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

VINCENT MAICHER

Post-Doctoral Researcher

AMELIA MEIER

Ph.D. Candidate

GRADEN FROESE

Ph.D. Candidate

ANNA NORDSETH

Ph.D. Student

LEA SELBY

MEM Student, RA

COURTNEY HORNE

MEM Student, RA

KIM MYERS

MEM Student

RUPINDER BAKSHI

MEM Student

ALEX EBANG MBELE

Ecologist

ILARIA CIMADORI

Visiting Scholar

ELIZABETH HOWARD

MEM Student, RA

HANNAH ROYAL

MEM Student

M.C. MURPHY

MEM Student, RA

JULIA WHITTEN

MEM Student, RA

KELLY JOYNER

MEM Student

NIKKI EGNA

MEM Student, RA

WALTER MBAMY

Ecologist

CONNOR DUPREE-SOOD

MEM Student, RA

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
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
 

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

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