Peter A. Palmiotto (PhD)

Core Faculty and Director of Conservation Biology Concentration
Department of Environmental Studies

Graduate Students

Forest Ecology

Martino Robin, current PhD. Understanding ecological processes at the forest edge: matrix effects, seed dispersal processes and seedling recruitment.

Stone, Sadie, current.  Prescribed fire management in pitch pine barrens throughout New England: burned vs. unburned.

Hillman, Brett, 2013. Breeding bird assemblages in scrub-shrub habitat resulting from timber harvests in a New Hampshire reservation dominated by oak and pine.

Boland, Amber. 2012. Ice Storm Impact on Forest Structure at elevations between 1800' and 2700' on Mt. Monadnock, N.H.

Hagenbuch, Steven. 2009. Implications of maple sugarbush stand structure and composition for neotropical migrant forest bird populations in northern Vermont.

Torres, Diane E. 2008. Gap succession and dynamics in eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) dominated old-growth forest communities at Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts.

Williams, Doug K. 2008. The effect of ski trails on the woody plant species composition and structure in adjacent old-growth forests at Wachusett Mountain State Reservation in Princeton and Westminster, Massachusetts.

Mallard, David R. 2008. The description and distribution of natural communities on Mount Monadnock, NH: implication in the face of climate change.

Hamm, Jenna. 2007. Recent tree line advance and the influence of shrub and tundra communities on white spruce (Picea glauca) establishment in Denali National Park, Alaska.

Fitz, Phil. 2006. Variation in the development of woody vegetation of forested wetlands in the Connecticut River valley.

Contosta, Alexandra. 2005. Relationships among foliar chemistry, photosynthetic functioning and crown health in sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh) and yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis Brit.) trees in the White Mountain National Forest.

O'Donoghue, Brigitte. 2004. Seed germination and seedling survival of balsam fir, heart-leafed paper birch, yellow birch and red spruce along an elevational gradient on Mt. Moosilauke, NH.

Parker, Sarah. 2004. Conservation of a unique community type: analysis of the disturbance history and growth dynamics of a Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida Mill.) barren on Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA.

Herbs, Orchids and Understory Ecology

Nguyen, Ha. current. The pollination biology and phenology of the early spring flowering Trillium cuneatum.

Green, Melissa. current. Distribution and composition of understory vegetation on Mount Monadnock, NH.

Erler, Mark. current. Ph.D. candidate. Describing micro-climate heterogeneity in an Adirondack forest using corticolous bryophytes

Rosenstock, Tierney, 2013.  Facilitating pollination: the relationship of heterospecific co-flowering species on fruit set in the Pink Lady's Slipper (Orchidaceae).

Coombs, Alexandra, 2009.  Flora of the Southern Slope of Mount Monadnock, Jaffery, Cheshire County, New Hampshire.

Sales, Tracie. 2007. Relationship between soil temperature and the onset of vegetative growth in northern New Hampshire

Cooley, John H., Jr. 2007. Ecological niche models for Triphora trianthophora(Swartz) Rydberg and Isotria medeoloides (Pursh) Rafinesque, two rare orchid species in northern New England.

Hopkins, Paul. 2007. The relationship between microtopography and the presence and abundance of spring ephemeral wildflowers in southeastern Vermont.

Fischer, Sandra. 2007. The Effects of Timed Mowing of Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) Patches on Monarch (Danaus plexippus L.) Egg and Larval Densities in Two Fields in Columbia County, NY.

Keel, Brain. 2007. PhD. Assisted migration as a conservation strategy for rapid climate change: Investigating extended photoperiod and mycobiont distributions of Habenaria repens Nuttall (Orchidaceae) as a case study

Wolfe, Yarrow. 2006. The Ram's Head Lady's Slipper (Cypridedium arietinum): A primer for wetland preservation in the Carney Fen Wetland Complex, Carney, MI.

Coppola, Melissa. 2005. Understory vegetation patterns and environmental conditions in the spruce-fir forest of Mt. Moosilauke, NH.


Restoration Ecology and Invasive Species

Slovak, Dan. current. Black is the new black: Biochar's use as a growing medium of eastern White pine nursery stock.

Chris Beltz. 2012. Restoration Potential of Degraded Crevice Communities on the Summit of Mt. Monadnock, New Hampshire.

Forbes, Doug. 2011. The Effects of Livestock Grazing on Succession in a Coastal Grassland.

Dailey, Karina. 2010. Developing and implementing long-term monitoring protocols for restoration efforts along riparian corridors in Northern New England.

McNamara, Lynn. 2007. Anthriscus sylvestris:distribution and ecological characteristics of an invasive plant in Vermont.

Polatin, Christopher C. 2006. Best management practices for controlling catbrier (Smilax rotundifolia), oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus), and scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) on a coastal island in Massachusetts.


Animal Ecology

Siener, Hillary, current. Allegheny mound ant impact on forest structure and plant biodiversity in pitch pine-oak forests of Rhode Island and how canopy cover may influence their presence in a forest.

Livesey, Marielle, current. Hatchling success rates as a function of environmental nesting preferences for Green sea turtles and potential impacts of climate change at Akumal nesting beaches.

Martell, Joseph, current, Seasonal movement of trout in Northern New Hampshire, and the restoration of Indian stream.

Lovett, Jennifer, current, Beaver paratroopers save the wetlands.

Maikath, Tyler, current.  Eastern Towhee & Prairie Warbler density and nest success in a managed pitch pine barrens ecosystem.

Sharon, Michael, current. Time budgets of loon's (Gavia Immer) presence or absence from nests during incubation period.

Hermsen, Erica. 2013. The effectiveness of different bait types in luring cheetahs (Acinonyx jabatus).

Walter, Matt. 2010. Snow tracking red foxes and eastern coyotes along a suburban-to-rural gradient in the Adirondack Park of upstate New York.

Ukizintambara, Tharcisse, PhD. 2010. Edge effects on the behavioral ecology of L'Hoest's monkey (Cercopithecus lhoesti) in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.

Nicole Gross-Camp. PhD. 2009. Dispersion of large-seeded tree species by two forest primates: primate seed handling, microhabitat variability, and post-dispersal seed fate.

Wood, Christopher. 2010. Ecology and Food Habits of the American Mink (Neovision vison) in Western Massachusetts.

Estes, Jason. 2009. A Least Cost Corridor Analysis Identifying Landscape Permeability for Bornean Elephants (Elephas maximus borneensis) in the Lower Kinabatangan region of Sabah, Malaysia.

Webb, Lindsay. 2008. Morphological characteristics of New England mammal hair.

Bjorklund, Brian. 2008. Potential food item distractions during raccoon oral rabies vaccination baiting campaigns on Cape Cod, Massachusetts: A food habits study of raccoons.

Averill, Annemarie. 2004. An integrated ecological perspective of the impacts of historic forest loss on New Hampshire's American marten (Martes americana) population.

Palm, Jessana. 2003. Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis,) summer roost tree selection and habitat use in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.

Conservation and Assessment

Moltha Joseph, current Ph.D. candidate. Analysis of land use/land cover change impact upon ecosystem services and forest carbon within South west Rwanda with a special focus on Nyungwe National Park

Brown, Douglas, current. Land Management Options and Natural Resource Inventory for MacKay Farm, Wells, Vermont.

Bergeron, Candra. current.  Evaluation of hunter education in New Hampshire: How hunter education affects hunter's views of themselves as conservation stewards.

O'Hara, Kelley. current.  Assessment of community conservation capacity in a small rural fishing community in Costa Rica.

Stahel Pichardo, Ruby. 2012.  Post tropical storm Irene stream assessment of the Green Mountain National Forest.

Soucy, Charles. 2012.  Restoring anadromous Alewife populations in coastal Maine communities: Lessons from the North Haven restoration project.

Annichiarico, Aimee. 2012. A recreation and education plan for the Fanny Mason Forest, Walpole, NH.

O'Wril, Heather. 2012. Rapid assessment of Dry Oak woodland natural communities at Merck Forest in Rupert, VT

Bean, Martin. 2011.  A natural and cultural resource inventory for Lempster, NH.

Cabot, Chris. 2010. An evaluation of NRI methods: The case study of Three Natural Areas in coastal Maine.

Armiger, Christine. 2008. Measuring ecosystem services as a baseline evaluation for the conservation viability of agroforestry in southern Belize, Central America.

Sciarretta, Christopher J. 2006. Traditional ecological knowledge and the pinyon pine in northern New Mexico: effects of the pine seed harvest on tree regeneration and biodiversity.

Sauer, Amy. 2005. Biodiversity & land conservation on private lands within the Adirondack Park: A case study of the Tahawus Club ; Newcomb, New York.

Wynn, Estelle. 2004. Working smart conversationTM: Testing a method of small-scale rapid assessment of woody plant biodiversity.

Fedder, Julia. 2004. Sowing the Seeds: The cultivation of an urban environmental ethic through community gardens.

Greber, Lisa. 2004. Dancing with mystery: scientific and spiritual encounters with the natural world.