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  • FamJeff Corbin is an Associate Professor at Union College. He received his Ph.D from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and was a postdoc/adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His favorite activities are traveling and cycling with his family, and following the San Francisco Giants. He finished the 2015 NYC Marathon – his third marathon (but probably his last). His career goal is to be named a judge for the fivethirtyeight’s next BurritoBracket.
  • Victoria Cullinan (’16) is an Environmental Science major at Union College who is using the US Forest Service’s FIA database of forest growth and regeneration to document the impacts of deer herbivory on forest health. She is analyzing seedling abundances to determine what proportion of New York forestland falls below thresholds necessary to ensure stand regeneration.
  • Sonia Sandoval (’16) is an Environmental Science major at Union College who is studying the impact of the invasive black locust tree on the soils of the Sonia1Albany Pine Bush, and how effective various management strategies have been in removing those effects. Sonia previously studied mercury levels in birds at the Albany Pine Bush, building on the work of Natasha Jhala (’14), the Albany Pine Bush, and the Biodiversity Research Institute to understand the impacts of mercury pollution.
  • Matt picMatt Wolford (’16) is a Bioengineering major at Union College who is studying strategies to control another invasive plant, garlic mustard. Matt and Jeff have installed a field experiment on the Union College campus to test various methods to reduce garlic mustard populations. They are also writing an invited paper to be included in a Special Issue of Restoration Ecology that describes The Nature Conservancy’s attempts to remove garlic mustard from an area of the Adirondack Park.
  • Kathryn Peterson (Skidmore College, ’18) is an NY6 Scholar from Skidmore College, IMG_0359who worked with Sonia Sandoval and Briana Fitzgerald to document the effects of the black locust tree on the soils of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.
  • Briana Fitzgerald (Scotia-Glenville High School ’17) collaborated with Sonia Sandoval and Kathryn Peterson to document the effects of the black locust tree on the soils of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.
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