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

Aubrey W Franks

  • Email: , franks12@purdue.edu
  • M.S. Graduate Student
  • Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, 715 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Education

2020- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Ecology, SUNY Brockport

Awards 

  • 2020-2021 Environmental Science and Ecology Department Scholar
  • 2019-2020 SUNY Brockport Student Travel Grant 

Research Interests 

Aubrey is studying the ecological effectiveness of federal cost-share programs to control invasive forest plants on non-industrial privatized land. He will be studying the native plant diversity, invasive reduction, and the effects of invasive removal on the herbaceous layer. He is co-advised by Drs. Michael Jenkins and Jingjing Liang. 

Aubrey grew up in Upstate New York where he gained a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Ecology from SUNY Brockport. At Brockport, he was a research aide managing slender false brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum) and researching its effects on woody regeneration in Bergen Swamp New York. Aubrey worked with Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (WNY PRISM) as an invasive species management assistant. While there he conducted invasive plant surveys and managed invasive species throughout western New York.  

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

Wook Jin Choi

● Ph.D. student,

Department of Forestry and Natural Resources,

Purdue University

choi794@purdue.edu

Education

● 2021 – M.A. in Latin American Economics, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea

Thesis: An Analysis on the Effects of Corruption affecting CO2 Emissions in South America

● 2016 – B.S in Bioscience and Biotechnology / B.A. in Spanish Interpretation and Translation, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea,

Research Interest

● To study the relationship between global change and forest ecosystem diversity using big data and Artificial Intelligence

Publication

● 08/2021 – Korean Association of Lusophone Area Studies, The Determinants of Deforestation in Latin America: Focusing on Corruption Factors. (Original title in Korean: 라틴아메리카에서 삼림 파괴 결정 요인: 부패요인을 중심으로)

● 06/2021 – Korean Council on Latin America & the Caribbean, The Romantic Natural Resource in Latin America: Wine (Original title in Korean: 라틴아메리카의 감성 천연 자원: 와인)

● 08/2020 – Graduate School of International and Area Studies, An Analysis on the Effects of Corruption affecting CO2 Emissions in South America

● 12/2018 – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, An Analysis on the perception of Korean wave in South America using big data: Comparative analysis of K-pop perception in Latin American countries (Chile, Peru, Mexico) affected by the Korean Wave (Original title in Korean: 빅데이터를 활용한 중남미 국가들 내에서의 한류 인식 분석: 한류 열풍이 강하게 영향을 미친 중남미 국가 (칠레, 페루, 멕시코)에서의 K-POP에 대한 인식 비교분석)

Award

● 2018 – Excellence award, A thesis contest for Latin American studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Latin American Studies Association of Korea

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