Lab Group

Current Members

Holly Ober

Holly Ober, Associate professor

Associate professor Holly has a B.S. from Duke University, M.S. from University of Arizona, and Ph.D. from Oregon State University.

Elizabeth Braun de Torrez

Elizabeth Braun de Torrez, Post-doctoral associate

Post-doctoral associate Liz has a B.S. from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from Boston University. She is leading two projects: an investigation of the role of fire in shaping habitat use of Florida bonneted bats, and development of a bat monitoring protocol for Everglades National Park.

Morgan Hughes

Morgan Hughes, MS student

MS student Morgan has a B.S. from Utah State University. She is currently studying the role of bats as pest control agents in the Southeast.

Sheherazade Jayadi

Sheherazade Jayadi, MS student

Sheherazade has a B.S. from Universitas Indonesia. She will be studying the ecological interactions of flying foxes with semi-wild durian in Sulawesi to quantify the economic contributions of flying foxes.

Meghan Lauer

Meghan Lauer, Biological scientist

Biological scientist Meghan has a B.S. from FGCU and an M.S. from UF. She is workshop coordinator for the Natural Areas Training Academy.

Elysia Webb

Elysia Webb, MS student

MS student Elysia has a B.S. from Ohio University. She is currently studying diet and foraging habitat selection of Florida bonneted bats.

Alumni

David Armitage

David Armitage, Former MS student

Dave has a B.S. from University of Michigan and now an M.S. from UF. While in the Ober lab he investigated the role of prescribed fire in structuring forest bat communities and evaluated the ability of supervised learning techniques to classify bat echolocation calls.

Mandy Bailey

Mandy Bailey, Former MS student

MS student Mandy has a B.S. from University of Maine. She is currently studying habitat selection and demographics of Florida bonneted bats.

Lucas DeGroote

Lucas DeGroote, Former Biological Scientist

Luke has a B.S. from University of Wisconsin and an MS from the Ohio State University. While in the Ober lab he studied the effects of pine straw raking on invertebrate communities, identification of an attractant for the nine-banded armadillo, and wildflowers susceptible to browsing by white-tailed deer.

Sarah Friedl

Sarah Friedl, Former Biological scientist

Biological scientist Sarah has a B.S. from Eastern Michigan University and an M.S. from North Carolina State University. She is workshop Coordinator for the Natural Areas Training Academy.

Shelly Johnson

Shelly Johnson, Former PhD student

Shelly has a B.S. from University of Idaho, an M.S. from Northern Arizona University, and now a Ph.D. from University of Florida. While in the Ober lab she evaluated the role of wildlife biodiversity in providing ecosystem services in Florida's pine forests, and also served as Biological Scientist.

Jessica McKenzie

Jessica McKenzie, Former MS student

Jessica has a B.A. from University of Alabama and now an M.S. from UF. While in the Ober lab she investigated the role of knowledge and values in shaping conservation behaviors towards sea turtles in the Florida Panhandle.

Elizabeth Ramirez

Elizabeth Ramirez, Former MS student

Liz has a B.S. and now an M.S. from University of Florida. While in the Ober lab she studied the effects of forest restoration on habitat suitability for red-cockaded woodpeckers.

Jennifer Trusty

Jennifer Trusty, Former Post-doctoral associate

Jen has a B.A. from Dartmouth University and Ph.D. from Florida International University. While in the Ober lab she conducted a meta-analysis of understory vegetation restoration techniques in forests of the Southeastern U.S.

Vicki Underwood

Vicki Underwood, Former MS student

Vicki has a B.A. from University of Tennessee and now an M.S. from UF. While in the Ober lab she assessed factors influencing the occurrence of gopher tortoises on private lands in Mississippi.