Current Students Research

Students currently enrolled in the NRESS Ph.D. program number 51, making NRESS one of the largest Ph.D. programs at UNH.  Students are in varying stages of their doctoral studies, from first year to late candidacy, and the degree path (NRES or EES) is also noted below for each student.  Some student listings are linked to profile pages, which include a description of the research, awards, presentations and publications, and other related links.  Meet and explore NRESS students and their research!

NRESS Ph.D. student Bianca Cardona

Natalie Lounsbury, NRESS Ph.D. graduate.


Student Name Degree Advisor Research Topic * indicates at candidacy
Ashif Abir NRES Wil Wollheim  
Breanne Aflague
NRES Jeffrey Garnas The Effect of EAB Density and Tree Stress on  Parasitism Rates of the Biocontrol Wasp Tetrastichus planipennisi
Isaac Ativor
EES Richard Smith Strategies for Cropping System Diversification and the Effects of Crop Diversity on Agroecosystem Services and Pest Population Dynamics
Amanda Beal*
NRES John Carroll Natural Resource Considerations in Food Production
Emma Bergh       NRES Stuart Grandy  
Nathan Blais        NRES Jessica Ernakovich  
Sam Bratsman     EES Jessica Ernakovich  
Emma Burkett
EES Julie Bryce/Michael Palace Geochemical and Remote Sensing Reconstructions of Timescales for Magma Assembly in the Aleutian Volcanic Arc and Satellite Remote Sensing of Volcanic Ash with Ground-truthed Ash Detection Modeling in the Aleutians
Andrew Butler
NRES Rem Moll

Influence of Urbanization on Furbearer Abundance, Distribution, and Community Ecology

Jonathan Clark*
EES Adrienne Kovach

Parallel Evolution of Tidal Marsh Sparrows

Melissa Clark*
EES Michael Palace Model Landscape Permeability
Amanda Daly*
EES Stuart Grandy Soil Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry in Sustainable Agriculture
Cassidy Dietz        NRES Adrienne Kovach  

Jo Field                          


Cat Ashcraft/   Thomas Safford

Roles of Environmental Stewardship, Community Engagement and Public Participation for Climate Resilience in Coastal Communities
Kristin Green          NRES Teresa Cavazos Meaningful Collaboration with Tribes in National Forest Planning Processes

Jack Hastings

NRES Scott Ollinger

Remote Sensing and Modeling of Temperate Forested Ecosystems

Allison Herreid*
EES William McDowell Biogeochemical Dynamics in Freshwater Ecosystems
Tim Hoheneder      EES Jennifer Jacobs  
Kirsten Howard
NRES Cameron Wake Sea-level Rise Displacement in Small, Tourist-dependent Coastal Beach Towns in the Northeast United States
Jingyan Huang
NRES Weiwei Mo  
Clarisse Ishimwe  EES Adam Wymore  
Cheristy Jones      EES Ruth Varner  
Caroline Kanaskie*
EES Jeffrey Garnas Community Ecology in the Expanding Range of Southern Pine Beetle
Dylan Kelly*
NRES Meghan Howey Reconstructing Past Indigenous and Colonial Land-Use Impacts on Surface Climate in The Great Bay Estuary
Jawad Khan*
NRES John Halstead/ Shadi Atallah Separate the Effects of Pesticides of Different Companies and Quantify the Pollinator Behavior using Maching Learning (ML)
Reese Levea        NRES Wil Wollheim  
Tristan Mandeville EES Richard Smith / Alexandra Contosta  
Tamara Marcus*
EES Ruth Varner   Measuring Methane Emissions from Permafrost Thaw in Northern Sweden and the Himalaya
Anna Mikulis    NRES Bill McDowell Water Quality and Eelgrass Health in Estuarine Ecosystems
David Moore*
NRES Heidi Asbjornsen Syrup Production

Lara Munro

NRES Wilfred Wollheim/ Scott Ollinger Large-scale Patterns of Watershed-level Carbon and Nitrogen Biogeochemistry
Thomas Muratore*
EES Serita Frey Global Change Ecology of Plant and Microbial Systems
Desneiges (Deni) Murray EES Adam Wymore The response of atmospheric nitrogen deposition to global change: effects on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
Eric Parker               Adam Wymore  

Taylor Readyhough

EES Rem Moll Urban mammal community ecology across gradients of anthropogenic influence
Manjot Rekhi          EES Stuart Grandy  
Michael Routhier*
EES Gregg Moore Ecological Research , the Use of GSS technologies, and a Link to Education and Outreach
Sean Schaefer*
EES Jessica Ernakovich

Microbial Ecology in Arctic Ecosystems with an Emphasis on Gene Expression to Predict Functional Community Changes as Result of a Changing Climate

Else Schlerman EES Stuart Grandy  
Michael Simmons*
EES Thomas Lee Factors and Interactions Associated with Decline of Red Pine Forests in New England
Maddie Smith      NRES Michael Ferguson  
Jess Steketee*
NRES Rebecca Rowe

Population Ecology of Arctic Rodents

Chika Ugwuodo*
EES Paula Mouser Microbial Ecosystem Dynamics in Engineered Energy Systems, With Focus on Fracking Wells
Nicholas Warren
EES Richard Smith The Relationship Between Community Functioning and the Associated Ecosystem Processes
Emily Whalen*
EES Serita Frey Global Change Effects on Soil Microbial Communities and Carbon Storage
Christopher Whitney*
EES Wilfred Wollheim The Role of Beaver Ponds and Fluvial Wetlands in Aquatic Nitrogen Removal from Headwaters to River Network-scale
Joshua Willems    NRES Rebecca Rowe Influence of Resource Availability and Forest Management on Small Mammal Population and Community Dynamics
Catherine (C.J.) Wong
NRES Rebecca Rowe

Population Ecology of Flying Squirrels in Forest Fragments Including a Citizen Science Approach

Michal Zahorik*
NRES Catherine Ashcraft Resilient Communities: The Role of Land-Use Planning and Conservation in Flood Risk Management
Samuel Zuckerman
NRES Heidi Asbjornsen Tree Physiological Responses to Drought