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

Earl Berge

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.

Brian Case

Brian Case
Advisor: Hopkins


Sabrina Deeley
Advisor: Ford

Felipe De Moraes Carvalho
Advisor: Castello

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.

Jason Emmel

Advisor: Orth

Meryl Friedrich

Advisors: Fraser & Catlin

Samuel Freeze

Samuel Freeze

: Ford

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.

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.

Alissa Ganser
Advisors: Jones & Hallerman


Sheila Harris
Advisor: Hallerman

I am using microsatellite data to influence genetic marker-assisted management of Striped Bass and Walleye populations in Virginia.

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.

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.

Marcelo Jorge
Advisor: Cherry

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.

Nicholas Kalen
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.

Sarah Medley
Advisor: Alexander

I am working on an interdisciplinary research project looking at interactions between water quality and human and environmental health in Northern Botswana.

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.

Tomas Nocera
Advisor: Ford

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.

Richard Odom
Advisor: Ford

Wildlife/Geospatial and Environmental Analysis

Christian Osorio P.
Advisor: Kelly

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.

Andrew Phipps

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

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.

Mary Sketch
Advisor: Dayer


Michael St. Germain
Advisor: Kelly

Emily Thorne
Advisor: Ford

My broad research interests include spatial ecology and animal behavior. 

Kelton Verble
Advisor: Alexander

My research interests include wildlife conservation genetics, disease ecology, and population dynamic assessments.

Chelsea Weithman
Advisors: Catlin & Fraser

Allison White
Advisor: Jiao

Majango Wura
Advisor: Karpanty