Graduate Students

Graduate Research Assistants Doctoral

EmilyBert

Emily Bertucci

Lab: Parrott
Odum School of Ecology

Interested in ecological physiology and investigating how the environment influences development, genetic modifications, and the health of organisms

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Samantha Bock

Lab: Parrott
Odum School of Ecology

Interested in understanding the mechanisms of temperature-dependent sex determination in alligators and the ways in which man-made stressors like climate change and environmental contaminants can possibly interact with these mechanisms to produce consequences at both the individual and population levels

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Sarah Chinn

Lab: Beasley
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Studying wild pig reproduction ecology by investigating survival, dispersal, resource-selection behavior and physiology

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Pooja Gupta

Lab: Dharmarajan and Beasley 
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resouces

Broad research interests in disease ecology, evolution and wildlife conservation; a current focus on understanding the eco-evolutionary dynamics of avian malaria parasites in the Western Ghats sky-island, or mountain bird communities in India

David Haskins

David Haskins

Lab: Tuberville
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Research focuses on the physiological effects of anthropogenic contaminants in freshwater turtles and snakes; interests include the influence of anthropogenic disturbances on wildlife, ecotoxicology; life history and evolution of herpetofauna, and wildlife conservation

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Chris Leaphart

Lab: Beasley
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Investigating the effects of heavy metal contamination on the health, reproduction, and survival of North American waterfowl; research interests include wildlife disease ecology, ecotoxicology, immunology, physiology, and reproductive ecology

 

Cara Love

Lab: Lance
Odum School of Ecology

Investigating the influence of contaminated environments on source-sink dynamics in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Belarus and on the Savannah River Site; other areas of investigation include molecular ecology, landscape ecology, disease ecology, and animal behavior and evolution

Sarah Webster

Sarah Webster

Lab: Beasley
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Investigating coyote and gray fox spatial ecology on the Savannah River Site

Seth Younger

Lab: Aubrey
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Research interest in forest hydrology; research focuses on understanding water use and water sources for fast growing bioenergy crops

Liyun Zhang

Liyun Zhang

Lab: Seaman
Crop & Soil Sciences

Investigating the physicochemical processes controlling the persistence, transport, and expression of genetically modified organism (GMO) released extracellular DNA in the subsurface environment, with a focus on different soil constituents that readily influence mineral surface properties

Graduate Research Assistants Masters

Michael Belovitch

Lab: Aubrey
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Research interests in forest ecology, ecohydrology and plant communities; investigating to what extent overstory species in mixed oak-pine savannas utilize ground water and  their capacity to transport it to shallow soils through hydraulic lift

David Bernasconi

Lab: Dharmarajan and Beasley
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Currently studying the competition between Virginia opossums and raccoons for rabies vaccination bait as well as opossum spatial ecology and demography; interested in pursuing projects that provide a low-cost non-invasive means to have the greatest immediate impact on conservation and management efforts

 

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Jarad Cochran

Lab: Seaman
College of Public Health

 

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Emily Dorward

Lab: Seaman
Crop & Soil Sciences

 

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Hannah Gerke

Lab: Beasley
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Broad interests include wildlife ecology, herpetology, and anthropogenic impacts on wildlife; currently investigating scavenging dynamics across a gradient of human activity in Fukushima, Japan

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Pearson McGovern

Lab: Tuberville
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Evaluating the effectiveness of head-starting in augmenting declining populations of the Mojave Desert Tortoise

Erik Neff

Erik Neff

Lab: Beasley and Dharmarajan
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Investigating the effect/trade-off of parasite infection and heavy metal contamination on fitness, behavior, vector competence; resistance and tolerance of yellow fever mosquitoes; research interests: disease ecology and evolution

 

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Scott Oswald

Lab: Aubrey
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Research interests are primarily in plant physiology and ecology as well as the use of mathematical modeling to study patterns in plant physiology

 

Stephen Ruswick

Lab: Aubrey
 Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Research interests in plant physiology and disturbance ecology; currently exploring the effect that the prescribed burn season has on the mortality and carbon dynamics of Liquidambar Styraciflua

Ream Thomas

Lab: Aubrey
 Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Research interests include forestry, ecology and prescribed fire management; research will focus on energy dose thresholds for tree stem mortality

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Cody Tisdale

Labs: Beasley and Martin

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Interested in anthropogenic effects on the demographics of various species; currently researching heavy metal contamination in wild turkeys as well as differences in the species survival across the numerous pressures of hunting