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Environmental and Forest Biology: Dissertations & Theses

Dissertations & Theses Online

Moon Library at ESF has print copies of all Dissertations (Ph.D. level) and Theses (Master's and Undergraduate Honor's) completed at SUNY-ESF through 2015.  These items can be checked out of the library.

Digital ETDs are available at

Some EFB Titles

Here are just a few of the thesis and dissertations* that have been written by EFB students in the past. Title and author are given, along with the call number that can be used to look on the shelves in the Theses section (stacks 19-20) in Moon Library. You can check the availablility of these titles by doing a catalog search by title or author, or find the full-text for some titles online by searching in the Dissertations & Theses @SUNY-ESF databse linked below.*Please note: Ph.D. dissertations are noted by the lowercase "d" at the end of the call number.


Spatiotemporal dynamics of an Adirondack forest / Lisa Giencke – G5395

Fall-Winter survival, habitat, and long-term population change of ruffed grouse in New York State / Megan M. Skrip – S5795\

Characterizing critical thermal environments for moose (Alces alces) in the Adirondack Mountains of New York / Catherine G. Haase – H224

Scales of movement and contact structure among white-tailed deer in central New York / David M. Williams – W5535d

An assessment of black bass stocks in a recovering urban lake, Onondaga Lake, New York / Stephen M. Tyszko – T878

Influences of movement behavior and space use in evaluating disease risk among white-tailed deer in central New York / Amy C. Dechen Quinn – Q574d

An analysis of the Sirex noctilio fabricius (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) - parasitoid complex in New York State / Patrick Eager – E224

The influences of landscape position and Typha (cattail) on dominance, diversity, and long-term dynamics of vegetation in central New York lakeside fens / Matthew T. Distler – D579d


Factors influencing distribution of the Eastern Hellbender in the northern segment of its range / Samuel A. Quinn – Q578

Interspecific suppression subtractive hybridization identifies a differentially expressed Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima) laccase-like gene / Kathleen M. Baier – B322

Using field experimentation to evaluate benthic macroinvertebrate recovery in a highly disturbed lake (Onondaga Lake, NY) / Brandeis L. Brown – B7565

Nesting and recruitment of centrarchids and the oligotrophication of Onondaga Lake, New York / Lucas J. Kirby – K554

Tree species and acid-base characteristics of Grass Pond watershed in the Adirondack Mountains of New York / Kimberly M. McEathron – M152

The littoral zone macroinvertebrate community in Onondaga Lake and the influence of invertebrate drift / Stephanie L. Johnson – J665

Adirondack mycorrhizal and saprobic macromycetes : Diversity and metallic element accumulation / Brienne J. Meyer – M4755


The influence of conifer plantations on avian, terrestrial amphibian and earthworm diversity in Upstate New York / Daniel E. Crane – C7327

Using enduring landscape features and a geographic information system to map potential wetlands / Ariel A. Diggory – D5365

Comparing solute fluxes and evaluating sources and fates of dissolved organic nitrogen in an Adirondack watershed / Matthew A. Domser – D6514

Assessment of the impact of residential development on mammal communities in the Adirondacks, New York / Elizabeth Frances Dowling Danks – D6865

Allochthonous matter processing along the urban-rural gradient in Onondaga Creek (Syracuse, NY) / Kathryn A. McGohan – M167

Characterization of the fish community of a recovering ecosystem, Onondaga Lake, New York / Anthony C. Siniscal – S566353

Initial riparian restoration along an urban stream gradient, Onondaga Creek, New York / Catherine L. Landis – L364


Mammalian road crossing patterns along a major highway within Adirondack Park of New York State, USA / Scott Daniel LaPoint – L3844

Linking white-tailed deer harvests to population and environmental processes through ecological modeling / Jeffery B. Organ – O639

Habitat manipulation as a viable strategy for the conservation of the Massasauga Rattlesnake in New York State / Kevin T. Shoemaker – S507

Complex interactions shaping Mink Frog (rana septentrionalis) distribution in New York State: Pond factors, landscape connectivity and climate change / Dan V. Popescu – P6695

Ecological assessment of streams in the Hudson and Delaware River Basins: Linking stream condition to impact source and landscape change / Karen R. Murray – M878d

Investigation of the amphibian decline phenomenon : novel small-scale factors and a large-scale overview / Nancy E. Karraker – K3595d

Spatial, temporal, and landscape characteristics of moose-vehicle collisions in Maine / Zachary D. Danks – D343

The biogeochemistry of moose and soil freezing: multiple interactions influence on nitrogen cycling in a northern hardwood forest / Lynn M. Christenson – C563d

Bacterial communities associated with tuberculate mycorrhizae / Shasha Bai – B322

Understory plant community response to nitrogen and dolomite additions in a northern hardwood forest of the Catskill Mountains, New York / Laura A. Heath – H4194

Spruce grouse distribution, movements and habitat selection: a mid-successional species in an aging forested landscape / Angelena M. Ross – R768