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Federal Staff

Duane R. Diefenbach

Duane Diefenbach Unit Leader Tel: (814) 865 - 3992

Upon completion of my Ph.D. I worked for the Pennsylvania Game Commission as their biometrician for 7 years. There I began my current research involving grassland sparrows and black bears. Since 1999 I have been a research scientist with the Pennsylvania Unit and enjoy the challenges in integrating research to improve management decisions.

ASSISTANT UNIT LEADER<br />TYLER WAGNER

Tyler Wagner Assistant Unit Leader Tel: (814) 865 - 6592

I received my PhD from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University (MSU). Upon completion of my PhD I served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Quantitative Fisheries Center (located at MSU). The primary focus of the my research is on linking fine-scale lab and field studies within a macrosystems theoretical framework to understand ecological patterns and processes in aquatic systems across broad spatial and temporal scales.

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W. David Walter Assistant Unit Leader Website: http://ecosystems.psu.edu/research/labs/walter-lab Tel: (814) 867 - 4763

After finishing my Ph.D. I served as a post-doctoral Researcher at the National Wildlife Research Center for nearly 5 years. A majority of my research explores spatial ecology of various species throughout the U.S. using GIS to further our understanding of wildlife presence/absence, nutrition, and disease.

University Staff

Jessie Edson

Tess Gingery

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry at Southern Utah University. My undergraduate research experience was with the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks surveying elk and Bighorn Sheep with vegetation plots, GIS, and radio telemetry. My interests are in integrating large mammal behavior and physiology. I currently work with Duane Diefenbach and the PA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit on a master’s project looking at white-tailed deer populations. When I’m not studying I enjoy backpacking, hiking, and collecting random Star Wars memorabilia.

BJ Scovern

BJ Scovern Tel: (814) 865 - 4511

Students and Post Docs

Farshid Ahrestani

Dominika Dec

Laken Ganoe

Catherine McClure

Asia Murphy Website: http://www.asiajmurphy.com

I'm a PhD student at Pennsylvania State using camera traps to study carnivore distribution.

Tyler Thompson

Amanda Van Buskirk

Shannon White

Shannon White

Having earned a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Randolph-Macon College and a M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech, I’ve devoted my academic career to understanding various aspects of fish ecology. My research has included topics on non-game fish conservation, stream habitat restoration, and social learning in salmonids. Through this, I developed a keen interest in determining how the behavior of individual fish drive observed patterns in populations and across landscapes; a topic I will explore further while pursuing a Ph.D. in the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 22

Scientific Publications: 90

Presentations: 124

 

Contact Us

Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit University Park, PA 16802 Phone: (814) 865 - 4511 Fax: (814) 863 - 4710

Unit Leader

Duane Diefenbach
Duane R. Diefenbach

Upon completion of my Ph.D. I worked for the Pennsylvania Game Commission as their biometrician for 7 years. There I began my current research involving grassland sparrows and black bears. Since 1999 I have been a research scientist with the Pennsylvania Unit and enjoy the challenges in integrating research to improve management decisions.

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Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  2. Pennsylvania Game Commission
  3. Pennsylvania State University
  4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  5. U.S. Geological Survey
  6. Wildlife Management Institute