Note: I do not currently have funding to support any new graduate students at this time (2021-2022). 

Current Lab

Mike Thompson     Michael Thompson, Research Scientist I

Bio: Mike attended NHTI Concord's Community College obtaining an A.S. in Environmental Science in 2017 before going on to graduate Suma Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Wildlife and Conservation Biology in 2019. He currently works as a Research Scientist studying forest use and function throughout New England. Mike is working towards an M.S. in Wildlife and Conservation Biology with Dr. Rebecca Rowe at the University of New Hampshire. His Masters's Thesis will look at the functional diversity of birds within the context of degraded forests across New England. He hopes that his work will help better understand the relationships between ecosystems and wildlife and how people manage forests.

Molly Yanchuck     Molly Yanchuck, M.S. Student

Co-supervised with Dr. Russ Congalton (UNH Basic and Applied Spatial Analysis Lab)

Project: Using remote sensing tools to study Japanese knotweed dispersal and colonization patterns

Bio: Molly attended Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania for her undergrad and graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in GeoEnvironmental Studies, a minor in Women and Gender Studies, and a certificate in GIS. She is currently a Master’s student in the BASAL lab working towards a M.S. in Natural Resources: Environmental Conservation and Sustainability with her advisor, Russel G. Congalton. Her interests are natural resource management, water quality, sustainability, and human-environment geography. She is developing her thesis around the analysis of water quality and riparian zones with unmanned aerial system (UAS) imagery. Molly is looking forward to discovering new ways to use UAS and plans to graduate in the spring of 2021.


lisa scott    Lisa Scott, Ph.D. Student 

National Science Foundation INSPIRES Project: Using Big Data and Machine Learning to Predict Future Forest Condition in Response to Silvicultural Activities

Co-supervised with Dr. Marek Petrick (UNH CEPS)

Bio: Lisa has a BS in Environmental Science from Virginia Tech and an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Plymouth State University. She has a background in natural resource data management after working two years as a GIS/Field Technician for Martin Forestry Consulting and three years as the GIS Analyst for the NH Division of Forests and Lands. Lisa’s research interests intersect natural resource management and forest ecology. She is interested in creating usable, data-driven decision support tools for resource managers to use across New England’s changing forested landscapes.

Past Lab Members

Jess C.    Jessica Charpentier, Ph.D.

New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station Postdoctoral Scientist, January 2020- September 2021

Currently: Lecturer - Forest Technology; Dept. of Natural Resources and the Environment, UNH

Project: Rehabilitating the Northern Forest for Economic and Climate Change Resilience

Bio: Jess holds a BS in Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University, MS in Resource Management and Conservation and PhD in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. Her Doctoral work focused on disturbance-recovery dynamics and fuel loading post-wildfire in upland forests of coastal Maine. Protecting the Northern landscape has been the driving force behind Jess’ work. Her land ethic is deeply rooted in protecting the region’s most important landscapes while promoting the wise use of its renewable natural resources. She has a decade of experience working with land trusts, towns, private landowners, and public agencies on important land conservation projects.

chad  Chad Hammer, M.S. Student

Research Topic: Ecosystem service impacts and movement of terrestrial invasive plants in New England riparian forests. 

My research focused on non-native, invasive plants in riparian plant communities and their impacts on stream habitat and water quality.  I studied the mechanisms that allow invasive plants to establish in new areas and explored how these species are using streams as corridors to invade less disturbed interior forests.

Completed, August 2019

Chad is now pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Montana's W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation 

About Chad

Past and Current Undergraduates and Technicians


2018 Field Crew (above photo, L to R): Nathan Rees, Chad Hammer, Monica Newton

Monica Newton, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Major (graduated May 2018)

January - August 2018

Research Assistant: Forest Structure and Invasive Plants in New Hampshire Old Growth Forest Stands

Nathan Rees, Environmental Conservation and Sustainability Major (graduated December 2018)

June - August 2018

Research Technician: Ecosystem service impacts and movement of terrestrial invasive plants in New England riparian forests. 


Mark Ducey, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire

Rebecca Rowe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire

Thomas Buchholz, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, Spatial Informatics Group (Missoula, Montana)

Nathan Furey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of New Hampshire

Marek Petrik, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of New Hampshire



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Maine Birds Summer Field Jobs - 2022

January 11, 2022

The Maine 30-Year Bird Project is hiring technicians for the 2022 Summer field season to conduct bird and vegetation surveys in the commercial forestland of the Maine North Woods. This project seeks to understand A) the range of forest types occupied by each species in the avian community, B) how bird abundances and habitat associations have changed since the 1990s, and C) how such regional changes relate to continental-scale bird declines. Work will be conducted both in actively managed commercial forests and on adjacent conservation land. Hiring will be through SIG-NAL (

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Maine 30-Year Bird Project In the News

August 8, 2021

We just wrapped up the first field season for the "30-Year Bird Project" in northern Maine. I'm excited to be collaborating with old friends and colleagues to return to a landscape where we all worked nearly 30 years ago investigating the relationship between songbird communities and managed forests. The Portland Press Herald featured the project on the front page of the Sunday paper. UNH Summer Research Technician Kelsi Anderson spent the field season working with Tufts University PhD student Jonah Levy doing songbird point counts and collecting vegetation data on 120 plots in remote...

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