Graduate Students

adam-bowmanAdam Bowman
Candidate, M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy
Advisor: Dr. Kerry Yurewicz
Education: BS in Biological Sciences from Rowan University, 2012
Email: arbowman@plymouth.edu

Adam is interested in the impact of invasive species on the environment, and the interaction of invasives with local species. Adam’s thesis research will involve studying the effects of rusty crayfish Orconectes rusticus, and how it will affect the fitness and behavior of native species of crayfish. He is also assisting Dr. Yurewicz with a project involving the distribution and abundance of red back salamanders Plethodon cinereus. Adam’s interests also lie in freshwater ecology and conservation.

Klancey Burfordburford-klancey
Candidate, M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy
Advisor: Dr. Joseph Boyer
Education: B.S. in Environmental Science from Allegheny College, 2016
Email: kmburford@plymouth.edu

Klancey’s graduate research focuses on how individual stakeholders value ecosystem services and how deliberation may change those values. Blending together her undergraduate work of environmental science and economics, this EPA STAR project also heavily relies on outreach, facilitation, and scientific communication. Klancey’s other research interests include: ecological economics, sustainable development, remediation work, and working to both promote and sustain local economies.

Christian Burns
Candidate, M.S. in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Len Reitsma
Education: B.S. Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 2008

Christian’s interests lie in the sexual dimorphism of birds, and in dissecting the phylogenetic trends of various traits. Additionally, he is interested in conservation biology and reproductive biology, as it relates to birds.

k-crowleyKaterina Crowley
Candidate, M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy
Advisor: Dr. Amy Villamagna
Education: B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife, minor in Geographic Information Sciences from Michigan State University
Email: kacrowley@plymouth.edu

Kat has a strong background in water quality assessment, including surveying stream habitat, macroinvertebrates, and fish. She also has experience in water policy and helped the State of Michigan develop their first statewide water strategy. Her research interests include: developing watershed management plans, strengthening local volunteer monitoring programs, and better understanding conflict over river and lake restoration projects.

Noah El-naboulsi
Candidate, M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy
Advisor: Dr. Amy Villamagna
Education: B.A. in Environmental Studies, Saint Michael’s College, Vermont
Email: nnelnaboulsi@plymouth.edu

Noah’s research focuses on determining which geographic and demographic characteristics affect people’s valuation of ecosystem services in the Great Bay Watershed. He is also interested in urban planning, community engagement, and ecosystem restoration.

Roy FruitRoy Fruit
Candidate, M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy
Advisor: Dr. Amy Villamagna, Dr. Brigid O’Donnell
Email: rkf1002@plymouth.edu
Education: B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Kent State University, 2013

As an undergraduate, Roy spent several years working in aquatic ecology, specifically studying algal blooms across the state of Ohio. He is now part of a new project bringing members of the Environmental Science & Policy and Biology departments at Plymouth State University together to study anthropogenic impacts on freshwater organisms and their environment. His research focuses on the expression of stress proteins in mayflies as a bioindicator of the impact of road salts on New Hampshire stream communities. He is interested in the patterns of protein expression, impacts of climate change on ecosystems, environmental outreach, and macroinvertebrate assemblages as a function of water quality.

Chris GonzalezChris Gonzalez
Candidate, M.S. in Biology
Advisor: Brigid O’Donnell
Email: cjgonzalez@plymouth.edu
B.S., Biology, Plymouth State University, 2014 with minors in Political Science, Pre-law, and Chemistry

As a student of evolutionary developmental biology (Evo-Devo), Chris studies the relationship between evolution and development, with a particular focus on arthropod body plans and appendages. In addition, he is interested in how Evo-Devo is impacted by the environment and environmental changes (a subfield known as Eco-Evo-Devo). By using the unique body plan and evolutionary history of mayflies as a case example, he hopes to improve our understanding of evolution and how evolutionary change can occur.

m_hirschlerMallory Hirschler
Candidate: MS in Environmental Science and Policy
Advisor: Dr. Amy Villamagna
Email: mkhirschler@plymouth.edu
Education: B.S. in Environmental Science, Loyola University, New Orleans

Before joining Plymouth State, Mallory worked in New Orleans in an aquatic ecology lab where she helped monitor endangered fish species, blue crab recruitment, and the effects of the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina on fish communities in the Mississippi River Delta. Her research interests lie in conservation biology with a focus on freshwater communities, aquatic-terrestrial connections and anthropogenic influences. Her current research will center on conservation of fish communities in New Hampshire.

Matt MazzoneMatt Mazzone
Candidate, M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy
Advisors: Dr. Amy Villamagna and Dr. Brigid O’Donnell
Email: mmazzone1@mail.plymouth.edu
Education: B.S. in Environmental Conservation Studies, University of New Hampshire, 2015

Matt’s research project focuses on the impacts of salt-based deicers, specifically chloride, on macroinvertebrate communities in New Hampshire streams” He is also interested in water quality, population and community ecology, environmental outreach, and sustainability.

Tyson Morrill
Candidate, M.S. in Biological Sciences
Advisors: Dr. Brigid O’Donnell and Dr. Amy Villamagna
Education: B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences- Wildlife Biology focus, Paul Smith’s College, 2014
Email: trmorrill@plymouth.edu

Tyson’s research focuses on the impacts of impassable culverts on Eastern brook trout movement, fitness, abundance and genetic diversity in the Beebe River watershed. His previous research is diversified in wildlife sciences, allowing a system-level approach to understanding restoration ecology through ongoing local projects.

Tyler Simonds
Candidate, MS in Environmental Science & Policy
Advisor: Dr. Mary Ann McGarry
Email: tsimonds@plymouth.edu
Education: BSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Certificate in Conservation Stewardship, Michigan State University

Tyler has focused on communication, infrastructure, and conservation work. Right now his research pertains to trees in New England parking areas. Other professional interests include the rural-urban fringe, prairie restoration, green and green-gray infrastructure, soil conservation, teaching, sustainability, regional planning, effective policy, and arboriculture. 

jasonspencerJason Spencer
Candidate, M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy
Advisor: Dr. June Hammond Rowan
Education: B.S. in Biology, minor in Chemistry from SUNY Plattsburgh 
Email: jwspencer@plymouth.edu

Jason’s graduate research is focused on analyzing master plans from around New Hampshire to determine what environmental language is being included, and why.  This research will help state and local agencies better assist communities with future environmental planning.