risk among white-tailed deer in central New York.  Doctoral Dissertation. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Syracuse. 127 pp. Current position – Post Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University.
  • Benjamin Zuckerberg - Ph.D. 2008 - Long-term responses of breeding birds to climate change and reforestation in New YorkState.  Doctoral Dissertation. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse.  Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Dawn Gorham - Ph.D. 2005 - Landscape-level analysis of suburban white-tailed deer overabundance.  Doctoral Dissertation. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse. 110 pp. Current position:  Executive Director, Pocono Land Trust (Pennsylvania).
  • Karl Didier - Ph.D. 2003 - Impact of disturbance and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herbivory on plant community and nutrient dynamics in northern hardwood forests of northern New York State.  Doctoral Dissertation. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse. 170 pp.  - Current position:  Landscape ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society.
  • Kathy Fleming - Ph.D. 2003 - Scale-explicit spatial determinants of population structure in wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris).  Doctoral Dissertation. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse. 95 pp.  Current position:  Biologist, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
  • Michale Glennon - Ph.D. 2002 - Effects of land-use management on biotic integrity in the Adirondack Park, New York.  Doctoral Dissertation. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse. 135 pp.  Current position: Ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society.
  • Steve Roberts - Ph.D. 1997 - Relationships between weather and the annual dynamics of wild turkey populations in New York.  Doctoral Dissertation. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse. 95 pp.  Current position: Associate Scientist, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, Department of Statistics, Iowa State University.
  • Dale Garner - Ph.D. 1995 - Population ecology of moose in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. Doctoral Dissertation. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse. 99 pp. Current position: Chief, Bureau of Wildlife, Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
  • Kevin Church - Ph.D. 1992 - Comparative ecology of gray partridge in established and translocated ranges of New York.  Doctoral Dissertation. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse. 95 pp.  Current position: Coordinator, Conservation Data Center, Idaho Fish and Game.
  • Brian Underwood - Ph.D. 1990 - Population dynamics of a white-tailed deer population in the central Adirondack mountains of New York: Influences of winter, harvest and population abundance.  Doctoral Dissertation. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse. 124 pp. Current position: Research Biologist and Leader of Cooperative Park Studies Unit of USGS Biological Resources Division at SUNY ESF.
  • Robin Kruse - Ph.D. 1990 - The dynamics of wildlife habitat in northern hardwood ecosystems in New York’s Adirondack region.  Doctoral Dissertation.  State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse. 220 pp.  Current position: Research Associate with School of Medicine, University of Missouri - Columbia.
  • Nancy Mathews - Ph.D. 1989 - Social structure, genetic structure and anti-predator behavior of white-tailed deer in the central Adirondacks.  Doctoral Dissertation.  State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse. 171 pp.  Current position: Director of Development and International Partners at the School of Continuing Education, and Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Robert Brooks - Ph.D. 1984 - An analysis of the use of national land use inventories for regional avian habitat assessments.  Doctoral Dissertation.  State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse. 176 pp.  Current position: Research Wildlife Biologist with USDA Forest Service, Amherst, Massachusetts.

 

Masters Degree Students – Completed

  • Jodi Kreuser - M.S. 2013 - Climate change, range shifts, and differential guild responses of Michigan breeding birds.  63 pp.  Current position: Michigan State Universtiy Diagnostic Center for Populations and Animal Health
  • Jonathan Zysik - M.S. 2010 - Using radio telemetry data to calibrate an elk habitat suitability model.  Masters Thesis.  State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Syracuse. 58 pp.  Current position: General Dentist, Edmund Dentistry, Massena, New York.
  • Brigham Whitman - Masters Candidate - Movement behavior of white-tailed deer in relation to mortality events in a fragmented forest-agriculture landscape.  SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse.  58 pp.
  • Megan Skrip - M.S. 2010 - Fall-winter survival, habitat, and long-term population change of ruffed grouse in New York State.  Masters Thesis. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Syracuse.  117 pp.  Current position: PhD student, University of Rhode Island.
  • Matthew Smith - M.S.  2009 - White-tailed deer migration in the Adirondack Park: mechanisms and implications for spread of infectious disease.  Masters Thesis. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Syracuse.  60 pp.
  • Elizabeth Dowling Danks - M.S. 2008 - An assessment of the impact of residential development on mammal communities in the Adirondacks, New York.  Masters Thesis. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse.  pp.  Current position: Coordinator, Chronic Wasting Disease, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.  
  • Ariel Diggory - M.S. 2008 - Using enduring landscape features and geographic information system to map potential wetlands.  Masters Thesis. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse.  76 pp.  Current position:  Environmental Program Specialist, Adirondack Park Agency.
  • Anne Woods - M.S. 2007 - Quantifying the relationship between anthropogenic disturbance and biotic integrity in the Adirondack Park. Masters Thesis. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse.  88 pp.  
  • Zachary Danks - M.S. 2007 - Spatial, temporal and landscape characteristics of moose-vehicle collisions in Maine. Masters Thesis. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse.   84 pp.  Current Position:   Coordinator, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
  • Jeff Organ - M.S. 2007 - Linking white-tailed deer harvests to population and environmental processes through ecological modeling. Masters Thesis. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse.  149 pp.  Current Position:  Senior Associate, Foresight Wind Energy.
  • Susan Walker - M.S. 2006 - Evaluation of micoclimate within white-tailed deer wintering yards in the central Adirondacks of New York State.  Masters Thesis. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse.   103 pp. Current Position: Research/Extension Associate, Cornell University.
  • Carolyn Spilman - M.S 2006 - The effects of lakeshore development on common loon productivity in the Adirondack Park, New York.  Masters Thesis.  State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse.  50 pp. Current Position: Wildlife Biologist, Audubon New York.
  • Alison Lott - M.S. 2004 - Quantifying the relationship between white-tailed deer and forest regeneration in the central Adirondacks of New YorkMasters Thesis. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse.  66 pp.  Current position: Completing graduate program in education, University of Scranton.
  • Jeremy Hurst - M. S. 2004 - Evaluation in historical change in white-tailed deer winter yards in the Adirondack region of New York. Masters Thesis. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse.  115 pp.   Current position: Deer Biologist, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, New York
  • Sharon Goetz - M.S. 2002 - Statewide habitat assessment for wild turkey in Arkansas.  
  • Brian Miranda - M.S. 2002 - Statewide habitat assessment for white-tailed deer in Arkansas.  Current position:  Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
  • Anne Oyer - M.S. 2002 - Localized management of white-tailed deer in the Central Adirondack Mountains of New York.  Current position:  Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Cortland, New York
  • Jennifer Woodard - M.S. 2001 - Localized management of white-tailed deer in a suburban environment.  Current position:  Veterinary assistant.
  • Genevieve Nesslage - M.S. 2000 - An assessment of long-term trends in harvest of white-tailed deer in the Adirondack Park, New York.  Completed doctoral program at Michigan State University in 2005.  Current position:  Assistant Professor, ClarionUniversity, Clarion, PA.
  • Brent Rudolph - M.S. 1999 - Evaluating immuno-contraception to control the growth of a free-ranging, suburban deer population in Irondequoit, New York.  Current position: Deer Biologist with Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
  • Bobbi Jo McClain - M.S. 1999 - Evaluating habitat for white-tailed deer in the Adirondack Mountains using satellite imagery. Current position:  Wildlife Biologist with National Wetland Inventory - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Karl Didier - M.S. 1998 - Feasibility of restoring elk to New York State.  Current position: See under Doctoral Students above.
  • Michale Glennon - M.S. 1997 - Using satellite imagery to assess habitat conditions for wild turkeys on a landscape scale.  Current position: See under Doctoral Students above
  • Stacy McNulty - M.S. 1997 - Influence of habitat on recruitment of young in white-tailed deer.  Current position: Associate Director, Adirondack Ecological Center.
  • Clayton Nielsen - M.S. 1996 - Modeling the feasibility of contraceptive management of white-tailed deer.  Completed doctoral program at the University of Southern Illinois in 2001.  Current position:  Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University.
  • Paul Quinlan - M.S. 1996 - An assessment of wildlife habitat characteristics in Adirondack selection system stands.  Current position: US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Jennifer Fewster (Hill) - M.S. 1995 - Creation of a geographic void in a white-tailed deer population in northern New York.  Current position: High school biology teacher, Florida.
  • Steve Nelson - M.S. 1994 - Ecology of a partially-enclosed, supplementally-fed deer white-tailed deer population.  Current position: Manager of family farm in northwest Iowa.
  • James Schaberl - M.S. 1994 - Assessment of hunting adjacent to park boundaries on the survival and population dynamics of white-tailed deer.  Current position: Resource Management Specialist with the National Park Service, Voyageurs National Park.
  • Jocelyn Aycrigg - M.S. 1993 - Socio-spatial dynamics of white-tailed deer in the central Adirondack Mountains, New York.  Current position: Coordinator, Gap Analysis Program – Northwest, Moscow, Idaho.
  • Steve Roberts - M. S. 1993 - Survival and reproduction of wild turkeys in south-central New York.  Current position: See under Doctoral Students above
  • William Seybold - M.S. 1992 - Ecology and monitoring of white-tailed deer on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Current position: Research Associate, Fish and Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho.
  • Daniel Gefell - M.S. 1990 - An exploration of the influence of environmental factors on variation in wild turkey populations.  Current position: Biologist, Syracuse Research Corporation.
  • Dale Garner - M.S. 1989 - Ecology of the moose and feasibility for translocation into the greater Adirondack ecosystem. Current position: See under Doctoral Students above
  • Mary Bayer Caulway - M.S. 1987 - An analysis of a guild approach to avian habitat assessment.  Current position: Homemaker raising family in Charleton, Massachusetts.
  • Jody Enck - M.S. 1986 - Brood-rearing ecology of gray partridge in New York. Completed Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1996.  Current position: Research Associate, Human Dimensions Research Unit at Cornell University.
  • Brian Underwood - M.S. 1986 - Population dynamics of a central Adirondack deer herd.  Current position: See under Doctoral Students above
  • Samuel Droege - M.S. 1985 - Response of an Adirondack bird community to understory defoliation.  Current position: Wildlife Biologist with USGS Biological Resources Division, Patuxent, Maryland.
  • Terrance Doyle - M.S. 1983 - Testing the U. S. Forest Service renewable resources evaluation for its suitability in assessing avian habitat - Current position: Refuge Wildlife Biologist with Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge, Tok, Alaska.
  • Abby Parness Rudin - M.S. 1982 - Internship with Brukner Nature Center in Troy, Ohio.  Last known position: Teacher with South Orangetown Central School, Mohegan Lake, NY.
  • Nancy Mathews - M.S. 1982 - The capability of U.S. Forest Service resources evaluation in assessing small mammal habitat.  Current position: See under Doctoral Students above
  • Jan Lazarus - M.S. 1982 - Identification of features of wild turkey nest habitat in southeastern Minnesota.  Current position: Research Associate with Dartmouth Medical School.
  • John Hecklau - M.S. 1982 - Feasibility of transplanting wild turkeys into areas of restricted forest cover and high human density.  Current position: Wildlife Biologist with NYS Power Authority.