NC State
Christopher S. DePerno

Current Graduate Students (as of Spring 2018)

Byron Levon (M.S. Student) – Byron is comparing wildlife use among openings planted in native species, openings planted in non-native species, and openings in which the seedbank is managed with disturbance.  (Co-advisor – Dr. Chris Moorman)

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Nick Gould (Ph.D. candidate) – Nick is investigating urban black bear ecology.  Specifically, the movements, population ecology and harvest vulnerability of black bears in urban/suburban habitats.

Sarah Rosche (M.S. student) – Sarah is studying northern bobwhite movement ecology in relation to growing-season fire application.  (Co-advisor – Dr. Chris Moorman)

Dan Hannon (M.S. student) – Dan is mapping hardwood distribution within the longleaf pine ecosystem on Fort Bragg Military Installation.  He will model predictors of hardwood persistence in relation to environmental conditions and prescribed fire ignition locations.  Also, he will investigate animal distribution in relation to hardwood presence within the system. (Co-advisor – Dr. Chris Moorman)

Tony Kroeger (M.S. student) – Tony is studying northern bobwhite and white-tailed deer habitat selection, with specific emphasis on use of lowland and upland hardwood within the longleaf pine ecosystem on Fort Bragg Military Installation.  (Co-advisor – Dr. Chris Moorman)

Micah Walker (M.S. student) – Micah is evaluating the efficacy of the immunocontraceptive GonaCon™ in controlling population levels of wild white-tailed deer on Bald Head Island.  (Co-advisor – Chris Shank, Bald Head Island Conservancy).

 

Charlie Sanders (M.S. student) – Charlie is investifating the age structure, diet, health and reproductive habits of the North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) in North Carolina.

 

Julia Jansson (Ph.D. student) – Julia  is investigating forest and wildlife management in multispecies and multiuse landscapes using eDNA. (Co-advisor – Dr. Göran Spong, Swedish Agricultural University).

 

Past Graduate Students

Todd Brinkman (M.S.) – Mortality of white-tailed deer in southwest Minnesota.  Co-advised with Dr. Jonathan A. Jenks, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.  Graduated 2003.Completed a Ph.D. at University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 2009.

Assistant Professor in the Institute of Artic Biology, University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Thesis

 

Chris C. Swanson (M.S.) – Movement and association of white-tailed deer in southwest Minnesota.  Co-advised with Dr. Jonathan A. Jenks, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.  Graduated 2005.  Completed a Ph.D. at South Dakota State University in 2009.

Assistant Refuge Supervisor in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Region.

Thesis

 

Stan Hutchens (M.S.) – Inventory and assessment of the herpetofauna of Bull Neck Swamp, Washington County, North Carolina.  North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Graduated 2008.

Regional Data Technician at Triangle Transit, Durham, North Carolina.

Thesis

 

Gabe Karns (M.S.) – Movement, activity, and habitat use of adult male white-tailed deer related to hunting pressure and breeding season at Chesapeake Farms, Maryland.  Co-advised with Dr. Richard A. Lancia, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Graduated 2008.

Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio State University.

Thesis

Chris Ayers (M.S.) – Effects of different mowing regimes on the efficacy of Anthraquinone (FlightControl Plus TM) as a Canada Goose repellent. Co-advised with Dr. Christopher E. Moorman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Graduated 2009.

Instructor at Mississippi State University.

Thesis

 

Colter M. Chitwood (M.S.) – Assessment of hunters and white-tailed deer of Hofmann Forest, North Carolina. Co-advised with Dr. Richard A. Lancia, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Graduated 2010.

Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana.  Co-Supervised with Dr. Chris Moorman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Thesis

 

Mark Sandfoss (M.S.) – Population modeling of feral pigs and white-tailed deer at Howell Woods, North Carolina. Co-advised with Dr. Richard Lancia, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Graduated 2010.

Pursuing a Ph.D. student at University of Florida – Gainesville.

Thesis

 

Brandon Sherrill (M.S.) – Movement, habitat selection, and baseline condition of deer on Bald Head Island, North Carolina.  North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Graduated 2010.

Lineman with Duke Energy.

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Katherine Golden (M.S.) – Surveying North Carolina Non-Industrialized Private Landowner.  Co-advised with Dr. Chris Moorman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Graduated 2010.

Pursuing a Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University.

Thesis

 

Sara Marschhauser (M.S.) – Ghost crab (Ocypode quadrata) abundance and depredation on Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) hatchlings on Onslow Beach, North Carolina.  North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Graduated 2011.

Conservation Coordinator at the Piedmont Wildlife Center in Durham, North Carolina.

Thesis

 

Emily Blackman (M.S.) – American Woodcock Winter Habitat Use in an Agricultural Landscape. Co-advised with Dr. Nils Peterson amd Dr. Chris Moorman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Graduated 2011.

Land Protection Associate and the Manager of the Native Plant Nursery at D&R Greenway Land Trust (Princeton, New Jersey).

Thesis

 

Melissa Turner (M.S.) – Paternity and intracranial abscessation in white-tailed deer under quality deer management. Co-advised with Dr. Richard Lancia North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Graduated 2011.

Health/Medical Editor for SmartBrief Incorporated, Washington D.C.

Thesis

 

Amy Raybuck (M.S.) – Short-term response of small mammals and Plethodon salamanders following oak regeneration silvicultural treatments.  (Co-advisor – Dr. Chris Moorman)

Assistant Regional Conservation Biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Thesis

 

Shannon Bowling (M.S.) – Multi-scale factors that influence northern bobwhite and songbird use of CP33 borders.  Co-advised with Dr. Chris Moorman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Graduated 2012.

Wildlife Biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Thesis

 

Kimberly Porter (M.S.) – Vegetative impact of feral horses, feral pigs, and white-tailed deer on the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge.  Graduated 2013.

Wildlife Biologist with USDA-APHIS-WS in Albany, New York.

Thesis

 

Eric Kilburg (M.S.) – Wild turkey nesting ecology and nest survival in the presence of frequent growing-season fire.  Co-advised with Dr. Chris Moorman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Graduated 2013.

Land Management Biologist with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism.

Thesis

 

Maria Palamar, DVM, (Ph.D.) – Challenges and opportunities for raccoon (Procyon lotor) oral rabies vaccination and public health campaigns in urban environments.  Co-advised with Dr. Maria Correa, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Graduated 2013.

Deputy Director of Outreach, Engagement & Wildlife Health for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Dissertation

 

Annemarie Prince (M.S.) – Habitat selection, survival, and home range size of the southeastern fox squirrel.  Co-advised with Dr. Chris Moorman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Graduated 2013.

Assistant District Wildlife Biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Thesis

 

M. Elizabeth Rutledge, (Ph.D.) – Impacts of resident Canada goose movements on zoonotic disease transmission and human safety at suburban airports.  Co-advised with Dr. Chris Moorman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Graduated 2013.

Wildlife Specialist with The North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dissertation

 

Aimee Rockhill, (Ph.D.) – The ecology of bobcats in coastal North Carolina.  Co-advised with Dr. Roger Powell, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Graduated 2013.

Assistant Professor in Natural Resource Conservation and Management at Western Carolina University.

Dissertation

 

Colter Chitwood, (Ph.D.) – White-tailed deer population dynamics in the presence of a novel predator.  Co-advised with Dr. Chris Moorman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Graduated 2014.

Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana.  Co-Supervised with Dr. Chris Moorman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dissertation

 

Marcus Lashley, (Ph.D.) – The importance of including natural variability in fire prescriptions: fruits, forages, and white-tailed deer space use.  Co-advised with Dr. Chris Moorman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Graduated 2014.

Assistant Professor in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University.  Co-Supervised with Dr. Chris Moorman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dissertation

 

Morgan (Elfelt) Swingen (M.S.) – Coyote movement ecology and food habits at Fort Bragg Military Installation. (Co-advisor – Dr. Chris Moorman)

Associate Scientist with The Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Thesis

 

Beth Stevenson (M.S.) – Coyote survival and habitat selection in a longleaf pine ecosyatem (Co-advisor – Dr. Chris Moorman).

Bat Biologist with University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

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Mark McAlister (M.S.) – Resident Canada goose abundance and occurrence at variable spatial extents (Co-advisor – Dr. Chris Moorman).

Biologist with South Carolina Department of Natural Resource

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Ellinor Sahlén (Ph.D.) – Indirect effects of predation in human-modified landscapes.  (Co-advisor – Dr. Göran Spong, Swedish Agricultural University).

Predator Biologist with Länsstyrelsen Västerbottenin in Umeå, Sweden.

Dissertation

 

Alex Fish (M.S.) – Effects of ground-based military training on Bachman’s Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis) breeding ecology. (Co-advisor – Dr. Chris Moorman)

Ph.D. student at the University of Maine

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