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Federal Staff

Angela Fuller, Assistant Leader, Wildlife

Angela Fuller Unit Leader Tel: (607) 255 - 2841

Angela is a Research Wildlife Biologist and the Leader of the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University

Suresh Andrew Sethi

Suresh Andrew Sethi Assistant Unit Leader Website: Tel: (607) 255 - 7273

Suresh is the Assistant Leader of the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University.

University Staff

Melanie Moss

Melanie Moss

Melanie serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Unit

Kelly Perkins

Kelly provides general research support for the NY Coop Unit since July 2016. Prior to this she worked as a zoologist for the New York Natural Heritage Program conducting surveys, managing data, and studying rare species in New York state. She attended the University of Delaware (B.S. wildlife conservation ’02) and West Virginia University (M.S. wildlife resources ’06). She also spent time as a seasonal technician for several research and government institutions studying birds and other wildlife. She has a background in ornithology, bat biology and acoustics, and wildlife inventory and habitat associations spanning many taxa. Her interests include wildlife research, data manipulation, and statistics.

Students and Post Docs

Ben Augustine

Jennifer Brazeal

Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown

Taylor is originally from Napoleon, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Evolution and Ecology. As an undergraduate, she studied predator-prey space use and walleye metapopulation dynamics in Lake Erie. She is currently a MS/PhD student studying Cisco spatial ecology and early-life history in Lake Ontario, providing key information needed for monitoring and management efforts.

Kimberly Fitzpatrick

Kimberly Fitzpatrick

Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, Kimberly completed her B.S. in Marine Science at Eckerd College in 2015 and her M.S. in Geography at the University of Oklahoma in 2017. Her current research focuses on modeling predator-prey population dynamics to inform Chinook salmon management in Lake Ontario.

Abraham Francis

Santiago Garcia Llore

I am a biologist from Guayaquil, Ecuador. In 2016, I finished my MSc. in Conservation Leadership at Colorado State University (Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department). I have 14 years of experience working with local and indigenous communities in South America. I will conduct an spatial risk mapping in Ecuador as a tool to plan and implement human-Andean bear conflict mitigation measure

Robert Marquez

Robert Marquez

Robert Márquez has over 15 years of experience working with the Andean Bear Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He is currently the project manager for the Andean Bear Conservation Alliance initiative and coordinator of the WCS Colombia Andean Bear Project. He has been involved in Andean bear research and conservation projects in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Robert is interested in facilitating management decision-making by generating information on Andean bear status and threats, as well as generating tools to monitor Andean bear populations and manage interactions between Andean bears and people.

Matthew Paufve

Matt Paufve

Originally from Rochester, NY, Matt earned a BS in Biology from Hobart College in 2013. He currently studies lake herring spawning habitat and restoration in the Great Lakes.

Jennifer Price-Tack

Jennifer Price Tack

Jennifer Price Tack is a postdoctoral researcher and wildlife ecologist specializing in quantitative ecology and decision support science. She completed her B.S. at the University of California, Santa Barbara, her Masters at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, and her Ph.D. at Auburn University. Jennifer has worked on a variety of natural resource problems, including decision-making for deer and hunter management, and bioeconomic modeling impacts of salmon aquaculture in southern Chile. She is currently applying her skills to tackle the issue of prioritizing invasive species management in New York State.

T. Scott Smeltz

I am originally from Pennsylvania, but now live in Alaska. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at Penn State University in 2005 and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science at Alaska Pacific University in 2013. My graduate work focused on terrestrial ecology, specifically how climate change is driving vegetation changes in Alaska. After completing my Master’s degree, I shifted focus to the marine world. My current work as a PhD student at Cornell is developing geospatial models to help fisheries managers assess impacts to marine habitats from commercial fishing and use these tools to consider policy tradeoffs between marine spatial closures and fishing gear modifications.

Catherine Sun

Cat Sun

Hailing from Delaware, Cat graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2010 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Ecology and Organismic Biology. During her undergraduate career, Cat studied nemertean genomics, assisted in horseshoe crab spawning surveys, and researched the effects of nonnative plants on spider communities. In the summer of 2010, Cat worked as a field research assistant for Delaware State University mist-netting veeries and dissecting their nests for leaf litter decomposition. In her spare time, Cat enjoys watercolors, reading modern philosophy, and adding to her insect collection.


Vanessa Springer

Vanessa is originally from the Bay Area, California and completed her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management from the University of Arizona. Her current research is on occupancy of tayra and co-occurrence dynamics between the Andean bear and other species in the cloud forest of the Ecuadorian Andes. She is also a graduate mentor for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program which seeks to promote diversity in the field of conservation.

Alec Wong

Alec Wong

I am from Queens, New York. I completed my undergraduate degree in Fisheries and Wildlife with a concentration in Conservation Biology and a minor in Mathematics at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2013. At the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, I involved myself in research concerning the biology and life-history of the invasive Chinese mystery snail (Bellamya chinensis). After participating in two urban ecology projects in New York City following my graduation, I joined the New York Unit. I am interested in quantifying the abundance of moose in Adirondack park, and investigating the effects and interactions of multiple environmental stressors on moose population dynamics and life history.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 54

Presentations: 109


Contact Us

New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Ithaca, NY 14853-3001 Phone: (607) 255 - 2839 Fax: (607) 255 - 1895

Unit Leader

Angela Fuller
Angela Fuller, Assistant Leader, Wildlife

Angela is a Research Wildlife Biologist and the Leader of the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University

New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Cornell University
  2. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute