Gabriela Krochmal

  • MS Graduate Student
    Department of Forestry and Natural Resources ,
    Purdue University
  • gkrochma@purdue.edu

EDUCATION

  • 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

Education

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

Awards

  • 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
  • adams331@purdue.edu

EDUCATION

  • 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

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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

AWARDS

  • 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
  • mitra46@purdue.edu

EDUCATION

  • 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

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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

AWARDS

  • 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

Dhruba Burlakoti

  • MS student,
    Department of Forestry and Natural Resources ,
    Purdue University
  • dburlako@purdue.edu 

EDUCATION

  • 2018- Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Agriculture and Forestry University, Faculty of Forestry, Hetauda, Nepal

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Economic Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services, Statistics 

AWARDS/ SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Government Merit Scholarship for B. Sc. in Forestry (Agriculture and Forestry University
  • Research Grant for Bachelor’s Thesis (Agriculture and Forestry)

TRAININGS

  • Wildlife Training to Graduates; Resources Himalaya Foundation, WWF, ZSL
  • Arc-GIS Training; Faculty of Forestry, AFU, Nepal
  • R/R-Studio, Data Analysis Training; Faculty of Forestry, AFU, Nepal
  • Camera Trapping Training for Wildlife Monitoring; Bardia National Park

Shourish Chakravarty

  • Email: chakra68@purdue.edu
  • Tel: 352-215-5057
  • Mailing address: Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, 715 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Education

University of Florida, Ph.D., Food and Resource Economics, August 2019
Job Market Paper: Workfare and forest cover: the Case of NREGS in India
Dissertation Committee: Conner Mullally (Chair), Christa Court, Spiro Stefanou, Hector Sandoval
University of Calgary, M.A., Economics, 2011
Research Report: Determinants of Exclusivity Periods of Drugs in Canada
University of Arizona, M.S., Agriculture and Resource Economics, 2009
Thesis: Determinants of Health Outcomes of Children in the United States
Elphinstone College, Mumbai University, B.A., Economics, 2004

APPOINTMENT

Purdue University
Postdoctoral Scholar, Summer 2020 – present
– Currently working on a project estimating impacts of conservation easements
on land use change. I am also working on a project in which I will be conducting
economic modeling of forest products, specifically products made from
hardwood.

Kansas State University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Fall 2019 – Summer 2020
– Worked on an USDA funded project on estimating land supply elasticities.
I created a spatially-explicit panel dataset that combines land uses from the
USDA-NASS Cropland Data Layer with land cash rents, soil quality and accessibility
indicator.
– I estimated models that identify the spatially heterogeneous effects of changes
in agricultural returns on land use choices (i.e. land supply elasticities), and
generated maps of spatially explicit land supply elasticities that can be incorporated
in a high-resolution model of U.S. agriculture.
University of Florida
Research Assistant, Fall 2015 – Summer 2019
– Contributed to a project that applied LASSO model selection with doubly
robust treatment effect estimation to analyze the impact of a rural business
development program on small plantain farmers in Nicaragua.
– Worked on a project on citrus greening disease in Florida. The study analyzed
the impact of coordination among citrus growers on fertilizer and pesticide
usage.
Teaching Assistant, Economics of Natural Resource Use, University of Florida,
Spring 2018 and Fall 2017
Azim Premji Foundation, India
Associate-Analytics, Knowledge Resource Center, November 2012 – May 2015
– Catered to the capacity building requirements of the Foundation by creating
research reports, literature reviews, and by conducting workshops.
– Extracted and formatted secondary datasets like District Information System
for Education (DISE) and National Sample Survey (NSS).
Development Research Group, World Bank
Short Term Consultant, August 2013 – August 2014
– Research assistance for primary data cleaning and creating questionnaires.
University of Calgary
Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant, Fall 2009 – Winter 2011
– Conducted literature reviews on topics in health economics.
– Teaching assistant for undergraduate courses in microeconomics.
University of Arizona
Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant, Spring 2008 – Spring 2009
– Worked on a project analyzing riparian rights in Arizona water usage by vegetable
industries in the US.
– Teaching assistant for Masters Math camp, and undergraduate courses in Price
Analysis and Microeconomics.

PUBLICATIONS

Mullally, C. and S. Chakravarty. 2018. “Are Matching Funds for Smallholder Irrigation Money Well Spent?” Food Policy, 76(1): 70-80.

Sayon Ghosh

  • Ph.D. Student
    Advisor: Dr. Mo Zhou
  • Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, IN
  • ghosh68@purdue.edu

Research Interests

  • To create usable science relating to societal well-being in less developed regions by understanding the transitional dynamics of land use and land cover change under drivers of deforestation and changing patterns of ownership using mixed-method approaches that draw on data integration, dynamic modeling, statistics, and economics.

Education

  • 2015 – 2017, Master of Business Administration, Forest Management, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India
  • 2010 – 2013, Bachelor of Science, Economics, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India

Yangyang Wang

  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate
  • Office: 715 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907
  • Phone: 765-543-2344
  • E-mail: wang1361@purduedu

Education

  • 2015-present, Post Doctoral Research Associate, Natural Resource Economics Lab, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, USA
  • 2011-2014, Visiting Scholar, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, USA
  • 2014, Ph.D. in Forest Economics, College of Economics & Management, Northeast Forestry University, China
  • 2010, M.A. in Administrative Management, College of Economics & Management, Northeast Forestry University, China
  • 2006, B.A. in International Economics & Trade, College of Economics & Management, Northeast Forestry University, China

Research Interests

  • Forest economics and finance
  • Map and value ecosystem services
  • Spatial analysis of conservation policy and conservation investment returns
  • Uncertainty analysis under climate, landscape, management, and policy change
  • Priority analysis for natural resources conservation Landscape connectivity and fragmentation

Journal Publications

  • Wang, Y.Y., Atallah, S., Shao, G.F., 2017. Spatially-Explicit Return on Investment to Private Forest Conservation for Water Purification in Indiana, USA. Ecosystem Services 26:45-57
  • Liao J.F., Jia Y.Q., Tang L.N., Huang Q.L., Wang, Y.Y., Huang N., Hua L.Z., 2017. Assessment of urbanization-induced ecological risks in an area with significant ecosystem services based on land use/cover change scenarios. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. DOI: 10.1080/13504509.2017.1415234
  • Bai, G.X., Wang, YY., Dai, L.M., Liu, S.R., Tang, L.N., Shao, G.F., 2015. Market-oriented forestry in China promotes forestland productivity. New Forests. DOI: 10.1007/s 11056-014-9450-8
  • Deng, H.B., Chen, Z.F., Cao, H.N., Shen, Y., Wang, Y.Y., Shan, P., 2015. Perceptions and attitudes of local residents on nature reserve: a case study in Baimaxueshan National Nature Reserve. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. DOI: 10.1080/13504509.2014.930361
  • Wu, G., Gao, Y., Wang, Y., Wang, Y.Y., Xu, D., 2015. Land use/land cover changes and their driving forces around wetlands in Shangri-La County, Yunnan Province, China. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. DOI: 10.1080/13504509.2014.915894
  • Shi, L.Y., Ma, W.C., Shao, G.F., Tang, L.N., Wang, Y.Y., Wang, H.W., 2015. The US and China need to turn ongoing bilateral dialogue into immediate joint mitigation. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. DOI: 10.1080/13504509.2014.961993
  • Wang, Y.Y., Bai, G.X., Shao, G.F., Cao, Y.K., 2014. An analysis of potential investment returns and their determinants of poplar plantations in state-owned forest enterprises of China. New Forests 45:251-264

Conference Presentations and Publications

Oral Presentations:

  • Yangyang Wang, Shady Atallah, Guofan Shao, 2017.  Valuing and mapping the timber productivity payback from forest conservation. 2017 Indiana GIS conference, Indianapolis.
  • Yangyang Wang, Shady Atallah, Guofan Shao, 2016. Nutrient retention returns on investment in private forest conservation: the case of the Classified Forest and Wildlands Program in Indiana. Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), Boston.
  • Yangyang Wang, Shady Atallah, Guofan Shao, 2016. Maximizing Freshwater ecosystem service returns on investment in forest conservation. Society of American Foresters convention (SAF), Madison

Conference Publication:

  • Wang, Y.Y., Atallah, S., Shao, G.F., 2016. Nutrient retention return on investment in forest private forest conservation: the case of the Classified forest and wildlands program in Indiana. 2016 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, July 31-August 2

Poster Presentations:

  • Yangyang Wang, Shady Atallah, Guofan Shao, 2016. Maximizing the Nutrient Retention Return on Investment in Forest Conservation: the case of the Classified Forest and Wildlands Program in Indiana. Natural Capital Symposium, Stanford University.
  • Wang YY, Bai GX, Shao GF. 2013. Investment potential of a poplar Industrial plantation in China. Society of American Foresters 2013 National Convention (SAF), North Charleston, S.C., USA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

  • Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) 2015-Current
  • Society of American Foresters convention (SAF) 2013-Current

Weixue Luo

  • Visiting Scholar
  • 715 W.State Street
  • Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Purdue University
  • email: lwx2016bjfu@163.com

Education

  • 2018-Present , Ph.D. (Forestry) , Beijing Forestry University, China
  • 2016-2018 , M.S. (Ecology), Beijing Forestry University, China
  • 2012-2016 , B.S. (Forestry), Southwest Forestry University, China

PUBLICATIONS

Luo, W., Liang, J., Cazzolla Gatti, R., Zhao, X. & Zhang, C. Parameterization of biodiversity–productivity relationship and its scale dependency using georeferenced tree‐level data.
Journal of Ecology.

Awards

  • 2018 Three prize of research presentation in the 7th academic workshop for graduate students of the Academy of Forestry.
  • 2018 Academic Innovation Award of Beijing Forestry University
  • 2017 Excellent graduate students of Beijing Forestry University
  • 2017 First-class of the Graduate Students Academic Fellowship.
  • 2017 Outstanding Student leaders of Beijing Forestry University
  • 2016 First-class of the Graduate Students Academic Fellowship
  • 2016 Outstanding Graduates of Yunnan Province
  • 2016 Three Good Students of Yunnan Province
  • 2015 First-class of the Graduate Students Academic Fellowship
  • 2015 Outstanding Student leaders of Southwest Forestry University
  • 2014 Three Good Students of Southwest Forestry University
  • 2014 Outstanding Student leaders of Southwest Forestry University
  • 2013 Three Good Students of Southwest Forestry University
  • 2013 Outstanding Student leaders of Southwest Forestry University


Fucai Xia

  • Visiting Scholar
  • 715 W.State Street
  • Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Purdue University
  • email: xfc0707@163.com

EDUCATION

  • 2017-Ph.D.in Ecology, Forestry College, Beijing Forestry University
  • 2002-M.S.in Botany-Life Science College, Northeast Normal University
  • 1996-B.S.in Wild Plant Resources Conservation and Utilization-Jilin Agricultural University

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • To study the regeneration mechanism of secondary forests in Northeast China
  • To study the cultivation and afforestation of Tilia mandshurica in Northeast China.

PUBLICATIONS/ PRODUCTIONS:

  • Fucai Xia, Chunfang Pan, Xiuhai Zhao. 2012. Plants phenological response to climate change of temperate deciduous forest. Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 21 (5): 793-799
  • Fucai Xia, Chunfang Pan, Xiuhai Zhao, Haiyan He, Haiyu Zhou. 2012. Influence of overstory on seasonal bariability of understory herbs in primary broad-leaved Korean pine forest of Changbai Mountain. Acta Botanica Boreali-Occidentalia Sinica, 13 (11): 1223-1230
  • Fucai Xia, Xiuhai Zhao, Chunfang Pan, Juan Fan , Jinsong Wang, Ruiqiang Ni,  Jun Jiang. 2009. Seasonal variation of understory herbs in primary broad-leaved Korean pine forest and secondary aspen-birch forest in Changbai Mountains and its environmental interpretation. Journal of Northeast Forestry University, 11: 83 – 89
  • Fucai Xia, Xiuhai Zhao, Chunfang Pan, Yuzhen Jia, Jinsong Wang. 2010. Stand structure of broad-leaved and Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis) mixed forest in the Changbai Mountains. Chinese Journal of Applied Environment Biology, 4: 529-533.
  • Fuicai Xia, Xiu’ai Zhao, Chun-fang Pan, Jinsong Wang, Rui-ang Ni, Lei Wang, Huaijiang He. 2011, Stand spatial structure of secondary birch forest in Changbaishan Mountain. Acta Botanica Boreali-Occidentalia Sinica, 2: 407-412.
  • Fucai Xia, Xiuhai Zhao, Chunfang Pan, Xiaojing Zhao, YuhongWang. 2009. Species diversity and seasonal dynamics of herbs in a Korean pine broad-leaved forest of Changbai Mountains,Journal of Jilin Agricultural University, 1: 27-31.
  • Fucai Xia, Xiuhai Hao, Daoli An, Ruiqiang Ni, JinsongWang, Juan Fan. 2013. Stand structure of secondary popular-birch forest in Changbai Mountains, Journal of South China Agricultural University, 3: 383-387.
  • Yue Sun, Huaijing He, Liang Li, Jie Yao, Zhe Xie, Fengjie Wang, Fucai Xia.2016. Biomass and its distribution characteristics of filipendula palmata under the canopy of mixed coniferous and broad leaved forest in Jiaohe, Jilin Province, Chinese Journal of Applied Environment Biology, 22(6): 1055–1062.
  • Yue Sun,Fucai Xia,Huaijiang He,Baodong Liu,Gerong Wang,Liang Li. 2016. Community structure features of the larch-birch secondary forest on the northeastern slope of Changbai Mountains,northeast China.Journal of Beijing Forestry University, 38(12): 28–38.
  • Liang Li,Fucai Xia,Xiaoyan Wang,Xianlong Hang,Guowen Sun,Xiangju Wu,GuichunWang. 2017. A Study on stand spatial structure of broad-leaved Korean pine forest in Zhangguangcai Mountains,Acta Ecologica Sinica, 37(10): 3425-3436.
  • Yue Sun,Huaijiang He,Liang Li,Caimin Song,Fengjie Wang,Fucai Xia. 2017. Biomass allocation and biomass allometric models of six early-summer herbs under the canopy of broad-leaved Korean pine forest during different growth periods in Jiaohe,Jilin Province,Acta Ecologica Sinica, 37(19): 6523-6533.
  • Liang Li, Fucai Xia, Yue Sun, Xiao Zhang. 2017. Biomass allocation of eight early-spring herbs inbroadleaf-pinus koraiensis mixed forest.Journal of Beijing  Forestry University, 39(1): 35-38.

MEETINGS

  • 2018- Regeneration of Secondary Forests in Northeast China Workshop: Response of Seed Rain to Cutting Disturbance
  • 2018- Jilin Provincial Forestry Survey and Design Institute Forum: How to Monitor Forest Herbs

TEACHING

1996- Beihua University, Forestry College: Botany

SUPERVISION

  • 2007-2012- Director- Youth Branch of China Forestry Society
  • 2019-Director- Forest Seed Base and National Forest Germplasm Resource Bank of Jilin Province