Lab Members

Lab Director

Dr. Songlin Fei

Ecosystem dynamic and modeling, invsive species modeling and surveillance, and biometrics and spatial analysis

Lab Members

Insu Jo (Postdoc Fellow 2016-)

I am studying and modeling the impacts of invasive species on soil properties at local, landscape, and regional scales.

Gabriela Nunez (Ph.D. FNR 2013-)


I am working on understanding the consequences of changes in land use on exotic invasion spatiotemporal dynamics

Emily Boersma McCallen (Ph.D. Forestry and Natural Resources 2013-)

Geospatial technologies are increasingly utilized to explore the relationship between species distributions and environmental variables. My research will focus on developing and validating ecological niche models for the eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) at multiple spatial scales. Co-Advised by Dr. Rod Williams of the William's Lab

Jon Knott (Ph.D. ESE 2015-)

USDA NIFA National Needs Fellow

I am interested in species- and community-level responses to climate change: (1) how climate change influences the timing of phenology in red oak, and (2) how the species composition and geographic distribution of forest communities are impacted by climate change.

Benjamin S Taylor (M.S. ESE 2016-)

Ben is interested in macrosystem ecology. His thesis work is to investigate the influences of landscape settings on plant invasion

Kimberly A Ordonez(FNR M.S. 2018-)

Kim is interested in understanding socioeconomic aspects of exotic invasion. She is co-advised by Dr. Zhao Ma of the Human Dimensions Lab.

Anping Chen (Postdoc Fellow 2017-)

Anping is interested in macrosystem research in forest ecosystem dynamics and climate change.

Kelly-Ann Dixon Hamil(Research Associate)

Kelly-Ann is a research associate in the Statistics Department working with both Drs. Hao Zhang and Fei. Kelley-Ann is working on scaling issues with different spatial extent.

Elizabeth laRue (Postdoc Fellow 2017-)

BLiz LaRue is a post-doc working in both the Hardiman and Fei labs at Purdue. She is testing how forest canopy structure influences invasive species distributions and ecosystem functioning using LiDAR. For more info please visit her website

Franklin Wagner(M.S. FNR & EEE 2017-)

Franklin is a MS student co-advised by Drs. Hardiman and Fei. His research is to understand forest structures using remote sensing technics

Namaluba M Malawo (Stats undergraduate)

Namaluba is a sophomore from the Department of Statistics. She is interested in mathematics education. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, watching cartoons, and reading non-fiction books.

Elizabeth A. Gilchrist (FNR undergraduate)

Ali is an undergraduate research assistant who is interested in GIS and working with big data.

Lab Alumni

Basil Iannone (Postdoc Fellow 2013 -2016)

Basil studied macrosystems invasion ecology during his postdoc at Purdue. Basil is currently an assistant professor at Univeristy of Florida

Luciano Pataro (Visiting Scholar 2017)

Luciano is a Ph.D. candidate at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. He is interested in biogeography, with focus on evolutionary and ecological drivers of plant distribution patterns.

Teresa Clark (M.S. ESE, 2013-2015)

USDA NIFA National Needs Fellow

Teresa's research focused on historical spread of invasive plant species at the regional scale. She is currently working for Indiana DNR Division of Nature Preserves

Keeli Curtis (B.S. Forestry and Natural Resources )

Keeli was an undergraduate research assistant working on invasive species spatial distribution

Johanna Desprez (M.S. Forestry and Natural Resources 2012-2015)

Forest Dynamics in the Eastern U.S.

Johanna's research focused on the impact of climate change on the dynamic of forest ecosystem in the eastern U.S. She is currently working as a program coordinator at University of Minnesota

Christian M Houser (B.S. Forestry and Natural Resources )

Christian was an undergraduate research assistant working on invasive species functional traits. He is currently working as a silvicultural forester with Washington DNR

Amy Fowler (Postdoc Fellow 2013)

Amy studied macroscale invasions at both terestrial and aquatic ecosystems. She is currently an Assistant Professor at George Mason Univerisity

Feng Yu (M.S. Forestry and Natural Resources 2012-)

Invasive Species Modeling

Feng conducted hotspot analysis of invasive species in the U.S. to facilitate invasive research and management. Feng is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University

Jianguo Huang (Post-Doc Fellow 2012-2013)

Forest Responses to Climate Change

Huang is currently a scientist at the Chinese Academy of Science

Abe Levin-Nielsen (M.S. Forestry 2010-2012)

Thesis: Spatial prioritization for invasive species management

Abe is currently a Research Associate at the Entomology Department, University of Kentucky

Sean M. Murphy (M.S. Forestry 2010-2011)

Thesis: Non-invasive hair sampling to estimate population size and density of a black bear population in southeast Kentucky.

Sean is currently a Ph.D. student at the Biology Department, University of Kentucky

Kevin Devine (M.S. Forestry 2009-2011)

Thesis: Impact of invasive plant species on ecosystem services

Kevin is currently working as a GIS Specialist for the Kentucky Devision of Natural Resources

Dr. Liang Liang (Post-Doc 2009-2011)

Dr. Liang is a Physical Geographer with specialties in Remote Sensing and GIS. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography, University of Kentucky.

Ellery Watson (B.S. Forestry 2009)

Forestry, Philosophy, and Mathematics

Ellery worked under Dr. Songlin Fei and assisting graduate students with data collection and entry.

Michael Shouse (M.S. 2008-2010)

Thesis: Feature based high resolution image classification and invasive species spatial modeling

Michael is currently an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Drew Combs (B.S. Forestry 2008)

Forestry and Philosophy

Currently working as a technician in Lusaka, Zambia.

Yu (Ryan) Liang (M.S.Forestry 2008-2010)

Thesis title: Exotic Invasive Plants in Kentucky

Ryan is currently working as a Research Associate at Virginia Tech

John Hast (M.S. Forestry 2008-2010)

Thesis title: Genetic Diversity, Structure, and Recolonization Patterns of Kentucky Black Bears

John is currently working on his Ph.D. degree in the University of Kentucky

Josh Clark (M.S. Entomology 2007-2010)

Thesis title: Distribution of Eastern Hemlock, Tsuga Canadensis, in Eastern Kentucky and the Susceptibility to Invasion by the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Adelges Tsugae.

Josh is currently working for ABF

Andrew Whittle (M.S. Forestry 2007-2009)

Thesis title: Large mammal habitat modeling and prediction

Andrew is currently working as a wildlife biologist for the Kentucky Devision of Fishery and Wildlife

Peilin Yang (M.S. Forestry 2007-2009)

Thesis title: Forest composition and dynamic in the eastern U.S.

Peilin is currently working on her Ph.D. degree in the University of Georgia