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Graduate Students (Advisor / Co-advisor)


Carl Jacobsen

Carl University: West Virginia University
Department: School of Natural Resources
Degree: M.Sc.
Graduation Year: 2019  
Thesis: Influence of climate change and prescribed fire on habitat suitability and abundance of the high-elevation endemic Cow Knob salamander ( Plethodon punctatus)

Co-authored Publications
Jacobsen, C. D., D. J. Brown, W. D. Flint, T. K. Pauley, K. A. Buhlmann, and J. C. Mitchell. 2020. Vulnerability of high-elevation endemic salamanders to climate change: a case study with the Cow Knob salamander ( Plethodon punctatus). Global Ecology and Conservation 21:e00883.

Jacobsen, C. D., D. J. Brown, W. D. Flint, J. L. Schuler, and T. M. Schuler. 2020. Influence of prescribed fire and forest structure on woodland salamander abundance in the central Appalachians, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 468:118185.

Jacobsen, C. D., W. D. Flint, J. C. Newman, and D. J. Brown. 2019. P lethodon punctatus (Cow Knob salamander). Arboreal behavior. Herpetological Review 50:110.

Margenau, E. L., S. M. Crayton, L. E. Rucker, C. D. Jacobsen, and D. J. Brown. 2018. Modified salamander stick to facilitate accurate measurement of small individuals. Herpetological Review 49:243−246.


Sara Crayton

Sara University: West Virginia University
Department: School of Natural Resources 
Degree: M.Sc.
Graduation Year: 2019  
Thesis: Stream salamander and benthic macroinvertebrate community responses to imidacloprid exposure

Co-authored Publications
Crayton, S. C., P. B. Wood, D. J. Brown, A. R. Millikin, T. J. McManus, T. J. Simpson, K-M. Ku, and Y-L. Park. 2020. Bioaccumulation of the pesticide imidacloprid in stream organisms and sublethal effects on salamanders. Global Ecology and Conservation 24:e01292.

Margenau, E. L., S. M. Crayton, L. E. Rucker, C. D. Jacobsen, and D. J. Brown. 2018. Modified salamander stick to facilitate accurate measurement of small individuals. Herpetological Review 49:243−246.



Alissa Gulette

Gulette University: West Virginia University
Department: School of Natural Resources 
Degree: M.Sc.
Graduation Year: 2018 
Thesis: Habitat suitability of restored wetlands and an investigation of sampling bias for freshwater turtles in West Virginia

Co-authored Publications
Gulette, A. L., J. T. Anderson, and D. J. Brown. 2019. Influence of hoop-net trap diameter on capture success and size distribution of comparatively large and small freshwater turtles. Northeastern Naturalist 26:129–136.



Madaline (Maddy) Cochrane

Maddy University: University of Minnesota-Duluth
Department: Biology
Degree: M.Sc.
Graduation Year: 2017
Thesis: Wood turtles ( Glyptemys insculpta) in northeastern Minnesota: an analysis of GPS telemetry and a population assessment

Co-authored Publications
Lapin, C. N., J. W. Tamplin, M. M. Cochrane, J. E. Woodford, D. J. Brown, and R. A. Moen. 2019. A regional analysis of Glyptemys insculpta (wood turtle) survival in the Upper Midwest of the USA. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 14:668–679.

Cochrane, M. M., D. J. Brown, and R. A. Moen. 2019. GPS technology for semi-aquatic turtle research. Diversity 11:Article 34.

Cochrane, M. M., D. J. Brown, M. D. Nelson, R. R. Buech, M. Schrage, D. Ryan, and R. A. Moen. 2018. Status of a Glyptemys insculpta (wood turtle) population in northeastern Minnesota. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 13:273–282.

Brown, D. J., M. M. Cochrane, and R. A. Moen. 2017. Survey and analysis design for wood turtle population monitoring. Journal of Wildlife Management 81:868–877.

Cochrane, M. M., R. A. Moen, and D. J. Brown. 2015. Glyptemys insculpta (wood turtle). Nest predation. Herpetological Review 46:618.

Graduate Students (Committee Member)


Gretchen Nareff

Gretchen University: West Virginia University
Department: School of Natural Resources 
Degree: Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2019
Dissertation: Cerulean warbler ( Setophaga cerulea) and associated species response to operational silviculture in the Central Appalachian region 

Co-authored Publications 
Nareff, G. E., P. B. Wood, D. J. Brown, T. Fearer, W. M. Ford, and J. Larkin. 2019. Cerulean warbler ( Setophaga cerulea) response to operational silviculture in the central Appalachian region. Forest Ecology and Management 448:409−423.

Laura Farwell

Farwell University: West Virginia University
Department: School of Natural Resources 
Degree: Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2018
Dissertation: Songbird response to forest disturbance due to unconventional shale gas development in the Marcellus-Utica region: a multi-scale analysis 

Co-authored Publications 
Farwell, L. S., P. B. Wood, D. J. Brown, and J. Sheehan. 2019. Proximity to unconventional shale gas infrastructure alters breeding songbird abundance and distribution. Condor: Ornithological Applications 121:Article duz020.

Undergraduate Students


Dani Canning

CanningUniversity: West Virginia University
Department: School of Natural Resources 
Degree: B.Sc.
Graduation Year: 2020
Project: Relationships between landscape condition and health of freshwater turtles.                      

Tyler Plum

TylerPlum University: West Virginia University
Department: School of Natural Resources 
Degree: B.Sc.
Graduation Year: 2018
Project: Microclimate variation associated with salamander coverboard size. 

Eliana Henriquez

Henriquez University: West Virginia University
Department: School of Natural Resources 
Degree: B.Sc.
Graduation Year: Projected 2022
Project: Sublethal effects of pesticides on salamanders. 

Samantha (Sam) Wilson

SamanthaWilson University: West Virginia University
Department: School of Medicine 
Degree: B.Sc.
Graduation Year: Projected 2022 
Project: Salamander cover object selection.


Affiliated Students


Alice Millikin

Millikin University: West Virginia University
Department: School of Natural Resources 
Degree: Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2019 
Dissertation: Population health of spotted salamanders in created vernal pools: an integrated approach

Co-authored Publications
TBD 



Austin Rizzo

Austin University: West Virginia University
Department: School of Natural Resources 
Degree: Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2017
Dissertation: Development of techniques for assessment of population characteristics of the federally endangered Diamond Darter

Co-authored Publications
Rizzo, A. A., C. T. Rota, P. A. Thompson, D. J. Brown, and S. A. Welsh. 2018. Effects of an extreme flood event on federally endangered diamond darter abundances. American Midland Naturalist 180:108–118.

Rizzo, A. A., D. J. Brown, S. A. Welsh, and P. A. Thompson. 2017. Factors influencing detection of the federally endangered diamond darter ( Crystallaria cincotta): implications for long-term monitoring strategies. American Midland Naturalist 178:123–131.