Meet Our New 2016-17 Cohort of Global Change Fellows

NCTC group photoThe SE Climate Science Center has named 11 new Global Change Fellows for the 2016-17 academic year. These exceptional NC State graduate students represent diverse fields of study from civil engineering to the social sciences. They will meet together as a cohort throughout the year, and with their diverse perspectives and disciplines, engage on the challenges of global change.

Karly Bitsura-Meszaros, College of Natural Resources, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Advisor: Erin Seekamp
Research focus: The role that the national parks play in visitors’ perceptions of and attitudes towards taking action on climate change.

Gabrielle Corradino, College of Sciences, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Advisor: Astrid Schnetzer
Research focus: How anthropogenic stressors impact coastal ecosystems, specifically estuarine plankton food webs.

Shilo Felton, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Applied Ecology, Graduate Program in Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology
Advisor: Ted Simons
Research focus: The effects of habitat loss, human disturbance, and predation on American Oystercatcher populations along the Atlantic Coast.

Jessica Kettenbach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Applied Ecology, Graduate Program in Zoology
Advisor: Becky Irwin
Research focus: Global change impacts on pollination ecology in urban environments.

Elsita Kiekebusch, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Applied Ecology, Graduate Program in Zoology
Advisor: Nick Haddad
Research focus: The impacts of climate warming on populations of rare butterflies at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Dominic Libera, College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Construction Engineering
Advisor: Sankar Arumugam
Research focus: Using water quality models for developing total nutrient forecasts over the Southeast.

Larry Long, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Applied Ecology, Graduate Program in Entomology
Advisor: Steve Frank
Research focus: How urban forest fragments buffer disturbances associated with climate change and urbanization.

Lindsay Maudlin, College of Sciences, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Advisor: Karen McNeal
Research focus: Using geocognition methodologies to assess effectiveness of climate decision tools.

Wilmer Reyes, College of Natural Resources, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
Advisor: Ryan Emanuel
Research focus: Ecohydrology with specific focus on biophysical, social factors, and processes that influence carbon dioxide, water, and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems.

Ryann Rossi, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Applied Ecology
Advisor: Craig Layman
Research focus: Studying coastal ecosystem ecology of sub-tropical mangroves and global change processes affecting die-off.

Paul Taillie, College of Natural Resources, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Graduate Program in Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology
Advisor: Chris Moorman
Research focus: How land management actions may facilitate landward migration of  saltmarsh communities.