Howard (Sandy) Whidden

Associate Professor of Biology

Graduate Students


Recent Master’s Theses in Mammalogy

Recent Master’s theses that I have supervised include:

Jessica Newbern.  2010.  Comparative Diet Analysis of Three Migratory Bat Species in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Shannon Williams.  2010.  Distribution and Abundance of Bats in the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Corridor.

Michael Scafini.  2010.  A Two-year Comparison of Bat and Bird Mortality at the Locust Ridge I Wind Farm, Schuylkill County, PA, and the Relationship of Mortality to Weather.

Michael Arnold. 2009.  Vocal Communication in the Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans): Call Structure and Context of Use.

Andrew Zellner.  2008.  Bats and Wind: Pre- and Post-Construction Monitoring at Wind Farms in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Stacy Wolbert.  2008.  Variation in Bat Activity and Insect Abundance Along an Elevational Gradient.

Samantha Sedivec.  2006.  An Inventory of Mammals Along the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, with Recommendations for the Conservation of Threatened and Endangered Species.

ESU’s Biology Graduate Program

East Stroudsburg University has a dynamic graduate program in the Biological Sciences and offers 3 options for obtaining a Master’s degree:

1) thesis option: completion of Master’s thesis, 6 thesis credits, & 24 credits of coursework

2) problem option: completion of a 1-credit research problem & 30 credits of coursework

3) coursework option: 39 credits of coursework

ESU offers a diversity of graduate courses appropriate for students interested in mammalogy and other areas of organismal biology.  Among the courses we offer regularly are:

BIOL 507 - Organic Evolution

BIOL 513 - Predator-Prey

BIOL 523 - Plant Ecology

BIOL 525 - Herpetology

BIOL 542 - Aquatic Macrophytes

BIOL 543 - Stream Ecology

BIOL 551 - General Entomology

BIOL 557 - Behavioral Ecology

BIOL 558 - Wildlife Diseases

BIOL 562 - Mammalogy

BIOL 563 - Conservation Biology

BIOL 593 - Tropical Ecosystems

Additional information on ESU’s graduate program in Biological Sciences is available on the department’s website.

My graduate students have worked on a diversity of thesis topics related to Pennsylvania mammals (see the list below).  In addition, I have been very successful at obtaining grant funding to support graduate students, and all of my Master’s students have received at least partial support through assistantships, tuition waivers, and funding for equipment and travel.

Graduate  students Shannon Williams and Jessica Newbern collecting data on a mist-netted bat.