Perran Ross

James Perran Ross

Position: Associate Scientist
Appointment: Extension: 95% Teaching: 5%

Educational Background:
Ph.D.: 1977, Department of Zoology, University of Florida
B.S.: 1971, Department of Zoology, University of Western Australia

Professional Experience:
University of Florida
Associate Scientist. Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, 2004 to present.
Assistant Scientist, Florida Museum of Natural History, 1990 – 2004.
Caribbean Conservation Corporation, Gainesville FL
Director of Research, 1988 - 1990.
Earthwatch Inc/Center for Field Research, Watertown MA
Director of Field operations, 1986 - 1988.
Williams College, Mystic River program
Visiting lecturer in marine ecology, 1986.
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
Visiting scientist, International conservation consultant, 1980 – 1986.
World Wildlife International, Gland, Switzerland
Project director, Sea turtle survey of the Sultanate of Oman, 1976 – 1980.

Teaching Responsibilities at UF (last 5 years):
2004-2009: WIS6934 - Foundations of Wildlife Ecology: Theory and Application (Guest lecturer)
2004-2009: WIS 3401 - Wildlife in Florida (Guest lecturer)
2008-2009: WIS 4554/5555 - Conservation Biology (Guest lecturer)
2009: ALS 4921 - CALS Honors colloquium, Climate change (Guest lecturer)

Graduate Students (last 5 years):
Chair/co-chair: PhD 1, MS 2
Committee member: PhD 6 UF, 1 Texas Tech; MS 7 UF, International 4

International Activities (last 5 years)
Conservation advisement of crocodilians, field and review Mexico (CONABIO), India (Madras Crocodile Bank), International Wildlife Trade(CITES), Conservation and Human welfare (IUCN-SSC); Presented papers and international meetings - Australia, Bolivia, China, France; Directed graduate students in Mexico (3), and South Africa (1).

Research area:
Conservation biology, sustainable use and human-wildlife interactions, crocodilians, sea turtles, Human dimensions, conflict resolution in wildlife conservation.

Grants/Contracts/Gifts (last 5 years):
$909,077 (FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation, State Wildlife Grants – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, private donors)

Publications (Career Summary)
33 refereed journal articles, 112 non-refereed and popular publications.

Selected Publications

Ross J. P., D. Honeyfield , S. Brown, L. Brown , A. Rice , M. Welker, and T. Schoeb. 2009. Gizzard shad thiaminase activity and the effect on captive alligator thiamine status. J. Aquatic Animal Health.

Cedeno-Vasquez, R. J., D. Rodriguez, S. Calme, J. P. Ross, L. D. Densmore, and J. B. Thorbjarnarson. 2008. Hybridization between Crocodylus acutus and Crocodylus moreletii in the Yucatan peninsula - Evidence from mitochondrial DNA and morphology. J. Experimental Zoology 309A: 661-673.

Honeyfield, D., J. P. Ross, D. Carbonneau, S. P. Terrell, A. R. Woodward, T. R. Schoeb, H. F. Percival, and J. Hinterkopf. 2008. Pathology, physiologic parameters, tissue contaminants, and tissue thiamine in morbid and healthy central Florida adult American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis). J. Wildlife Diseases 44(2): 280-294.

Rice, A. N., J. P. Ross, A. R. Woodward, D. A. Carbonneau, and H. F. Percival. 2007. Alligator Diet in Relation to Alligator Mortality on Lake Griffin, Florida. Southeastern Naturalist. 6(1): 97-110.

Temsiripong, Y., A. Woodward, J. P. Ross, P. Kublis, and H. F. Percival. 2006. Survival and growth of American alligator (Alligator mississipiensis) hatchlings after artificial incubation and repatriation. J. of Herpetology 40 (4): 415 - 423.

Ross, J. P., R. Jenkins and J. Wombey. 2002. The potential to breed Appendix-I reptiles in captivity. A preliminary assessment. Report to Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). AC 18 Inf. 11: 62 pp.

Ross, J. P. 2001. Why are there so few species of crocodilians? Pages 1-2, in Grigg, G. C., F. Seebacher, and C. E. Franklin (eds.). Crocodilian Biology and Evolution. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton NSW.

Ross J. P. 1999. Bases biológicas para el uso sustentable de los crocodilianos. Pages 275-280, in Fang, T. G., O. Montenegro, and R. Bodmer (eds.). Manejo y Conservacion de Fauna Silvestre en America Latina. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress on Wildlife Management in Amazonia, 4-7 December 1997 Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Ross J. P. 1999. Ranching and captive Breeding of Sea Turtles, Evaluation as a Conservation Strategy. Pages 197 201, in Eckert K., K. Bjorndal & A. Abreau (eds.) Management and Research Techniques for the Conservation of Sea Turtles. IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, Washington D.C. Publication No. 4.

Ross, J. P. and R. Godshalk. 1997. El uso sustentable, un incentivo para la conservacion de crocodilos. Pages 147-154, in Fang, T., R. Bodmer, R. Aquino, and M. Valqui (eds.). Manejo de Fauna Silvestre en la Amazonia. Universidad Nacional de la Amazonia Peruana. y Tropical Conservation and Development Program, University of Florida.

Gasperetti J., A. F. Stimson, J. D. Miller, J. P. Ross, and P.R. Gasperetti. 1993 Turtles of Arabia. In Buttiker, W. and F. Krupp (eds.) Fauna of Saudi Arabia. National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Pro Entomolgia, Natural History Museum, Basle, Switzerland.. Vol.13: 170 -367.

Bowen, B. W., A. B. Meylan, J. P. Ross, C. J. Limpus, G. H. Balazs, and J.C. Avise. 1992 Global population structure and natural history of the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) in terms of matriarchal phylogeny. Evolution 46 (4): 865-881.