Former Students/Staff

Rita Belair (Blythe)

Rita Belair (Blythe) earned her M.S. with a thesis on ecological interactions affecting American chestnut restoration and Allegheny woodrat conservation in Indiana. She currently is doing free-lance work in New Hampshire.
 

Jacob Berl

Jacob Berl earned his Ph.D. by examining ecosystem services provided by small mammals in row-crop agro-ecosystems. He currently is a conservation officer with Idaho Fish and Game.

E-mail: Jacob.berl@idfg.idaho.gov
 

Natasha A. Brown (Urban)

Natasha Brown (Urban) earned her M.S. with a thesis on the effects of forest management on bird and small mammal occupancy patterns in forests of southern Indiana. She received her Ph.D. from University of Cincinnati.

Learn more about her work at her Google Scholar
 

Harmony J. Dalgleish

Harmony Dalgleish is a plant population ecologist who as a postdoc worked with me on studies of American chestnut and its interactions with consumers. She is an assistant professor at the College of William and Mary.

Take a look at Harmony’s work and profile on her website.

 

Anthony J. DeNicola

Tony DeNicola earned his Ph.D. with a dissertation on control of reproduction in over-abundant white-tailed deer populations. He is president of White Buffalo, Inc., a nonprofit wildlife management and research organization dedicated to conserving native species and ecosystems through damage and population control.

Take a look at his work and profile on White Buffalo, Inc.’s site.

 

Yssa Dawn DeWoody

Yssa DeWoody is a mathematical ecologist who as a postdoc worked with me on models of metapopulations. She is a cryptographer with the research division of Microsemi.

Email: yssadewoody@gmail.com

 

Ben Dolan

Ben Dolan is a plant community ecologist who as a postdoc worked with me on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment. He is now an associate professor at the University of Findlay.

Take a look at his profile on the University of Findlay’s site.

 

Joseph E. Duchamp

Joe Duchamp earned his Ph.D. with a dissertation that modeled bat species occurrence and community structure across multiple landscapes that varied in agriculturally induced forest fragmentation. He is an associate professor at Indiana University-Pennsylvania.

Take a look at his work and profile on Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s site.

 

Zach Feiner

Zach Feiner was a Purdue Postdoctoral Scholar in Natural Resources, co-sponsored with Dr. Tomas Hook. He modeled sources of variation in trophic complexity in freshwater ecosystems. Zach is a research scientist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
E-mail: Zachary.Feiner@wisconsin.gov

 

Thomas M. Gehring

Tom Gehring earned his Ph.D. with a dissertation on ecology of mammalian predators in a landscape fragmented by agriculture. He is a professor at Central Michigan University.

Take a look at his work and profile on Central Michigan’s site.

 

Jacob R. Goheen

Jake Goheen earned his M.S. with a thesis on the ecological implications of a range expansion by North American red squirrels in the central hardwood region. He is an associate professor at University of Wyoming.

Take a look at his work and profile on his website.

 

Byju N. Govindan

Byju earned his Ph.D. with a dissertation on the role of resource predictability in determining the metapopulation dynamics of insects in experimental and natural landscapes. He is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota.

Take a look at his work and profile on ResearchGate ResearchGate

 

Skye Greenler

Skye Greenler earned her M.S. by clarifying the impact of shelterwood harvest and prescribed fire on abiotic (light) and biotic (acorn consumption and dispersal by rodents) factors important to oak regeneration. Skye currently is a Ph.D. student at Oregon State University.
E-mail: skye.greenler@oregonstate.edu

 

Weidong Gu

Weidong Gu worked with me as a postdoctoral research associate on metapopulation and occupancy modeling. He is a health statistician with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he works with the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases.

Email: weidonggu@cdc.gov

 

Ken Kellner

Ken Kellner earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees by using experiments and modeling to understand key factors in the early life history of oaks. It turns out that caching by rodents is critical! He also conducted postdoctoral work in which he assessed breeding bird responses to forest management. Ken is a research scientist with the Camp Fire Program in Wildlife Conservation, SUNY-ESF.
E-mail: kfkellner@esf.edu

 

Andrei P. Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko is an environmental modeler who as a postdoc worked with me on decision support tools for forest landowners. He is an associate professor at North Dakota State University.

Email: andrei.kirilenko@und.edu
Take a look at his profile and research on the University of North Dakota’s site.

 

Mary Beth Kolozsvary

Mary Beth Kolozsvary earned her M.S. with a thesis on the effects of agriculturally induced fragmentation of wetland complexes on amphibian assemblages. She is an assistant professor at Siena College.

Take a look at her work and profile on Siena College’s site.

 

Nate Lichti

Nate Lichti earned his Ph.D. and was a postdoctoral research fellow who used quantitative modeling and field experiments to assess how environmental context influenced foraging behavior of scatter-hoarding vertebrates. Nate currently is a continuing lecturer in the Department of Statistics at Purdue.

E-mail: nlichti@purdue.edu

 

Jeffrey J. Lusk

Jeff Lusk is a quantitative ecologist who as a postdoc worked with me on factors affecting temporal variation and covariation in mast production by hardwood trees. He is an upland game program manager for the Research, Analysis, and Inventory Section, Wildlife Division, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Take a look at his work and profile on ResearchGate

 

Jeffrey E. Moore

Jeff Moore earned his Ph.D. with a dissertation on the ecology of animal-mediated seed dispersal in the central hardwoods forest region. He is research wildlife biologist and program leader in the marine mammal and turtle division of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries Service.

Take a look at his work and profile on Southwest Fisheries Science Center’s site.

 

Dana Nelson

Dana Nelson earned her M.S. by assessing the population dynamics of small mammals to timber harvest and prescribed fire on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment. She currently works as a non-game biologist for Wyoming Game and Fish.
E-mail: dana.nelson@wyo.gov

 

Thomas E. Nupp

Tom Nupp earned his Ph.D. with a dissertation on responses of forest rodents to habitat loss and fragmentation induced by agriculture. He is a professor at Arkansas Tech University.

Take a look at his work and profile on Arkansas Tech University’s site.

 

L. Kristen Page

L. Kristen Page earned her Ph.D. with a dissertation on the interaction of a generalist nematode parasite of raccoons (Baylisascaris procyonis) and habitat fragmentation. She is the Ruth Kraft Strohschein Distinguished Chair and professor of biology at Wheaton College.

Take a look at her work and profile on Wheaton College’s website.

 

Carol E. Rizkalla

Carol Rizkalla earned her Ph.D. with a dissertation on the ability of small mammals to disperse through farmlands. She is an assistant regional biologist and critical wildlife area coordinator, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Take and look at her work and profile on ResearchGate

Learn more about the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on their website.

 

Robin E. Russell

Robin Russell earned her Ph.D. with a dissertation that incorporated animal behavior into landscape-level models of movement. She is a research statistician with the National Wildlife Health Center, USGS..

Take a look at her profile and work at USGS National Wildlife Health Center’s website.

 

B. Forrest Sheperd

B. Forrest Sheperd earned his M.S. with a thesis on spatial ecology of fox squirrels in forested patches of west-central Indiana. He works at ServPro Restoration Services of Scarsdale/Mount Vernon, NY.

Take a look at ServPro Restoration Services website to learn more about what Sheperd does.

 

Timothy J. Smyser

Tim Smyser is a conservation biologist and geneticist who worked on Allegheny woodrat recovery during his time at Purdue, where he served as a postdoctoral research associate and research scientist in my lab. Tim is a wildlife geneticist with USDA APHIS National Wildlife Research Center and an adjunct assistant professor at Purdue.

Check out Tim on ResearchGate.

 

Mekala Sundaram

Mekala Sundaram earned her Ph.D. by ascertaining the role of seed traits, plant phylogeny, and environmental factors such as seed density on foraging decisions of eastern gray squirrels. Mekala is a postdoctoral associate with appointments at Brown and Stanford University.
E-mail: mekala.sundaram@gmail.com