Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Current Graduate Students

Student Name: Aguiar-neto, Antonio
Degree: PhD
Email: patriota@ufl.edu
Advisor: Bruna
Research: Mechanisms underlying inter-population demographic variation of trees in fragmented tropical landscapes
Interests: Tropical plants

Student Name: Anderson, Jane
Degree: PhD
Email: janeanderson@ufl.edu
Advisor: Hostetler, Johnson
Research: Distribution and Impacts of Introduced Non-Human Primates in Florida
Interests: Coupled human and natural systems, invasive species ecology, ecotourism

Student Name: Anderson, Kelley
Degree: MS
Email: andersonkc@ufl.edu
Advisor: Pienaar
Research: Human dimensions of wildlife conservation and stakeholders’ view of human-wildlife conflicts, specifically focusing on coyotes in Florida
Interests: Human perception of environmental issues, environmental policy, backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, adventure, spending time with my pets

Student Name: Anderson, Wesley
Degree: PhD
Email: wesleymanderson@ufl.edu
Advisor: Boughton
Research: Effects of cattle ranching in Florida on wildlife
Interests: Herpetology, conservation biology, travel, kayaking, hiking, nature photography, cooking, and live music

Student Name: Archer, Jan-Michael
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: jjarcher@ufl.edu
Advisor: Hostetler
Research: Social media can be used to encourage individuals/communities to act as stewards of their local environments
Interests: Hiking, rock climbing, and scuba diving

Student Name: Bailey, Karen
Degree: PhD
Email: karen.bailey@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: Ecosystem services, subsistence livelihoods, and land use practices in Swaziland. Soil water, and ecology of disease
Interests: Socioeconomic aspects of conservation, environmental justice, sustainability. Dance, photography, all outdoor activities

Student Name: Baraoidan, Samantha
Degree: MS
Email: sbaraoidan@ufl.edu
Advisor: Boughton
Research: Coyote habitat use and predation patterns on South Florida rangelands
Interests: Hiking, swimming, cooking, herping, reading, playing with my dogs

Student Name: Bedoya, Juliana
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: mjbedoya@ufl.edu
Research: Climate change effect on species distributions and how protected areas will be affected under climate scenarios in Colombia
Interests: Tropical Ecology, wildlife conservation, climate change impacts on animal populations. I love to play soccer and volleyball

Student Name: Bishop, Nichole
Degree: PhD
Email: n00051891@ufl.edu
Advisor: Carthy
Research: Sea turtle conservation
Interests: Surfing, kayak fishing, birding, gardening

Student Name: Bledsoe, Ellen
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: ellen.bledsoe@ufl.edu
Advisor: Ernest
Research: Small mammal community ecology
Interests: Studying small mammals and bats, hiking, rowing, reading, and singing barbershop music

Student Name: Boone, Wesley
Degree: PhD
Email: wwboone@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: Determine the influence of vegetative communities, urbanization, patch size, and silvicultural practices on three subspecies of fox squirrels within the state of Florida
Interests: Small mammals, alpha predators, trophic cascades, hiking, kayaking, and biking

Student Name: Borden, Jesse
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: jborden@ufl.edu
Advisor: Scheffers
Research: Arboreal species of reptiles and amphibians in the Easter Arc Mountains of Tanzania
Interests: Community ecology, conservation, development, spending time with my family, birding, hiking, camping, gardening, and exploring new places

Student Name: Brown, Hannah
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: hannahobrown@ufl.edu
Advisor: Jacobson
Research: How climate change affects coastal resource users in Florida
Interests: Vegan cooking

Student Name: Burgess, Matt
Degree: PhD
Email: mburgess@ufl.edu
Advisor: Percival

Student Name: Burrell, Noah
Degree: PhD
Email: nsb4580@ufl.edu
Advisor: Frederick/Fletcher
Research: Avian and wetland ecology
Interests: Mountain biking, nature photography, jogging, birding, rock climbing, backpacking, and chess

Student Name: Carpenter, Bobbi
Degree: MS
Email: bobbicarp@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving, Therhune
Research: Wild turkey nesting behavior in Florida
Interests: Enjoys hiking, photography, diy projects and spending time on or near the water

Student Name: Carrasco Rueda,Farah
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: fcarrasco@ufl.edu
Advisor: Loiselle
Research: Effects of forest fragmentation caused by human activities on mammals. Understanding how to balance conservation with human activities
Interests: Conservation, tropical ecology, mammalogy. Photography, drawing nature, running and swimming

Student Name: Christensen, Erica
Degree: PhD
Email: ericachristensen@ufl.edu
Advisor: Ernest
Research: Community stability and regime shifts; time-series analysis; community dynamics of desert rodents
Interests: Playing cello, mystery novels, rock climbing, doing any and all outdoor activities with my dog

Student Name: Claunch, Natalie
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: nmclaunch@ufl.edu
Advisor: Romagosa
Research: Integrate physiology with management of invasive reptiles
Interests: Herping and traveling, and tasting and photographing the world

Student Name: Cooke, Sarah
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: sarahkcooke@ufl.edu
Advisor: Mazzotti
Research: Spatial ecology and management of non-native herpetofauna in southern Florida
Interests: Scuba diving, herping, traveling- basically any outdoor activity and music

Student Name: Dudek, Sarah
Degree: MS
Email: sjdudek@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: Snail Kite Ecology
Interests: Hiking and outdoor adventures, horseback riding, wildlife ecology and finding SNKI nests

Student Name: Dupree, Jennifer
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: jdupree@ufl.edu
Advisor: Miller
Research: Coastal restoration techniques using native plants on barrier islands along the northern Gulf Coast of Florida
Interests: Applied restoration and land management

Student Name: Eastman, Scott
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: seastman@ufl.edu
Advisor: Carthy
Research: Sea turtle nesting ecology and in-water habitat utilization
Interests: Surfing, triathlon, sustainability and family

Student Name: Episcopio, Diane
Degree: MS
Email: episcopiod1@ufl.edu
Advisor: Pienaar
Research: Human dimensions of wildlife, surveying to learn and get a better understanding of the public's knowledge, opinions, and attitudes towards exotic and invasive species in Florida
Interests: Traveling to and exploring new places, volunteering, going to the movies, getting outdoors, and marathons (of the Netflix variety)

Student Name: Escbach, Michael
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: mesbach@ufl.edu
Advisor: Loiselle
Research: Using interdisciplinary and systems-level approaches to understand resilience in coupled human-natural systems
Interests: Spending time outside, be it through riding bikes, photography, good food

Student Name: Evans, Daniel
Degree: PhD
Email: dantheturtleman@ufl.edu
Advisor: Carthy
Research: Using satellite telemetry to determine migration pathways and habitat use by marine turtles, and as an educational tool to raise awareness about sea turtle conservation
Interests: Spending summers on tropical beaches working with marine turtles, travelling, canoeing, hiking and exposing my kids to science and nature

Student Name: Farid, Rashidah
Degree: PhD
Email: rfarid@ufl.edu
Advisor: Oli
Research: Conservation genetics and population ecology
Interests: History, nature photography, hiking, cooking, and crafts

Student Name: Frock, Cat
Degree: PhD
Email: cffrock@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: Linking fine-scale fox squirrel movements and environmental data collected by NEON
Interests: Behavioral landscape ecology, conservation biology, climate change impacts, outreach, outdoor activities, adventures, live music, playing guitar, songwriting

Student Name: Ganser, Claudia
Degree: PhD
Email: gancla@ufl.edu
Advisor: Wisely
Research: Avian malaria assessment in Arctic breeding shorebirds
Interests: Wildlife biology, disease ecology, landscape ecology

Student Name: Garcia Olaechea, Diego
Degree: PhD
Email: diego.garcia@ufl.edu
Advisor: Loiselle, Robinson (Zoology)
Research: Ecology and conservation of an endemic bird community of the Dry Forest of northwestern Peru
Interests: Landscape ecology, conservation biology, tropical dry forest, outdoors, birdwatching, birdbanding, bird's molt limits, the beach and good conversations with friends with a beer on the hand (if from local brewers, better)

Student Name: Gelin, Laura
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: mgelin@ufl.edu
Advisor: Branch
Research: Conservation of medium-large mammals
Interests: Mammals, Wildlife conservation and ecology, Sustainability

Student Name: Glodzik, Katie
Degree: PhD
Email: kglodzik@ufl.edu
Advisor: Pine
Research: Saltwater intrusion and sea level rise impacts to coastal wetland vegetation and biogeochemistry
Interests: Hiking, camping, singing, cooking and nutrition, wetlands, water quality, water supply management

Student Name: Gottlieb, Isabel
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: igwgottlieb@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: The response of bird, bat, and reptile communities to timber harvest in the southeast in order to advise on how to best maintain healthy wildlife populations in pine forest managed for biofuels production
Interests: Rock climbing, pottery, rugby, cooking, birds, cycling, adventure, and shenanigans

Student Name: Gowan, Tim
Degree: PhD
Email: tgowan@ufl.edu
Advisor: Pine
Research: Population dynamics, spatial ecology, and adaptive resource management
Interests: Surfing, camping, playing soccer and basketball

Student Name: Haase, Catherine
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: cghaase@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: Coastal movement and habitat selection of Florida manatees
Interests: Landscape ecology, GIS, marine mammals, sea turtles, SCUBA diving, hiking, kayaking, nature photography, reading

Student Name: Hallett, Matt
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: mhallett2320@ufl.edu
Advisor: Blake
Research: My research interests involve using remotely triggered cameras as a tool for studying rare and elusive creatures, addressing issues related to human-wildlife conflict and engaging communities in science and conservation
Interests: My personal interests include everything outdoors and anything sports

Student Name: Hardeman, Don
Degree: MS
Email: dhardemanjr@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: Internal and external factors influencing black bear behavior in a human dominated landscape
Interests: Music, film, archery, hiking, reading, wildlife photography, travelling, cooking, discussing politics, and good conversation

Student Name: Hargrove, John
Degree: PhD
Email: tractor@ufl.edu
Advisor: Austin
Research: Conservation genetics, population dynamics, fisheries
Interests: Fishing, surfing

Student Name: Hecht, Kirsten
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: kirstenhecht@ufl.edu
Advisor: Nickerson
Research: Bioacoustics, Stream Ecology
Interests: Salamaders, Herpin', public outreach, geocaching, hiking, horses, singing in the car, dancing like an idiot

Student Name: Hengstebeck, Kodiak
Degree: MS
Email: khengste@ufl.edu
Advisor: Romagosa
Research: Occupancy rates of Burmese Pythons in Gopher Tortoise burrows, and how it affects the resident tortoises
Interests: Scuba diving, backpacking, and playing sports (hockey, volleyball, football, etc.)

Student Name: Hernandez, Felipe
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: fhernandez2180@ufl.edu
Advisor: Wisely
Research: Infectious diseases transmission dynamic between invasive and native mammals species
Interests: Carnivore disease ecology and conservation, wildlife management, soccer and rock music

Student Name: Herren, Rick
Degree: PhD
Email: rherren@ufl.edu
Advisor: Carthy
Research: Sea turtle population dynamics and foraging habitats in the Gulf of Mexico out of the Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key
Interests: Surfing, hiking, diving, computer games and playing ultimate Frisbee

Student Name: Hightower, Jessica
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: jnhightower@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: Anthropogenic impacts and habitat fragmentation on bird communities

Student Name: Hirama, Shigetomo
Degree: PhD
Email: shirama@ufl.edu
Advisor: Carthy
Research: Ecology of sea turtle nesting
Interests: Hiking, surf fishing, cooking, having philosophical conversations with friends

Student Name: Hooker, Katie
Degree: PhD
Email: khooker@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: Understanding the environmental factors which influence population dynamics of cotton rats in northern Florida
Interests: Baking cupcakes, playing ukulele, watching college football, adventuring outdoors with my dog Roscoe

Student Name: Jayadi, Sheherazade
Degree: MS
Email: khooker@ufl.edu
Advisor: Ober
Research: Ecological interactions of flying foxes with semi-wild durian (Durio spp.) in Sulawesi to quantify the economic value contributed by flying fox
Interests: Pteropodid bats, population ecology, ecosystem services and conservation education

Student Name: Jeffery, Brian
Degree: PhD
Email: bjeffe01@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: Ecology of snail kites
Interests: My personal interests are photography, boating, fishing, and camping

Student Name: Juarez, Diego
Degree: MS
Email: adjuarez@ufl.edu
Advisor: Giuliano
Research: The influence of landscape and human activities over the presence of otters in two rivers in northern Guatemala
Interests: Carnivores ecology and population dynamics

Student Name: Karelus, Dana
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: dkarelus@ufl.edu
Advisor: Oli
Research: My research will focus on Florida black bear habitat use and movement
Interests: My interests include ecological modeling, population ecology and conservation biology. I enjoy wildlife photography, scuba diving and hiking

Student Name: Kim, Kwanmok
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: kwanmok.kim@ufl.edu
Advisor: Frederick
Research: Revealing the economical values of animals in terms of effects to the human society in a changing environment
Interests: Hanging out with my friends and like to play sports (tennis or workout in the gym)

Student Name: Kloda, Kevin
Degree: MS
Email: kwkloda@ufl.edu
Advisor: Giuliano
Research: Wild game management for hunting purposes
Interests: Hunting, playing with my dog Barney, Fishing, watching college football

Student Name: Knowles, Hal
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: hknowles@ufl.edu
Advisor: Hostetler

Student Name: Laskowski, Jessica
Degree: PhD
Email: jlaskowski@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: The effects of predation risk and food availability on mammalian habitat selection
Interests: Biking, hiking and backpacking

Student Name: Loggins, Annie
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: aloggins@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: My Master's project will examine rodent communities in Swaziland and South Africa under different habitat conditions as part of a larger exploration of how elephants influence savannah vegetation and, consequently, small mammal communities
Interests: I love all activities relating to animals and the outdoors, especially hiking, birdwatching, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, nature photography, and camping

Student Name: Lowe, Ben
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: benlowe@ufl.edu
Advisor: Jacobson
Research: Human Dimensions of Fisheries Management on Lake Tanganyika
Interests: Reconciling conservation and development, religion and ecology, community organizing and advocacy, fish/fisheries/fishing, being on the water, badminton, church, meals with friends

Student Name: Malone, Kristen
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: kristen.malone@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: Integrating bird conservation and sustainable agriculture on Florida farms
Interests: Conservation biology, avian ecology, wildlife management, bird watching, running, kayaking, traveling

Student Name: Marconi, Sergio
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: s.marconi@ufl.edu
Advisor: White
Research: How local and regional processes interact by developing and testing models from the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) database
Interests: The arts, music, cooking, cinema, photography, humor, and immersing himself in the culture of others

Student Name: Marquez, Marcela
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: mamarquez@ufl.edu
Advisor: Jacobson
Research: The role of traditional ecological knowledge in conservation education
Interests: Human dimensions of conservation biology, ethnoecology, outreach and science education

Student Name: Marx, Andrew
Degree: MS
Email: andrewjmarx@ufl.edu
Advisor: Austin
Research: Genetics and biogeography of the Florida mouse (Podomys floridanus)
Interests: Any outdoor activities, eating random (edible) wild plants, computer programming, reading, and cooking

Student Name: Maynard, Lily
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: lilytmaynard@ufl.edu
Advisor: Jacobson
Research: Human-wildlife coexistence and conservation education in East African communities
Interests: Human dimensions of conservation, carnivore conservation and ecology, environmental education, hiking, and kayaking

Student Name: McCray, Jame
Degree: PhD
Email: jmmcray@ufl.edu
Advisor: Carthy

Student Name: McEachron, Lucas
Degree: PhD
Email: Luke.McEachron@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: Developing ecological models to guide coastal and marine management in south Florida
Interests: Landscape ecology, distribution modeling, spatio-temporal dynamics

Student Name: McGrew, Alicia
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: alicia.mcgrew@ufl.edu
Advisor: Baiser
Research: Food web and community dynamics of organisms within the northern pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea)
Interests: Community ecology and food web interactions of freshwater aquatic systems, but most enjoy working with the microscopic organisms of the lower food web. I also enjoy reading, hiking, cooking, and spending time with my dog, oliver

Student Name: McKenzie, Jessica
Degree: MS
Email: jessicaemckenzie@ufl.edu
Advisor: Carthy/Ober
Research: Human Dimensions of Sea Turtle Conservation
Interests: Wildlife Conservation, Environmental Education, Psychology, Florida Panhandle, Folk Art

Student Name: Montano, Flavia
Degree: PhD
Email: flamontano@ufl.edu
Advisor: Loiselle
Research: Seed dispersal by tropical birds from a functional perspective: exploring how functional traits of mutualistic taxa change along environmental gradients
Interests: Tropical ecology and conservation, ecology and evolution of animal plant interactions, in particular pollination and seed dispersal by birds and bats. And the fun stuff: hiking, traveling and backpacking, birdwatching and writing short stories

Student Name: Moore, Jennifer
Degree: PhD
Email: jennmoore924@ufl.edu
Advisor: Oli
Research: Population modeling techniques for the conservation of African wildlife; GIS and remote sensing
Interests: Traveling especially around Africa; primates; rock climbing; hiking; camping; music

Student Name: Moore, Shannon
Degree: MS
Email: smoore517@ufl.edu
Advisor: Wisely
Research: Movement, Population Structure, and Disease Prevalence of Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis)
Interests: Molecular ecology, avian ecology, wildlife conservation, photography, horseback riding, music, crafts, and video games

Student Name: Moraga, Claudio
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: cmoraga@ufl.edu
Advisor: Branch
Research: Wildlife ecology and conservation biology, wildlife management. My research focus on population dynamics and conservation of guanaco populations of southern Chile
Interests: Sustainability and southern Patagonia. I enjoy outdoors, traveling and reading

Student Name: Morton, Elise
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: elisemorton@ufl.edu
Advisor: Oli
Research: Population modeling and wildlife conservation. Specifically, conservation of bird and chimpanzee populations in Rwanda
Interests: Traveling, hiking, camping, reading, watching movies, gardening, birding, and mammaling

Student Name: Mtsetfwa, Fezile
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: fezile@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: Impact of vegetation parameters, such as bush encroachment within natural savannas, influence bat communities
Interests: Curling up with a good novel and catching a movie with friends

Student Name: Mugnani, Maria
Degree: MS
Email: mmugnani23@ufl.edu
Advisor: Miller, Robertson
Research: Vegetation ground cover dynamics in old-growth longleaf pine savannah
Interests: Species conservation, nature/culture/history ties, photography, plant-animal interactions, cooking, horticulture, all outdoor activities

Student Name: Nunez Godoy, Cristina
Degree: PhD
Email: cristinang@ufl.edu
Advisor: Piennar, Branch
Research: Payment for Ecosystem Services program in Argentina
Interests: Economic incentives for conservation, natural resources economics, sports, kayaking, travel, and live music

Student Name: Nunez-Regueiro, Mauricio
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: mregueiro@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: Payments for ecosystem services, landscape ecology, and statistical modeling applied to conserving tropical and subtropical ecosystems
Interests: Conservation Biology, sustainability, and economics

Student Name: Obaid, Sarah
Degree: MS
Email: sobaid@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: Avian ecology and biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, and the sustainable development of her country

Student Name: Offner, Tessie
Degree: MS
Email: toffner@ufl.edu
Advisor: Johnson
Research: I will be examining seasonal habitat use, burrow association, home range and diet of nonnative Argentine black and white tegus in west central Florida
Interests: Natural history, wildlife viewing, bouldering, learning new crafts, strategic board games and tabletop rpgs

Student Name: Orzechowski, Sophia
Degree: MS
Email: sorzechowski@ufl.edu
Advisor: Frederick
Research: The potential effects of Burmese pythons on wading birds in the Everglades
Interests: In my spare time I play Irish, Swedish, and folk music on the fiddle, piano, and accordion. I also love to dance and make pies and desserts of all kinds

Student Name: Phares, Eric
Degree: MS
Email: ephares524@ufl.edu
Advisor: Moulton
Research: Evaluating the pet trade in reptiles and amphibians as a potential vector for introductions of non-native species in Florida
Interests: Canoeing, Hiking, Invasive Species Ecology

Student Name: Picardi, Simona
Degree: PhD
Email: simona.picardi@ufl.edu
Advisor: Basille
Research: Explore the movement ecology and habitat selection of wood stork (Mycteria americana) in the southeastern US
Interests: Exploring nature, cooking, photography and traveling

Student Name: Poli, Caroline
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: cpoli@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: Spatial ecology of seabirds, investigating habitat use at multiple spatial scales and the relationship between behavioral patterns and characteristics of habitat

Student Name: Potash, Alex
Degree: MS
Email: apotash@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: Using fine-scale environmental data to consider various aspects of fox squirrel ecology
Interests: Predator-prey ecology, trophic dynamics, conservation, running, skiing, hiking, rock climbing

Student Name: Pothier, Kathryn
Degree: MS
Email: kpothier@ufl.edu
Advisor: Wisely
Research: My graduate research is focused on wildlife pathology. My thesis work will be centered around the diseases in Florida White Tailed Deer
Interests: In my down time I enjoy being outside, whether it be finding a new beach or trail to hike on. Whenever possible I also love to include my dog, Willow, in all my explorations

Student Name: Prat, Marta
Degree: MS
Email: mprat@ufl.edu
Advisor: Oli
Research: Carnivore ecology, wildlife conservation, and human impacts on wildlife
Interests: Wildlife Conservation, Human impacts on wildlife. Any kind of outdoor activity, especially horse riding

Student Name: Puri, Mahi
Degree: PhD
Email: mpuri@ufl.edu
Advisor: Oli
Research: I wish to pursue doctoral research that explores the ecology and distribution of understudied species such as leopards, wolves, hyenas, and sloth bears in human-dominated areas and factors that allow them to persist in such landscapes, within India
Interests: I enjoy reading, travelling to destinations with a unique history or culture, love indulging in good food as well as cooking, I am a potter and can spend hours playing with clay, I used to play chess professionally, but not anymore

Student Name: Putri, Prescillia
Degree: MS
Email: p.putri@ufl.edu
Advisor: Branch
Research: Population ecology and conservation of mammal in forest edge in Indonesia
Interests: Primate watching especially on nocturnal primates

Student Name: Riemer, Kristina
Degree: PhD
Email: kristina.riemer@ufl.edu
Advisor: White
Research: Investigating body size patterns in animals
Interests: Long-distance backpacking, playing the ukulele, and road trips

Student Name: Robertson, Ellen
Degree: PhD
Email: ellen.robertson@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: Endangered snail kites and interactions with apple snail prey species
Interests: Wetland and avian ecology, conservation, ecological modeling

Student Name: Rodriguez, Camila
Degree: MS
Email: camila.rodriguez@ufl.edu
Advisor: Johnson
Research: Comparing ecological niche between sympatric native and invasive lizards
Interests: Herpetology, tropical ecology, biological collections, wildlife photography and scientific illustration

Student Name: Rubino, Elena
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: elenacrubino@ufl.edu
Advisor: Pienaar
Research: Wildlife policy, human-wildlife interactions, conservation biology, common-pool resource economics, risk analysis, and community-based wildlife management
Interests: Competing in ultimate Frisbee tournaments, watching football, and reading

Student Name: Santos Camillo, Cassia
Degree: PhD
Email: cscamillo@ufl.edu
Advisor: Johnson
Research: Reproductive biology and ecology of six-tubercled amazon river turtle in Brazil
Interests: Spending time with my baby girl (Elena), cooking, travelling, crochet, playing volleybal and soccer (haven't done that for a long time now). Professionally, wildlife conservation, chelonians (freshwater, marine and terrestrial), applied ecology

Student Name: Shapiro, Julie
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: jtshapiro@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: I will be researching the effects of anthropogenic land-use change on disease ecology and ecosystem services in southern Africa, with a focus on bats. I am particularly interested in zoonotic diseases
Interests: For fun, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, traveling, and learning languages

Student Name: Shariff, Farwah
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: farwah.shariff@ufl.edu
Advisor: Scheffers
Research:
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Student Name: Smith, Brian
Degree: MS
Email: bsmity13@ufl.edu
Advisor: Romagosa
Research: Spatial ecology of invasive Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades
Interests: Anything outdoors, playing and watching sports (all sports, but ice hockey's my favorite!), traveling, photography, and music (I play guitar)

Student Name: Sovie, Adia
Degree: PhD
Email: asovie@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: Mammal declines and invasive pythons in the Everglades
Interests: Biogeography, invasion ecology, hiking, messing around in boats and knitting

Student Name: Srivathsa, Arjun
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: asrivathsa@ufl.edu
Advisor: Oli
Research:My doctoral research will likely focus on dholes in India, where I will try to link aspects of their behavior, population dynamics, and disease ecology
Interests:In my free time I enjoy travelling, doing art, hiking and bird watching

Student Name: Stanton, Rich
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: richardastanton@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery, Fletcher
Research: My research so far has been focused on resource selection, habitat restoration, and range extension
Interests: Avid birder who enjoys spending time outdoors and dabbles in epistemology, ethics, and friendly competition

Student Name: Stoddard, Margo
Degree: PhD
Email: mstodd@ufl.edu
Advisor: Branch
Research: Multi-scale responses of small mammals to logging in Bolivia
Interests: Influences of forest management on wildlife, tropical conservation

Student Name: Taylor, Shawn
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: shawntaylor@ufl.edu
Advisor: White
Research: Regional and continental scale predictions of future ecological communities, from insects to forests and everything in between
Interests: Cycling on either my mountain or road bike

Student Name: Thomas, Travis
Degree: PhD
Email: travis.thomas@ufl.edu
Advisor: Johnson
Research: Population dynamics and ecology of the diamondback terrapin in the Nature Coast region of Florida
Interests: Fishing, boating, movies, college football, physics (classical mechanics), and traveling

Student Name: Trotta, Lauren
Degree: MS
Email: lbtrotta@ufl.edu
Advisor: Baiser
Research: Community composition analysis and food web construction using DNA barcoding in Florida's Pine Rockland fragments
Interests: Community interactions, biodiversity, marine biology, spending time outdoors, exploring new ecosystems, and cooking and eating great food

Student Name: Udell, Brad
Email: bradjudell@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher, Martin
Research: Develop and apply a quantitative approach to evaluate vessel collision risk for manatees and North Atlantic right whales
Interests: I enjoy being outdoors, learning new things, reading, laughing, sports, exercising, music, and gator football

Student Name: Vitale, Nick
Email: nevitale@ufl.edu
Advisor: Powell
Research: I will be examining factors influencing breeding success of American oystercatchers on the gulf coast
Interests: Any and all outdoor activities, kayaking, photography, and making things (woodworking, pottery, etc.)

Student Name: Webb, Elysia
Email: enwebb@ufl.edu
Advisor: Ober
Research: Foraging ecology of the Florida bonneted bat
Interests: Endangered species management, restoration ecology, knitting, and reading

Student Name: Wilkinson, Krystan
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: kawilkinson@ufl.edu
Advisor: Pine
Research: Investigating what natural threat sharks pose to the Sarasota Bay dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) community using shark-bite scar documentation and assigning a risk-assessment to associated dolphin habitat
Interests: Elasmobranch and marine mammal conservation; animal behavior; human-animal interactions; GIS

Student Name: Wilson, Audrey
Degree: MS
Email: audcwilson@ufl.edu
Advisor: Johnson
Research: Invasive cane toads in Florida
Interests: Hiking, camping, traveling

Student Name: Zhang, Ke
Degree: MS
Email: kezhang1122@ufl.edu
Advisor: Boughton
Research: Ecology and evolution
Interests: Swimming,running,thai boxing,soccer and other sports