Dave Nelson, Associate Professor
Robin Paulman, CASIF Lab Manager
Robin keeps things running smoothly in the isotope lab.
Joel Bostic, Ph.D. student
Joel is researching the effect of land use patterns on the export of nutrients in streams within the Chesapeake Bay watershed with Drs. David Nelson and Keith Eshleman. Joel received a B.S. in science education from Western Carolina University and a M.S. in marine science from the University of South Carolina. When he’s not doing research, Joel enjoys hanging out with his wife and young son, trail running in the mountains, and whitewater kayaking.
Caitlin Campbell, M.S. student
Caitlin is studying the movements and population structure of migratory bats using stable isotope analysis and genetic techniques.
Juliet Nagel, Ph.D. student
Robert Sabo, Ph.D. student
Robert’s M.S. research used isotopic and hydrological data to investigate factors controlling the export of atmospheric nitrate from a local watershed. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. and is advised by Dr. Eshleman.
Heather Vander Zanden, Postdoctoral researcher
Hannah is currently a postdoctoral researcher using stable isotope analyses to identify the geographic extent of wildlife experiencing fatalities at renewable energy facilities in California. Hannah completed her PhD at the University of Florida using isotopes to study sea turtle ecology and then spent time as a postdoc at the University of Utah to address questions of geographic origin in terrestrial migratory species.
Vanessa Cunningham, M.S. student
Vanessa earned her M.S. degree in 2016 from UMCES/UMCP and was co-advised by Dr. Andrew Elmore. Vanessa used a combination of remote sensing and isotopic techniques to investigate factors controlling the stability of growing-season canopy greenness in the eastern deciduous forest.
Cortney Pylant, M.S. student
Cortney earned her M.S. degree in the Wildlife and Fisheries program in 2014 from Frostburg State University and was co-advised by Dr. Stephen Keller. Her research was awarded an EPA STAR Fellowship on investigating the impacts of wind-turbine mortality on bat populations using stable isotopes and molecular techniques.
John Howard, Environmental Science teacher at Fort Hill High School, summer 2013
John (and Jennifer, below) used C, N, and H isotopes to determine diets and geographic origins of golden eagles in collaboration with Dr. Todd Katzner at WVU (link to his website: http://katznerlab.com).
Jennifer Knots, Life Science teacher at Washington Middle School, summer 2013
Jennifer (and John, above) used C, N, and H isotopes to determine diets and geographic origins of golden eagles in collaboration with Dr. Todd Katzner at WVU.
Bill Landesman, Assistant Professor, Green Mountain College
Bill’s research used next-generation DNA sequencing to investigate factors controlling spatial and temporal variation in the composition of soil microbial communities
Jason Kaczor, Undergraduate Research Intern
Jason worked at CASIF during the 2010-11 school year while pursuing a degree in the Wildlife and Fisheries program at Frostburg State University.
George Case, Undergraduate Assistant
George worked at CASIF during 2010 year while pursuing a degree in Geology from West Virginia University.