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: