Graduate Students

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Molly Barret, MS

Principal Investigator – Dr. Saunders Molly joins Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources from Northern Arizona where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in forestry with a minor in biology. Molly’s research is focused on regeneration response of oaks to prescribed fire and gap-based harvesting in the Central Hardwood Forest Region (CHFR).

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Erin Bell, PhD

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Olivia Bigham, M.S.

Principal Investigator – Dr. Ginzel


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Aishwarya Chandrasekaran, PhD


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Kelly French, PhD


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Elias Bowers Gaffney, MS


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Scott Gula, PhD

Principal Investigators – Dr. Ginzel and Dr. Couture Host-plant interactions of long-horned beetles

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Yunmei Huang, PhD

Principal Investigator – Dr. Fei Yunmei is interested in digital forestry research. Her current work focuses on the use of AI in species recognition and biometrics extraction.


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Brianne Innusa, MS

Principal Investigator – Dr. Jacobs Brianne is studying maritime forest restoration in southern Georgia. She is mainly concerned with how to grow southern live oak in a restoration setting, and how these oaks are competing for resources with loblolly pine.

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Ellie Joll, MS 

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Bowen Li, MS

Principal Investigator – Dr. Shao 

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Alison Ochs, MS

Principal Investigator – Dr. Saunders  Alison studies the short- and long-term effects of timber management on terrestrial salamanders. In particular, she focuses on the effects of prescribed fire, the different effects of clearcuts, shelterwood harvest, uneven age management, and how far into surrounding forest such effects could reach.

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Minjee (Sylvia) Park, PhD

Principal Investigators – Dr. Couture and Dr. Jacobs Sylvia’s research is characterizing abiotic and biotic tree stress using hyperspectral information.

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Summer Rose Rathfon, MS

Principal Investigator – Dr. Jenkins 

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Thaddeus Swart, MS

Principal Investigator – Dr. Jenkins

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Kelsey Nicole Tobin, PhD

Principal Investigator – Dr. Ginzel 

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Wang Xiang, PhD