Masters Students Research Interests

Camille Delavaux: Tropical forest ecology, microbial ecology, and environmental writing. Interested specifically in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon. Focus on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi as related to woody plant diversity.

Philip Kunhardt: Tropical, subtropical, and temperate forest restoration, particularly in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, land use history and change, regeneration of fragmented forest refugia, and the social dimensions of forest management and conservation

Hale Morrell:  Conducting fieldwork contributing to land and wildlife conervation particularly in New England and northeastern Canada. Master's project: How passerine abundance and diversity changes in different aged shelterwood stands in northeastern Connecticut. 

Kyra Prats: Forest ecology, ecohydrology, drought and water-limited systems in temperate and tropical forest regions. Master’s project: effects of drought on forest systems in the Mediterranean.

Molly Roske: Forest ecology, forest management for watershed services, riparian forests, silviculture options under climate change. Master's project: Land use change, forest fragmentation and riparian ecosystem health in the dry tropics of Panama

Logan Sander: Ethnoecology, land management, and forest ecology. Master’s Project: Factors influencing the maintenance and promotion of useful plant diversity by small-scale farmers in Portland, Jamaica

Jaeeun Sohng: Forest restorations and soil carbon fluxes , with particular interest in biogeochemical cycles of elements in tropical ecosystems. Master’s project: Patterns of soil carbon stocks and stable isotope ratios in Caribbean pine (Pinus caribaea) plantations compared to primary forests, tea plantations, and abandoned tea plantations that have reverted to fire dependent Kekila fern-lands (Dicranopteris linearis) in Sri Lanka.

Matheus Teixeira Pires do CoutoTropical forest conservation and restoration, particularly agroforestry systems and ecosystem services in Amazon and Atlantic forests in Brazil. Master's project: carbon sequestration and biodiversity in indigenous Agroforestry Systems, bringing information for payments for ecosystem services efforts in Acre (Brazil).

Alexandra Todorovic-JonesForest ecology, disturbance ecology, climate change and drought in temperate ecosystems. Master's project: Banj Oak's susceptibility to climate change in central Himalayas, India).

Luke M. Weiss: Sustainable land use management, restoration, and non-timber forest products–particularly within indigenous territories in tropical Ecuador. Masters Project: Developing a sustainable agroforestry design for the cultivation of Paullinia yoco–a caffeinated woody vine used as a stimulant within several indigenous tribes- and also including its purine alkaloid analysis of both caffeine and theobromine.