Recent Graduate Alumni – Where are they now?

Ph.D., 2019 | Advisor(s): Peter White
Research: Ecological biogeography; vegetation dynamics; species distribution modeling; soil moisture modeling and forest change in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Matthew Kenworthy
Ph.D., 2019 | Advisor(s): Joel Fodrie
Research: Estuarine ecosystem ecology, fish behavior and habitat use dynamics, coastal fish community dynamics

Ph.D., 2018 | Advisor(s): Joel Fodrie
Research: Community assembly patterns, habitat restoration in marine communities

Ph.D., 2018 | Advisor(s): Robert Peet
Research: Long-term forest dynamics, succession, climate change, long-term disturbance effects

Now at: Assistant Professor of Biology at Malone University in Canton, Ohio
Samantha Tessel
Ph.D., 2018 | Advisor(s): Peter White
Research: Plant ecology

Molly Jenkins
M.S., 2018 | Advisor(s): Allen Hurlbert
Research: Working with data that spans large spatial or temporal scales, ornithology, and mountain/forest ecology

Olivia Torano
M.S., 2018 | Advisor(s): Michael Piehler
Research: Freshwater ecology, aquatic vegetation, nutrient cycling

Now at: Research Specialist, UNC Department of Marine Sciences Marchetti Lab
Genevieve Alexander
M.S., 2018 | Advisor(s): Peter White
Research: Plant community composition & long term vegetation monitoring in Northern Minnesota

Now at: The Nature Conservancy in Duluth, MN as a Research Assistant
Maggie Esch
Ph.D., 2017 | Advisor(s): Jaye Cable
Research: Coastal and estuarine hydrological and biogeochemical processes

Now at: Research Associate at National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC
Ph.D., 2017 | Advisor(s): Conghe Song
Research: Landscape forest dynamics, remote sensing, land use land cover change, conservation

Now at: Rice University Department of Statistics and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research as a Rice Academy of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellow
Bianca Lopez
Ph.D., 2017 | Advisor(s): Peter White
Research: Urbanization and its effects on plant communities

Now at: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, MD
Anthony Mayer
M.S., 2017 | Advisor(s): Alan Weakley
Research: Restoration ecology

Now at: Elon University - Loy Farm Sustainability Lab, Adjunct Professor
Samuel Sellers
Ph.D., 2017 | Advisor(s): Pam Jagger and Richard Bilsborrow
Research: Evaluating population-health-environment interventions that combine programming in reproductive health and coastal conservation

Now at: USAID Office of Forestry and Biodiversity in a AAAS Fellow position as a Biodiversity Specialist
Ph.D., 2017 | Advisor(s): Todd BenDor
Research: Climate Change Adaptation; Environmental Policy and Planning

Now at: Assistant Professor at Texas A&M in the Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Department
Hannah Palko
M.S., 2017 | Advisor(s): Lindsay Dubbs
Research: Environmental impacts of salinity gradient energy as a form of renewable energy on the NC coast

Now at: Central Cabarrus High School (NC), teaching biology and AP environmental science
Ph.D., 2016 | Advisor(s): Robert Peet
Research: Invasive species ecology, community ecology, population dynamics

Now at: Assistant Professor of Biology at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa
Ph.D., 2016 | Advisor(s): Charles Mitchell
Research: Disease Ecology

Now at: Lecturing Fellow of the Thompson Writing Program, Duke University, Durham, NC
Ph.D., 2016 | Advisor(s): Peter White
Research: Plant community dynamics, functional trait ecology

Now at: The University of Bayreuth, Disturbance Ecolgoy Department as a Post-Doctorial Scholar
Limei Ran
Ph.D., 2015 | Advisor(s): Larry Band
Research: Land surface processes for meteorological and air quality modeling

Now at: National Exposure Research Laboratory Office of Research and Development U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Brian Evans
Ph.D., 2014 | Advisor(s): Allen Hurlbert
Research: Quantitative ecology

Now at: Smithsonian Institution
Susan Caplow
Ph.D., 2014 | Advisor(s): Pamela Jagger
Research: Human Ecology, Environmental Education, Policy

Now at: University of Montevallo, Alabama
Rachel Gittman
Ph.D., 2014 | Advisor(s): John Bruno & Pete Peterson
Research: Human development impacts on coastal ecology

Now at: Assistant Professor at East Carolina University (ECU), Department of Biology
Ph.D., 2014 | Advisor(s): Robert Peet and Alan Weakley
Research: Plant community ecology, biogeography

Now at: University of Wyoming
Jackie White
Ph.D., 2014 | Advisor(s): Robert Peet
Research: Riparian plant communities, disturbance regimes, resilience

Andrea Anton Gamanzo
Ph.D., 2013 | Advisor(s): Pete Peterson
Research: Coral reef ecology

Now at: Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland
Ph.D., 2013 | Advisor(s): Paul Leslie
Research: Social-dimensions of conservation; resilience; pastoralism; rangeland ecology; dryland rivers

Now at: North Central Climate Center, Colorado State University
Jeffrey Muehlbauer
Ph.D., 2013 | Advisor(s): Martin Doyle
Research: River ecology

Now at: USGS, Flagstaff, Arizona
Ph.D., 2012 | Advisor(s): Charles Mitchell
Research: Invasion microbial ecology

Now at: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Wright State University