Sayon Ghosh

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

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.


  • 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

Vamsi Vipparla

  • Master’s Student
    Advisor: Dr. Mo Zhou
  • Industrial Engineering, Forest Management

Research Interests

  • Developed an “Excel Add-in” for management of Central Hardwood Forest Region.
  • Developing a Web Application and a Smart Phone App for management of Central Hardwood Forest Region.


  • 2018-Present, Master of Science, Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
  • 2018-Present, Master of Science, Forest Management, Purdue University
  • 2013-2017, Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, R.V.R & J.C. College of Engineering, India
Akane Ota

Akane Ota

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


  • 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


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.


  • 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


  • 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