Graduate Students

Graduate Research Assistants Doctoral

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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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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

Sandra Cutts

Lab: Seaman
Visiting Graduate Student in the School of Engineering at the University of Alabama
Major: Environmental Engineering

Phytoremediation research and interest in working to develop novel approaches to measure the levels of tritium in plant and animal species

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Wes Flynn

Lab: Lance
Odum School of Ecology

Research focus in population genetics, amphibian ecology, quantitative genetics, toxicology of coal ash and heavy metal contaminants, rapid evolution, maternal effects, genetic assimilation, and roles of genetics and the environment on microbiome composition

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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

Matthew Hale

Lab: Parrott
Odum School of Ecology

Investigating the role of endocrine signaling and thermal cues experienced during embryonic development in permanently shaping the functional trajectory of the ovary and gene expression patterning in the American Alligator

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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Taeyoon Lee

Lab: Aubrey
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Research interest in plant physiology, particularly the carbon dynamics in trees; currently investigating carbon flux and fixation

 

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

Kelsey Turner

Kelsey Turner

Lab: Rhodes
Odum School of Ecology

Currently investigating contaminant uptake into the food web on Guam via scavenging routes; broad research interests in wildlife ecology and management

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

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Julie Ziemba

Lab: Capps
Odum School of Ecology

 Interested in how multiple stressors influence amphibian immunity, behavior, and physiology

Graduate Research Assistants Masters

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Matt Baker

Lab: Seaman
Crop & Soil Sciences

Evaluating the use of various phosphate treatments to chemically immobilize contaminants of interest (U, Ni) in contaminated systems and understanding the abiotic reactions controlling IP6 persistence and solid-partitioning in highly weathered soils and aquifer sediments

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

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E.J. Borchert

Lab: Beasley
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Furbearer ecology and management, landscape ecology, ecotoxicology, wildlife habitat relationships; wildlife health and sub-lethal effects of chronic contaminant exposure in beaver, river otter, and raccoons inhabiting contaminated wetlands

Austin Coleman

Lab: Lance
Odum School of Ecology

Investigating the drivers of amphibian community structure and influences on the dynamics of two diseases that impact amphibian communities, ranavirus and chytrid fungus

Zoe Cooper

Zoë Cooper

Lab: Martin
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Investigating the possible reproductive consequences of heavy metal contamination on songbirds on the Savannah River Site. 

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Chris Leaphart

Lab: Beasley
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Environmental fate of radioactive contaminants and heavy metals in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; food web dynamics, wildlife diseases and parasitology; wildlife ecology and management

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Rebecca McKee

Lab: Tuberville
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Currently evaluating the effectiveness of using rescued animals to bolster declining gopher tortoise populations at the Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve in Aiken County, South Carolina; research interests include applied ecology and wildlife behavior

 

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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

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Robert Thomas

Lab: Seaman

Crop & Soil Sciences

Understanding the behavior of the radioactive element Technetium-99 and how it behaves on the highly weathered southeastern soils of the Savannah River Site

Nicole White

Lab: Tuberville
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Investigating the reproductive and behavioral ecology of a high-density, long-term study population of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) at Archbold Biological Station in Venus, Florida

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Joshua Zajdel

Labs: Lance Parrott
Odum School of Ecology

Studying the mating dynamics and population genetics of American alligators at the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center in Georgetown, South Carolina