Gabriela Krochmal

  • MS Graduate Student
    Department of Forestry and Natural Resources ,
    Purdue University


  • 2019- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Loyola University Chicago

Awards and Scholarship

Rachel Carson Scholarship, Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus (2016-2019)

REU Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Center for Tree Science,The Morton Arboretum (2019) 

Research Interests

Gabriela is studying the ecological and economic effectiveness of federal cost-share programs to control invasive plants on private lands. She will be examining native plant diversity, forest reproduction and annual tree growth. She is co-advised by Drs. Michael Jenkins and Jingjing Liang.

Gabriela grew up in Chicago where she received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Loyola University Chicago. There, she was an intern for the Office of Sustainability and later found her passion for fieldwork and research by taking field intensive courses at Loyola’s Ecology campus. 

Her undergrad research experience was at the Center for Tree Science at the Morton Arboretum. Her research explored how the addition of nitrogen and phosphorus influence biological processes in a lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica. After graduation, she spent two years working as program assistant and intern for the Plant Pathology and Entomology lab at the Morton Arboretum. In this position she expanded the PlayCleanGo invasive species awareness campaign to state parks across Illinois and worked on multiple forest health related projects.

Katelyn Jeffries

M.S. Student, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Purdue University


2017-2021 – B.S., Natural Resources Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, OK

Research Experience

  • 2020-2021 – Niblack Research Scholar, Natural Resources Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, OK. Advisor: Dr. Omkar Joshi, Graduate Advisor: Bijesh Mishra. Project: Preventing the Further Spread of Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) in the Southern Great Plains: A Stakeholder Perception Analysis on Best Management Practices
  • 2019-2021 – Research Technician, Joshi Natural Resource Social Science Lab, Oklahoma State University, OK
  • 2019 – Research Technician, Tree Physiology and Watershed Research Lab, Oklahoma State University, OK

Conference Presentation

2021 – International Society of Forest Resource Economics Symposium, virtual: Oral Presentation


  • 2020-2021 – Niblack Research Scholarship
  • 2020-2021 – Walker Jr. Merit Scholarship
  • 2020-2021 – J. Fleming Memorial Continuing Student Scholarship

Alexandra Adams

  • Graduate student,
    Department of Forestry and Natural Resources ,
    Purdue University


  • 2021- Aquatic Sciences, concentration in Marine and Freshwater Biology, Purdue University, IN
  • November – December 2020- Research assistant, Höök Lab, Purdue University, IN
  • May – July 2019- Lab Assisstant, Forest Ecology, Silviculture & Soils Laboratory, Purdue University, IN
  • May – July 2018- Landscaper, Columbian Park Zoo, Lafayette Parks and Recreation | Lafayette, IN


Interested in a position at the intersection of environmental research and human dimensions


  • 2021- Martell Leadership Scholarship , Forestry and Natural Resources Department of Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • 2018- Chapel of the Good Shepherd Scholarship , Chapel of the Good Shepherd , West Lafayette, IN
  • 2016 – 2017- David L. Rice Merit Scholarship, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN
  • 2016- New Harmony Alumni Scholarship , New Harmony Alumni Association , New Harmony, IN

Ankita Mitra

  • Ph.D. student
  • Department of Forestry and Natural Resources , Purdue University


  • 2018-2020 – Research Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama through US-Israel Binational Science Foundation.
  • 2017-2018 – Project Assistant, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR)- Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India. Topic- “Role of Siderophore Producing Bacteria in Wheat Production, India
  • 2016-2017 – MS in Biological Oceanography, Center for Oceans, River, Atmosphere and land Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Kharagpur, India
  • 2014-2016 – Masters in Ecology and Environmental Science, Pondicherry Central University, India
  • 2011-2014 –Bachelors in Environmental Science, University of Calcutta, India


To broaden understanding and impacts of climate change effects in forestry using statistical and machine-learning techniques


  • 2020-2021 – Best resource person/Best Speaker Award in various International Seminars on Climate Change and Pandemic Scenario
  • 2019- US-Israel Binational Science Foundation Fellowship
  • 2017 – DST- INSPIRE Fellowship, Government of India2014- Young Scientist Award, Oral Presentation, Center for Oceans and Environmental Science, New Delhi, India
  • 2016 – Gold Medal(First rank in Masters), Pondicherry Central University, India
  • 2014 – Mira Scholarship Award(Second rank in Bachelors), University of Calcutta, India
  • 2013- Poster presentation, International Workshop on Mangrove Conservation, India
  • 2013- Oral presentation, Marine Biotechnology Symposium, Muscat, Oman