OUR
TEAM

Research in our lab focuses on questions related to community ecology, particularly interactions among species, with a focus on conservation of species and ecosystems. We strive to do a combination of theoretical research and applied research, hoping to find the sweet spot where theory contributes directly to practice. 

To learn more about one of our team members, click their photo!

JOHN POULSEN

Associate Professor of Ecology

CAMILLE DESISTO

Ph.D. Student

GRADEN FROESE

Ph.D. Candidate

NIKKI EGNA

MEM Student, RA

WALTER MBAMY

Ecologist

VINCENT MAICHER

Post-Doctoral Researcher

HALINA MALINOWSKI

Ph.D. Student

KIM MYERS

MEM Student

AMELIA MEIER

Ph.D. Candidate

ANKITA GUPTA

Ph.D. Student

M.C. MURPHY

MEM Student, RA

CONNOR DUPREE-SOOD

MEM Student, RA

ALEX EBANG MBELE

Ecologist

MICHELLE LEE

Visiting Scientist

IPASSA
CREW

Here are some of the Ipassa Area Guides that have enjoyed (and survived) Gabon's forests with us:

Project ecologist Alex Ebang Mbélé (far bottom left) and driver Jean Ndong (far top right, wearing hat) with paraecologists (far bottom left, standing): Serge Imbomba, Jovin Ebeba Owoula, Eric Nzemfoule, Irma Ngoboutseboue, Sylvain Dzime N’noh, Edouard Mandomobo Mapio, Edouard Mba Edang, Charlotte Bayosa, Aimé-Placide Sergent, Adrienne Allaughe, Serge Ekazama Koto, Martine Bidzime Nkoulou, Lucie Atsame, Blaise Bazza, Jonas Landry Metandou, Christ Nkwele, Sarah Lilia Moudongui, Hervé Gildas Mandou Mabouanga, Clotaire Mossindji, Bonaventure Sala Elie, and Jocelin Edzidzie.  

LAB
ALUMNI

PhD GRADUATES
Amelia Meier, Ph.D '21

Chase Nuñez, Ph.D '19
Cooper Rosin, Ph.D '17

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS
Sally Koerner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UNC-Greensboro
Chris Beirne, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Researcher, University of British Columbia
Beth Stein, Ph.D., DigitalGlobe
Vincent Medjibe, Ph.D., COMIFAC
Zewei Miao, Ph.D., Data Analyst, Monsanto

MASTERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
 

Annika Socha, Ben Newman, Jack Alcorn Katie Krejsa, B MEM ’21 | Informing REDD+ Afforestation, Reforestation, and Revegetation (ARR) Project Development in the SAVA Region, Madagascar

Hannah Royal, MEM ’20 | Management of an imperiled reptile on a barrier island: Eastern diamondback rattlesnake

(Crotalus adamanteus)

Kelly Joyner, MEM ’20 | Management of an imperiled reptile on a barrier island: Eastern diamondback rattlesnake

(Crotalus adamanteus)

Rupinder Bakshi, MEM ’20 | Investigating human-carnivore conflict dynamics and compensation payment processes

in a landscape of coexistence

Kaitlin Saxton, MEM ’20 | Comparison of methods for surveying white-tailed deer in the Duke Forest

Seokmin Kim, MEM '19 | Can Movement Speed Predict Habitat Preference? Assessing the Influence of

Topography, Village Proximity, and Land Cover on Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) Movement and Preferences in Gabon.

Sky Bischoff-Mattson, MEM '19 | Habitat preference and use by the Cougar (Puma concolor)
Ying Wei Jong, MEM '19 | Carbon stocks in northeastern Gabon and policy implications for rubber tree

concessions

James MacCarthy, MEM '18 | Effects of Hunting and Human Disturbance on Wildlife near Villages in

Northeastern Gabon

Emily Mills, MEM '17 | Forest Elephant Movements and Habitat Use in a Tropical Forest-Savanna Mosaic in Gabon
Alexis Kovach, MEM '17 | Effects of National Development and Conservation Strategies on Rural Livelihoods

Around Makokou, Gabon

Nina Hamilton, MEM '17 | Local community values and perceptions of natural resource management in northeast

Gabon

Sarah Moore, MEM '16 | Planning for Palm Oil:  Are We Saving Wildlife by Saving Carbon?
Trisha Gopalakrishna, MEM '16 | Constituents and drivers of composition, diversity, and structure of a

Congolese forest

Emily Blanchard, MEM '15 | The Effects of Hunting on a Forest Animal Community in Gabon
Ian Markham, MEM '15 | Of Mice and Men in Gabon: Changes in Rodent Communities Associated with Logging

and Hunting

Mark Burton, MEM '14 | Assessing aboveground carbon stocks and forest structure metrics in the Mouila Oil Palm

Concession Lot 2, Gabon

Arianne Messerman, MEM '14 | Use of nestboxes by the Hellbender salamander in western North Carolina
Ben Carlson, MEM '13 | Gabon's overlooked carbon: A tropical forest study of coarse woody debris