Frederick Lab - Current Students


Noah Burrell - PhD candidate. Broadly, Noah is interested in population ecology, community interactions, spatial and landscape ecology, behavioral ecology, and basic field biology. Noah's current research focuses on testing the effect of climatic and concomitant hydrological drivers of large-scale wading bird movements across the southeast. To this end, he is exploring large spatial and temporal scales of movement for Wood Storks. When not analyzing mountains of data, he can be found photographing wildlife or consuming copious amounts of chocolate fudge ice cream and home-brewed IPAs. Previous education: MSc and BSc, Humboldt State University.

Simona Picardi is a PhD student in Dr. Basille’s lab (FLREC), co-advised by Dr. Frederick. Her research interests are mainly related to movement ecology of large vertebrates. Simona got both her BSc and MSc at the University of Rome, Italy, where she studied the impact of anthropogenic disturbance due to hunting on movement behavior of roe deer. As her current project, Simona is focusing on migration patterns of wood storks in the Southeastern US, particularly investigating the link between individual behavior and population vulnerability to climate and environmental change.

Ignacio Rodriguez-Jorquera – Postdoctoral research associate. From my perspective, the emerging threats to earth’s biodiversity are related to anthropogenic pollution. In Chile, my home country, I worked on wildlife conservation projects on endangered species such as the Darwin’s fox, the Southern River Otter Conservation Program, and the Important Bird Areas (Birdlife International). During my early career, I realized that water pollution have a great impact on wildlife conservation and decided to become and eco-toxicologist. I researched the impact of a paper mill effluent of fish physiology for my masters degree. As a PhD student, I examined the effects of low levels of persistent perflurocarbons on gene expression in fish and birds. I am particularly interested in the problem of pollution in protected areas, which is nearly ubiquitous and calls for new protection strategies. Currently, I am working to predict the impact of mercury pollution on wading bird reproduction in the Everglades. I am birder, a skateboarder and perhaps an ornithologist! Previous education: DVM (Univ. de Chile), MSc in Water Resources (Univ. Austral de Chile), PhD (Univ. of Florida).