Biodiversity, Conservation,
and Policy

Profiles of Current Students

Our program accomodates a wide range of research interests in the fields of conservation science and policy, and our students arrive with diverse background in their academic and professional training.


 

 


Current Master's Degree Students in the Program
     
Name Erin Allen
Email eeallen@albany.edu
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Erin Allen is a second year M.S. student.  Her research interests are in land sharing practices on agricultural sites.  She currently works with the Hawthorne Valley Farm Farmscape Ecology Program on Native Meadow Restoration sites monitoring pollinator communities.  Her specific interests lie in restoration and butterfly communities. She is also particularly interested in how butterflies can be a gateway organism to teaching about insect communities on farms.

     
Name Veronique Couttee
Email mcouttee@albany.edu
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In 2015, Veronique obtained her BSc in Biology with her thesis on the Pollination ecology of Roussea simplex at the University of Mauritius in her home country Mauritius.  Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she worked for two years with the monitoring of critically endangered passerines at the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation(MWF). At MWF, she developed a wide array of skills, which includes mist netting, bird banding, translocation, habitat survey, invasive species control and training of volunteers and students. Her experience led her to the Seychelles Islands where she worked with invasive species control for nine months as project officer carrying out the field work in Vallee de Mai which is a World Heritage Site. In 2018, as Fullbright grantee, she was given the opportunity to do her Masters in the BCP program at UAlbany. She fully intends to use all the knowledge she will acquire to become a conservation leader in her home country and worldwide. In the meantime, she is very eager to share her work experience with current and future conservationist. 

     
Name Erin Sanderson
Email esanderson@albany.edu
Information Erin is entering her second year in our program. She received her B.A. in Biology from SUNY Oswego in 2009, graduating Magna cum Laude. Her research interests are in predator management, public perception of predators, and the impact of agriculture on predator populations. After joining the program, Erin quickly became active in the sustainability movement on campus. She is currently the president of UAlbany Graduate Students for Sustainability, after serving as secretary in the group. She works closely with the office of environmental sustainability and the sustainability council. Erin is part of an effort, through the graduate student association, to expand the role of sustainbaility in the University President's strategic plan. She was part of the committee that held a national leadership summit for graduate students on sustainable leadership at SUNY Albany in the Summer of 2015. She has served as a member of the judicial board within the graduate student association and remains active within the organization. Currently, Erin is working as assistant to Dr. George Robinson.
     
Name Alyson Kelly
Email akelly@albany.edu
Information Alyson joined the Biodiversity Conservation & Policy program in January 2012. She graduated from Fordham University in 2008 with a B.A. in International Political Economy. She then worked in the non-profit sector doing Fair Trade education and outreach on behalf of farmers in the developing world. Through her work in Fair Trade, she developed an interest in studying sustainable agricultural systems and community-based food networks. Her Master’s research will focus on the economic and environmental impacts made by young and beginning farmers and ranchers who employ sustainable agricultural practices. Alyson works as a Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand(D-NY) in the Washington D.C.
     
Name Katherine La Creta
Email klacreta@albany.edu
Information Katie graduated in 2008 with a B.S. degree in marine science from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, ME. She worked with Project Puffin along coastal Maine as a field intern measuring productivity of seabirds for two summers, and spent an additional two summers educating guests at the Project Puffin Visitor Center based in Rockland, ME. Although her interests are diverse, she is particularly interested in predators, invasive species, and wetlands.
     
Name Kayla Eason
Email keason@albany.edu
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Kayla is entering her first year in the Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy Master’s program. She graduated from SUNY Oswego in 2018 with a B.S. in Zoology where she studied wetland restoration. While at UAlbany, she hopes to learn more about environmental policy and public outreach, and is thinking about doing research on pollution in cities. She is currently an intern at the non-profit organization, Clean and Healthy New York. For fun, she enjoys snowboarding, playing football, fishing, and camping.

     
Name Emily Caboot
Email ecaboot@albany.edu
Information Emily Caboot is entering her first year pursuing a M.S. in Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy. She is currently developing a thesis topic exploring ideas involving invasive plant species in New York State. Emily graduated from SUNY Oneonta in May of 2016 with degrees in Adolescent Biology Education and Biology along with a certification to teach Biology grades 7-12. Her interests in the field of Biology include Botany, Plant Ecology and Animal Behavior. Other interests include gardening, hiking and swimming/coaching.
     
Name Izaac Cooper
Email iecooper@albany.edu
Information Izaac entered the program in Fall 2016 and hopes to do research in the realm of aquatic invasive plant management. Izaac graduated from Paul Smith’s College in May 2016 with a BS in Biology and a minor in chemistry. While at Paul Smith’s, Izaac Worked for the Adirondack Watershed Institute, an organization established for the stewardship of Adirondack watersheds and for the management of invasive aquatic plant and invertebrate species. He hopes to continue with this line of work in his graduate studies.
     
Name Alan Eapon
Email aeapen@albany.edu
Information Alan Eapen has received his BS in Biology from The City College of New York and is currently pursuing the Master’s Degree for the BCP program. His research interests include addressing educational deficits among zoo visitors in conservation and studying the roles of keystone species in forest and coastal ecosystems. As a Bronx native, Alan is interesting in conservation education and its role in shaping young minds in a place where nature may not be the predominant focus.
     
Name Nicole Smith
Email nsmith6@albany.edu
Information Nicole Smith is entering her first year at Ualbany, pursuing a M.S. in Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy. Previously, she graduated cum laude from Siena College in May of 2016 with a B.S. in Environmental Science as well a Pre-law Certificate. Nicole has previously interned with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health. Her broad interests include climate change, sustainable living, and environmental education and policy.
     
Name Brian Dagley
Email bdagley@albany.edu
Information Thesis: Green Roof and University Campus Pollinator Biodiversity: Albany County, NY My project focuses on characterizing the pollinator diversity of urban ecosystems in Albany County, New York, assessing their potential for providing habitat and nesting resources for native bee and wasp species, and comparing the results with similar studies of urban parks, meadows, and green roofs.
     
Name Mary Greagan
Email megreagan@albany.edu
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Mary Greagan graduated from SUNY Cobleskill May 2018 with a Degree in Wildlife Management. She has worked with the Adirondack Mountain Club and Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center as a Naturalist Educator and as a technician for SUNY Cobleskill in a long-term research study involving Carrion Burying Beetles. Her main areas of interest include educational outreach involving wildlife, invasive species control, Ornithology, and Herpetology. Her past research has involved nuisance wildlife restraint trapping. Following earning her Master’s in Biodiversity Conservation and Policy, Mary hopes to spend time working in the field of outreach such as a ranger or an educator and go on to her PhD.