Current lab group (2016-2017)
Bob Mason, MS student. Bob's MS project is focused on the development of a stand-scale and taxonomically precise record of oak-dominated forest dynamics for the past 1000 years, exploring the implications of this long-term history for understanding the widespread oak decline that has been observed over the past century in forests of the eastern US.
Bing Liu, Visting Graduate Scholar. Bing is working with the lab group from January until June of 2017. He is studying testate amoeba ecology in high-elevation peatlands of Colombia. Bing is pursuing a graduate degree from the School of Geographical Sciences, South China Normal University.
Matt Huff, MS student. Matt is beginning graduate studies in summer 2017, and he anticipates developing a research project focused on aquatic ecology and paleoecology. Matt completed his BS in Biology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2016.
Heidi Cunnick, PhD student. Heidi will join the lab in Fall of 2017, after completing her MS at Colombia University. She anticipates developing a dissertation project focused at the intersection of peatland ecosystem ecology and paleoecology.
Undergraduate students pursuing research projects
Ceara Hogan Tomaino, undergraduate research project. Ceara is developing high-resolution records of paleohydrology and forest vegetation from a peatland in Maine to assess causes of abrupt, mid-Holocene vegetation changes.
Yuning Zhang, undergraduate research project. Yuning is developing a pollen record from northern Maine, as part of a multiproxy study examining drought, fire, and vegetation history for the past thousand years in this region.
Visiting research scientist
- Dr. Jun Ouyang. 2015-2016. Jun was a visiting associate professor during the 2015-2016 academic year. Jun is from the School of Geographical Sciences, South China Normal University, Guangzhou.
Graduate and postdoctoral
Michael Clifford, PhD 2016. Dissertation title: Late Holocene drought, fire, and vegetation in northeastern North America inferred from peatland archives. Michael is currently a research scientist at the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas, NV.
Travis Andrews, PhD 2015 (co-advised with Ben Felzer). Dissertation title: Why precipitation and forest structure are changing in the eastern US: insight from analysis of large empirical and climate model datasets. Travis is currently a research associate with Molly Jahn's research group at the University of Wisconsin.
Chandler Navara, MS 2015. (co-advised with Amber Rice). Thesis title: The Effects of interspecific interactions on reproductives success of Carolina chickadees (Poecile carolinensis).
Michelle Spicer, MS 2014. Thesis title: The legacy of planting: A century-long experiment in forest development at Lehigh University. Michelle is pursuing a PhD in the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Biological Science, working under the supervision of Dr. Walter Carson.
Katie Leboeuf, MS 2014. Thesis title: Holocene Vegetation, Hydrology, and Fire in the North-Central Adirondacks of New York.
Eric Klein, PhD 2013 (co-advised with Zicheng Yu). Dissertation title: Differential Response of Alaska Peatlands to Climate Changes of the Last Millennium. Eric is currently a post-doctoral researcher with Dr. Jeff Welker at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
- Maura Sullivan, MS 2006. Maura was involved with numerous projects in the lab from 2006-2016, and did some fantastic work examining the response of testate amoeba communities to short-term environmental variability. She is now an assistant professor at Finger Lakes Community College in New York.
- Travis Andrews, MS 2012. Thesis title: Testate amoebae as hydrological proxies in the Florida Everglades. Travis went on to pursue a PhD in the EES department.
- Alex Ireland, PhD 2012, Postdoctoral researcher 2012. Dissertation title: Assessing the senstivity of kettle ecosystems to climatic and anthropogenic disturbances. Alex completed his PhD in 2012 and then stayed on for eight months as a postdoctoral researcher. He then spent a years as a postdoctoral scholar in Penn State's Ecosystem Science and Management Program, before accepting his current postion as an environmental scientist for Exxon-Mobile.
- Erin Markel, MS 2009. Thesis title: A comparative study of testate amoebae and δ13C of Sphagnum as surface-moisture proxies in Alaskan peatlands. Erin is currently an environmental scientist at JMT Environment & Natural Resources Group in Maryland.
- Yangmin Qin, visiting predoctoral scholar, 2008-2009. Qin was a visiting scholar in the lab, supported by a scholarship from the Chinese government. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Geography, School of Earth Science, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan.
- Valerie Sousa, MS 2008. Thesis title: Drought, lake-effect snow, and the Late Holocene beech decline: a paleoecological study at Pinhook Peatland in northwestern Indiana.
Undergraduate (senior honors thesis)
- Ryan Herbert, BS 2016. Thesis title: Light variability and mixotrophy: responses of testate amoeba communities and shell δ13C values to a two-year peatland shading experiment. Ryan is currently a 5th year presidental scholar at Lehigh, pursuing a research project with Dr. Amber Rice in Biological Sciences. In the fall of 2017 he will begin PhD studies at Princeton University.
- Erin Sowell, BS 2016. Thesis Title: Establishment and expansion of Atlantic White Cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides (L.) B. S. P.) near its northern range limit: a paleoecological study at Saco Heath, ME. Erin is currently part time in the lab while pursuing a project that grew out of Lehigh's mountaintop program.
- Bob Mason, BS 2015. Thesis title: The Influence of White-tailed Deer Herbivory on Tree Recruitment in Forest Canopy Gaps Created by Hurricane Sandy. Bob is currently pursuing a MS degree in EES at Lehigh.
- Kevin Barrett, BS 2012. Thesis title: A late Holocene record of moisture variability from a bog in southeastern Alaska. Kevin is currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Botany at the University of Wisconsin working under the supervision of Dr. Sara Hotchkiss.
- John Powell, BA 2010. Thesis title: Controls on Radial Growth of Pinus strobus (white pine) on a Floating Peatland.