My research employs a combination of observational, comparative and experimental methods to explore a wide range of subjects on the biogeography, ecology and genetics of mammalian populations. My colleagues and I recently completed a series of studies on non-lethal ways to reduce the impact of over-abundant mammalian predators (i.e., raccoons and red foxes) on under-abundant threatened colonial and beach-nesting waterbirds on the Virginia barrier islands.


Amber earned her BS in Biology at Idaho State University in 2014. She has joined the Environmental Sciences department at UVA, pursuing her interests in insect ecology.  More information may be found at her website .

Tassone (Shelby)

Morgan earned her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Prior to coming to graduate school she worked for three years as an Environmental Scientist at HDR. Her M.S. research examines drivers of vegetation productivity on the Yamal Peninsula, Siberia.


Stephanie received a BA from San Diego State University and a MEM in ecosystem science from Duke University. She is interested in biosphere-atmosphere dynamics, and shifting the current forest-food-fuel land use paradigm to a more sustainable system. Her doctoral research under advisor, Deborah Lawrence, explores the terrestrial carbon sink’s response and feedback to climate change. Through field experimentation and modeling, she will investigate temperature and land use change impacts on tropical forests and CO2 concentrations.


MS in Geospatial Analysis from the University of Mary Washington. Research interests include studying the environmental factors that drive the spatial characteristics of plants and animals across a landscape.


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