Current lab group(2015-2016)


Visiting research scientist

    • Jun Ouyang, PhD. Jun is a visiting associate professor from the School of Geographical Sciences, South China Normal University. Jun is spending the year collaborating with our group on paleoecology projects utilizing testate amoebae.

Graduate students

      • Bob Mason, MS student. Bob's MS project is likely going to be focused on the development of a millennial-scale perspective on the widespread oak decline that has been observed over the past century in forests of the eastern US.

      • Maura Sullivan, PhD candidate. Maura's research is focused on the role of short-term environmental variability in structuring testate amoeba communities.

Visiting graduate students

    • Connor Nolan, PhD student in Geosciences from the University of Arizona. Connor will spend three weeks in the lab in September, subsampling and analyzing testate amoebae from cores collected in Maine and Minnesota as part of the Paleon project.

    • Eli Polzer, MS candidate in wetland ecology at the State University of New York - Brockport. Eli will spend several weeks in the laboratory in September and October subsampling and analyzing plant macrofossils from a core collected from a unique poor fen ecosystem near Lake Ontario.

Undergraduate students

  • Ryan Herbert, undergraduate honors thesis. Ryan is studying the effect of light intensity on testate amoeba community and shell carbon isotopic composition in floating Sphagnum peatlands.

  • Erin Sowell, undergraduate honors thesis. Erin is pursuing a paleoecology project focused on better understanding the factors controlling the establishment of Atlantic white cedar at the nothermost tip of its geographic range in Maine.

Lab Alumni

Graduate and postdoctoral

  • Michael Clifford, PhD 2015 (ABD). 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 Reno, NV.

  • Travis Andrews, PhD 2015 (coadvised 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.

  • Chandler Navara, MS 2015. (coadvised 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.

  • Travis Andrews, MS 2012. Thesis title: Testate amoebae as hydrological proxies in the Florida Everglades. Travis is currently pursuing 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)

  • 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.