David Kramar



BS Geography – Appalachian State University, 1999
Concentration:  Geographic Information Systems

MS Geography -  Virginia Tech, 2004
Thesis Title: Estimating Mercury Risk to the Common Loon in the Rangeley Lakes Region of Western Maine: A Regression Based GIS Model

Advisor:  Dr. Bill Carstensen

PhD. Student -  Geospatial and Environmental Analysis – Virginia Tech, (expected 2014)

Advisor:  Dr. Bill Carstensen (Geography)

Research Project Title and Description:
Dissertation Title: Evaluation, assessment, and determination of risk to high trophic level piscivores in the Mid-Atlantic: A spatial, biological, and comparative case study of mercury in Virginia and New England bald eagle populations.

I am examining current levels of mercury and methyl-mercury in Virginia and Maine bald eagle populations. I am particularly interested in elucidating the physical characteristics that contribute to elevated levels in this species and how those mercury levels vary spatially.

Career and Academic Interests:
I am interested in both teaching and conducting research at the University level. It is my intention to work with both graduate and undergraduate students. I am particularly interested in wildlife toxicology, geographic information systems, quantitative methods, and advanced spatial and numerical analysis as it relates to environmental phenomena.

Research and Teaching Activities:
I am currently conducting my research under the support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship program.


Dr. Bill Carstensen  (Dept. of Geography)
Dr. Bill Hopkins      ( Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences)