Current Students


Whitney Kroschel
Ph. D Student
expected graduation: May 2019



Whitney's personal website

Karis Ritenour
M.S. Student
expected graduation: December 2018

Karis Ritenour

Charles "CJ" Pell
Ph.D Student
expected graduation:

I was born in California where I then proceeded to move six times to five different states all before starting middle school. I like to consider myself a jack of all trades master of none…except trees…I actually do have a master’s in trees.

I received my BS in forestry and BS in natural resources ecology and management from LSU. Later I received my MS in forestry from Auburn University where I investigated the interactive effects of drought and fertilization on loblolly pine forest's ecophysiology. Temporarily finished with academia, I moved back out west where I worked for the USFS on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit as a botany science technician and later as a regional ecologist crew lead. Now I’m working towards my PhD under Dr. Sammy King investigating regeneration in bottomland hardwood forests.

My research interests are in the realm of forest ecology and ecophysiology. I am interested in investigating the effects that climate variability and anthropogenic disturbances have on forest productivity, ecosystem level processes, and what these effects mean for habitat restoration. I'm interested in producing research that will help land managers shape strategies to ensure the productivity and sustainability of our natural resources.

Charles "CJ" Pell

Ashley R. Booth
Ph. D Student
expected graduation: Spring 2021

Ashley has a background in veterinary medicine and completed a Master’s degree at Nicholls State University on endocrine disruption in blue crabs in 2016. Her research interests include coastal land loss, ethnobotany, and science communication.

Her PhD research at Louisiana State University is on coastal wetland ecology; specifically, she is studying the processes that drive marsh surface elevation and how these processes are influenced by plant communities and management techniques. Through this work she hopes to inform marsh management plans to increase overall elevation while providing valuable habitat for important waterfowl species. You can find more information about her research at her website HERE.

Ashley Booth
revised: 23-Apr-2018