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CFEA Partner Institutions​​

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CFEA Researchers

Yong Wang, Ph.D.​, Professor

Wubishet Tade​sse, Ph.D.​, Associate Professor​ 

Zachary Senwo, Ph.D.​, Professor of Environmental and Soil Sciences

Callie Jo Schweitzer, Ph.D.​​, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station

Elica Moss, Ph.D.​, Research Assistant Professor

Thilini Ranatunga, Ph.D.​, Research Associate Professor

Ermson ​Nyakatawa, Ph.D.​, Research Assistant 


Colmore Christian, Ph.D.​, Assistant Professor

Irenus Tazisong, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor

Xiongwen Chen, Ph.D.​, Associate Professor

Khairy Soliman, Ph.D.​, Professor

Luben Dimov, Ph.D.​, Associate Professor

Kozma Naka, Ph.D.​, Associate Professor​

Monday Mbila, Ph.D.​, Associate Professor

CFEA Staff

​Lisa Gardner​​              

Kimi (Mila) Sangalang​

Andrew Cantrell​

Dawn Lemke

Daryl Lawson​

​Penny Stone



CFEA Current Students

Dessy Owiti (MS; Advisor Irenus Tazisong)

Joseph Jordan (MS; Advisor Yong Wang)

​Brandie Stringer (MS, 2014; Advisor Yong Wang)

Padraic Conner (MS, 2014; Advisor Yong Wang)

​Lorenzo Walton (MS; Advisor Kozma Naka)

Jonjala Jackson (MS; Advisor Elica Moss)

Iwo Gross (MS; Advisor Yong Wang)

Lacy Rucker (MS; Advisor Yong Wang)

Brianna Garrison (MS; Advisor Dawn Lemke)

​Eric Margenau (MS; Advisor Yong Wang)

Mercedes Bartkovich (MS; Advisor Yong Wang)

Richard Borthwick (MS; Advisor Yong Wang)

Patience Knight (MS; Advisor William Stone)

Brittany Ragland (MS; Advisor Wubishet Tadesse)

​Emily Summers (MS; Advisor Yong Wang)

Emily Summers (MS; Advisor Yong Wang)

Kevin Messenger (PhD; Advisor Yong Wang)​

Santosh Ojha (PhD; Advisor Luben Dimov)

Heather Howell (PhD; Advisor William Stone)

Gete Bekele (PhD, 2014; Advisor Yong Wang)

Andrew Cantrell (PhD; Advisor Yong Wang)

​Marissa Adams (MS; Advisor Yong Wang)


CFEA Graduates

Fritz Ntoko (PhD, December 2013; Advisor Dr. Senwo). Dissertation: Soil Microbial Diversity of a Managed Forest Ecosystem and the Potential for Lignocellulose Degradation and Metal Bioaccumulation by White Rot Fungi. Doctoral Dissertation, 188 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.

Fetun Desta (MS, May 2014; Advisor Dr. Soliman). Thesis: Microsatellite Genetic Diversity Between and Within Four Hybridizing Red Oak Species, and Their Ecological Implications. Master's Thesis, 51 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.

Rashidah Farid (MS, May 2014; Advisor Dr. Soliman). Thesis: Forest Disturbance Long-Term Impacts on Amphibian Populations' Genetic Diversity. Master's Thesis, 72 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.

Timothy Baldwin (PhD, December 2013; Advisor Dr. Wang). Dissertation: The Effect of Multi-scale Forest Disturbance on Pool Breeding Amphibian Ecology. Doctoral Dissertation, 352 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.

Andrew Can​trell (MS, May 2011; Advisor Dr. Wang). Thesis: Herpetofaunal and Small Mammal Response to Oak Regeneration Treatments on the Mid-Cumberland Plateau of Southern Tennessee. Master’s Thesis, 134 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.

Clint Patterson (MS, May 2011; Advisor Dr. Dimov). Restoration of Hardwoods: Effects of Fertilizer Supplement on Oak and of Overstory Density and Fertilizer Supplement on American Chestnut Seedlings. Master’s Thesis. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama. 

Jeanette Williams (MS, May 2011; Advisor Dr. Dimov). Thesis: 

Szmanski (Rick) Fields, II (MS, May 2011; Advisor Dr. Tadesse). Thesis: The Use of LIDaR and Color Infrared Imagery to Measure Forest Characteristics in the William B. Bankhead Forest. Master's Thesis, 107 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.

Lisa Gardner (MS, December 2010; Advisor Dr. Wang). Stopover Ecology of Migratory Landbirds at an Inland Site in Alabama During Autumn Migration. Master's Thesis, 198 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama. 

Dana Virone (MS, December 2010; Advisor Dr. Dimov). Ground Layer Response to Thinning and Burning on the Southern Cumberland Plateau, AL. Master’s Thesis, 66 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL.

William Sutton (PhD, May 2010; Advisor Dr. Wang). Dissertation: Forest Herpetofaunal Response to Prescribed Burning and Thinning in Pine-Hardwood Forests. Doctoral Dissertation, 262 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL.​

Meiko Thompson (PhD, May 2010; Advisor Dr. Moss). Dissertation: Thinning and Prescribed Burning Effects on the Structural Microbial Diversity and Nutrient Cycling of a Forest Ecosystem. PhD Dissertation, pp ? Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.

Chelsea Scott (MS, 2008; Advisor Dr. Wang). Use of Natural and Artificial Vernal Pools by Semi-aquatic salamanders in the Cumberland Region of Jackson County, Alabama. Master’s Thesis, 110 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL.

Jill Wick (MS, December 2008; Advisor Dr. Wang). Forest Disturbance: Breeding Ecology Response of Songbirds. Master's Thesis, 138 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL. 

Florence Chan (MS, 2007; Advisor Dr. Wang). An Inventory of Herpetofauna on State Conservation Lands in the Cumberland Plateau of Northern Alabama. Master’s Thesis, 120 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL.

Zachary Felix (PhD, May 2007; Advisor Dr. Wang). Response of forest herpetofauna to varying levels of overstory tree retention in northern Alabama.​ PhD. Dissertation, 166 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL.

Joel Zak (MS, May 2007; Advisor Dr. Dimov). Ground vegetation response to environmental conditions and silvicultural treatments on the southern Cumberland Plateau, Alabama. Master’s Thesis, 112 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL.

Kelvin Young (MS, 2007; Advisor Dr. Stone). Effects of Forest Disturbances on Small Mammal Communities at Bankhead National Forest of the Cumberland Plateau.​ Master's Thesis, Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama. ​

John Carpenter (MS, May 2007; Advisor Dr. Wang). Distribution, Relative Abundance, and Habitat Requirements of Cerulean Warblers (Dendroica cerulea) in Northern Alabama. Master’s Thesis, 122 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama. 

Adrian Lesak (MS, May 2005; Advisor Dr. Wang). Thesis: Response of Forest Songbird Communities to a Gradient of Overstory Retention in Northeastern Alabama. Master's Thesis, pp?  Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.​


This is a Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology, funded through the National Science Foundatio​n​  (grant #  1036600).   ​​