Current Student Research Interests

Student Degree Research Topic/Title Advisor(s)
Sophie Ackerman MS Impact of broadcast-applied biochar on seedling growth, drought resilience and vegetative competition response; Understory vegetation response to prescribed burns in mature and old-growth red pine stands Marcella Windmuller-Campione
Connor Anderson PhD Intersection of geospatial analysis and wetland monitoring; remote sensing-based methods to map the invasive species Phragmites australis. Joe Knight
Baishali Bakshi PhD Impact of climate-induced forest composition change on outdoor recreation in the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province of northern Minnesota Stephen Polasky
Kevin Behrens MS Assessing mercury in gaseous fluxes and vegetation at the SPRUCE experiment, a whole ecosystem warming by elevated carbon dioxide study in northern Minnesota Randy Kolka
Michael Carson PhD Updating stocking charts and site index curves to a changed climate for forest planning & assessing timber transportation safety John Zobel
Jeff Disbrow MS Identifying and Quantifying Active Retrogressive Thaw Slumps Using High Resolution Satellite Imagery and Digital Elevation Models Joe Knight
Holly Francart MS Detection and dynamics of Eastern larch beetle in lowland conifer forests in Wisconsin; possible replacement tree species for forests impacted by emerald ash borer Marcella Windmuller-Campione
Tyler Gifford PhD Forest and natural resource biometrics John Zobel
Ella Gray PhD

Effects of Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe (Arceuthobium pusillum Peck) Infestation in Lowland Black Spruce (Picea mariana (Mill.) B. S. P.) at Multiple Scales

Marcella Windmuller-Campione/Matt Russell
Aaron Hinz MS Hydrology  Karlyn Eckman/Diana Karwan
Panmei Jiang PhD Carbon dynamics in forests associated with fire in the western United States Grant Domke
Hannah Jo King PhD  African-American ecological knowledge and environmental justice Mae Davenport
Katrina Klett PhD Protection and sustainable use of the Asian honeybee in rural mountain communities in China and beyond Marla Spivak
Emily Kreiter PhD The role of science communication in influencing Environmental risk perception and pro-environmental behavior Mae Davenport
Jessica Lackey MS Tribal Nation and Federal government relationships within public lands management Mae Davenport
Hannah Legatzke PhD Impacts of community based tourism on community empowerment and livelihoods in the Maya Biosphere Reserve and beyond Dean Current
Luiza Lucena MS Assessing the attractiveness of Non-Timber Forest Product attributes to expand market opportunities in the United States: A case study in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala Dean Current
Leslie McInenly PhD Decision Support Tools and Stakeholder Considerations for Natural Resource Management: Examples from Minnesota's Deer Management Program David Fulton
William Mekeel PhD Precision agriculture applications (such as the effects of pests and disease) on apparent plant reflectance Joe Knight
Gabby Menomin MS How tribal environmental knowledge and oral histories can inform forest restoration, ecology, and management planning to support tribal goals Mike Dockry
Jamie Mosel PhD Effects of drought on forests in north central Minnesota, and how drought interacts with adaptive forest management practices Matt Russell/Rebecca Montgomery
Claudia Nanninga PhD Impact of global climate change on temperate and boreal forest ecosystems Rebecca Montgomery
Nick Neylon MS Use of arboricultural techniques to create wildlife trees in urban environments Eric North
Joe Nowak PhD Improving collaborative science communication between agricultural producers and stakeholders Mae Davenport
Fredrick Lala Odock PhD Impact of infrastructural development in Tsavo National Parks (Kenya) on the movement of wildlife Joseph Bump
Ren Olive MS Exploration of a 'farm to fridge' model to mutually benefit small to mid-size farmers and local rural grocery stores Nicholas Jordan
Nick Partington MS Biodiversity and carbon storage in the Big Woods of Minnesota Lee Frelich/Matt Russell
Ethan Pawlowski PhD

In search of the phosphorus legacy: merging hydrological and biogeochemical approaches to understand phosphorus dynamics in streams

Diana Karwan
Florencia Pech Cardenas PhD Indigenous peoples and the management of their forest, tourism, ethnobiology, and sustainability in the Yucatan Peninsula Kristen Nelson/Mike Dockry
Keith Pelletier PhD Developing new classification and assessment methods for object-based image analysis of forests Joe Knight
Rose Picklo MS

Influence of temperature on the development of eastern larch beetle Dendroctonus simplex

Brian Aukema
Hannah Ramer PhD Historical and contemporary urban agriculture policy in Minneapolis Kristen Nelson
Monica Randazzo MS Impacts of urban natural resource workforce development and training programs Mae Davenport
Brett Rannow MS Forest landscape perceptions and visitor behavior in response to emerald ash borer management strategies Ingrid Schneider
Aidan Read MS Adoption and implementation of snow fences and soil health practices Dean Current
Sam Reed PhD Compounding Resilience, Ecological Disturbances, and the Turbulent Forest Peter Reich/Lee Frelich
Lloyd Rivera PhD Environmental impact assessments; closing gaps between scientists and practitioners Tim Smith
Audrey Robeson PhD City and country environmental policymaking, climate change and disaster recovery, and community-engaged scholarship Forrest Fleischman
Jessica Rootes PhD Performing eastern spruce budworm comparison studies using two locations: northern Minnesota and Isle Royale Brian Aukema
Danielle Sackett MS Developing models to estimate the prevalence of the invasive species Phragmites australis Joe Knight
Chelsea Semper MS Regeneration and management of white spruce-aspen mixedwood stands John Zobel/Marcella Windmuller-Campione
Terrence Serres MS Impacts of fire severity and microtopography on red and white pine seed germination and seedling survival Lee Frelich/Peter Reich
Hailey Shanovich PhD Arthropod pest management in an agroforestry system, particularly involving cold-hardy hybrid hazelnuts Andy David/Marcella Windmuller-Campione
Jessica Tran PhD Community-Based Participatory Research and Environmental Justice  Mae Davenport
Paulina Vergara Buitrago PhD Sustainable management of the Rabanal Paramo Integrated Management Regional District (Colombia): Connecting the biodiversity and ecosystems services Dean Current
Eric Walberg PhD Landowner attitudes toward elk in Minnesota: Management acceptability, wildlife stewardship and intolerance, management objective ranking, and risk perceptions David Fulton
Anna Yang PhD

Evaluating efficacy of oak wilt management and long-term impacts of oak wilt on MN forests

Rebecca Montgomery
Austin Yantes PhD Temperate savanna ecosystem restoration Rebecca Montgomery
Elana Zien PhD Understanding how environmental policy advocates select advocacy strategies, and how those advocacy strategies work Forrest Fleischman