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Students in the University Program in Ecology (UPE)

Matriculants, Fall 2008

Kristina Cammen

Kristina Cammen (Andy Read)
Duke University Marine Lab, Nicholas School of the Environment
kmc32duke.edu

Marine mammal health and genetics

Kathleen (Katie) Grogan

Kathleen (Katie) Grogan (Christine Drea)
Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy
keg15duke.edu

Behavioral ecology and genetics

German Forero

German Forero (Stuart Pimm)
Nicholas School of the Environment
gaf8duke.edu

Conservation ecology, neotropics, threatened species

Kayleigh Somers

Kayleigh Somers (Dean Urban)
Nicholas School of the Environment
kas53duke.edu

Restoration ecology, landscape ecology

Denis Valle

Denis Valle (Jim Clark)
Nicholas School of the Environment
drv4duke.edu

Forest dynamics, tropical forest management, simulation and statistical models

Matriculants, Fall 2007
Daniel Gonzalez-Socoloske

Daniel Gonzalez-Socoloske (Ken Glander)
Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy
dg52duke.edu

Brian Lutz

Brian Lutz (Emily Bernhardt)
Department of Biology
bdl15duke.edu

Matriculants, Fall 2006
Alison Appling

Alison Appling (Emily Bernhardt, Rob Jackson)
Department of Biology
apa3duke.edu

Nitrogen cycling in floodplains, plant uptake of water and nitrogen, denitrification

Meredith Barrett

Meredith Barrett (Anne Yoder)
Department of Biology
mab44duke.edu

Wildlife disease ecology

David Bell

David Bell (Jim Clark)
Nicholas School of the Environment
dmb27duke.edu

Lucas Joppa

Lucas Joppa (Stuart Pimm)
Nicholas School of the Environment
lnjduke.edu

Effectiveness of protected areas, tropical ecology, endangered species

Meg Mobley

Meg Mobley (Dan Richter)
Nicholas School of the Environment
mlm6duke.edu

Mary Turnipseed

Mary Turnipseed (Larry Crowder)
Duke University Marine Lab
mpt9duke.edu

Ocean conservation through fisheries bycatch reduction and policy innovation

Matriculants, Fall 2005

M. Zach Darnell (Dan Rittschof)
Duke University Marine Lab
mzd2duke.edu

Movement behavior of blue crabs

John Kim (Rob Jackson)
Department of Biology
jhk11duke.edu

Ecohydrology

Robert Schick (Pat Halpin)
Nicholas School of the Environment
rss10duke.edu

Spatial Ecology

Elizabeth Sudduth (Emily Bernhardt)
Department of Biology
esudduthduke.edu

Stream Ecology

Lesley Thorne (Larry Crowder)
Duke University Marine Lab
lt4duke.edu

Matriculants, Fall 2004

Sean Berthrong (Rob Jackson)
Department of Biology
919-613-8214
seanbduke.edu

Microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology

Allen McBride (Jim Clark)

Graduated Dec 2006 (M.A.)

Jen Morse (Emily Bernhardt)
Department of Biology
jlm40duke.edu

Biogeochemistry, stream restoration

Eileen Thorsos (Rob Jackson)
Department of Biology
ert7duke.edu

Biogeochemistry, plant nutrient cycling, biotic-abiotic feedbacks

Matriculants, Fall 2003

Marion Adeney (Stuart Pimm, Norm Christensen)
marion.adeneyduke.edu

Tropical Rainforest Disturbance Ecology

Claire Berger (Norm Christensen)
Nicholas School of the Environment
claire.bergerduke.edu

Landscape Ecology and Conservation

Nicolette (Nicki) Cagle (Norm Christensen, John Terborgh)
nlc4duke.edu

Conservation Biology, Herpetology, Landscape Ecology

Graduated May 2008

Dissertation title: A multiscale investigation of snake habitat relationships and snake conservation in Illinois

Gary Dickinson (Dan Rittschof)
Duke University Marine Lab
gary.dickinsonduke.edu

Marine Chemical Ecology

Elliott Hazen (Larry Crowder)
Duke University Marine Lab
elliott.hazenduke.edu

Marine Community Ecology & Behavior

Jason Jackson (Dan Richter and Rytas Vilgalys)
jason.jacksonduke.edu

Soil Microbial Ecology

Mike Osland (Curt Richardson)
Nicholas School of the Environment
919-613-8140
mjo9duke.edu

Wetland Ecology/Restoration

Joe Sexton (Dean Urban)
joseph.sextonduke.edu

Forest landscape ecology, remote sensing

Eric Ward (Ram Oren)
eric.wardduke.edu

Effects of tree hydraulics on gas exchange

Matriculants, Fall 2002  

Fernando Colchero (Jim Clark)
Nicholas School of the Environment
fernando.colcheroduke.edu

Animal Population Dynamics, Landscape Ecology

Graduated Spring 2008

Dalia Amor Conde (Norm Cristensen)
Nicholas School of the Environment
dac21duke.edu

Landscape Ecology

Graduated Spring 2008

Dissertation title: Road impact on deforestation and jaguar habitat loss in the Mayan forest

Arielle Cooley (John Willis)
Department of Biology
919-660-7372
arielle.cooleyduke.edu

Ecology/Evolution

Regina Peon Diaz (John Terborgh)
Department of Biology
rp11duke.edu

Tropical Ecology

Luke Dollar (Stuart Pimm)
Nicholas School of the Environment

Ecology & Conservation

Graduated Spring 2006

Dissertation title: Morphometrics, diet, and conservation of Cryptoprocta ferox

Caroline Good (Andy Read)
Duke University Marine Lab
Beaufort, NC
caroline.goodduke.edu

Marine Mammal Conservation

Graduated Spring 2008

Dissertation title: Spatial ecology of the North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis)

Michelle Hersh (Jim Clark)
Department of Biology
mhh4duke.edu

Community Ecology

Mark Higgins (John Terborgh)
Nicholas School of the Environment
mark.higginsduke.edu

Conservation Planning

Arlene Mendoza-Moran (Dan Richter)
Nicholas School of the Environment
arlene.mendozaduke.edu

Ecosystems

Graduated (M.A.)

Karen Neely (Larry Crowder)
Duke University Marine Lab, Beaufort, NC 28516
karen.neelyduke.edu

Coral Reef Ecology

Graduated May 2008

Dissertation title: Influence of substrate on coral reef fish communities

A. Chris Oishi (Ram Oren)
Nicholas School of the Environment
acoishiduke.edu

Forest/plant ecology, carbon and water cycling

Ariana Sutton-Grier (Curt Richardson)
Nicholas School of the Environment
ariana.suttonduke.edu

Wetland Restoration

Graduated Spring 2008

Dissertation title: The role of plant functional diversity and soil amendments in regulating plant biomass and soil biogeochemistry in restored wetland ecosystems in the North Carolina Piedmont

Joshua Uebelherr (Ram Oren)
Nicholas School of the Environment
joshua.uebelherrduke.edu

Ecophysiology

Mariana Vale (Stuart Pimm)
Nicholas School of the Environment
mariana.valeduke.edu

Conservation Biology, Neotropics, Biogeography, GIS

Graduated 2007

Dissertation title: Avian distribution patterns and conservation in Amazonia

Kyle Van Houtan (Stuart Pimm)
Nicholas School of the Environment

Biodiversity, Ethics

Graduated Fall 2006

Dissertation title: Behavior matters: narrating species loss in the ecological and biblical traditions

Maria Wise (Dan Rittschof)
Duke University Marine Lab
maria.wiseduke.edu

Chemoreception & Ecology

Matriculants, Fall 2001
Sara Chun (Norm Christensen and Gary Hartshorn)
Nicholas School of the Environment
sara.chunduke.edu

Graduated Fall 2008

Dissertation title: The utility of digital aerial surveys in censusing Dipteryx panamensis, the key food and nesting tree of the endangered great green macaw (Ara ambigua) in Costa Rica

Ari Friedlaender (Andy Read)
Duke University Marine Lab

Graduated 2006

Dissertation title: Spatial ecology of humpback and minke whales off the Western Antarctic Peninsula

Jessica Hardesty (John Terborgh)
Nicholas School of the Environment
jlh26duke.edu

Joshua Osterberg (Dan Rittschof)
Duke University Marine Lab,
Beaufort, NC 28516
jso6duke.edu

Deep-sea hydrothermal vent chemical ecology

Curtis A. Smith (Will Wilson)
Dept. of Biology

Graduated Spring 2006

Dissertation title: Ecology and evolution of dispersal in theoretical and empirical systems

Miguel Schwartz (John Terborgh)
Nicholas School of the Environment
mjs21duke.edu

Graduated Spring 2007

Dissertation title: Vegetation community change over decadal and century scales in the North Carolina Piedmont

Paul Stoy (Gaby Katul)
Nicholas School of the Environment
paul.stoyed.ac.uk

Graduated Fall 2006

Dissertation title: The interplay between the carbon and water cycles along a successional gradient in the southeastern US

Students Matriculating Prior to Fall 2001
Michael Dietze (Jim Clark)
Department of Biology

Plant community and landscape ecology

Graduated Spring 2006

Dissertation title: Regeneration dynamics in large forest gaps

Kristen Hart (Larry Crowder)
Duke University Marine Laboratory

Marine ecology and conservation biology

Graduated 2005

Dissertation title: Population biology of diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin): defining and reducing threats across their geographic range

Kirsten Hofmockel (Bill Schlesinger, Rob Jackson)
Department of Biology

Biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, stable isotopes

Graduated Spring 2005

Dissertation title: Effects of elevated carbon dioxide on soil nitrogen cycling

Inés Ibáñez (Jim Clark)
Department of Biology

Graduated Spring 2006

Dissertation title: Recruitment dynamics of tree species: implications under climate change

Emily Minor (Dean Urban)
Nicholas School of the Environment

Graduated Spring 2006

Dissertation title: The effects of urbanization on the behavior, distribution, and conservation of forest birds

Jeri Lynn Parrent (Bill Morris and Rytas Vilgalys)
Department of Biology

Graduated Fall 2006

Dissertation title: Global climate change and the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis: consequences for fungal communities and nutrient transport regulation

Michael Wolosin (Jim Clark)

Tree structure and growth

Graduated Spring 2006

Students earning a certificate in Ecology
Kenneth J. Feeley (John Terborgh)
Graduated 2005

Dissertation title: The effects of tropical dry forest fragmentation on floral and faunal communities as mediated through trophic interactions

Hsin-Drow Huang (Dan Rittschof)
Duke University, Marine Laboratory, Beaufort, NC

Graduated 2004

Dissertation title: Macrosymbionts on crinoids Comanthina schlegeli, with emphasis on host selection by symbiotic snapping shrimp Synalpheus demani

Shannon L. LaDeau (Jim Clark)
Department of Biology

Graduated Dec. 2004

Dissertation title: The reproductive ecology of Pinus taeda growing in elevated CO2

Jason S. McLachlan (Jim Clark)
Department of Biology

Graduated 2003

Dissertation title: Population growth of eastern North American trees since the last glacial maximum

Catarina Moura (Rob Jackson)
Department of Biology
c.mouraduke.edu

Graduated May 2008

Dissertation title: Carbon and water relations in Pinus taeda: bridging the gap across plant physiology, genomics, and global climate change

Earlier Graduates and Dissertation Titles

Robert McDonald, 2004 (Dean Urban)
Forest fragmentation and forest response in the North Carolina Piedmont

Grant Harris, 2004 (Stuart Pimm)
Dissertation title: Remote sensing and GIS applications for modeling species distributions

Monique Rocca, 2004 (Dean Urban & Norm Christensen)
Spatial considerations in fire management: the importance of heterogeneity for maintaining diversity in a mixed-conifer forest

Caterina D'Agrosa, 2004 (Andy Read)
The application of spatial analytical techniques toward the conservation of long-lived marine vertebrates: the pelagic longline fishery as a case study

Matt Wallenstein, 2004 (Bill Schlesinger)
Effects of increased nitrogen deposition on forest soil nitrogen cycling and microbial community structure

Todd Lookingbill, 2003 (Dean Urban)
Communities in transition: a multi-phase study of the Tsuga heterophylla/Abies amabilis ecotone in the Oregon Cascades

Will Figueira, 2003 (Larry Crowder)
Metapopulation dynamics of coral reef fish: understanding habitat, demography, and connectivity in source-sink systems

Tara Cox, 2003 (Andy Read)
Evaluation of strategies to reduce bycatch of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena)

Damon Gannon, 2003 (Andy Read)
Behavioral ecology of an acoustically mediated predator-prey system: bottlenose dolphins and sciaenid fishes

Esteban Jobbágy, 2002 (Rob Jackson) (certificate in Ecology)
The imprint of plants on the vertical distribution of soil resources

Kenneth B. Pierce, 2002 (Dean Urban)
Reconciling forest demography with gradient analysis in montane landscapes

Melissa L. Snover, 2002 (Larry Crowder)
Growth and ontogeny of sea turtles using skeletochronology: methods, validation and application to conservation

Kevin Craig, 2001 (Larry Crowder)
Effects of large scale hypoxia on the distribution of brown shrimp (Farfanpenaeus aztecus) and Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico

Lisa Eby, 2001 (Larry Crowder)
Response of a fish community to frequent and infrequent disturbances in estuarine ecosystems

Janneke HilleRisLambers, 2001 (Jim Clark)
Dormancy, dispersal, and density-dependent mortality: coexistence of temperate forest tree species

Jason Lynch, 2001 (Jim Clark)
Fire history of boreal forests: implications for past climate change

Greg Piniak, 2001
The effects of symbiotic condition and nutritional history on prey capture and use by anemones and corals

Jennifer Powers, 2001 (Bill Schlesinger)
Geographic variation in soil organic carbon dynamics following land-use change in Costa Rica

John Stinchcombe, 2001 (Mark Rausher) (certificate in Ecology)
Evolutionary ecology of deer resistance and tolerance in the ivyleaf morning glory, Ipomoea hederacea


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