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Bonta, Marcelo
M.A. 2000, joint degree between Biology and Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy
Recovery plans for endangered and threatened birds form the contiguous U.S.: How can the scientific basis of recovery criteria be strengthened?

Current Position:
Founder & Executive Director
Center for Diversity and the Environment
Homan, Rebecca N
Ph.D. 2003.
Conservation studies of amphibian health at individual, population, and landscape scales.

Current Position:
Associate Professor, Biology, Denison College 
Clark, Peter
M.S. 2005.
Butterfly diversity in an urban to suburban gradient.

Current Position:
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
Keyel, Sasha
Ph.D. 2012.
Examining the effects of behavior, landscape fragmentation, and climate change on avian distributions.

Current Position:
Research Affiliate
New York State Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control
Cooperman, Mark D
M.S. 2003.
Factors contributing to physiological stress in a pool-breeding amphibian, Ambystoma maculatum.

Current Position:
Principal, EcoTerra, LLC
(a firm specializing in environmental restoration and ecologically landscape architecture, planning & design)
Mortensen, Jen
PhD 2016
How social behavior affects the dynamics and extinction risk of small animal populations, particularly cooperative breeders.

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arkansas
DesRochers, David
Ph.D. 2010.
Distribution and ecology of the Hawaiian Moorhen.

Current Position:
Associate Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, Dalton State College
Regosin, Jon R
Ph.D. 2003.
Terrestrial habitat use by pool-breeding amphibians in a suburban landscape.

Current Position:
Assistant Director, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
Fefferman, Nina
Ph.D. 2005.
Application of various modeling techniques to problems in disease spread.

Current Position:
Full Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee
Schlüter, Eve N
Ph.D. 2003.
Moss community composition and persistence in industrial and old-growth forests: implications for forest management.

Current Position:
Assistant Director, MEPA
Fleury, Scott A
Ph.D. 2000 University of Nevada-Reno.
Population and community dynamics in western riparian avifauna: the role of the red-naped sapsucker.

Current Position:
Principal, Habitat Conservation Planning, ICF International
Tavernia, Brian
Ph.D. 2010.
Evaluating violations of modeling assumptions as potential contributors to apparently inconsistent landscape effects within imperiled ecological systems.

Current Position:
Spatial Analyst, The Nature Conservancy, Boulder, CO
Harris, Rebecca J
Ph.D. 2001.
The effects of fragmentation by forestry on behavior, movement, and reproductive success of black-throated blue warblers.

Current Position:
Adjunct Professor, Masters in Conservation Medicine Program, Cumming School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
Charles van Rees
Ph.D. 2018.
My research focuses on how human land use affects extinction risk in fragmented landscapes. I am particularly interested in wetland ecosystems and the wildlife that depend on them, especially waterbirds. I primarily study movement behavior as a key determinant for how anthropogenic landscape change affects wildlife populations and their ability to persist in altered environments. My dissertation focuses on the Hawaiian gallinule, an endangered waterbird endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, and whether urban development has impacted their movement rates, population connectivity, and extinction risk. As a doctoral fellow for Tufts’ Water Diplomacy IGERT, I also study how ecological science can be better integrated into modern interdisciplinary water management frameworks.
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