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Graduate Students

Beau Bauer Sampling in waterBeau Bauer, M.S. Student

Beau is a graduate research assistant with the James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center, Clemson University, pursuing a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology.  Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Beau relocated to South Carolina following five years of active service in the United States Marine Corps with an honorable discharge at the rank of Staff Sergeant.  Beau earned his B.S., Magna cum Laude, in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University in 2012 and achieved Associate Wildlife Biologist ® certification from The Wildlife Society in 2013.  Beau is also the staff biologist for Nemours Wildlife Foundation, Yemassee, South Carolina, with duties that include conducting game and non-game wildlife and habitat investigations; coordinating research with state, federal, NGO, and university cooperators; assisting and advising graduate student field work; supervising interns and technicians; and educational outreach.  Beau has incorporated his research on managed wetlands into an M.S. thesis project, Influence of Wetland Management for Widgeongrass (Ruppia maritima) on Invertebrate Communities in South Carolina Coastal Impoundments, with the support of Nemours Wildlife Foundation, the Kennedy Center, and Clemson University under the advisement of Drs. J. Drew Lanham, Richard Kaminski, Christopher Marsh, Ernie Wiggers, and Patrick Gerard.  Beau’s professional aspirations are to continue applied scientific research to promote quality habitat and ecological integrity in the southeastern U.S. coastal plain.  Beau and his wife, Jessica, have a precocious little daughter and two spoiled dogs.  In his minimal spare time, Beau enjoys exploring the natural and cultural history of South Carolina with his family, bird watching, gardening, hunting, fishing, and Clemson football.


Gillie Croft Wood Duck NestGillie Croft, M.S. Student

Gillie is a graduate research assistant with the James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center, Clemson University, pursuing a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology.  Gillie is a native of South Carolina, who grew up in Summerville.  He earned an A.A.S in Forestry Management Technology from Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Georgetown, South Carolina in 2011 and a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University in 2014.Gillie has worked on various properties in South Carolina managing and researching wildlife at Nemours Wildlife Foundation, Kinloch Plantation, Woodside Plantation, and Clarendon Farms. With knowledge obtained from degree programs and field experiences, he advised and developed wildlife management plans for private landowners focusing on game and timber production, while working for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Also, during his time as an undergraduate, he worked with a team of students to design and conduct a study examining potential impacts on Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) of nest predation by the expanding coyote population and other predators.  The study was presented at The Wildlife Society’s annual conference in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 2013 and won first place for undergraduate research.Gillie returned to Nemours Wildlife Foundation in 2015 and developed his M.S. thesis project, Movements, Habitat Use, and Nest Box Use by Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks in Coastal South Carolina.  Project partners for the project include the Nemours Wildlife Foundation, the Kennedy Center, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, private landowners, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., and Clemson University under the advisement of Drs. Richard Kaminski, Ernie Wiggers, Patrick Gerard, and Greg Yarrow.  Gillie’s professional aspirations are to direct research and management on a regional scale with a focus on habitat productivity.  Having grown up hunting, Gillie can often be found in the woods or on the water pursuing game, when not working. 


Nick Masto SamplingNick Masto, M.S. Student

Nick will be a graduate research assistant with the James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center, Clemson University, beginning fall 2016 to pursue his M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology.  Nick was born in Providence, Rhode Island but has spent most of his life in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  He earned a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University, with a 3.44 GPA, in December of 2015.  While at Clemson, he was a ‘Kennedy Intern.’  Nick conducted undergraduate research with fellow Kennedy interns in the Lowcountry of South Carolina during his senior year and presented results of the study at the annual meeting of The Wildlife Society in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in October 2015.  Following graduation, Nick accepted a nine month internship at Nemours Wildlife Foundation working under staff biologist and fellow Clemson and Kennedy Center graduate student, Beau Bauer.  He primarily has been assisting Beau with his graduate project focused on wetland management and invertebrate community dynamics.  Other duties include conducting songbird point counts, radio telemetry of turkeys, habitat and vegetation assessments, prescribed burning, and educational outreach.  Nick will assess vegetative components of managed brackish impoundments in his M.S. thesis project, Biomass and Diversity of Submersed Aquatic Vegetation in Managed Wetlands in Coastal South Carolina, with the support of the Kennedy Center, Nemours Wildlife Foundation, and Clemson University under the advisement of Drs. R. Kyle Barrett, Richard Kaminski, Stefanie Whitmire, and Patrick Gerard.  Nick’s study will provide premiere data on aquatic plant biomass to enable estimation of carrying capacity of managed coastal impoundments for waterfowl and other waterbirds by biologists and conservationists of the South Atlantic Joint Venture of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.  Nick aspires to obtain his M.S. from Clemson University and pursue a doctorate in the waterfowl and wetlands arena.  Nick has a handsome toddler son, Denham, with whom he enjoys spending time outdoors; both also enjoy Nick’s dog, Bo.  In his spare time he enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, spending time on the water, and College Game Day (GO TIGERS!).


Lauren SennLauren H. Senn, Ph.D. Student

Lauren Senn is a Ph.D. student in Clemson’s Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation and the James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center. Lauren was born in Hendersonville, NC and grew up in Spartanburg, SC. She earned a B.S. in 2012 from Wofford College with a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from College of Charleston in 2014. As an undergraduate, Lauren interned at the Spartanburg Science Center assisting in their mission to provide science education outreach for the local community. While at the College of Charleston, Lauren led undergraduate biology labs as a teaching assistant while completing her Master’s research and thesis entitled Ecohydrology of a Floodplain Forest: Relationships between Vegetation and Groundwater Response at Congaree National Park, South Carolina, USA. For her thesis research, Lauren quantified interactions between groundwater response and vegetation composition across a well transect in a floodplain of the Congaree River. The resulting baseline data will inform park managers of potential flood areas and will support future research. After earning her M.S., Lauren served as adjunct faculty in the Biology Department at College of Charleston. As a Ph.D. fellow of the Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center, Lauren will work on a new project to understand the hydrological and ecological responses of a restored reservoir originally built by enslaved people during the 1700s that historically provided freshwater reserves for rice production at Weehaw Plantation in Georgetown, SC.  She will conduct experiments in the Weehaw reservoir as well as in similar reservoirs on the effects of deep flooding for 2-3 years and herbicide treatment of invasive vegetation on plant, aquatic invertebrate, and avian communities. Her research will contribute to management protocols for this and other historic plantation reservoirs in coastal South Carolina. Lauren and her husband Wes live in Charleston with their cat Arya. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys being outdoors, hiking, and trips to the mountains and the beach.


2015-2016 Kennedy Inters2015-2016 Kennedy Interns

David Barron
Adam Brown
Taylor Byars
Stephen Clements
Carley Cofield
Ford Courtney
Chase Cross
Charles Gallman
Matt Marbert
Anthony Marinelli