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Undergraduate Students

Current and Past Honors Students

Aidan De Sano (2010-2014, co-advisor Dr. Gary Rice) Organochlorine pesticides in the Pantanal: A qualitative and semi-quantitative water analysis. Aidan works for a non-profit organization improving water quality in Africa.

Akshay Deverakonda (Current) Testing the incompatibility hypothesis for avian divorce using radio telemetry.

Robert Marty (2013-2014) Evaluating foreign health aid: Assessing the utility of remote sensing to evaluate health aid effectiveness. Robert is a Master's student at the College of William and Mary.

Molly Teague (current, co-advisor Dr. Oliver Kerscher) Distribution of tick-borne disease on the Virginia Peninsula.

Seth Theuerkauf (2011-2012, co-advisor Dr. Romuald Lipcius) Development of a habitat suitability index for the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) in Great Wicomico River, Virginia. Seth is a Ph.D. candidate at the North Carolina State University.

Aniko Toth (2011-2012) A Tale of Two Species - Species distribution models for two cryptic Cricket Frog (Acris) species in syntopy. Aniko conducts research at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Chris Tyson (2009-2012) Spatial application of a species distribution model for the invasive plant Microstegium vimineum in the Chesapeake Bay lowlands ecoregion. Chris received his Master's Degree from the University of Amsterdam in 2014 and is a Ph.D. candidate at University of California, Davis.

Kelly Watson (2010-2013) A comparison of single-day versus multiple-day sampling designs using occupancy modeling. Kelly works as a Science Assistant in the Directorate for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation.

Joanna Weeks (2012-2013) Modeling nymph lone star ticks in the changing landscape of the Virginian Peninsula: a tool for urban planning in the context of human health. Joanna will attend Medical School in fall 2014.

Current Research Students

Aaron Baldwin studies Wood Thrush habitat use and frog distributions.
Elena Bischak studies factors influencing distribution of butterflies.
Aiyanna Bodi studies Wood Thrush habitat use.
Jessica Evan studies Wood Thrush habitat use.
Camila Fishtahler studies Wood Thrush habitat use and frog distributions.
Olivia Hajek studied Wood Thrush diet.
Brooke Huffman studies Wood Thrush habitat use.
Kyle Meele is interested in land use effects on prevalence of zoonoses.
Collin Sweeney is developing a project in spatial ecology.
Morgan Thompson studies factors influencing distribution of butterflies.
Chelsey Thompson studies Wood Thrush habitat use.
Valerie Tran is interested in land use effects on prevalence of zoonoses.
Kimberly Zamuda studies land use and land cover effects on frog population viability.
Mila Zernich Factors influencing the establishment of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare).

Past Research Students

Lauren August (2011) mapped anthropogenic features, such as roads, fences, power lines, and off-road vehicle tracks to inform management the endangered Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus).

Matt Feresten (2010 -2012) studied the distribution of zoonoses and their tick vector in relation to land use and environmental factors. Under the guidance of Dr. Oliver Kerscher, Matt developed initial methods to extract DNA from ticks and how to screen tick samples for zoonoses (in collaboration with). Matt works at TechAtlas Group on biotechnology hedge funds.

Char'Rese Finney (2012) mapped shore line development in the Chesapeake Bay.

Charles Gowan (2013) used land scape metrics to analyze habitat use of the endangered Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle (Cicindela albissima). Charles works as a field technician for the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska.

Jasmine Green (2012) mapped shore line development in the Chesapeake Bay.

Alan Harris (2012-2013) surveyed birds during breeding season of 2011, collected ticks in summer of 2011, and studied tiger beetle distribution in the College Woods in 2012.

Maren Hunsberger (2013) studied Wood Thrush habitat use.

Rachel Jablonski (2010-2011) developed a method to hand-digitize vernal pools from aerial photography. This research is a collaboration between my lab and the lab of Dr. James Vonesh (Virginia Commonwealth University), and is based on a long-term data set to investigate how vernal pool breeding amphibians respond to urbanization. Rachel is a Master's student at Columbia University studying epidemiology.

Micah Jasny (2012) studied factors influencing distribution of butterflies.

Justin Lott (2012-2013) assessed frog species richness and studied Wood Thrush habitat use.

Sean Mahoney (2009-2010) investigated invasiveness of exotic plants based on life history traits. His study was based on a comprehensive literature review. Sean is a Master's student at Northern Arizona University.

Ellen Martin (2011-2014) investigated whether vernal pool viability relates to land cover change. This research is a collaboration between my lab and the lab of Dr. James Vonesh (Virginia Commonwealth University), and is based on a long-term data set to investigate how vernal pool breeding amphibians respond to urbanization. Ellen is a field biologist working for the University of Alaska.

Sean McFall (2011-2014) developed a traffic volume model for primary and secondary roads for the conterminous U.S. He is taking a year off before attending graduate school.

Gabrielle Names (2011) mapped anthropogenic features, such as roads, fences, power lines, and off-road vehicle tracks to inform management of the endangered Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus).

Bruce Pfirman (2012-2013) investigated factors influencing vernal pool persistence. He is a Master's student at the Virginia Institute for Marine Science.

Megan Snell (2010-2011) developed spatially explicit models to predict the distribution of pond-breeding frogs based on human stressors and environmental factors. Megan is a Master's student at the College of William and Mary, School of Education.

Joseph Thomson (2012-2013) surveyed birds during breeding season of 2011, collected ticks in summer of 2011 and surveyed butterflies in 2012.

Corbett Wicks (2009-2011) developed statistical models to predict the distribution of forest-breeding birds based on human stressors and environmental factors. Corbett is a Master's student studying Environmental Education at Goddard College.

Stephanie Wilson (2010-2011) studied factors influencing the distribution of ticks.

James Woods (2012-2013) studied the effects of roads on the distribution of Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum).