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 PhD candidate


Student Name Degree Advisor Department Research Topic * indicates at candidacy
Ashif Abir NRES Wil Wollheim NREN  
Breanne Aflague*
NRES Jeffrey Garnas NREN The Effect of EAB Density and Tree Stress on  Parasitism Rates of the Biocontrol Wasp Tetrastichus planipennisi

Emily Anders    

NRES Heidi Asbjornsen NREN  
Isaac Ativor*
EES Richard Smith NREN Evaluating the effects of agricultural management practices on arthropod communities.
Amanda Beal*
NRES John Carroll   Natural Resource Considerations in Food Production
Emma Bergh     NRES Stuart Grandy NREN  
Nathan Blais       NRES Jessica Ernakovich NREN  
Sam Bratsman     EES Jessica Ernakovich NREN  
Emma Burkett*
EES Julie Bryce Michael Palace ESCI 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*

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

Jonathan Clark*
EES Adrienne Kovach NREN

Parallel Evolution of Tidal Marsh Sparrows

Melissa Clark*
EES Michael Palace ESCI Model Landscape Permeability
Amanda Daly*
EES Stuart Grandy NREN Soil Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry in Sustainable Agriculture
Nell Davis                 NRES Teresa Cohn NREN  
Laura Diemer             NRES Wil Wollheim NREN  
Cassidy Dietz       NRES Adrienne Kovach NREN  

Jo Field                        


Catherine Ashcraft / Thomas Safford

NREN Community Engagement in Building Resilience to Extreme Heat Risks in Seacoast New Hampshire
Kristin Green*       NRES Teresa Cohn NREN Meaningful Collaboration with Tribes in National Forest Planning Processes

Jack Hastings

NRES Scott Ollinger NREN

Remote Sensing and Modeling of Temperate Forested Ecosystems

Tim Hoheneder     EES Jennifer Jacobs CEE  
Mohammed Sadid Hossain NRES Alix Contosta EOS  
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 CEE  
Clarisse Ishimwe EES Adam Wymore NREN  
Cheristy Jones*     EES Ruth Varner ESCI Linking vertical methane and carbon dioxide emissions to lateral carbon transport and transformation in the Arctic
Caroline Kanaskie*
EES Jeffrey Garnas NREN Community Ecology in the Expanding Range of Southern Pine Beetle
Natalie Kashi EES Erik Hobbie EOS  
Dylan Kelly*
NRES Meghan Howey ANTH Reconstructing Past Indigenous and Colonial Land-Use Impacts on Surface Climate in The Great Bay Estuary
Jawad Khan*
NRES John Halstead/ Shadi Atallah NREN Separate the Effects of Pesticides of Different Companies and Quantify the Pollinator Behavior using Maching Learning (ML)
Reese Levea       NRES Wil Wollheim NREN  
Tristan Mandeville EES Richard Smith / Alexandra Contosta NREN  
Trevor Mattera NRES David Burdick NREN  
Anna Mikulis    NRES Bill McDowell NREN Water Quality and Eelgrass Health in Estuarine Ecosystems
David Moore*
NRES Heidi Asbjornsen NREN Syrup Production

Lara Munro

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

Taylor Readyhough

EES Rem Moll NREN Urban mammal community ecology across gradients of anthropogenic influence
Manjot Rekhi         EES Stuart Grandy NREN  
Sean Schaefer*
EES Jessica Ernakovich NREN

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 NREN  
Michael Simmons*
EES Thomas Lee NREN Factors and Interactions Associated with Decline of Red Pine Forests in New England
Maddie Smith*     NRES Michael Ferguson RMP Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on New Hampshire Outdoor Recreation from Visitor and Provider Perspectives
Jess Steketee*
NRES Rebecca Rowe NREN

Population Ecology of Arctic Rodents

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

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

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