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Kennedy students were able to participate in a 25 year study led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Region.

This year's research team was composed of two scholars from Mississippi State University—Riley Porter, graduate student, and George Williams, undergraduate student.



Below is a list of Alumni compiled from past and present students. If you find an error or can add information to an alumni, please contact Karen Brasher

William "Bill" R. Alexander

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1988-1990)
Current Position:  Refuge Manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge
Location:  Searcy, AR

Barb (Lercel) Avers

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1995-1997)
Current Position:  State Waterfowl Biologist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Location:  Lansing, MI

Scott Barras

Degree:  B.S. & M.S. Degrees (1990-1993)
Current Position:  Virginia State Director, Animal Plant and Health Inspection Services
Location:  Moseley, VA

Steve Barry

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1990-1992)
Advisor:  Richard Kaminski and Ed Hill
Current Position:  Deceased

Michael Brasher

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1998-2000)
Current Position:  Biological Team Leader, Gulf Coast Joint Venture
Location:  Lafayette, LA

Kevin Brunke

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2004-2007)
Thesis:   The Role Of Expectations On Waterfowl Hunter Satisfaction
Advisor:  Kevin Hunt and Richard Kaminski
Current Position:  Conservation Resources Biologist, Migratory Game Bird Program, Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks
Location:  Jackson, MS

James Callicut

Degree:  B.S. Degree (2007)
Thesis:   Decrescendo Vocalizations Of Female Mallards And Mimicry By Duck Callers
Degree:  M.S. Degree (2010)
Current Position:  Conservation Resources Biologist, Waterfowl Program, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks
Location:  Jackson, MS

Matt Chouinard

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2001-2003)
Current Position:  Staff Biologist, Delta Waterfowl Foundation
Location:  Morris, MN

Terrel Christie

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2019)
Thesis:   Predation risk of Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) on commercial catfish production in the Mississippi Delta (2019)
Current Position:  Biological Sciences

Stephan A. Clements

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2019)
Thesis:   Foraging ecology and depredation impact of scaup on commercial baitfish and sportfish farms in eastern Arkansas (2019)
Current Position:  PhD, WFA, Mississippi State University

Dr. Jose A. Cruz-Burgos

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (2000-2005)
Advisor:  Francisco Vilella and Richard Kaminski
Current Position:  Wetlands/Wildlife Biologist, Puerto Rico Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Location:  San Juan, PR

Dr. J. Brian Davis

Degree:  M.S. & Ph.D. Degrees (1995-2001)
Advisor:  Richard Kaminski and Bruce Leopold
Current Position:  Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
Location:  Mississippi State, MS

Dean W. Demarest

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1990-1993)
Current Position:  Office of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Atlanta, GA

Dr. Jim A. Dubovsky

Degree:  M.S. & Ph.D. Degrees (1984-1990)
Current Position:  Central Flyway Representative, Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Denver, CO

James Feaga

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2011-2013)
Thesis:   Winter Waterbird Use and Food Resources of Aquaculture Lands in Mississippi
Advisor:  Francisco Vilella
Current Position:  

Alexis Firth

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2018)
Advisor:  Beth Baker
Current Position:  

David Fishman

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree
Current Position:  

K. Sarah Fleming

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2010)
Thesis:   Effects of management and hydrology on vegetation, winter waterbird use, and water quality on wetlands reserve program lands, Mississippi
Current Position:  Regional Biologist, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Location:  Ann Arbor, MN

J. Taylor Gibson

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2022)
Thesis:   Nesting ecology of Wood Ducks and other cavity-nesting ducks in Mississippi
Advisor:  Brian Davis
Current Position:  

Dr. David. R. Gordon

Degree:  Post-doctoral fellow (1985)
Current Position:  Chief, Branch of Science and Planning, Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Washington, D.C.

Mattie Graham

Degree:  B.S. Degree (2023)
Current Position:  

Matthew J. Gray

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1993-1995)
Current Position:  Associate Professor, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee
Location:  Knoxville, TN

Dr. Brian T. Gray

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (1988-1992)
Current Position:  Assistant Deputy Minister, Science Branch, Environment Canada
Location:  Gatineau, Quebec Canada

Heath M. Hagy

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (2011)
Thesis:   Winter food and waterfowl dynamics in managed moist-soil wetlands in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley
Current Position:  Director, Frank C. Bellrose Memorial Lab, Illinois Natural History Survey
Location:  Havana, IL

J. Houston Havens

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2004-2007)
Current Position:  Conservation Resources Biologist, Migratory Game Bird Program Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
Location:  Jackson, MS

Jeremy James

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1998-2001)
Advisor:  Steve Schoenholtz and Richard Kaminski
Current Position:  Religious minister
Location:  Memphis, TN

Molly Kneece

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2016)
Thesis:   Breeding and brood rearing ecology of Mottled Ducks in the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Rivers Basin, South Carolina (2016)
Current Position:  Wildlife Biologist, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Location:  SC

Jennifer P. Kross

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2003-2006)
Current Position:  Regional Biologist, Ducks Unlimited Great Plains Regional Office
Location:  Bismarck, ND

Brandon Kugle

Degree:  B.S. Degree (2023)
Current Position:  

Joe Lancaster

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2013)
Thesis:   Survival, habitat use, and spatiotemporal use of wildlife management areas by female mallards in Mississippi’s Alluvial Valley (2013)
Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (2018)
Dissertation:   Winter ecology of radiomarked female Mallards in Mississippi’s Alluvial Valley (2018)
Advisor:  Brian Davis
Current Position:  Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Illinois Natural History Survey
Location:  IL

Alan Leach

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2011)
Thesis:   Red Oak Acorn Production, Mass, and Gross Energy Dynamics in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley
Current Position:  Ph.D. student, University of Nevada
Location:  Reno, NE

Charles R. Loesch

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1986-1988)
Current Position:  Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Bismarck, ND

Marisel Lopez-Florez

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2002-2005)
Advisor:  Richard Kaminski and Francisco Vilella
Current Position:  Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  San Juan, PR

Dr. Scott Manley

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (1994-1998)
Current Position:  Director of Conservation Programs, Ducks Unlimited Southern Regional Office
Location:  Jackson, MS

Joe Marty

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2013)
Thesis:   Seed and waterbird abundances in ricelands in the Gulf Coast Prairies of Louisiana and Texas (2013)
Degree:   Ph.D. Degree (2017)
Dissertation:   Estimates of waste rice, natural seeds, and wetland birds in Gulf Coast Prairie ricelands during fall–winter (2017)
Advisor:  Brian Davis
Current Position:  Biological Supervisor/Research Coordinator, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Location:  Rockefeller Refuge, LA

Kira Monroe

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2014)
Thesis:   Survival and habit selection of American Black Ducks in Tennessee (2014)
Current Position:  Monitoring Coordinator, Hummingbird Monitoring Network
Location:  Fort Collins, CO

Thera Mullen

Degree:  B.S. Degree (2022)
Current Position:  

Ryo Ogawa

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2017)
Thesis:   Spatiotemporal Variation in Space Use by Eastern Wild Turkeys in Mississippi
Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (2022)
Dissertation:   Migration ecology of American White Pelicans: circannual movement, geographic range, and annual survival
Advisor:  Guiming Wang
Current Position:  

Dr. Aaron T. Pearse

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (2002-2007)
Current Position:  Research Wildlife Biologist, Northern Prairie Research Station, U.S. Geological Survey
Location:  Jamestown, ND

Edward Penny

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2001-2003)
Current Position:  Chief of Wildlife (Wetlands), Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks
Location:  Jackson, MS

Tom Peterson

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2014)
Thesis:   Wintering waterfowl use of Delta National Forest, Mississippi (2014)
Current Position:  Regional Biologist
Location:  Fort Collins, Colorado

David M. Richardson

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1987-1989)
Current Position:  Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Grenada, MS

Asia Sawyer

Degree:  M.S. Degree
Current Position:  

Dr. Michael Schummer

Degree:  Post-doc (2007-2010)
Current Position:  Research Scientist, Long Point Waterfowl (Bird Studies Canada)
Location:  Long Point, Ontario

David E. Sherman

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1988-1990)
Current Position:  Biologist, Division of Wildlife, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Location:  Columbus, OH

Clay Shipes

Degree:  M.S. Student (2014)
Thesis:   Aspects of the ecology and management of mottled ducks in Coastal South Carolina (2014)
Advisor:  Brian Davis
Current Position:  Wildlife Biologist (Natural Resource Specialist), J. D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area
Location:  Port Arthur, TX

Amy Spencer

Degree:  M.S. Degree, Ph.D. Degree (2003-2014)
Thesis:   Habitat Characteristics and Fish Assemblage Structure of Deep Pools in the Upper Tombigbee River, Mississippi
Current Position:  

Elizabeth St. James

Degree:  M.S. Student (2011)
Thesis:   Effect Of Hunting Frequency On Duck Abundance, Harvest, And Hunt Quality In Mississippi
Advisor:  Richard Kaminski and Michael Schummer
Current Position:  Ph.D. student, University of Illinois
Location:  Champaign-Urbana, IL

Dr. Joshua D. Stafford

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (2001-2005)
Current Position:  Assistant Unit Leader, South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, South Dakota State University
Location:  Brookings, SD

Victoria Starnes

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2021)
Advisor:  Mike Colvin
Current Position:  

Scott Stephens

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1992-1995)
Advisor:  Bruce Leopold and Richard Kaminski
Current Position:  Director of Conservation, Ducks Unlimited-Canada
Location:  Oak Hammock, Manitoba

Jake Straub

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (2008-2012)
Thesis:   Estimating and Modeling Red Oak Acorn Yield and Abundance in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley
Current Position:  Assistant Professor, Environmental Science/Ecology
Location:  State University of New York-Plattsburgh

Mason Thomas

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2023)
Thesis:   Determining the impact of post-harvest water management on chironomid abundance, agrochemical biomass and potential trophic biomagnification
Advisor:  Brian Davis
Current Position:  

Kevin Tillinghast

Degree:  M.S. Degree
Current Position:  

Adam Tullos

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2000)
Advisor:  Richard Kaminski and Stephen Grado
Current Position:  Mississippi State University Extension
Location:  Verona, MS

Dr. Bill W. Uihlein, III

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (1993-2000)
Current Position:  Assistant Regional Director, Region 4, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Atlanta, GA

Josh Vest

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1999-2002)
Current Position:  Science Coordinator, Intermountain West Joint Venture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Missoula, MT

Dr. Mark P. Vrtiska

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (1995)
Current Position:  Waterfowl Program Manager, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Location:  Lincoln, NE

Mitch Weegman

Degree:  B.S. Degree (2010)
Current Position:  Ph.D. student, University of Exeter
Location:  Exeter, England

Matt Weegman

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2011-2013)
Thesis:   Waterbird and Seed Abundances in Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative and Non-Managed Wetlands in Mississippi and Louisiana
Advisor:  Rick Kaminski
Current Position:  Biologist, Ducks Unlimited
Location:  Rancho Cordova, CA

Brett Wehrle

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1990-1992)
Current Position:  Refuge Manager, Central Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Marksville, LA

Alicia J. Wiseman

Degree:  B.S. Degree, M.S. Degree (2006-2009)
Thesis:   Waterfowl foods and use in managed grain sorghum and other habitats in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley
Current Position:  Biologist, Ducks Unlimited, South Louisiana Field Station
Location:  Lafayette, LA

Dan Zekor

Degree:  Research Assistant (1985-1987)
Current Position:  Federal Aid Coordinator, Missouri Department of Conservation
Location:  Columbia, MO