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Graduate Students

Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown

MS/PhD (Cornell Advisors: L. Rudstam and S. Sethi)
Specialization: Coregonine spatial ecology and early life-history
I will be focusing on Coregonine spatial ecology and early life-history in Lake Ontario.
 
Joe Connolly

Joe Connolly

M.S. (Cornell Advisors: L. Rudstam and J. Watkins)
Specialization: Benthic copepod fauna of the Great Lakes
 
Stephanie Figary

Stephanie Figary

Ph.D. (Cornell Advisors: J. Watkins and L. Rudstam)
Specialization: Lower food web (zooplankton) dynamics in the Great Lakes
 
Kelsey Gustafson

Kelsey Gustafson

M.S. (S. Sethi and L. Rudstam)
Working on goby salinity tolerance as a predictor of spread through the Hudson estuary
Brett Hayhurst

Brett Hayhurst

MS/PhD (Cornell Advisors: J Watkins and L Rudstam)
I am a Research Hydrologist and Physical Scientist working for the US Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center.  My research focuses on critical/legacy pollutants and contaminates of emerging concerns in the Great Lakes basin and connecting channels. 
Toby Holda

Toby Holda

MS/PhD (Cornell Advisors: L. Rudstam and J. Watkins)
Specialization: Ecology of Mysis diluviana/ food webs
I am interested in fisheries and aquatics, especially the interaction of factors influencing population and individual growth. My research seeks to further our understanding of the ecology of Mysis diluviana in the Laurentian Great Lakes, and its role in food webs. A current aim of my work is to first refine hydroacoustic methods for mysids. I am particularly targeting drivers of vertical and horizontal distributions of mysids and species they interact with, and how this in turn affects growth potential of M. diluviana, and its competitors and predators. I hope to relate my findings to implications for fish communities in the Great Lakes.
 
Sarah Lawhun

Sarah Lawhun

M.S. (Cornell Advisors: J. Watkins and L. Rudstam)
Specialization: Lower food web (zooplankton) dynamics in the Great Lakes
Maria Sol Lisboa

Maria Sol Lisboa

PhD (Cornell Advisors; T. Walter/R. Schneider/L. Rudstam)
Specialization: Water quality, Nutrient pollution, Watershed-Lake interactions
Chris Marshall holding a Striped Bass

Christopher Marshall

M.S. (Cornell Advisors: J. Watkins and L. Rudstam)
Specialization: Oneida Lake parasitic copepod fauna & planktonic zooplankton fauna of the Great Lakes.
Kayden Nasworthy

Kayden Nasworthy

M.S. (Cornell Advisor: J. Watkins and L. Rudstam)
I will be working on causes and consequences of recent decline of mysids on the Lake Michigan fishery
Elizabeth Whitmore

Elizabeth Whitmore-Stolar

M.S. (Cornell Advisor: J. Watkins and L Rudstam)
Specialization: Great Lakes invertebrate ecology
I'm studying Cladoceran biodiversity in the Great Lakes using both taxonomic and genetic analysis and am interested in educating the public about Great Lakes research.