Team

Julie McAulay

Julie McAulay

Undergraduate Student (EEE)

Julie McAulay is a senior undergraduate student in Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue. She is currently working on quantifying the ecosystem services and disservices of common urban tree species in order to evaluate how different trees can increase resilience of urban areas under changing climatic conditions. Julie is interested in how species interactions affect ecosystems and how to adapt conservation and restoration efforts to climate change.

Lindsay Darling

Lindsay Darling

PhD Student (FNR)

Lindsay studies the socio-environmental factors that shape the development and current state of Midwestern urban forests. This research explains the urban forest’s inequitable distribution and offers insights on how to improve policies that shape its future. She is currently a fellow with the Center for Tree Science at the Morton Arboretum. Lindsay earned a BS in biochemistry from Indiana University and an MS in plant biology and conservation from Northwestern University.

Kanaan Hardaway

Kanaan Hardaway

PhD Student (EEE)

Kanaan Hardaway is a PhD student in the Environmental and Ecological Engineering and Interdisciplinary Ecological Sciences and Engineering Programs at Purdue working with Drs. Brady Hardiman (FNR/EEE) and Roshanak Nateghi (IE). He completed his bachelor’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Engaging in research at a silviculture field and on a green roof on campus during his undergraduate degree piqued his interest in coupled human-nature systems, which led him to Purdue. At Purdue he leverages machine learning techniques to understand how urban ecological systems contribute to the resilience of cities. Beyond analyzing resilience of urban ecology within the greater social-ecological-technological system of a city, quantifying the value of green infrastructure and other urban vegetation during climate transitions interests him.

Lab Alumni

Elizabeth LaRue

Elizabeth LaRue

Postdoc Fellow

Liz is a post-doc working in both the Hardiman and Fei labs at Purdue. She is testing how forest canopy structure influences invasive species distributions and ecosystem functioning using LiDAR. For more info please visit her website.

Elizabeth LaRue Website

Mayra Ivelisse Rodríguez González

Mayra Ivelisse Rodríguez González

Ph.D. Student (FNR)

Mayra is a second year Ph.D. student at the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. She did her undergraduate in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamón. During this time, she interned in various research labs where she learned about ecosystem services, the benefits humans obtain from nature, and Urban Ecology. Her current research analyzes the distribution of ecosystem services along the Chicago region. She is interested in developing a framework that incorporates accessibility and service usage into the management of important provisioning areas. To learn more about Mayra’s projects, please visit her ResearchGate profile.

Maya’s ResearchGate Profile

Franklin Wagner

Franklin Wagner

Master’s Student (FNR)

Franklin is a Masters student at Purdue University. His thesis research is focused on coupling aerial and terrestrial LIDAR functionality. He is a third generation Boilermaker that hopes to work with conservation and restoration efforts throughout his career. Franklin was born and raised in Cincinnati. He loves traveling, music, a good laugh, and the Cincinnati Reds.

Jacob Klaybor

Jacob Klaybor

Master’s Student (EEE)
Gillian Clark

Gillian Clark

Undergraduate Student (EEE)
Emily Summers

Emily Summers

Undergraduate Student (EEE)
Nate Ibarluzea

Nate Ibarluzea

Undergraduate Student (EEE)
Benjamin McCallister

Benjamin McCallister

Master's Student (FNR)

Ben is a master’s student at Purdue University in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.  He is working on tree biomass quantification in the urban environment.  Ben previously worked as an ESL teacher in Japan before getting his undergraduate degree in Forestry with a minor in Urban Forestry.  He is also an ISA Certified Arborist.