People

Current Members

Photo of Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson, Associate Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of Robin PaulmanRobin Paulman, CASIF Lab Manager

Robin keeps things running smoothly in the isotope lab.

 

 

 

 

Joel Bostic, Ph.D. student
Photo of Joel BosticJoel is researching the effect of land use patterns on the export of nutrients in streams within the Chesapeake Bay watershed with Drs. Nelson and 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 sons, trail running in the mountains, and whitewater kayaking.

 

 

 

 

Photo of Caitlin CampbellCaitlin Campbell, M.S. Student

Caitlin is studying the movements of migratory tree-roosting bats using stable isotope data and geospatial modeling. She works closely with Drs. Nelson and Fitzpatrick. Caitlin received a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont.

 

 

 

 

Photo of Juliet NagelJuliet Nagel, Ph.D. Student

Juliet is studying the population dynamics of migratory tree-roosting bats using acoustic and genomic data. She works with Drs. Nelson, Gates, and Gugger. Juliet received a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario.

 

 

 

 

Affiliated Members

Photo of Robert SaboRobert 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.

 

 

 

Alumni

 

Hannah Vander Zanden, Postdoctoral researcher, 2016-2017

Hannah is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Florida. From 2016 to 2017 she was affiliated with the lab as a postdoctoral researcher using stable isotope analyses to identify the geographic extent of wildlife fatalities at renewable-energy facilities in California in collaboration with Drs. Nelson and Katzner.

 

 

 

 

 

Vanessa Cunningham, 2014-2016

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, 2012-2014

Cortney earned her M.S. degree in the Wildlife and Fisheries program in 2014 from the Department of Biology at 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, summer 2013

John teaches Environmental Science at a local high school.  Along with Jennifer (below) he used C, N, and H isotopes to determine diets and geographic origins of golden eagles in collaboration with Dr. Todd Katzner.

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Knots, summer 2013

Jennifer teaches life science at a local middle school. She used C, N, and H isotopes to determine diets and geographic origins of golden eagles in collaboration with Dr. Todd Katzner.

 

 

Bill Landesman, 2009-2011

Bill was a post doc in the lab. His research used next-generation DNA sequencing to investigate factors controlling spatial and temporal variation in the composition of soil microbial communities.

 

 

 

 

Jason Kaczor, 2010-2011

Jason worked at CASIF as undergrad intern while pursuing a degree in the Department of Biology at Frostburg State University.

 

 

 

 

George Case, summer 2010

George worked at CASIF as undergrad intern while pursuing a degree in Geology from West Virginia University.