Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Students

 

Brian Hidden

Advisor: Dr. Lisa Webb

Hometown: Staunton, IL

Education: B.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management - Wildlife from Oklahoma State University

Thesis: Linking Waterfowl Distribution and Abundance to Spatial and Temporal Distribution and Abundance of Wetland Habitat

 

Christine Brodsky

Advisor: Dr. Charles Nilon

Hometown: Hillsborough, New Jersey

Education: B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts

                  M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Delaware

Dissertation: Vacant lots as a habitat resource for an urban songbird community

 

Ethan Kleekamp

Advisor: Dr. Craig Paukert

Hometown: Marthasville, Missouri

Education: B.S. in Biology from Truman State University

Thesis: Developing protocols for identifying reference reaches for Missouri wadeable streams

 

Evan Hill

Advisor: Dr. Elisabeth Webb

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Education: B.S. Gustavus Adolphus College

Thesis: Linking wetland management to the distribution, habitat use, and nesting effort of secretive marsh birds in Missouri

 

Hemanta Kafley

Advisor: Dr. Matthew E. Gompper

Hometown: Biratnagar, Nepal

Education: Associates and BS in Forestry from Tribhuvan University, Institute of Forestry, Nepal
                  Post Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, CSSTEAP, India
                  Post Graduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice from University of Oxford, WildCRU, UK

Dissertation: Tiger

 

 

 

Kathryn Womack

Advisor: Dr. Frank Thompson III

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Education: B.S. from Longwood University, Farmville, Virinigia

                    M.S. University of Missouri- Columbia

Dissertation:Multi-scale factors related to abundance of bats and insect prey in savannas, woodlands, and forests throughout the Ozark Highlands, USA 

 

Landon Pierce

Advisor: Dr. Craig Paukert

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Education: B.S. from University of Nebraska

                  M.S. from South Dakota State University

Dissertation: Conservation biogeography of lotic fishes in the Missouri and Colorado River Basins

 

 

Leslie Crawford

Advisor: Dr. Amanda Rosenberger

Hometown: Holts Summit, Missouri

Education: B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia

Thesis: Development of standardized sampling protocols for assessing unionoid mussel communities in Missouri

 

 

Emily Pherigo

Advisor: Dr. Craig Paukert

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Education: B.A. from Knox College (IL)

Thesis: Seasonal fish community and reproductive biology of fishes in two tributaries of the lower Missouri River, USA

 

Melissa Roach

Advisor: Dr. Frank Thompson

Hometown: Brookneal, Virginia

Education: B.S. in Biology from Lynchburg College

Thesis: The effects of pine savanna and woodland restoration on the breeding bird community in the Missouri Ozarks

 

Matthew Schrum

Advisor: Dr. Amanda Rosenberger

Hometown: Bismarck, Missouri

Education: B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia

Thesis: Developing standardized sampling protocols for assessing freshwater mussel species populations in Missouri

 

Mike Burfield

Advisor: Dr. Charles Nilon

Hometown: Canton, Ohio

Education: B.S. in Biological Sciences from University of Cincinnati

                  M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia

Dissertation: Wildlife Diversity and Restorative Effects of Mental Fatigue in a University Campus Landscape

 

Nick Sievert

Advisor: Dr. Craig Paukert

Hometown: Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Education: B.S. in Entomology and Biological Aspects of Conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thesis: Assessing the vulnerability of Missouri's fish species and the status of fish species representation within conservation networks

 

 

      

Sean O'Daniels

Advisors: Dr. Dylan Kesler and Dr. Lisa Webb

Hometown: North Bend, NE; Creston, IA

Education: B.S. in Biology from Graceland University

Thesis: Visual Ecology of North American Woodpeckers

 

Thomas Bonnot

Advisor: Dr. Frank Thompson and Dr. Joshua Millspaugh

Hometown: Bonnots Mill, Missouri

Education: B.S. from the University of Missouri

                  M.S. from the University of Missouri

Dissertation: Large-scale population viability modeling

 

 

Jackie Dearborn


Advisers: Drs. Lisa Webb and Sybill Amelon
Hometown: Lawrenceville, NJ
Education: B.S. Environmental Science, from Muhlenberg College in 2009
Title of Thesis: Summer habitat use by endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) maternity colonies on Mingo and Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuges
 

   Liz Matseur


Advisors: Dr. Frank Thompson and Dr. Josh Millspaugh
Hometown: Brick, NJ
Education: B.S. in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Delaware

Thesis: Population estimates for black-backed woodpeckers (Picoides arcticus​) in the Black Hills


Julia Guyton
 

Advisors: Drs. Lisa Webb and Craig Paukert
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
Education: BA in Urban Urban Environmental Studies from Birmingham-Southern College

Thesis title: Development of fish and amphibian rapid assessment protocol for wetlands: linking management to wetland system processes
 


Jacob Schwoerer


Advisor: Craig Paukert
Hometown: Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Education: B.S. in Water Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Thesis Title: Assessing the Vulnerability of Heartland Network National Park Stream Communities and the Consistency of Biotic Indices to Portray Environmental Conditions

 

Rory Mott

Advisor: Amanda Rosenberger
Hometown: Charleston, IL
Education: Biology at EIU
Thesis title: Water Quality Requirements and Preferences of the Topeka Shiner

 

Jesse Kolar

Advisor: Dr. Joshua Millspaugh
Hometown: Dickinson, ND
Education: B.S. in Wildlife Biology from The University of Montana
M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Dissertation: Potential effects of oil and gas energy development on mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in western North Dakota and eastern Montana

 

Lauren Toivonen

Advisor: Dr. Matthew Gomper

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Education: B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Missouri State University

Research title: Habitat suitability assessment for the red wolf 

 

John Falco

Advisor: Matt Gomper and Shibu Jose

Hometown: Lincroft, Missouri

Education: B.S in Animal Science from Rutgers University
                    V.M.D  from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Topic: The effects forage and fodder diversity have on parasite populations within livestock grazing systems


Eric Fishel

Advisor: Dr. Charlie Nilon

Hometown: Baltimore, MA

Education: B.A. in Biology from Johns Hopkins University

Thesis title: Breeding Bird and Plant Community Associations with Urban Residential Land Management Practices in Columbia, MO

 

Kayla Keys

Advisor: Amanda Rosenberger    
Hometown: Jackson, TN
Education: B.S. in Biology at University of Tennessee- Martin
                    M.S. in Biology at University of Texas- Tyler
Research Topic: A spatial assessment of the status and risks to diverse Unionoid mussel communities in Missouri River systems, with particular emphasis on the Meramec River Drainage


Summer Higdon

Advisor: Dr. Matthew Gompper

Hometown: Matthews, North Carolina

Education: B.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from North Carolina State University

B.A. in International Studies from North Carolina State University

Thesis: Habitat selection and home range patterns of eastern spotted skunks (Spilogale putorius) in the Ozarks

Sebastian Moreno

Advisor: Dr. Charles Nilon

Hometown: Bushkill, Pennsylvania

Education: BS in Biology from Wilkes University 

                    BA in Spanish from Wilkes University 

Research topic : How urban green spaces affect birds

Drew Mallinak

Advisor: Dr. Charles Nilon

Hometown: Kingsport, TN

Education: B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from The University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Research Topic: The Effects of Urban Green Space Creation Upon Residential Landowner Yard Management in St. Louis, MO

 

Post Doctoral Fellows

Harith Saeed Al-Warid


Advisor: Dr. Matthew E. Gompper
Hometown: Baghdad, Iraq

Education: Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Natural Resources, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri , USA. ( from January 2014 till now); Ph.D degree in Zoology /(Parasitology) from College of Science- University of Baghdad. (2010).; M.Sc. Degree in Zoology/(Parasitology) from College of Science- University of Baghdad. ( 2001); B.Sc. Degree in Biology\Microbiology from College of Science- University of Baghdad. (1994-1998)

Title of Current Project: Genetic variability of B. procyonis
 

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