Current Students Research

Students currently enrolled in the NRESS Ph.D. program number 57, 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. candidate.


Student Name Degree Advisor Research Topic * indicates at candidacy
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
Melissa Bauer*
NRES Adrienne Kovach

Spatially Explicit Genetic Capture-Recapture Density Estimation and Population Modeling to Guide New England Cottontail Restoration

Amanda Beal*
NRES John Carroll Natural Resource Considerations in Food Production
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

Ryan Chase
EES J. Matthew Davis  
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
Maria Florencia Fahenstock*
EES Julie Bryce/Ruth Varner Impacts of Climate Change on Mercury Cycling in Wetland and Arctic Ecosystems
Jennifer Felt
NRES Semra Aytur Ocean and Coastal Policy Development and Implementation

Jo Field


Cat Ashcraft Thomas Safford

Roles of Environmental Stewardship, Community Engagement and Public Participation for Climate Resilience in Coastal Communities

Jack Hastings

NRES Scott Ollinger

Remote Sensing and Modeling of Temperate Forested Ecosystems

Allison Herreid*
EES William McDowell Biogeochemical Dynamics in Freshwater Ecosystems
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  
Caroline Kanaskie*
EES Jeffrey Garnas Community Ecology in the Expanding Range of Southern Pine Beetle
Natalie Kashi*
EES Erik Hobbie  Peatland Ecology; Wetland Ecosystem Ecology; Nutrient Cycling
Dylan Kelly*
NRES Meghan Howey Historical Landscape Reconstruction Using Archaeological, Ecological and Geospatial Methods to Model the Impacts of Early 17th Century Lumber Mills on the Ecosystem of the Great Bay Estuary Through Time
Jawad Khan
NRES John Halstead/ Shadi Atallah Separate the Effects of Pesticides of Different Companies and Quantify the Pollinator Behavior using Maching Learning (ML)
Stephan Koenigsberger
NRES Stuart Grandy Looking Into How Variation in the Surface Characteristics of Metal Oxide Minerals Impacts the Fate of Microbially Processed Organic Matter
Jeffrey Malloy*
NRES Catherine Ashcraft

The Role of Social Justice and Equity in Climate Change Adaptation Planning and Implementation

Tamara Marcus*
EES Ruth Varner   Measuring Methane Emissions from Permafrost Thaw in Northern Sweden and the Himalaya
Emily Mello
NRES Cameron Wake/Dovev Levine Sub-federal Climate Action with a Focus on Regional Networks and Municipalities
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
Jennifer Ort
EES Meghan Howey Continue Work on Bull Brook Sites in Tandem with Investigating Local and Regional Late Pleistocene Environments

Samuel Palmer

NRES Richard Smith  
Clarice Perryman*
EES Ruth Varner Peatland/Wetland Methane Dynamics
Mingcheng Ren*
EES Weiwei Mo Modeling and Simulation of Interdependent Critical Infrastructure Systems
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

Lisa Scott
NRES John Gunn

Private Landowner Roles in Shaping Northern New England's Forest Resilience

Michael Simmons*
EES Thomas Lee Factors and Interactions Associated with Decline of Red Pine Forests in New England
Jess Steketee*
NRES Rebecca Rowe

Population Ecology of Arctic Rodents

Nathan Thorp*
EES Erik Hobbie Fungal Ecology, Mycorrhizal Symbiosis, Nutrient Acquisition, Stable Isotopes
Yusi Turell*
NRES Michael Swack

Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy Change

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
Penelope Whitman
NRES Thomas Safford Community and Economic Development
Christopher Whitney*
EES Wilfred Wollheim The Role of Beaver Ponds and Fluvial Wetlands in Aquatic Nitrogen Removal from Headwaters to River Network-scale
Sarah Widlansky*
EES William Clyde Understanding Climatic and Biotic Interactions in Terrestrial Systems During Ancient Warm Periods
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
Shantar Zuidema*
EES J. Matthew Davis Use of Stable Isotopes and Distributed Hydrologic Modeling to Investigate Ground Water/Surface Water Interactions in the Face of a Changing Climate