David Nelson

 

Current Members

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Affiliated Members

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alumni

 

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.

 

 

 

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