Cody Goodson, MS in Biological Sciences


Kyle A. Palmquist, Principal Investigator
Michael is a Computer Science student at Marshall University interested in all things programming. When he is not causing compiler errors and segmentation faults, you can find him on the trail or arguing at length about the specific wording of board game rules. 

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Jacob Webb, BS in Biological Sciences
Kyle is a plant ecologist interested in the ecological processes that influence and maintain plant biodiversity. She is particularly interested in asking ecological questions over large spatial scales, ultimately to inform landscape conservation.

Kyle received her BS in Biology and Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston and her PhD in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the Department of Biological Sciences at Marshall University in January 2019, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Wyoming working jointing with William Lauenroth and John Bradford. 
Michael Novotny, BS in Computer Science


Plant Ecology at Marshall University​

Moses Shafer is from Parkersburg, WV. He completed his Bachelors in Environmental Science from Marshall University in 2019. Since then he has been roaming through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, catching frogs in wetlands, and living out of a truck in the Northwest. His research interests are pollinator/plant ecology and the way fire interacts with ecosystems. In his spare time, he likes baking, carving spoons, birding, mushroom foraging, trail running, backpacking, and skiing. 
Jacob is from Fort Gay, West Virginia. He is a junior going into his senior year, and is a biology major with a wildlife focus. In the future he plans to work as a wildlife and field biologist. In his free time, Jacob likes to run, hike and spend time outside. 
Moses Shafer, MS in Biological Sciences 
Jorge grew up in Ecuador and enjoyed playing outside and climbing trees as a kid. He graduated with a Bachelor's in environmental science from Marshall University in 2021. He works as an Extension Associate at West Virginia State University on a post-harvest grant helping local farmers throughout the state. He spends the summers working at Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound Schools as a field instructor introducing kids to learning though the outdoor experience. He is at Marshall to study urban trees and the ecosystem services they provide for us. 
Jorge Vera, MS in Biological Sciences
Growing up with plenty of pets to care for, I spent a lot of time outdoors observing the natural world, which drew me towards a career in science. I attended Eastern CT State University to earn my BS in General Biology where I conducted an independent research study on the effect of weather conditions on mule deer migration. I analyzed thousands of camera trap images, classifying members of mule deer populations in Wyoming. This work helped mold my research interests in community ecology and conservation, specifically regarding inquiry into community level dynamics associated with vulnerability to climate change. The M.S. study that I am working on here at Marshall involves shoreline vegetation vulnerability to sea-level rise.
Lab Alumni
Graduate Students

Maggie England, MS in Biological Sciences, 2022. Present: Geospatial Analyst at the US Army Corps of Engineers, WV.

Rebekah Shupe, MS in Biological Sciences, 2021. Present: Research Assistant at Purdue University, IN.

Undergraduate Students

Khyla Johnson, BS in Biological Sciences, 2022.

Cassie Bacon, BS in Environmental Science, 2021. Present: Hydrologist at the US Army Corps of Engineers, WV.

Matthew Rowsall, BS in Biological Sciences, 2021.

​Mary Doherty, BS in Biological Sciences, 2021.

Jordan Bowan, BS in Biological Sciences, 2021. Present: Graduate student at Marshall University, WV.

Aria Searles, BS in Biological Sciences, 2021. Present: Intern at the North Carolina Botantical Garden, NC.

Moses Shafer, BS in Environmental Science, 2020. Present: Graduate student at Marshall University, WV.

Reyna Abreu-Vigil, BS in Environmental Science, 2020. Present: Technician with US Forest Service, AK.