CTEC Alumni

Richard Couse, MS CandidateRichard Couse, MS Candidate
Wildlife advocacy and endangered species conservation and management



Laura Hilberg, MS CandidateLaura Hilberg, MS Candidate
Avian behavior, especially song



Toby Jacobs, MS CandidateToby Jacobs, MS Candidate
Mangrove and cloud forest ecology



Tierney Rosenstock, MS CandidateTierney Rosenstock, MS Candidate
Reproductive biology of the Pink Lady’s Slipper



Amber Kleiman, MS CandidateAmber Kleiman, MS Candidate
Socio-ecological factors determining the movement patterns and habitat use of elephants in corridors and adaptability of primates to live in fragmented habitat


Sofia Angelo, MS studentSofia Angelo, MS student
I am interested in the conservation of vertebrates and invertebrates that are often overlooked or less popular. I consider every group of animals important to the biodiversity of our planet and would like to see future where people and nature can thrive together. Although I have not worked in any tropical regions, I am currently working for The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation and am interested in working in the tropics in the future.

Christine Armiger, MSChristine Armiger, MS
My goal as a student of conservation biology is to explore ways in which human modified landscapes can be restored so as to support higher levels of biodiversity and ecosystem services. I organized CTEC’s 2006 fall symposium Banking on Biodiversity: The Ecological and Socio-economic Dimensions of Sustainable Agriculture. This symposium is linked to my own research involving the ecological value of small-holder agroforestry systems in Central America.

Kelly Biedenweg, MSKelly Biedenweg, MS
My training and experience as a natural scientist and educator have developed my interest for looking at both the social and ecological perspectives of biological conservation. My thesis research took place in Honduras, where I evaluated the effectiveness of an environmental leadership development program in removing barriers to environmental attitudes and behaviors.

Lauri Brewster, MSLauri Brewster, MS
My ultimate goal is to develop a career linking tropical ecology research with the conservation of tropical protected areas. My research interests lie at the intersection of ecological processes and landscape changes. I am particularly interested in seed dispersal ecology, forest regeneration, and forest fragmentation. For my thesis research I will be exploring the role of capuchin white-faced monkeys (Cebus capucinus) as seed dispersers in the fragmented landscape of Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Jeff Brown, MSJeff Brown, MS
Living in a rural village in West Africa and facilitating public health outreach programs increased my awareness of the connection between environmental degradation and public health. I always returned to the question, How can human health be improved for a rural population when the natural environment on which they are so dependent continues to be degraded?

Mari Clemmer, MS studentMari Clemmer, MS student
My research interests are focused on wildlife restoration. I have a particular interest in carnivore reintroduction projects, but have a broad interest in all wildlife conservation projects which focus on a community based approach.


Lara Davis, MSLara Davis, MS



Jason Estes, MS Jason Estes, MS
I am interested in working with the challenges surrounding conservation internationally. I have worked and studied in the tropics both in East Africa and Southeast Asia and I find myself energized by successful and creative conservation strategies.


Andrew Gilkin, MS Andrew Gilkin, MS
My name is Glikin and I am currently interested in bringing outdoor components of education to the public and private school sector. I wish to combine parts of environmental education schools, outdoor education schools, science centers, etc into a program that takes public and private school students outdoors. I fell that it is very important to have required outdoor components in our education systems and thus I wish to help our country’s education system in achieving this.

Christine Gleason, MS Christine Gleason, MS
As a future conservation biologist, I will focus my efforts on New England and tropical coastal systems. I am particularly interested in the interaction of social and environmental issues that conservationists face each day. My master’s thesis work will take me to the Dominican Republic where I will be researching the attitudes and awareness of whale watching tourists.

Kristin Godfrey, MS studentKristin Godfrey, MS student
I am focusing my master’s research in connecting the research community and the general public. I have a specific interest in human wildlife conflict issues. Often times the general public has a desire to help animals and the environment both in their own communities and internationally, but are not well enough informed about the best approach. I would like to bring together the hard science and help the public put it into practice to decrease generalized fears of wildlife and increase the quality of life of both the wildlife and the communities living with them.

Alex A. Gonyaw, PhDAlex A. Gonyaw, PhD
My experience includes four years working as an environmental consultant for the nuclear and hydroelectric power industries. My primary expertise and interests are in freshwater and wetland ecology including invertebrate biology, taxonomy, fisheries, pollution biology and environmental chemistry.

ANicole Gross-Camp, PhDNicole Gross-Camp, PhD
My graduate research involves an examination of primate seed dispersal in an afromontane forest and the implications for forest regeneration processes. I am currently working in the Nyungwe National Park located in southwestern Rwanda.


Troy Hansel, MSTroy Hansel, MS



Phillip Howard, MS studentPhillip Howard, MS student
My interests for tropical ecology and conservation are rooted in birds and agroforestry. For my thesis research I will be studying passerine overwintering requirements in the Lesser Antillean region of the Caribbean. I also have an interest in how shade crops, such as coffee and cacao, can help protect and maintain otherwise lost biodiversity in deforested landscapes in the tropics.


Jamie Irving, MSJamie Irving, MS
After I graduated high school I went to live in Nicaragua for a year to assist as a drug counselor with an association by the name of Quincho Barrilete. The organization was designed to get severely impoverished children off of the streets through education and positive programming. I was there for seven months; not one of the kids I met made it through the initial step to recovery. My goal is to return to Nicaragua and be able to assist Quincho Barrilete by helping to discover environmental outreach programs for the children through grant writing and ingenuity.

Shawn W. Margles, MSShawn W. Margles, MS
My general interest is in the interactions between people and protected areas. This includes both social and ecological interactions resulting from the existence of conservation areas. More specifically, I am interested in how different land use types adjacent to protected area boundaries influence animal activity both within and beyond park boundaries. I am interested in how this activity influences forest processes. How these different matrices influence human activity is also of interest.

Tamarra H. Martz, MS Tamarra H. Martz, MS
My main interest lies in the health of African non-human primate populations. With more and more of the earth’s habitats becoming anthropogenically altered, it is important to monitor the health of these primate populations as well as examine the epidemiological factors involved.


Jessica Mathon, MSJessica Mathon, MS
My interest is in large carnivore conservation and human/ wildlife conflict in Africa. My thesis focuses on a non- profit organization in Zimbabwe, Painted Dog Conservation, and how its community outreach programs are targeting conservation of the endangered painted hunting dog, while attempting to improve the education and economic opportunities for the surrounding communities.

Rachel McShane, MSRachel McShane, MS
I am not only interested in research, but would also enjoy educating the public about wildlife diversity; in particular, I am interested in working with indigenous peoples to create land-management plans that are economically feasible yet still afford the greatest possible level of protection to the inhabitants of neighboring forests.

David Meek, MSDavid Meek, MS
My present research interests focus on traditional people, in the context of how their economic needs influence their interactions with the environment, and how these practices affect efforts at environmental conservation. I am also interested in examining how natural resource exploitation fuels civil strife, and how the effects of these conflicts influence the interactions between humans and the environment, often resulting in ethical and practical dilemmas for conservationists.

Lauren Miller, MSLauren Miller, MS
My central focus is on avian conservation across universal boundaries. Currently I am concerned with rare habitats and biodiversity. My master’s thesis will focus on grassland habitats of New England and understanding the variables that are most important for rare species.


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Diane Milliken, MSDiane Milliken, MS
The increasingly plagued ecosystem in my backyard, and injured sense of community within my hometown, has inspired me to investigate holistic management approaches that thoughtfully integrate and support ecology, economics, culture, politics and advocacy in a way that benefits both the community and the environment. Based on the exact or comparable infrastructure of a special area management plan (SAMP), I would like to work with urban and rural coastal communities in not only New England, but the Tropics as well, to successfully assess, protect, utilize and plan the future use of their coastal resources.

Krista Muller, MSKrista Muller, MS
From early childhood, I found myself in awe of the marine environment and its inhabitants. Over the past ten years, I have had many wonderful opportunities which have enabled me to expand my knowledge about marine mammals. I have also been fortunate enough to share my knowledge and enthusiasm about these creatures with others through teaching in the classroom and in the field.

Rick Newman, PhD Rick Newman, PhD
My research interests essentially revolve around evolutionary avian ecology on islands. My most recent fieldwork has focused on the islands of the Caribbean. I am interested in how ecological communities evolve and how we can integrate what we know about this process into conservation practice.

Vivek Prasad, PhDVivek Prasad, PhD
Vivek Prasad completed his PhD studies in the summer of 2011 in Environmental Science and Public Policy at George Mason University (GMU) in Virginia, USA. His dissertation took a bottom-up approach and explored the challenges and the potentials of adaptation to climate change. He has extensive operational and research experience on issues related to social and environmental interface. Vivek teaches environmental policymaking in developing countries, and project management for development at GMU while continuing his research in climate change vulnerability, adaptation, and mitigation.

Jill Rolph, MSJill Rolph, MS
Starting in January 2009, I will be teaching three freshman seminar classes at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH. The major goal for these seminars is to provide a real world experience for NH college students. We will be accomplishing this by partnering with the Mayumba National Park Outreach Program in Gabon, Africa, which promotes world conservation awareness, through an international and cultural exchange for students. We hope to encourage youth conservation responsibility, and conduct research on critical issues related to shared wildlife conservation, and sustainable development.

Rebecca Rodomsky, MSRebecca Rodomsky, MS
I am a grad student at Antioch University New England pursuing a Masters in Environmental Studies with and emphasis in Environmental Education. I sought out CTEC to further my professional skills by working for an organization/program seeking to build and strengthen their community by providing excellent service in the area of conservation education.

Chad Skowronski, MS Chad Skowronski, MS
I seek to engage my students with challenging, handson opportunities for exploration and inquiry into some of the most fascinating scientific scenarios out thereLife! My classroom takes this journey every day as we explore science that is both meaningful and relevant to our daily lives. We strive to be active members in our communities, working to educate local citizens and ourselves about our environment.

Jessica Stager, MSJessica Stager, MS
I believe that often times the most direct path to environmental solutions is via simple communication, and in all my work I strive to build bridges between conservation science and public arenas. My current research deals with spatial and temporal patterns of diversity as they relate to human-induced change; my thesis will explore the relationship between semi-natural field management and butterfly diversity in rural region of Vermont.

Sarah Stoner-Duncan, MS studentSarah Stoner-Duncan, MS student
I am interested in community centered conservation and place based education. I believe that by involving communities in the conservation research surrounding them, this can help create awareness and interest in land stewardship and the importance of biodiversity. I am especially interested in tropical ecology and conservation. In particular, I would like to focus on sea turtle conservation through working with programs that relieve poaching pressures on turtle eggs.

Lance Tanino, MS studentLance Tanino, MS student
I am interested in avian conservation, place-based education, community-based conservation, as well as citizen-science monitoring projects. As a student and graduate, I took advantage of the opportunity to conduct my thesis research on the effects of housing development on spring bird migration in my community of Keene, New Hampshire. I have also been proactively engaged with the local Monadnock Chapter of New Hampshire Audubon by coordinating birding field trips and evening program speakers. My active involvement with my community have resulted in increased participation by local residents as well as out-of-state residents due to educational publicity through local newspaper columns and photos as well as social networking websites.

Julie Tilden, MSJulie Tilden, MS
Birds are usually what draw me to amazing places. I love to travel, explore and learn as much as I can about the environment around me. I am particularly passionate about raptor behavior and migration and hope to continue working and making a difference in the field of conservation.


Tharcisse Ukizintambara, PhD Tharcisse Ukizintambara, PhD
I am interested in the trio habitat – primate – people interactions; it is the topic I am focusing on in order to grasp an understanding of the impact of disturbance on habitat dynamics and species survival and the ecological processes governing forest structure; forest fragmentation and habitat quality; and plant and animal species survival strategies.

No Picture AvailableLee Ann Woolery, PhD
My doctoral research focuses on knowing changes in our environment, issues pertinent to ecological sustainability through methodologies that do not rely on the dominant Western scientific paradigm of logic and reason. I have developed and put a name to these intentional methods of art making and call it, art-based perceptual ecology (Woolery, 1999).

Magdalena Vinson, MS studentMagdalena Vinson, MS student
I am interested in place-based education and school/community garden programs. I believe that one of the first steps to getting young people to care about the environment is to introduce them to the world immediately surrounding them. Incorporating the outdoors into school curriculums not only teaches the skills needed for standardized testing, it also teaches many life lessons that are often left at the wayside in the current education trends in the U.S. Another way to get children outside is through school gardening programs. Through these programs, children are connected with their local food community, and begin to learn where their food comes from and what can be found in what season.

Samson Werikhe, PhD studentSamson Werikhe, PhD student
My research interests are in exploration and design of better conservation strategies for mountain gorillas, among other endangered species. Involvement of young people in decision making based on their knowledge and experience is vital in my conceptualization process. My previous research on gorillas in Uganda’s Virungas greatly improved the conservation and management of these endangered apes in the area. I envisage yet another significant contribution towards gorilla conservation via active youth engagement.

Carrie Wheelock, MS studentCarrie Wheelock, MS student
My primary interest is in coral reef ecology, conservation, and education. My interest in coral reefs began in 2003 when I was doing research on the Great Barrier Reef.


Guihong Zhang, MSGuihong Zhang, MS
Forests not only play a fundamental role in global heat balance, global cycles of the elements (such as carbon and nitrogen), the hydrologic cycle, and soil stabilization, but they are also one of the biggest natural resources for human beings and wildlife as well. How to keep forests healthy and productive has long been a challenge facing forest scientists.