Human Dimensions of Conservation Biology Lab Scholars

Post-doctoral researcher

Kathryn Stevenson, email:

Building climate change literacy among K-12 students - how to make sure students have the knowledge, skills, and motivations necessary to tackle environmental challenges

Graduate Students

Conner Burke, email:

Predicting Available Hunting Land and Hunter Density and Distribution

Michael Drake, email:

Human Dimensions of Coyote Management in Human-dominated Environments

Michaela Foster, email:

The Role of Climate Science in Natural Resource Management Decision Making in the Southeast

Kristin Frew, email:

Assessing the Economic Value of Tundra Swans

James Garabedian, email:

Influence of Foraging Habitat on Red-cockaded Woodpecker Productivity

Maureen Hayes, email:

Ecotourism and Support for Natural Resource Conservation on Andros Island, Bahamas

Graise Lee Jenni, email:

Exploring the dynamics of diversifying stakeholder use in Protected Areas

Andrew Ludvik, email:

Genetic Engineering and Society IGERT

Jessica Pope:

Agricultural Landowner Interest in Military Conservation Programs


Rene Valdez, email:

Genetic Engineering and Society IGERT


Jane Anderson, email:

Thesis: Willingness to support game and nongame conservation in North Carolina

Current Position: Interdisciplinary Ecology PhD program University of Florida

Emily Blackman, email:

Thesis: Agricultural Wintering Habitat as a Limiting Factor for Woodcock in the Southeast: Thirty years of Agroecosystem Change

Current Position: Land Protection Associate, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Merril Cook, email:

Thesis: Practitioners' insights on wildlife translocation and reintroduction

Current Position: NC Wildlife Resources Commission Captive Cervid Coordinator

Meg Lawler Fratanduono, email:

Thesis: Accessing viability of urban biomass utilization as a green energy source

Current Position: Wildlife Biologist/Environmental Analyst, Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Shari Rodriguez, email:

Dissertation: The Use of Financial Incentives, Stewardship, and Public Information to Promote Wildlife Habitat Conservation on Private Lands

Current Position: Wildlife Biology Faculty, Clemson University

Chris Serenari, email:

Dissertation: Weightless Conservation: Exploring the Rise of Large-Scale Private Protected Areas and Livelihood Change in Chile

Current Position: NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Human Dimensions Specialist

Rachel Shellabarger, email:

Thesis: Conservation and Human Rights Responses to Undocumented Migration in the Arizona Borderlands

Current Position: Lektor, Notre Dame de Namur University

Paul Taillie, email:

Thesis: Using Distribution and Abundance of Birds to Guide Management of Fire-maintained Forest Ecosystems

Current Position: NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Southern Piedmont Biodiversity Technician

General information for students interested in applying to the HD lab

I usually accept students who will be connected with a specific research project. The Forestry & Environmental Resources Department has fellowship opportunities for prospective graduate students who have a truly excellent academic record. If I believe you are a strong candidate for one of these fellowships, I will contact you immediately

If you'd like to contact me to express general interest in graduate research, please do the following:

1. Send me an email or describing your academic and professional background and why you are interested in working in my lab. Please outline your learning and research objectives as a graduate student and your professional goals.

2. Submit an up-to-date resume.

3. Submit a copy (unofficial is fine) of your most recent transcript or summarize your undergraduate (and graduate if you already have a graduate degree) courses and grades.

4. Submit your GRE scores if you have taken them.

I will send you an email note acknowledging receipt of your materials, and will include it with other applications I receive, or I may contact you about an immediate opportunity. If you haven't received an acknowledgement, send me an email.