Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Current Graduate Students

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: Arevalo, Boris
Degree:
Email: barevalo@ufl.edu
Advisor: Giuliano

Student Name: Bai, Jin
Email: jbai1@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: Avian communication and bioacoustics
Interests: Cooking, travel and table tennis

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: Beatty, Meghan
Degree: MS
Email: meghan.beatty@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: Spatial ecology, population biology and conservation of Southeastern American Kestrels (Falco sparverius paulus)
Interests: Birding, camping, reading, dance, travel, country music

Student Name: Bedoya, Juliana
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: mjbedoya@ufl.edu
Advisor: Branch
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: Botero Arias, Robinson
Degree: PhD
Email: robin@ufl.edu
Advisor: Loiselle, Ross
Research: Population Dynamics, Reproduction Ecology and Strategic Management for Black Caiman (Melanosuchus niger) in the Middle Solimðes River, Mamiraua Reserve, Brazil
Interests: Conservation and management strategies for natural resource in Amazon; Caimans, crocodilians and Alligators, wildlife research

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: 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: Cardas, Alexis
Degree: MS
Email: acardas@ufl.edu
Advisor: Powell
Research: Ecology of Florida scrub-jays
Interests: Mountain biking, nature photography, jogging, birding, rock climbing, backpacking, and chess

Student Name: Carneiro, Celine
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: c143dad@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: Population genetics of the Florida grasshopper sparrow
Interests: Molecular ecology, landscape ecology, cooking, canoeing/kayaking, surfing, reading, traveling

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: Catizone, Dan
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: dcatizone@ufl.edu
Advisor: Romagosa
Research: Diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) ecology in St. Joe Bay, FL
Interests: Herping, fishing, kayaking, hiking, scuba diving, photography and traveling

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: Cole, Jenna
Degree: MS
Email: jcole1@ufl.edu
Advisor: Mazzotti
Research: Spatial ecology and management of non-native herps
Interests: Baking, painting, photography, and most outdoor activities

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: Cruz-Hernández, Virnaliz
Degree: MS
Email: virnaliz.cruzher@ufl.edu
Advisor: Acevedo
Research: Disease ecology, spillover prediction, data science
Interests: Jigsaw puzzles, jogging with dogs, swimming, beach, and learning to program

Student Name: De Jesus, Carrie
Degree: PhD
Email: carriedejesus@ufl.edu
Advisor: Wisley
Research: Studying the spatial ecology of ticks in the South Eastern US
Interests: Camping, Cooking and Crossfit

Student Name: Diaz, Renata
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: diaz.renata@ufl.edu
Advisor: Ernest
Research: Species interactions and ecosystem properties in systems subject to climatic change and species loss and introductions
Interests: Running or folding modular origami

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: 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: Eells, Jennifer
Degree: MS
Email: jeells0@ufl.edu
Advisor: Wisely
Research: Assessment of health and disease in wild and captive Florida grasshopper sparrows
Interests: Wildlife conservation, disease ecology, reading, small mammals, hiking, traveling and the Appalachian mountains

Student Name: Epperly, Haley
Degree: MS
Email: epperlyh@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: Mammal conservation in Kruger National Park
Interests: Baking, hiking, running, wildlife ecology, eating, adventuring, reading, gardening

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: 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: Gabel, Wray
Degree: MS
Email: wgabel@ufl.edu
Advisor: Frederick
Research: Exploring the potentially mutualistic relationship between alligators and nesting wading birds in the Everglades
Interests: Hiking, adventuring, birding, reading, painting/drawing, playing soccer, anything with dogs

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: Gengler, Nicholas
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: ngengler@ufl.edu
Advisor: Branch
Research: Mammal movement patterns in Paraguay to determine what factors influence functional connectivity
Interests: I am very interested in conservation in developing regions of the world. Away from work I like rock climbing, slacklining, kayaking, birdwatching, backpacking, and board games

Student Name: Glass, Andrew
Degree: MS
Email: andrewglass@ufl.edu
Advisor: Pienaar
Research: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservations - specifically examining the messaging of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to the general public
Interests: Birdwatching, poetry, reading, R&B and hip hop, comic books and graphic novels, vegan cooking

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: Gray, Mary Mack
Degree: MS
Email: gray.m@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: Range-wide genetic distribution and methods of kin recognition in Brown-headed nuthatches
Interests: Avian ecology, gardening, cooking, fishing, birding, kayaking, soccer

Student Name: Goodman, Colin
Degree: MS
Email: colin.goodman@ufl.edu
Advisor: Romagosa
Research: Occupancy and dispersal rates in an invasive frog species (Xenopus laevis)
Interests: Hiking, camping, herping, boating, reading, watching movies

Student Name: Gumbi, Bonginkosi
Degree: PhD
Email: bonginkosi.gumbi@ufl.edu
Advisor: Austin

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: Hartfelder, Jack
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: jhartfelder@ufl.edu
Advisor: McCleery
Research: Megaherbivores and their ecosystem impacts in Kruger National Park, South Africa
Interests: Traveling, eating, birding, and hiking

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: 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: Hood, Karen
Degree: MS
Email: khood07@ufl.edu
Advisor: Wisely
Research: The CHeRI (Cervidae Health Research Initiative) project, aiding in necropsies as well as sample processing and disease testing
Interests: I am on the University’s boxing team but I also swim, bike, and run. In my free time I enjoy sewing, crocheting, and reading. I also like to travel and learn about the local wildlife and find new places to kayak

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: Hughes, Morgan
Degree: MS
Email: morgan.hughes@ufl.edu
Advisor: Ober
Research: Analysis of diet composition and associated economic impact of bats in the southeast region
Interests: Horseback riding, hiking, travel, reading, cooking and rock climbing

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: Jones, Maggie
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: jones.m@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher, McCleery
Research: My research focuses on the influence of elephants on savanna dynamics in Kruger National Park in South Africa
Interests: My personal interests include wildlife conservation, behavioral ecology, outreach, hiking, dance, and folk music

Student Name: Khazan, Emily
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: ekhazan@ufl.edu
Advisor: Scheffers
Research: Vertical gradients of biodiversity in tropical forests
Interests: Hiking, road cycling, giant damselflies, conservation, sustainable development, baking

Student Name: Kiki, Martial
Email: mkiki@ufl.edu
Advisor: Hull, Oli
Research: I wish to evaluate the influence of anthropogenic and ecological factors on the use of habitat by lions and spotted hyenas in different systems in the W, Arly and Pendjari transboundary ecosystem
Interests: I enjoy travelling, ecotourism and farming

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: Koriakin, Kelly
Degree: MS
Email: kelly.koriakin@ufl.edu
Advisor: Boughton
Research: Human-wildlife conflict, specifically human-carnivore conflict and its effects on predator conservation
Interests: Hiking, camping, backpacking, mountain biking, scuba diving, exploring, craft beer, puppies and dogs, adventuring!

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: Ledger, Kimberly
Degree: MS
Email: kimberly.ledger@ufl.edu
Advisor: Wisely, Sayler
Research: The interaction of disease and landscape ecology on wildlife, livestock, and human tick-borne diseases in Africa
Interests: Nature, hiking with my dog, soccer, cooking, biking, traveling

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: Marx, Andrew
Degree: PhD
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: Mason, Brittany
Degree: MS
Email: brittany22bm@ufl.edu
Advisor: Mazzotti
Research: Studying the spatial ecology and management of non-native Argentine tegus using telemetry data
Interests: Photography, hiking, camping, kayaking, traveling, and wildlife outreach

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: 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: Meiners, Joan
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: jmmeiners@ufl.edu
Advisor: Ernest
Research: Biodiversity, macroecology, foraging and community dynamics of native bees
Interests: Backpacking, cycling, mountain biking, skiing, traveling, reading & ranting

Student Name: Montano, Flavia
Degree: PhD
Email: flamontano@ufl.edu
Advisor: Loiselle
Research: Tropical ecology and conservation, ecology and evolution of animal plant interactions, in particular pollination and seed dispersal by birds and bats
Interests: Hiking, traveling and backpacking, birdwatching and writing short stories

Student Name: Monte, Peter
Degree: MS
Email: pmonte@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: Urban ecology of North Florida passerine bird communities, avian ecoacoustics
Interests: Interior wetlands and coastal systems, coloniality in waterbirds, Caribbean endemics/migrants on the wintering grounds, long walks with my son Micco

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: Mosso, Clara Emilia
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: cmosso@ufl.edu
Advisor: Hostetler
Research: Effects of urban expansion on the provision of ecosystem services in Patagonian forest (Argentina)
Interests: Regional land use planning and management, landscape ecology, traveling, hiking, yoga, photography, listening to jazz

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: North, Benjamin
Degree: MS
Email: b.north@ufl.edu
Advisor: Pienaar
Research: Investigating strategies for securing ecosystem services and bioenergy production on private forest- and timberlands in the southeastern United States
Interests: Reading, drawing wildlife, hiking, snowboarding

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

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: Poot, Celso
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: cpoot@ufl.edu
Advisor: Ober
Research: The Ecology and Conservation of the Central American tapir, (Tapirus bairdii) in Belize Corridor: A Human Dominated Landscape
Interests: Road ecology, landscape ecology, hiking, nature photography, traveling and ecotourism

Student Name: Potash, Alex
Degree: PhD
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: Puri, Mahi
Degree: PhD
Email: mpuri@ufl.edu
Advisor: Loiselle
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: Rahmani, Haqiq
Degree: PhD
Email: hrahmani@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher
Research: Geospatial modelling using telemetry data; Snow Leopards’ conservation in the Wakhan National Park of Afghanistan
Interests: Mostly outdoors, playing football, volleyball and watching European football

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: Ringer, Josh
Degree: MS
Email: jringer@flmnh.ufl.edu
Advisor: Johnson
Research: Origin and colonization of Cuban tree frogs in the Bahamas
Interests: Hiking, camping, fitness, reading, traveling, birding, trying new things

Student Name: Ringer, Josh
Degree: MS
Email: jringer@flmnh.ufl.edu
Advisor: Johnson
Research: Origin and colonization of Cuban tree frogs in the Bahamas
Interests: Hiking, camping, fitness, reading, traveling, birding, trying new things

Student Name: Rivera, Christian
Degree: PhD
Email: christian.rivera@ufl.edu
Advisor: Hull
Research: Endangered species conservation; wildlife trade and hunting; social-ecological systems; biocultural diversity and conservation
Interests: Latin dance, studying languages and cultures, travel, trying new foods and wines, country music, all types of adventure (in all types of settings), hosting social events

Student Name: Schneider, Owen
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: schneider.opatri@ufl.edu
Advisor: Baiser
Research: Investigating the effects of CERP (Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan) on native plant communities in the Everglades
Interests: I am interested in music, camping, baking, exploring for rare plants and insects, brewing, and trivia

Student Name: Shariff, Farwah
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: farwah.shariff@ufl.edu
Advisor: Scheffers

Student Name: Smith, Allison
Degree: MS
Email: allison.smith@ufl.edu
Advisor: Boughton
Research: Ecology of urban burrowing owls
Interests: Endangered species conservation, urban ecology, citizen science, birdwatching, crocheting, baking

Student Name: Smith, Thomas
Degree: PhD
Email: thomassmith@ufl.edu
Advisor: Fletcher, Bruna

Student Name: Smithers, Cherice
Degree: MS (SNRE)
Email: reese621@ufl.edu
Advisor: Baiser
Research: Community ecology, restoration ecology, botany
Interests: Yoga, photography, making pottery, gardening, and baking

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: Steele, Zachary
Degree: MS
Email: steelez@ufl.edu
Advisor: Pienaar
Research: Human dimensions of wildlife study looking at the human dimensions of invasive species in Florida
Interests: Wildlife Conservation, Invasive Species, Human/Animal Behavior, Basketball, Camping, going to the movies, Concerts, Anime

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: Teryda, Natalia
Degree: PhD (SNRE)
Email: nteryda@ufl.edu
Advisor: Carthy
Research: Conservation oriented in marine turtles
Interests: Cooking, traveling to new places, making macrame jewelry, symphonic metal, outdoor activities, turtle and tortoise conservation

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: PhD
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: Tuma, Molly
Degree: MS
Email: molly.tuma@ufl.edu
Advisor: Powell
Research: Overwintering survival of Piping Plovers and Red Knots on Florida’s panhandle
Interests: Birding, hiking, camping, and reading

Student Name: Tweitmann, Annalee
Degree: MS
Email: annaleetweitmann@ufl.edu
Advisor: Frederick, Pine
Research: Oyster Reef Ecology and Restoration of Lone Cabbage Reef
Interests: Shellfish, Aquaculture, Hiking, Kayaking, and Cooking

Student Name: Udell, Brad
Degree: PhD
Email: bradjudell@ufl.edu
Advisor: Romagosa, Martin
Research: Integrating field studies, statistical estimation, ecological modeling, and optimization algorithms for conservation management applications
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: Yue, Liu
Degree: MS
Email: yue.liu@ufl.edu
Advisor: Sieving
Research: Avian Ecology & Conservation
Interests: Bird seeing, Photography, Dancing

Student Name: Zeng, Yichao
Degree: MS
Email: yichao.zeng@ufl.edu
Advisor: Hull
Research: Biodiversity and human impacts
Interests: Nature photography, tennis, running, music and drawing comics