Lab Members

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Dr. Angela Fuller

I am 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. The single unifying theme of the research in our lab that transcends all projects is that they provide information that contributes to the conservation or management of wildlife species and influences the way species are managed. You can read about research in our lab on the home page and in more detail on the research page.




Current Lab Members

Robert Márquez, Ph.D. Student


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.


 Santiago García Lloré, Ph.D. Student


Prior to Cornell, Santiago García was  the Coordinator for Ecuador and Peru “All eyes on the Amazon Program”, a project led by Hivos and takes place in three countries in South America. Prior to that position, he was the National Forestry Director of the Ministry of the Environment in Ecuador. He holds an MSc in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University (Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department). His main areas of interest are focusing on sustainable forest management, deforestation & land conversion, human-wildlife conflicts and climate change. In 2015, as part of his thesis, he led research to evaluate the relationship between human and wildlife activities in two rural Kenyan communities: Meibae and Salama. Santiago has 14 years of experience working with local and indigenous communities in South America. Santiago is currently working on spatial risk mapping in Ecuador as a tool to plan and implement human-Andean bear conflict mitigation measures.

Shashank Poudel, Ph.D. Student

Shashank completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Studies from
Kathmandu University (2009) and a M.S degree in Environmental Science
from Tongji University (2012). He worked as a Networking Officer for BBC
Media Action and as a Conservation Officer for National Trust for Nature
Conservation. Shashank’s PhD research focuses on human-leopard conflict in Nepal.


Trishna Rayamajhi, M.S. Student

Trishna is a graduate of Kathmandu Forestry College. Her professional career started in 2014 as a researcher in the Federation of Community Forestry User Groups of Nepal (FECOFUN). Since 2016, she has been working as a Natural resource Conservation Assistant in the National Trust for Nature Conservation-Biodiversity Conservation Center (NTNC-BCC) in Chitwan National Park. Her vision is to support conservation through the application of genetics.


Dr. Jennifer Price-Tack, Postdoctoral Scientist


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 spatial optimization of invasive species management in New York State.

Dr. Ben Augustine, Postdoctoral Fellow

Ben got his start in graduate school working on a recolonizing black bear population in eastern Kentucky; however, during his Master’s Degree in Forestry at the University of Kentucky, he developed a strong interest in Statistics. After completing a Master’s Degree in Mathematical Statistics, also at the University of Kentucky, he returned to the World of Wildlife and completed a Ph.D. in Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. Here, he used his background in Wildlife and Statistics to develop spatially-explicit capture-recapture models that allow for partial individual identities, as opposed to the complete individual identities typically required in capture-recapture models. Ben is currently working to promote these spatial partial identity models (SPIMs) and is developing new versions that will allow for the estimation of parameters such as population density and growth rate of species for which it is difficult to determine individual identities from noninvasive sampling methods such as camera traps, genetic sampling, and bioacoustics sampling.

Dr. Jennifer Brazeal, Postdoctoral Scientist

Jennifer Brazeal is a postdoctoral researcher currently working on developing occupancy and spatial capture-recapture models to estimate occurrence and densities of various carnivores throughout the state of New York, particularly marten and fisher. In general, her research interests include the development and application of quantitative methods to survey and monitor wildlife populations for management and conservation purposes. She received her PhD from University of California, Davis, where much of her research focused on the use of non-invasive genetic sampling and spatial capture-recapture models to estimate density and abundance of cervid populations in California.


Kelly Perkins, Research Support Specialist

Kelly provikp_photodes 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.


Former Fuller Lab Members


Dr. Chris Sutherland

chrisFormer Postdoctoral Scientist

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts – Amherst


Dr. Kelly Robinson

robinson_kellyFormer Postdoctoral Scientist

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Quantitative Fisheries Center, Michigan State University




 Dr. Dan Linden

dan_lindenFormer Postdoctoral Scientist

Current Position – Statistician, NOAA Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Region





Dr. Dana Morin

danamorinphoto-1Former Postdoctoral Scientist

Current Position – Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University




Dr. Jennie Miller

jennie-millerFormer Postdoctoral Fellow

Current Position – Senior Scientist, Conservation Programs – Defenders of Wildlife

Christopher Nadeau

chris-nadeauFormer M.S. Student

Current Position – Ph.D. Student – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut



Nathan Crum

nathanFormer M.S. Student

Current Position – Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute




Alec Wong

Current Position – Progressive Insurance, Data Analyst II




 Vanessa Springer

Current Position – New Mexico Environment Department




Dr. Catherine Sun

Current Position – Postdoctoral Scientist, University of British Columbia






 Abraham Francis

Current Position – Akwesasne Environment Division