Opportunities for Graduate Students:

 

I have a wide variety of interests.  Although most of my research has concentrated on animals in urban areas, I consider myself a scientist that happens to use urban areas to address many ecological issues.  Thus, the best bet is to come talk to me if you have an idea about a project.  I enjoy working with people in other disciplines, so I should stress that I welcome not only students from the natural sciences, but students from the social sciences as well. 

 

Currently, I am primarily concentrating on the “human dimension” of natural resource conservation.  Most of my activities are centered on the production of a PBS TV series called “Living Green” and the development of environmental education programs associated with “green” developments.  Currently, many of my projects and outreach activities are associated with UF’s Program For Resource Efficient Communities.

 

Given the above – I have several areas of interests for research and extension projects:

 

Help co-produce a PBS Series called “Living Green”

 

Developing environmental education and outreach programs in “green” developments (see Web site – http://www.wec.ufl.edu/extension/gc/harmony). 

 

Develop continuing education courses to train build/design professionals on natural resource conservation

 

How to help landowners implement conservation strategies

 

How to create incentive-based policies for sustainable development

 

Exploring urban landscape designs for animals

 

How humans perceive and manage their landscapes

 

Eco-friendly developments and how they benefit wildlife and people

 

How to design eco-friendly developments

 

Impacts of human-dominated environments on animals

 

Researching the scales at which birds respond to landscape structure

 

Designing citizen-based environmental and wildlife monitoring programs

 

Exploring unique adaptations of animals to urban environments

 

Developing Environmental Education Programs and Materials

 

In terms of projects, I have a few that are in progress or being developed:

 

Eco-intelligent Community – Harmony, FL

 

Eco-Intelligent Community – Gainesville, FL

 

Determining Wildlife Use of Urban Patches

 

Are “Green” Communities Sustainable?