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

Akane Ota

Akane Ota

  • Ph.D. student,
    Department of Forestry and Natural Resources ,
    Purdue University
  • aota@purdue.edu

EDUCATION

  • 2018 – MS, Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, IN, advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Dukes,
    Thesis: Potential of biochar to mitigate the effects of extreme precipitation on soil greenhouse gas emissions and soybean growth
  • 2016 – BS, Bioenvironmental Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan, advisor: Dr. Kazuhiro Harada
    Specialization: Social Science and Environmental International Cooperation in Southeast Asia
  • 2014 – Exchange Program, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL

RESEARCH INTERESTS

To broaden understanding of bird diversity patterns and drives in big scale using statistical and machine-learning techniques as well as to estimate the impacts of climate change.

MEETINGS

  • 2019 – Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools 75th Annual Meeting, MO: Representative of Purdue University to the Midwest Three Minute Thesis competition
  • 2018 – Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, LA: Oral Presentation
  • 2018 – Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Research Symposium, IN: Poster Presentation
  • 2018 – Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference, MI: Oral Presentation
  • 2017 – Drought-Net Inter-Institutional Meeting at Colorado State University, CO: Student Participant
  • 2016 – The Japanese Forest Society 127th Annual Meeting, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 2015 – The 11th Conference of Youth Paris 2015 in Tokyo, Japan: Student Participant
  • 2015 – The 6th Academic Consortium 21 Student World Forum 2015, Strasbourg, France and Freiburg, Germany, Student Representative of Nagoya University

AWARDS

  • 2018 – Purdue Climate Change Research Center Travel Grant
  • 2018 – Three Minute Thesis Competition, Second Place, Purdue University
  • 2016 – Takenaka Foundation Scholarship
  • 2016 – Best Senior Presentation Award, Nagoya University
  • 2013 – Japan Student Services Organization, Exchange Student Scholarship