Current Students

The following individuals are graduate students in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. 

Note: Every attempt is made to keep this list current. The list is generally updated at least once each academic year. Please bear in mind that in between the fall and spring semesters some students listed here may have graduated the program.

If you are a current ESP graduate student and you do not see your name listed here or your listing is incomplete/has errors, please email the ESP Webmaster with the necessary edits.


Graduate Student Annual Report

As a reminder, all students are required to fill out the annual report form in consultation with their primary advisor.

After approval from your primary advisor, please submit the form to Susan Cheselka in the ESP Graduate Programs Office (by email: scheselk@gmu.edu) by September 1. The purpose of this form is for the Graduate Programs Office to assess your academic progress.

Graduate Student Annual Report (.docx)


MS
PhD


MS Students

Alexander, Samantha
Email: salexa14@masonlive.gmu.edu 
Program: Accelerated MS AQEC
Advisor: Kim de Mutsert

Allen, Tiffany
E-mail: tallen23@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVSP
Advisor: Esther Peters

Ashby, Elizabeth
Email: eashby@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program:  MS COSP
Advisor:  Thomas Lovejoy

Bayne, Nicole
Email: nbayne2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS ESCM
Advisor: Kathy Rowan

Beetle, Nicole
Email: beetlenicole@gmail.com
Program: MS COSP
Advisor: Chris Kennedy

Bodner, Christopher
Email: cbodner@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS AQEC
Advisor: Kim de Mutsert

Bragg, Morgan
Email: mbragg2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS COSP
Advisor: Elizabeth Freeman

Bronez, Anne
Email: abronez@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVMG

Chan, Steven
Email: schan10@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS AQEC
Advisor: Benoit Van Aken

Clark, Jonathan
Email: jclark32@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS COSP
Advisor: David Luther

Collier, Morgan
Email: mcollie5@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS AQEC
Advisor: Chris Jones

Conrad, Monika
Email: mconrad4@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS COSP
Advisor: Elizabeth Freeman

Conway, Rebecca
Email: rconway5@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS COSP
Advisor: Thomas Lovejoy

Cook, Samantha Marie
Email: scook21@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS
Advisor:

Cooper, William
Email: wcooper2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVSP
Advisor: David Luther

Czarnecki, Julia
Email: jczarne2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS AQEC
Advisor: Amy Fowler

Dechanupong, Juthapathra
Email: jdechanu@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS COSP
Advisor: Elizabeth Freeman
Research Interest: Maternal behavior and interaction between red panda dam and cubs.

D’Onofrio, Jacklyn
Email: jdonofr3@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVMG
Advisor:

Feinsilver, Ben
Email: bfeinsil@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVSP
Advisor: Tom Lovejoy

Gagnon, Sean
Email: sgagnon@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVMG

Gagnon, Zuri
Email: zgagnon@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS
Advisor:

Gary, Ashley Dunlap
E-mail: adunlap2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVBC
Advisor: E. C. M. Parsons

Gisonda, Megan
E-mail: mgisonda@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVSP
Advisor: Susan Crate

Gordon, Stephanie E.
Email: sgordo15@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVSP
Advisor: Greg Foster

Gray, Chelsea
E-mail: cgray21@gmu.edu
Program: MS/PhD EVSP
Advisor: Dr. Erin Peters-Burton
Research Interest: Public opinion regarding tourism and basking sharks in Donegal, Ireland

Grouge-Shamnek, Brittany
E-mail: bshamene@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVBC
Advisor: Esther Peters
Research Interest: My research interest involves the investigation of coral disease. Specifically, my focus is on the interactions between potential pathogens and corals at a cellular level, and how these interactions ultimately affect the health of corals on a larger scale.

Hashempour Aloucheh, Farnoush
Email: fhashemp@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS COSP
Advisor: Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers

Havens, Jessica
E-mail: jhavens@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS COSP
Advisor: Esther Peters

Kaehler, Kelsey
Email: kkaehle@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS COSP
Advisor: Tom Wood

Kazo, Lara A.
Email: lkazo@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS COSP
Advisor: David Luther
Research Interest: Forest fragmentation and effects on avian species in Brazil

King, Tabitha W.
Email: tking18@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS
Advisor:

Krcmarik, Matt
E-mail: mkrcmari@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVSP
Advisor: Larry Rockwood

Latimer, Michael H.
Email: mlatime2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS
Advisor:

Ledford, Kathryn E.
Email: kledfor2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS
Advisor:

Makineni, Krishna
Email: cmakinen@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS COSP
Advisor: Esther Peters

Mazur, Eric
Email: emazur@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVBC
Advisor: Esther Peters

McCartney, Claire
Email: cmccart@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS COSP
Advisor: E.C.M. Parsons

Melton, Jessamine
E-mail: jmelton4@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS AQEC
Advisor: Kim de Mutsert
Research Interest: I am interested in looking into non-invasive sampling methods for river herring, in particular looking to determine whether non-invasive and more cost-friendly methods show viable data based on current sampling methods.

Michalski, Peter
E-mail: pmicha12@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVMG

Moore, Symone
Email: smoore28@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: Accelerated MS EVMG

Nguyen, Christine N.
Email: cnguye37@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVMG

Nguyen, Valerie T.
Email: vnguye40@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS
Advisor:

Nortey, Lionel
Email: lnortey@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVMG

Palmer, Ashley
E-mail: apalmer9@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVSP
Advisor: Cynthia Smith

Pedicord, Lenore
Email: seldridg@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS ESCM
Advisor: Lorelei Crerar
Research Interest: Evaluating which factors influence dangerous behavior in visitors to Yellowstone National Park. Information will be gathered via surveys of park visitors which ask them to state where they are from, city size, what social media they use, and how they would rank common animals in the park in terms of danger presented. Better methods of communication with park visitors can be used to reduce the risk of visitor injury and stress to wildlife while boosting public perception of these animals.

Pehrson, Casey
Email: Cpehrson@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVSP
Advisor: Kim de Mutsert

Poole, Christopher
E-mail: cpoole3@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVSP
Advisor: Dann Sklarew

Saad, Merna
Email: msaad2@masonlive.gmu.edu or merna.n.saad@gmail.com
Program: MS EVSP
Advisor: Alonso Aguirre

Sachs, Andrew
E-mail: asachs3@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS AQEC
Advisor: Paul Houser

Schwoerer, Adam
Email: aschwoer@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVMG

Sherwood, Daniel
E-mail: dsherwoo@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVMG

Smith, Kelsey M.
Email: kcouch2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVSP
Advisor: E.C.M. Parsons

Sorvillo, Brandon
Email: bsorvill@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVMG

Stewart, Rachel E.
Email: rstewa2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVMG

Tremaine, Samantha
Email: stremaine@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS
Advisor:

Turner, Keanah
Email: kturne2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS
Advisor:

Uhran, Bergit
Email: buhran@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVMG

Varde, Meghana
Email: mvarde@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS
Advisor:

Vorek, Emily
Email: evorek@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVMG

Williams, Elizabeth O.
Email: ewilli11@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: MS EVMG
Advisor: Albert Torzilli

Wishnuff, Aaron
Email: aaronwishnuff@yahoo.com
Program: MS EVMG

 

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PhD Students

Al-Rawahi, Ziyana
Email: zalrawah@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science Track
Committee: P. Houser (Chair)
Research Interests: Water Sustainability, water management, desertification

Bair, Ross (candidacy)
E-mail: rossbair@gmail.com
Program: PhD Policy track
Committee: D. Sklarew (Chair), E. Maibach, C. Kennedy, A. Paczynska
Research Proposal: “Moral Foundation Theory as Explanation of Action in a Commons Dilemma”

Balajapalli, Sudha
Email: sbalaja2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Policy track
Committee: T. Lovejoy (Chair), L. Talbot (Co-Chair)
Research Interest: My research focus is on tiger conservation. The objectives of my research are to 1) mitigate wildlife crime through the use of wildlife forensics and science; 2) bring social conservation awareness to local communities in tiger conservation landscapes; and 3) change policy governing wildlife for better tiger conservation.

Barriga Bahamonde, Cecilia Beatriz
Email:  cbarrig@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science Track
Committee: T. Lovejoy (Chair)
Research Interests: Relationship between diversity of mammals and the provision of ecosystem services in the Peruvian Amazon.

Briceno-Huerta, Fiorella
Email: fbriceno@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: M. Gilmore (Chair), T. Lovejoy, E. Freeman, Bowley
Research Interest: Critically endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey Lagothrix flavicauda, conduct scientific inventories of mammals for the creation of new conservation areas managed by communities, teaching environmental education, and sowing conservation awareness to communities; primate conservation.

Bromser-Kloeden, Taryn
Email: tbromser@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science Track
Committee: S. Crate (Chair)
Research Interests: Environmental issues such as human-wildlife conflicts/ interactions; how climate change might be influencing such interactions and how to design effective, sustainable solutions in light of our changing world.

Carpenter, Adam (candidacy)
E-mail: acarpen8@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Policy track
Committee: Robert Jonas (Chair), B. Liner, D. Sklarew, P. Schopf, S. deMonsabert
Research Proposal: “Framework for Locally Driven Sea Level Rise Policy and Action.”

Chua, Aik Hwee Marcus
Email: mchua2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science Track
Committee: T. Lovejoy (Chair)
Research Interests: Ecology and wildlife response to human-modified landscapes; Use of 21st century techniques to answer natural history questions; Wildlife-human co-existence and sustainable use of natural habitats.

Clay, Anne
E-mail: aclay4@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: T. Lovejoy (Chair)
Research Interest: Global issues, biodiversity, and extinction

Coddington, Charles P.
E-mail: ccodding@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: D. Luther (Chair), T.B. Ryder (Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center)
Research Interest: Mixed-species bird flock survival, behavior, and fecundity in forest fragments in the Brazilian Amazon.

Collins, Elizabeth (Betsy)
E-mail: ecolli11@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: A. Weeks (Chair), P. Gillevet, J. Lawrey, Hamilton
Research Interest: My research interests center on phylogenetic systematics of flowering plants. I aim to develop tools to more accurately define species limits, particularly for morphologically cryptic or variable species, and to understand the processes driving speciation. My research also explores the phylogenetic relationships of recently diverged species and how these relationships can aid in testing historical biogeographical hypotheses. My dissertation research focuses on defining species boundaries and studying the population genetics of the tropical tree, Bursera graveolens (palo santo), to better understand the evolutionary processes driving the formation of the dry forest biome in the Americas.

Corder, Molly
E-mail: mcorder4@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science Track
Committee: A. Aguirre (Chair), B. Pukazhenthi (SCBI)
Research Interest: Understanding the role of iron physiology in black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) health, conservation medicine, and endangered species reproductive biology/assisted reproductive technologies.

Davies, Heather
E-mail: hdavies5@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD
Committee: A. Aguirre, Michael E. von Fricken
Research Interest: My research interest is in the intersection of bat conservation and outbreak prevention in SE Asia. Currently, I am profiling zoonotic disease spillover risk at popular cave ecotourism sites in SE Asia based on published proximal surveillance data and insights regarding environmental correlates with viral shedding. Location-based risk profiling can help advance resource management to prevention and rapidly response to outbreaks in the future. Developing concept for a regional network of sentinel caves for routine surveillance as part of dissertation work.

Dougan, Nathan (candidacy)
E-mail: ndougan@gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: P. Gillevet (Chair), C. Kennedy, M. Slimak (EPA), D. Akob (USGS)
Research Proposal: “Perception of Risk in Consuming Chicken Raised With Antibiotics”

Farinelli, Sarah
Email: sfarinel@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: D. Luther (Chair), L. Keith-Diagne (African Aquatic Conservation Fund), T. Lovejoy, L. Talbot
Research Interest: Spatial ecology and conservation; analysis of the intensity of anthropogenic threats to African manatees in Nigeria and their effect on the ways in which manatees utilize their habitat.

Gray, Chelsea
E-mail: cgray21@gmu.edu
Program: MS/PhD EVSP
Advisor: Dr. Erin Peters-Burton
Research Interest: Public opinion regarding tourism and basking sharks in Donegal, Ireland

Grayson, Treda (candidacy)
E-mail: tgrayson@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: K. de Mutsert (Chair), G. Foster, C. Parsons, B. Jones (NSF)
Research Proposal: “Responses of Benthic Macrofauna to Environmental Stressors: A Synthesis of Chesapeake Bay Data”

Goblet, Camille C.
E-mail: cgoblet@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science Track
Committee: E. Freeman (Chair)
Research Interest: Genetics of black rhinoceros subspecies

Golden Kroner, Rachel E. (candidacy)
E-mail: rgolden6@gmu.edu
Program: PhD Policy track
Committee: T. Lovejoy (Chair), C. Kennedy, D. Luther, M. Mascia (Conservation International)
Research Proposal: “Dynamics and Ecological Impacts of Protected Areas and Hydrocarbon Development in the Western Amazon”

Griffiths, Brian
E-mail: bgriffi7@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: M. Gilmore (chair), M. Bowler (University of Suffolk), J. Kolowski (SMSC), and J. Stabach (SCBI)
Research Interest: Conservation biology and ecosystem management; analysis of the sustainability of subsistence hunting of mammals by indigenous groups in the Peruvian Amazon.

Hall, Natalie (candidacy)
E-mail: nhall5@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: R. C. Jones (Chair), R. Jonas, P. Gillevet, D. Hogan
Research Proposal: “Characteristics of Urban Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPS) and Microbial Denitrified Communities”

Hoffman, Sara (candidacy)
E-mail: shoffma2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Policy track
Committee: T. Conlan (Chair), L. Rockwood, G. Birchard, P. Posner
Research Proposal: “Understanding Performance Management: Evaluating the Environmental Protection Agency’s Compliance Monitoring Program”

Howard, Susan (candidacy)
E-mail: showar16@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Policy track
Committee: A. Aguirre (Chair), T. Lovejoy, K. Clark, Buttke
Research Interest: “Wildlife veterinary and conservation medicine:  interested in increasing communication and collaboration across human, animal and environmental disciplines through a OneHealth approach.”

Jacobs, Peter
Email: pjacobs4@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: K. deMutsert (Chair), A. Dowsett, Burles, Otto-Bliesner
Research Interest: “Effects of Climate Change on Nekton Distribution in North Atlantic Using Ecosystem Models: Climate Model and Paleoclimate-derived Temperature Simulations Compared.”

Karamat, Ayesha 
E-mail: akaramat@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: M. Houck (Chair)
Research Interest: Effect of hydrogel on various textures of soil and plants.

Klocke, Blake
E-mail: bklocke@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: A. Aguirre (Chair), L. Rockwood, B. Gratwicke, S. Nix, A. Laemmerzahl
Research Interest: Conserving amphibian biodiversity, particularly species affected by the pathogenic amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis).

LaCivita, Lisa
E-mail: llacivit@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: T. Lovejoy (Chair), L. Talbot, R. C. Jones, B. Jones
Research Proposal: “Amphibian Monitoring for Ecosystem Services, Citizen Engagement and Public Policy”

LaDue, Chase (candidacy)
E-mail: cladue@gmu.edu or chase.ladue@gmail.com
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: E. Freeman (Co-chair); W. Kiso (Co-chair; Center for Elephant Conservation); R. Vandercone (Rajarata University); D. Luther; C. Edwards
Research Interest: Behavior, physiology, and conservation of elephants, with applications for in-situ and ex-situ conservation

Lewis, Jennifer
E-mail: jlewis33@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: A. Aguirre (Chair)
Research Interest: Use of storytelling through film for conservation messaging.

Livermore, Mike
E-mail: mlivermo@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Policy track
Committee: A. Crooks (Chair)
Research Interest: Modeling and sustainability, including its economic ecological and social strands; modeling of different facets of sustainability encapsulating the state of the earth’s ecosystems, as well as social complexities of human development and management.

Madari, Usha
E-mail: ushakiranmadari@yahoo.com
Program: PhD Policy track
Committee: S. Crate (Chair)
Research Interest: Water management; sustainability living philosophy and climate change research.

Mallett, Sarah D.
E-mail: smallett@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD
Committee: S. Crate (Chair)
Research Interest:

Mangukiya, Rupal
E-mail: rupalmangukiya@gmail.com
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: D. Sklarew (Chair), T. Leslie, D. Wong. V. Prasad
Research Interest: Sustainable development; Relationships between sustainability aspects (e.g. economic, social and environmental) and the inter-connections between SDGs (UN sustainable development goals); Watershed management; Water quality analysis.

Marriott, Sara
Email: smarriot@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science Track
Committee: E.C.M. Parsons (Chair)
Research Interests: Effects of bait deterrents on marine mammal bycatch and depredation as well as minimizing the negative impacts of these conservation measures on fishermen; environmental issues that involve social and ecological interactions.

Marshall McLean, Kim (candidacy)
E-mail: kimmarshall66@gmail.com
Program: PhD Policy track
Committee: Lorelei Crerar (Co-Chair), E. C. M. Parsons (Co-chair), Al Fuertes, Katherine Rowan, Karma Norman (NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center)
Dissertation Research: U.S. Fishery Disasters: Trends, Causes, and Impacts of Pacific Salmon Declines on Native American Communities

Molloy, Meadhbh
Email:  mmalloy2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD
Committee:

Montano, Serenity
E-mail: smontan3@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: T. Lovejoy (Chair), A. Aguirre, L. Rockwood, W. J. Kress (Smithsonian), C. J. Tucker (NASA), P. C. Wright (Stony Brook University)
Research Interest: My conservation goal is to preserve Ivohibory Forest in Madagascar applying a uniquely complementary skill set, combining mastery of GIS and remote sensing with practical experience in genomics, genetics, botany, and taxonomy. My research goals are to study the ecosystem dynamics and diversity of Ivohibory Forest through biological census and DNA barcoding, to study the evolution of local mutualisms through genomics and genetics studies of Traveler’s Palm (Ravenala madagascariensis) and fecal genotyping of lemurs (Superfamily Lemuroidea), and to facilitate genomic conservation of forest biological diversity, as a demonstration of the effectiveness of this integrated approach to community-supported long-term conservation.

Moskey, Kristyn (candidacy)
E-mail: kmoskey@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: R. Chris Jones (Chair), Chris Parsons, Lee Talbot, David Allen
Research Proposal: “Quantifying Mixing at Various Temporal Scales and Its Effect on Phytoplankton Growth in a Small Suburban Reservoir”

Mott, Alexander W.
Email:  amott3@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD
Committee:

Oester, Samantha (candidacy)
E-mail: soester@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: E.C.M. Parsons (Chair), C. Ahn, A. Fuertes, K. de Mutsert
Research Proposal: “Multi-Dimension Assessment of a Watershed in a Small Island Developing State: Cap-Haitian Bay, Haiti”

Pelli, Marco
E-mail: mpelli@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: T. Lovejoy (Chair)
Research Interest: Climate Change and Deforestation on Brazilian Amazon Rainforest

Peredo, Carlos (candidacy)
Email:  cperedo@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program:  PhD Science track
Committee:  M. Uhen (Chair), Pyenson, A. Laemmerzahl, G. Birchard
Research Proposal:  “From Teeth to Baleen: Morphological Adaptations Associated with the Loss of Teeth and the Evolution of Baleen in Mysticete Cetaceans”

Peters, Doreen
E-mail: dpeter20@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: D. Sklarew (Chair), A. Aguirre, R. McBride, G. Foster
Research Interest: Effect on Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) egg hatching success from persistent organic pollutants adhered to microplastics found in nest sand.

Pochtar, Darby
Email:  dpochtar@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD
Committee:
Research Interest:

Poudel, Sujata (Suzee)
E-mail: spoudel4@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: R.C. Jones (Chair)
Research Interest: Performing research work relating to restoring and protecting the Potomac River and its tributaries.

Randolph, Mary
Email: mrandol6@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Policy track
Committee:
Research Interest:

Riggleman, Drew
E-mail: arigglem@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: T. Lovejoy (Chair), D. Luther, L. Rockwood, T. Wood
Research Interest: The study of private protected lands, in the form of conservation easements, in the 16-county region surrounding Shenandoah National Park. I am interested in how we can communicate the value of private lands conservation to the private landowners as well as to local and regional governments as well as remote-sensing applications of the study area in the Shenandoah Valley. What will the assessment uncover and how can this information be used to impact policy and management practices? What effects will the assessment have on biodiversity and ecosystems?

Roberts, Jessica
E-mail: jrober43@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee:  D. Luther (Chair), T. Lovejoy, E. Freeman, White
Research Interest: I am researching the effectiveness of captive breeding and reintroduction of threatened and endangered species back into the wild. I am exploring the overall value of these programs in terms of restoring and increasing vertebrate population sizes. A major part of this research is looking into whether behavior-based management implemented during the rearing process is having a positive effect on individual survivorship. The second part of my research will focus on endangered avian species reintroduction and the impact of specific behavioral-based management techniques, such as anti-predator training and puppet-rearing, on survivorship.

Robillard, Alexander
E-mail: arobill@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: A. Aguirre (Chair), P. Gillevet, J. Seminoff
Research Interest: One Health Conservation of Endangered Species. Dissertation research focuses on Genetic/Genomic structure, toxicology and ecology of sea turtle populations off the eastern Pacific coast of Mexico. Investigations into methods of science communication utilizing virtual reality.

Rohring, William
E-mail: wrohring@masonlive.gmu.edu  or  br.eimg@gmail.com
Program: PhD Policy track
Committee: I. Visseren-Hamakers  (Chair)
Research Interest: Sustainable development of natural resources, protection of ecosystem functions and reduction of climate change impacts in the US Virgin Islands; study why governments in rural coastal counties in the Mid-Atlantic are not adequately planning for the impacts of climate change.

Round, Christopher
Email:  cround@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Policy Track
Committee: I. Visseren-Hamakers (Chair)
Research Interests: Integrated environmental governance (IEG), the theories and practices that focus on the relationships between environmental policy instruments and governance systems; focus on climate change and address gaps in academic literature; analyze the combined performance of multiple-instruments, with most of the work being focused on the relationship between only two.

Sandler, Kenneth (candidacy)
E-mail: ksandler@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: R. Jonas (Chair), S. deMonsabert, D. Hart, D. Kreis
Research Proposal: “The Impact of Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” Campaign on New Power Plant Construction”

Schmidt, Stephanie
E-mail: sschmi11@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee:  C. Ahn (Chair)
Research Interest: Drawn to research in conservation that utilizes both molecular and ecological techniques to understand the dynamics of habitat loss, species extinction, and the potential for evolutionary rescue which is highly applicable to spatial analysis and mathematical modeling. Hopes to analyze the interactions between microbial communities and environmental systems by studying ecology from a microbial perspective.

Schreffler, Lisa (candidacy)
E-mail: lschreff@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: D. Luther (Chair), C. Parsons, L. Rockwood, T. Wood
Research Proposal: “ An Investigation of Background Noise and Bill Morphology on Avian Communication”

Shaffer, Deborah (candidacy)
E-mail: shaffer.debbie@gmail.com
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: L. Rockwood (Chair), P. Gillevet, A. Laemmerzahl, R. Eckerlin
Research Proposal: “Population Structure of the Red Spotted Newt (Notophtalmus Viridescens Viridescens) in VA”

Siegel, Tovah
E-mail: tsiegel2@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: T. Lovejoy (Chair), D. Luther (Co-Chair), C. Edwards
Research Interest: The impact of forest fragmentation in the Brazilian Amazon on ecological interactions within remaining habitat patches.

Smith, Shawn H.
Email:  ssmit28@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: Dr. D. Luther (Chair), Dr. P. Marra (Co-adviser)
Research Interest: The effects of climate change on birds along urban-to-rural gradient.

Solovyeva, Vera (candidacy)
E-mail: vsolovye@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Policy track
Committee: S. Crate (Chair), L. Rockwood, M. Goodale, T. LaPorte
Research Proposal: “Climate Change in Oymyakon: Perceptions, Responses and How Local Knowledge May Inform Policy”

Tay, Derric (candidacy)
E-mail: dtay@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Policy track
Committee: T. Lovejoy (Chair), T. LaPorte, J. Qu, D. Sklarew
Research Proposal: “Estimating the Forest Cover and Carbon Benefits of Forest Protection in Costa Rica’s PSA Program”

Van Dexter, Kristina (candidacy)
Email:  kristinavandexter@gmail.com
Program:  PhD Policy track
Committee:  I. Visseren-Hamakers (Chair), S. Crate, L. Talbot, B. Arts
Research Proposal: “Multilevel Governance on the Forest-Agriculture Interface in Tropical forest landscapes”

Walker, Nicholas
E-mail: nwalker3@masonlive.gmu.edu
Program: PhD Science track
Committee: A. A. Aguirre (Chair), P. Gillevet, K. de Mutsert, C.A. Dolloff
Research Proposal: “Prioritizing Fish Habitat for American Eel (Anguilla rostrate) in the Chesapeake Bay”

 

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