Lab Members

Ph.D. Candidates

Amanda in the fieldAmanda Makkay

MS East Stroudsburg University
BA Felician University

I am interested in conservation management, particularly of large carnivores persisting at human-wildlife interfaces. My research interests include investigating progressive ways of managing these populations and mitigating the associated conflict with humans. This is fueled by a concern that in a world where human encroachment and habitat fragmentation are becoming the norm, management strategies must anticipate these effects on predator populations. I received my M.S. in 2010, where I evaluated the efficacy of nonlethal management techniques on the American black bear (Ursus americanus). My current research focuses on assessing and comparing genetic diversity, in both in situ (wild) and ex situ (captive) snow leopard (Panthera uncia) populations. My hope is that this research may provide a framework for management strategies that include captive and wild populations concurrently.

screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-11-46-39-amDawn Fariello

MS Fordham University
BS East Stroudsburg University

Coming from a background in bird behavior and ecology, I now work on bird microbes in urban and rural habitats. I utilize a variety of molecular and visual methods in order to examine hemoparasite coinfections in passerines.

img_1493Danielle Lema

MS The City College of New York
BS Molloy College

From 2009 to 2016, I provided technical support for cancer biology research in Scott Lowe’s laboratory, first at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and then at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During this time I also earned my M.S. in Biology from the City College of New York. Under the tutelage of Ana Carnaval, I studied biodiversity in tropical montane ecosystems. I am currently interested in phylogeography, population genetics, and local adaptation of coat color in the African leopard (Panthera pardus). Using broad contemporary and historical sampling, and implementing next generation sequencing techniques, my research seeks to advance the understanding of the mechanisms that underlie and maintain diversity in Panthera pardus. In turn, this will inform conservation strategy and implementation for this elusive keystone species.

Master’s Students

mai-fahmyMai Fahmy

BA Stony Brook University, NY

I graduated from Stony Brook University with a BA in Ecosystems and Human Impact and Sustainability Studies. While at Stony Brook, I conducted ecotoxicology research on the effect of Roundup herbicide on earthworm and soil microbial health. My research interests broadly include how anthropogenic forces affect species distribution and biodiversity, as well as how cultural values affect conservation efforts. In 2014, I conducted research in Madagascar assessing the effectiveness of conservation education programs implemented by Centre ValBio in Ranomafana. Currently, I am investigating the effects of the invasive toad Duttaphrynus melanostictus on endemic species in Madagascar.

richard-flamioRichard Flamio Jr.

BS Fordham University

I am a 5-year BS/MS student currently in my 5th year at Fordham University. As an undergraduate at Fordham, I studied female dominance hierarchy in a group of silvery lutungs (Trachypithecus cristatus) at the Bronx Zoo. I have also studied double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) and their effects on fisheries in NY Harbor and Barnegat Bay, NJ. I am interested in the intersection between genetics, ecology, and behavior. My current research draws on each of these disciplines to study sunfish hybridization at Fordham’s Biological Field Station in Armonk, New York. While sunfish hybridization is relatively common in freshwater systems across the U.S., the sunfish in our lake rarely hybridize. This system provides us with a special opportunity to pursue questions relating to speciation and species boundaries.

Nathanael Stanek

BS University of Missouri

Taylor Hains

Undergraduate Students

Michael Buontempo
Samantha Levano – Studying the hybridization of sunfish species in Calder Lake to determine the factors that drive mating behavior
Kevin Li