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Dave Wattles and Steve DeStefano placing GPS collar on bull moose

Stephen DeStefano Unit Leader Tel: (413) 545 - 4889

I have been associated with the Cooperative Research Unit program in some way since 1974, including Units in Massachusetts (1974-78, field assistant on projects as an undergraduate), Wisconsin (1978-84, MS and post-MS), Idaho (1984-89, PhD), Oregon (1990-94, post-Doc), Arizona (1994-99, Assistant Leader), and Massachusetts (1999-present, leader).

Electrofishing in Cedar Creek, PA

Allison Roy Assistant Unit Leader Website: http://eco.umass.edu/people/faculty/roy-allison/ Tel: (413) 545 - 4895

I joined the Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in January 2012, where I serve as Assistant Unit Leader of Fisheries and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. I did postdoctoral research at the USEPA from 2004-2009, and was Assistant Professor at Kutztown University from 2009-2011.

University Staff

Jil Prosciak Tel: (413) 545 - 0398

Students and Post Docs

Longnose gar from a hoop net

Kate Abbott

I earned my BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UConn in 2012 and worked seasonal fisheries positions around the country before returning to graduate school at LSU, where I received my MS in Oceanography and Coastal Science with Dr. Tracy Quirk. Following my passion for aquatic restoration, I joined the Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit with Dr. Allison Roy, and am glad to be back on the banks of New England streams.

Alexander Ahlquist

Kelly Alves

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Alec Baker

After my Bachelor’s I worked four seasons with a habitat monitoring program (PIBO-EMP) where I was a lead for 3 remote workstations in the Intermountain West. In fall 2019 I started my Master’s research under Dr. Allison Roy.

Bailey Buckley

Christopher Cahill

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Jason Carmignani

I completed a B.A./M.A. in 2010/2012 conducting research with Dr. John A. Baker on physical habitat associations of Bridle Shiner in Massachusetts. From there I joined the Connecticut DEEP Inland Fisheries 2012 as a seasonal fisheries technician and in 2013, I joined the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit under Dr. Allison Roy at UMass, Amherst.

Jacob Carroll

Laura Conlee

Rod & Reel sampling in the Teton River Canyon, Idaho

Matt Devine

I received a B.A. at the University of Redlands in 2007. After working seasonally for state agencies and non-profits throughout the west, I enrolled in a M.S. program at Umass-Amherst Spring of 2015, joining the Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

Kara Duprey

Sarah Endyke

Nereyda Falconi Lopez

Field work at the Peruvian amazon

Nereyda Falconi Lopez

Holly Frank

Susan Ingalls

Mike Jones Tel: (978) 604 - 1330

Kate Keery

Cristina Kennedy

Tanya Lama

Faith Lawless

Yanwen Li

Meghna Marjadi

I joined the Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Department of Environmental Conservation, UMASS-Amherst in May 2014 as a Master's student. I am researching alewife population dynamics in Eastern Massachusetts. I received my BSc. from McGill University in 2010.

Pete Norwood

Wulan Pusparini

Todd Richards

Calvin Ritter

Samuel Rode

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Jennifer Ryan Website: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-e-ryan

After receiving my Bachelor of Science from SUNY Potsdam in 2013, I studied a diverse native freshwater community in a small stretch of river in northern New York. Working with mussels first as a technician for a private environmental consulting firm and then with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, I found a passion for unionids. In the fall of 2018, I started my Master's research at the Department of Environmental Conservation under Dr. Allison Roy.

Ayla Skorupa

My undergraduate education was in Marine Biology at Roger Williams University. After graduating with a B.Sc. I focused on research with plankton which lead to a Masters assistantship at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks with Dr. Russell Hopcroft. I started studying under Dr. Allison Roy at the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass, Amherst in Spring 2017.

Meghan Slocombe

Virginia Martell Website: http://www.linkedin.com/in/virginiasowers

I received my B.S. at UMass-Amherst in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (2017); and am currently an M.S. student at UMass-Amherst in Fish and Wildlife Conservation Biology program.

Sam Spelman

Anne Stengle

Freshwater turtle and mussel surveys on Ichawaynochaway Creek.

Sean Sterrett Website: http://seansterrett23.wixsite.com/seancsterrett Tel: (317) 796 - 3634

I’m a wildlife ecologist that has worked extensively in aquatic ecosystems and with reptiles and amphibians. I finished a B.S. in Biology from Butler University and a M.S. and PhD. in Wildlife Ecology and Management from the University of Georgia. I joined the MA Coop Unit in 2017 and am currently focusing on a rangewide conservation initiative for the Brook Floater, a critically. imperiled freshwater mussel. Previously, I worked for the U.S.G.S. and the Northeast Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative.

Joy Trahan-Liptak

Joy Trahan-Liptak

I am an aquatic biologist with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Water Supply Protection, monitoring water quality in a reservoir serving the Boston-metro area. This includes monitoring of the phytoplankton population on a (typically) weekly basis, a program that has been in place since the late 1980s. As a master's student in the Roy Lab, I am analyzing this long-term data set to identify primary drivers of the phytoplankton community on an intra- and inter-annual basis.

Joshua Waldman

Derek Yorks

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 12

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 64

Scientific Publications: 36

Presentations: 135

 

Contact Us

Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Amherst, MA 01003-4220 Phone: (413) 545 - 0398 Fax: (413) 545 - 4358

Unit Leader

Stephen DeStefano
Dave Wattles and Steve DeStefano placing GPS collar on bull moose

I have been associated with the Cooperative Research Unit program in some way since 1974, including Units in Massachusetts (1974-78, field assistant on projects as an undergraduate), Wisconsin (1978-84, MS and post-MS), Idaho (1984-89, PhD), Oregon (1990-94, post-Doc), Arizona (1994-99, Assistant Leader), and Massachusetts (1999-present, leader).

Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. University of Massachusetts
  6. Wildlife Management Institute