People of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Mail may be addressed to any of the recipients below at:
Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
310 West Campus Drive
Cheatham Hall, RM101, Virginia Tech (MC 0321)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
My research will be focused on "understanding the threats of climate change to cichlid fish species of commercial importance in Ghana and increasing the resilience of affected populations."
My current research focuses on spatial stock structure and movement of yellow perch (Perca flavescens) in Lake Erie.
Advisors: Hallerman & Orth
I am interested in the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. My research focuses on modelling the population dynamics of the endangered flatwoods salamander, Ambystoma bishopi.
Felipe De Moraes Carvalho
My research focuses on the fisheries impacts, gear selectivity and the community-wide trophic ecology of the marine resources inhabiting the Samana Bay (Dominican Republic) and its surroundings.
Advisors: Fraser & Catlin
I am fascinated with the natural history, ecology, and behavior of bats. My research interests focus on understanding these mysterious and cryptic creatures, always with a link back to conservation and effective wildlife management.
I am currently studying ways to improve the aquaculture sector in Ghana with the aid of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Statistics and Economics in Virginia Tech. My research is focused on developing a spatial framework for aquaculture development in Ghana.
Advisors: Jones & Hallerman
I am using microsatellite data to influence genetic marker-assisted management of Striped Bass and Walleye populations in Virginia.
My work involves monitoring restored populations of freshwater mussels in the Clinch and Powell Rivers.
My research interests are fire ecology, predator-prey interactions, and animal behavior. While at VT I hope to engage in environmental conservation, mentor undergraduate students, and to get the general public interested and informed in the natural world.
I am researching the human dimensions of habitat conservation on private lands, specifically early successional habitat for bird species such as the Golden-winged Warbler
Advisors: Angermeier & Hallerman
I am studying demographics and genetic differentiation of candy darter populations in Virginia. My research aims to enhance understanding of population and occupancy dynamics to inform management overseeing this Special Concern species.
I am studying prey utilization and predation behavior of bobcats to better understand potential impacts on white-tailed deer populations in the mountains of western Virginia.
I am working on an interdisciplinary research project looking at interactions between water quality and human and environmental health in Northern Botswana.
My research focuses on shorebird conservation, public perceptions of shorebirds, and human disturbance.
I study red fox habitat use and activity patterns on Fire Island, NY. My broader research interests include carnivore ecology, habitat use, and predator-prey relationships, particularly in human-altered areas.
I am interested in the ecology and conservation of reptiles and amphibians, particularly species associated with fire-maintained pine forests of the southeast. My research primarily focuses on habitat use and population dynamics of Gopher Tortoises on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. ?
Carol Ann Nichols
I study banded mongooses (Mungos mungo) populations in Chobe District, Botswana to assess the influences of animal behavior on disease dynamics.
My research will be focused on analyzing acoustic bat data looking at the effects White-nose syndrome has had on bat communities at Fort Drum, NY over a 13 year period. As well as, building species specific portfolios associating habitat characteristics to activity levels across the landscape.
Christian Osorio P.
I study the carnivore communities of the Mediterranean Andes, focused on Wild Felids, in order to understand the mechanisms underlying their coexistence and interactions between them and the role of preys and landscape features on these.
My ultimate goal is to provide management insights for their conservation.
My research interests are primarily focused on estimating population sizes of wild cats. These animals are usually very secretive by nature and often times very difficult to study. This type of research is being done though population modeling incorporating non-invasive camera-trapping techniques with a mark-recapture framework.
Michael St. Germain
My research interests include wildlife conservation genetics, disease ecology, and population dynamic assessments.
Advisors: Catlin & Fraser