Lab

Students doing research in my lab — the Conservation Biology Lab at Middlebury College — generally are working on multiple-semester honors theses either in the Biology Department or the Program in Environmental Studies.  I tend to give students a wide range of latitude on their selection of projects, and as a result, studies carried out in my lab include field studies, landscape-scale GIS analyses, and development of theoretical population models.  All are united, however, by the overarching themes of conservation biology and natural history.

2012 – 2013

  • Isaac Baker: An analysis of energy efficiency and solar hot water potential for smaller Middlebury College housing.
  • Alec Nelson: Seasonal population trends in East Coast songbirds (Passeriformes): Analysis through paired national monitoring programs.
  • Avery Shawler: Using GIS to conduct a multi-criteria evaluation for potential bat habitat and to design a spatially balanced random household survey methodology for the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Ford Van Fossan: Assessing the feasibility of reintroducing black bear (Ursus americanus) to the Delmarva Peninsula of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia.

2011 – 2012

  • Jessie Williamson: Effects of gap width and perceived risk of predation on resident passerine gap-crossing behavior.

2010 – 2011

  • Laura Budd: Does scale matter for the characterization and management of a South African riparian ecosystem?
  • Lauren K. Sanchez: Carbon dynamics at Harvard Forest: Ecological responses to changes in the growing season.  Co-advised with Dr. Andrea Lloyd.
  • Virginia Shannon: Restoring landlocked Atlantic salmon to Lake Champlain.
  • Connor Wood: Assessing landscape connectivity: A sensitivity analysis of Circuitscape applied to the northern Green Mountains.

2009-2010

  • Clare O. Crosby: Assessing the relationship between avian population dynamics and the Human Footprint in the United States.
  • Cassidy D’Aloia: Estimating demographic changes in sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) in Lake Champlain. Co-advised with Dr. Sallie Sheldon.
  • Bart DiFiore: Biochemical profiling of secondary stress parameters in nine species of carcharhinid and lamnid shark.
  • Ian M. Evans: Assessing ecosystem threat in the United States using the Human Footprint.
  • Leslie Moffat: An assessment of wildlife use of the Middlebury College willow plantation.

2008-2009

  • Walter “Tripp” Burwell: Modeling mammal movement in the Champlain Valley.
  • Zoë Jewett Sheldon: Sprawl and biotic homogenization: The effects of diffuse residential development on vertebrate wildlife.
  • R. Emerson Tuttle: The use of winter tree roosts by southern flying squirrels (Glaucomys volans) in a Vermont old-growth forest.

2006-2007

  • Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak: The distribution of Marine Protected Areas in the United States across levels of protection: A new tool for classification.
  • Patrick L. Johnson: An analysis of the first spring arrival dates of migratory birds to Vermont from 1974-2006.
  • M. Taylor Long: Incorporating temperature-dependent hatchling sex rations into a stage-based loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) population model.
  • Karen A. Stahlheber: Sheep grazing as a management strategy for reducing scrub oak (Quercus spp.) area on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.

2005-2006

  • Kyle W. vonHasseln: The phylogeography of Elaphe spp. (North American ratsnake) in the Champlain Valley of New York and Vermont.  Co-advised with Dr. Jeremy Ward and Dr. Helen Young.

2004-2005

  • Andrew Dines: Effects of road crossings on stream-dwelling macroinvertebrates in the Green Mountains.
  • Emily K. Owen: A meta-analysis of Rapid Biodiversity Assessments as a conservation tool: The evolution and effectiveness of Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program and The Nature Conservancy’s Rapid Ecological Assessments.

2003-2004

  • Ian Ausprey: Biological reserve design in southwestern Maine: Using ecological reatures to make conservation priorities.
  • Katherine Mertes: Evaluating protected area buffer zones: Lessons from the literature and a study of World Bank buffer zone projects.
  • Caitlin Hicks: Stochastic modelling of the southeastern United States loggerhead sea turtle population and its implications for conservation.
  • Ayala Wineman: Migration strategies and stopover ecology of Blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) in Eilat, Israel.

2002-2003

  • Timothy Marks: Spatially structured and unstructured models for population growth of Peregrine Falcons in California: A comparison of conclusions.
  • Kirsten Thomas: Vulture conservation in southern Africa: A study of feeding behaviors of the Cape Griffon, Whitebacked, and Lappetfaced Vulture, and an evaluation of data collection methods and procedures used by the Rare and Endangered Species Trust.

2001-2002

  • Parnham Gardner: Radiant heat from compost as a source of energy to heat a greenhouse: An experimental design.
  • Nicola K. Kieves: A temporal and spatial analysis of six Vermont bird species.
  • Stewart Peery: Coexistence of two species of Peromyscus in the Otter Creek Swamp.
  • Laurie Richmond: The impact of forest management on populations of the red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus) in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

2000-2001

  • Katie Bender: Environmental stressors: primates in the field and hamsters in the lab. Co-advised with Dr. David Parfitt.
  • Elizabeth Harper: Patterns of distribution of leaf litter frogs in three life zones in Costa Rica.
  • Lourie Yelton: Use of immunocontraception for the management of white-tailed deer and feral horses.

1998-1999

  • Christos Astaras: Geographic patterns of genetic variation of Semotilus atromaculatus (Pisces: Cyprinidae) and their implications for conservation.
  • Nina Gawne: Building a teaching landscape for Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College. Co-advised with Dr. Glenn Andres.
  • Buffy Hastings: Species-area relationship of birds in the continental United States: the influence of geography and environmental heterogeneity.
  • Kate LaRiche: A biological inventory of Middlebury College’s North Bread Loaf forest for potential use as an educational forest for the college, Addison County, Vermont.
  • John-Alex Mason: A GIS-based watershed analysis and subsequent watershed-based management recommendations for the North Unit of the Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont.
  • Paul Woodworth: A reconstruction of pre-colonial forest composition in Milton, Vermont.

1997-1998

  • Madelyn Carpenter: A study of the ecological effects of wildfire and prescribed burning in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
  • Beth DeLisle: The use of management indicator species on the Green Mountain National Forest.
  • Philip Higuera: Conservation status of Vermont bat populations.

1996-1997

  • Meredith DuBarry: The effect of land-use practices on the invasibility of forest communities by non-native species.
  • Amy Flanders: The call of the wild: The restoration of Adirondack Wolves.

1994-1995

  • Liba Pejchar: Geographic patterns of exotic plants in New England.
  • Jennie S. Reithel: The effect of clearcutting on soil microbial biomass in a Vermont deciduous forest. Co-advised with Dr. Grace Spatafora.

1993-1994

  • Timothy J. Bernard: An examination of microhabitat selection and length of torpor in Myotis bats during hibernation.
  • Rachel Bryant: Field study of communication and behavior in Corvus brachyrynchos that winter in Vermont
  • Jeremy Hertzig: Microhabitat use in winter flocks of Black-capped Chickadees (Parus atricapillus): A comparison of foraging behavior in a deciduous and a coniferous forest.

1992-1993

  • Teresa Bowers: Response of small mammal distributions and abundances to two decades of forest decline on Camel’s Hump, Vermont.
  • Jonathan Maziarz: Winter activity, microclimate selection, and other aspects of hibernation in five species of bats in Vermont.

1991-1992

  • Bradley W. Kirschner: Farming and its effects on stream fish biodiversity.
  • Jessica Tuck: Fish species diversity above and below the Richville Dam on the Lemon Fair River, Addison County, Vermont.

1990-1991

  • Susannah L. Tracy: The accuracy of morphological measurements and habitat type in determining species of genus Peromyscus in Vermont.

1988-1989

  • Kimberly Bennett: Diet selection and hibernation in the eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus).
  • George C. Hurtt: An analysis of the precision and the accuracy of point‐centred‐quarter sampling as applied to a plot of an Australian wet tropical rainforest community.

 

 



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