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


Aaron Adkins
Advisors: Hallerman/Jones

Robert Alonso
Advisor: Kelly

Gifty Anane-Taabeah
Advisor: Frimpong

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."

Ben Augustine
Advisor: Kelly

Lauren Austin

Spatial and Temporal Effects of Fire on Northern Long-eared Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis).

Elaine Barr
Advisor: Ford

Henrietta Bellman
Advisor: Fraser

Rujia Bi
Advisor: Jiao

My current research focuses on spatial stock structure and movement of yellow perch (Perca flavescens) in Lake Erie.

Rebecca Bourquin
Advisors: Hallerman & Orth

George Brooks
Advisor: Haas

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.

Kayla Davis
Advisor: Karpanty

Sabrina Deeley
Advisor: Ford

Sasha Doss
Murphy & Castello

I am investigating the diet ecology and population dynamics of Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) in the New River with special interest in the fishery’s effect on Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu).

Jason Emmel

Advisor: Orth

Meryl Friedrich

AdvisorS: Fraser & Catlin

Tyler Fox
Advisor: Alexander

Iris Fynn
Advisor: Frimpong

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.

Erin Heller
Advisor: Karpanty/Fraser

My research focuses on a threatened migratory shorebird species called Red Knots (Calidris canutus rufa). We are investigating reasons behind the rufa subspecies' drastic population decline in order to better manage the species and hopefully halt further population decline.

Anne Hilborn

Advisor: Kelly

I study cheetahs in Serengeti National Park to examine relationships between predators and their prey.

Corbin Hilling

Advisors: Jiao/Orth

My research investigates the population dynamics of introduced Blue Catfish in Virginia's tidal rivers.

Sydney Hope
Advisor: Hopkins

My general research interests include animal behavior, development, and life history strategies and how they are affected by changes in the environment.

Kelsey Hunt

Advisor: Fraser/Catlin

John Huth
Advisor: Ford

My interests are diverse, but mainly lie in the order Chiroptera.

Miluska Olivera Hyde
Advisors: Hallerman/Jones

Murray Hyde
Advisor: Jones

My work involves monitoring restored populations of freshwater mussels in the Clinch and Powell Rivers.

Amanda Hyman
Advisor: McMullin

My current project focuses on evaluating Virginia's stocked trout program. I hope to determine who the anglers are, their motivations for fishing for stocked trout, and how they define fishing success and satisfaction

Nicholas Kalen
Advisor: Ford

Andrew Kniowski
Advisor: Ford

Seth Lutter
Advisor: Dayer

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

Zach Martin
Advisor: Angermeier

Katie McBaine
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.

David McNitt
Advisor: Kelly

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.

Lara Mengak
Advisor: Dayer

My research focuses on shorebird conservation, public perceptions of shorebirds, and human disturbance.

Bernardo Mesa
Advisor: Kelly

Kathleen Miles
Advisor: Karpanty

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.

William Moore
Advisor: Haas

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. ?

Mike Muthersbaugh
Advisor: Ford

Carol Ann Nichols
Advisor: Alexander

I study banded mongooses (Mungos mungo) populations in Chobe District, Botswana to assess the influences of animal behavior on disease dynamics.

Richard Odom
Advisor: Ford

Wildlife/Geospatial and Environmental Analysis

Jesse Olsen
Advisor: Castello

Fish population dynamics, tropical fisheries, aquatic ecology

Andrew Phipps

Erin Poor (WHAPA Lab/ Graduate Research)
Advisor: Kelly

Morgan Reed
Advisors: Frimpong & Angermeier

Samantha Robinson
Advisors: Catlin/Fraser

Chris Rowe
Advisor: Kelly

I study wild cat populations in Belize using non-invasive camera trapping techniques. My work so far has focused on jaguars (Panthera onca) and pumas (Puma concolor).

Chris Satter
Advisor: Kelly

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.

Joseph Schmitt
Advisor: Orth

Applied research that maximizes the potential of commercial and recreational fisheries through use of adaptive management strategies

Brandon Semel
Advisor: Karpanty

I am broadly interested in conservation issues facing Madagascar. Specifically, I am looking at lemur populations in Madagascar, and their response to hunting and habitat fragmentation.

Michael St. Germain
Advisor: Kelly

Gretchen Stokes
Advisor: Castello

Emily Thorne
Advisor: Ford

My broad research interests include spatial ecology and animal behavior. 

Chelsea Weithman
Advisors: Catlin & Fraser

Allison White
Advisor: Jiao

Majango Wura
Advisor: Karpanty