Lab Members

Dr. Franny Buderman

Assistant Prof. of Quantitative Wildlife Ecology, Department of Ecosystem Science & Management, Pennsylvania State University

Franny is a quantitative ecologist interested in the development and application of novel statistical methods for understanding ecological systems. She primarily focus on understanding wildlife demography, space-use, movement, and their interactions across ecological scales. Her research spans numerous taxa and management applications.

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Katie Gundermann

MS Student – Wildlife & Fisheries Science, Department of Ecosystem Science & Management, Pennsylvania State University

Katie graduated from the University of Delaware in 2017 with a BS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Since graduating, they have worked as a wildlife research technician on an array of projects across the United States, including California, South Carolina, Alaska, and Montana. She is interested in expanding her quantitative skills and experience, and has broad interests in movement and spatial ecology. Her current research is focused on ungulate movement ecology in Pennsylvania.

Morgan Stum

MS Student – Wildlife & Fisheries Science, Department of Ecosystem Science & Management, Pennsylvania State University Co-advised by Dr. Tyler Wagner

Morgan graduated from Frostburg State University in 2020 with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries. After graduating, she served as an AmeriCorps member with the Trout Unlimited Western Maryland Initiative, where she worked on a variety of Brook Trout habitat restoration and monitoring projects. Morgan is  interested in fish community ecology and is excited to gain more experience in quantitative analysis. Her research project will assess changes in fish community composition, occupancy and abundance throughout The National Parks Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network.

Karen Beatty Brzezinski

MS Student – Ecology, Intercollege Graduate Ecology Program & Department of Ecosystem Science & Management, Pennsylvania State University

Karen graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Zoology. Her undergraduate research utilized molecular ecology techniques to support population studies. She has worked professionally as an environmental consultant for private industry and a field technician for universities, federal agencies, and non-profits, primarily conducting protected species policy implementation and mammalian and avian species surveys. She is broadly interested in habitat connectivity, movement, and landscape ecology. Her research project will evaluate how Canada geese respond to hunting pressure.