Current Interdisciplinary Ecology Doctoral and Master's Students

     A-Z Index of Current Doctoral Students

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Alvarez Aleman, Anmari 
B.S., M.S. University of Havana
Research: Conservation of Antillean Manatee (Trichechus manatus) in Cuba
Advisor: Tom Frazer, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences/SNRE

Arteaga, Marliz 
B.S. Escuela Militar de Ingenieria, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Amazon Dams
Advisor: Stephen Perz, Sociology

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Barchiesi, Stefano
B.S. University of Bologna, M.S. Lund University 
Research: Wetland Ecosystem Services 
Advisor: Christine Angelini, Environmental Engineering

Basham, Edmund
B.S., M.S. University of Sheffield
Research: Vertical Stratification of Tropical Forest Amphibians
Advisor: Brett Scheffers, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Baudoin Farah, C. Andrea
B.S. University of Sao Paulo, M.S. AgroParis Tech
Research: Indigenous Autonomy and Territorial Management in the Territorio Indígena y Parque Nacional Isiboro Secure TIPNIS in Bolivia
Advisor: Stephen Perz, Sociology

Bedoya Duran, Maria Juliana
B.S. Universidad de Valle, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Predicting the Effect of Climate Change on Endemic Reptile Species in Mexico
Advisor: Lyn Branch, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Bishop, Nichole
B.A., M.Ed., M.S. University of North Florida
Research: Sea Turtle Ecology
Advisor: Ray Carthy, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Bledsoe, Ellen
B.A. Mount Holyoke College
Research: Small Mammal Community Ecology
Advisor: Morgan Ernest, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Borden, Jesse
B.S. Westmont College, M.S. University of Florida
Research: TBA 
Advisor: Luke Flory, Agronomy 

Borsum, Scott
B.S. University of California Santa Cruz, M.S. Delaware State University 
Research: Oyster management
Advisor: Ed Camp, School of Forest Resources and Conservation 

Botta, Robert
B.S. University of Florida, M.P.S. University of Miami
Research: Economic impact and management of oyster reefs in Cedar Key, Florida
Advisor: Ed Camp, School of Forest Resources and Conservation 

Briggs-Cloud, Marcus
B.A. University of Oklahoma, M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School
Research: Inserction Between Liberation Theology, Indigneous Gender Epistemology, Cosmology, and Ecology
Advisor: Mark Brenner, Geological Sciences 

Brinton, Amanda
B.S., M.D.P. University of Florida, 
Research: Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries
Advisor: Timothy Townsend, Environmental Engineering Services 

Brown, Hannah
B.A. New College of Florida, M.A.M.C. University of Florida
Research: Oyster Restoration, Communication, and Coastal Management
Advisor: Susan Jacobson, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation  

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Claunch, Natalie
B.S. North Carolina State University, M.S. California Polytechnic State University
Research: Invasive Reptile Physiology
Advisor: Christina Romagosa, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

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Da Fonseca, Sinomar
B.S. Federal University of Uberlandia, M.S. National Institute of Amazonian Research
Research: The Assessment of the Impact of Environmental Policy on Biodiversity Conservation Programs in the Brazilian Amazon: An Approach at the Local Level
Advisor: Stephen Perz, Sociology; Catherine Tucker, Anthropology

Dahl, Kristen
B.S. University of West Florida
Research: Life History and Ecology of Rapidly Expanding Lionfish Populations in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Impacts to Native Reef Fish Communities and their Potential Mitigation 
Advisor: Will Patterson, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

DeLong, Alia
B.S., M.S. University of Florida 
Advisor: Marilyn Swisher, Family, Youth and Community Sciences 

De Oliveira Jordao, Carolina
B.S., M.S. University of Sao Paulo
Research: Impact Assessment of Capacity-Building Process in the Brazilian Amazon
Advisor: Martha Monroe, Forest Resources and Conservation

Desormeaux, Amanda
B.S. Stetson University, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Quantification and Source Identification of Nitrate Leached in the Vadose Zone of a Karst Springshed
Advisor: James Jawitz, Soil and Water Sciences

Diaz, Renata
A.B. Princeton University 
Advisor: Morgan Ernest, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Diaz Toribio, Milton
B.S. Universidad Veracruzana, M.S. Instituto de Ecologia
Research: Clearcuts are Not Clean Slates: Residual Vegetation Impediments to Longleaf Pine Savanna Restoration
Advisor: Francis "Jack" Putz, Biology

Duquette, Marc
B.S. University of California Santa Barbara, M.S. California State University Bakersfield
Research: Tropical Conservation, Wildlife Ecology, and Indigenous Animal Use
Advisor: Katherine Emery, Anthropology

Durland Donahou, Allison
B.A. University of San Diego, M.S. Nova Southeastern University
Research: Non-Native Freshwater Fish Distribution in the Southeastern United States
Advisor: Jeff Hill, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

 

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Earle, Kamala
B.S. University of Florida, M.S. University of Hawaii
Research: Springs Ecology
Advisor: Tom Frazer, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences/SNRE

Esbach, Michael
B.A. University of Virginia
Research: Exploring Indigenous Biocultural Resilience Along the Aguarico River of Amazonian Ecuador
Advisor: Bette Loiselle, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

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Feyers, Shane
B.A. University of Conneticut, M.E.M Yale University
Research: U.S.-based Conservation Planning and Development 
Advisor: Taylor Stein, School of Forest Resources and Conservation

 

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Garcia Villacorta, Angelica
B.S. La Molina National Agrarian University, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Economic and Ecological Impacts of Palm Plantations in the Peruvian Amazon
Advisor: Stephen Perz, Sociology

Gengler, Nicholas
B.S. Northern Arizona University
Research: Wildlife conservation and landscape ecology in Paraguay 
Advisor: Lyn Branch, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Ghazal, Jamil
B.S., M.S. Jacksonville State University 
Research: Ecophysiology of coffee under climate change conditions in Costa Rica 
Advisor: Diane Rowland, Agronomy; Luke Flory, Agronomy 

 

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Harris, Holden
B.S. University of Florida
Research: Assessing Socioeconomic Incentivized Harvest Strategies as a Biological Control Agent for Invasive Lionfish
Advisor: Mike Allen, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Haro-Carrion, Xavier
B.A. Pontifica Universidad, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Understanding Land-Use/Land-Cover Change in Complex Socio-Ecological Landscapes: Addressing the Role of Conservation in a Fragmented Landscape of Semi-Deciduous Tropical Forests and Assessing the Impacts of Amazonian Hydroelectric Projects 
Advisor: Jane Southworth, Geography

Hartfelder, Jack
B.S. University of Tennessee 
Research: TBA
Advisor: Bob McCleery, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation 

Hecht, Kirsten
B.S. Ohio State University, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Application of Bioacoustics to Investigate Stream Ecology
Advisor: Max Nickerson, Florida Museum of Natural History

Hightower, Jessica
B.S. University of Central Arkansas, M.S. University of Central Florida
Research: Responses of Avian Communities to Forest Fragmentation in Borneo
Advisor: Rob Fletcher, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Hilsenroth, Jana
B.S. University of Tampa
Research: Pearl Aquaculture and Global Climate Change
Advisor: Tom Frazer, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences/SNRE 

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Jamal, Fatemah
B.S., M.S. Kuwait University
Research: Ecology and systematics of commensal pea crabs (Crustacea, Arthropoda) and their sand dollar hosts (Echinoids, Echinodermata) in the eastern Gulf of Mexico
Advisor: Michal Kowalewski, Florida Museum of Natural History

Jones, Maggie
B.S. Denison University, M.S. Iowa State University 
Research: Impacts of elephants on savanna dynamics in Kruger National Park, South Africa 
Advisor: Bob McCleery, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; Robert Fletcher, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation 

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Kadagi, Nelly Isigi
B.S. Egerton University, M.S. North Carolina State University
Research: Understanding the Role of Small Coastal Artisanal Fisheries in the Conservation and Management of Billfish and Tuna in Kenya
Advisor: Rob Ahrens, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Khazan, Emily
B.A. University of Michigan, M.S. University of Oklahoma
Research: Diversity, Physiology, and Pollination Services of Butterflies of the Colombian Andes
Advisor: Brett Scheffers, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Kiki, Martial
B.S., M.Sc. University of Abomey, Postgrad diploma University of Oxford
Research: The Ecology of Carnivores and Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation
Advisor: Vanessa Hull, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Kim, Kwanmok
B.S., M.S. Kyung Hee University
Research: Valuing the Ecosystem Services Provided by Birds
Advisor: Peter Frederick, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Kirk, Lily
B.S. University of Florida, M.S. University of Mississippi
Research: Metabolism in Subtropical, Lowland Rivers
Advisor: Matthew Cohen, Forest Resources and Conservation

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Lehmensiek, May
B.S. Hochschule Bremen, M.S. Univerity of Florida
Research: Amazon Dams Fisheries Impacts and Human Dimensions
Advisor: Kai Lorenzen, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Lowe, Ben
B.S. Wheaton College
Research: Human Dimensions of Fisheries Management on Lake Tanganyika
Advisor: Susan Jacobson, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

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Maki, Julia
B.A. College of Holy Cross, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Ecosystem Dynamics in Subtropical Grasslands
Advisor: Luke Flory, Agronomy

Malone, Kristen
B.S. University of Missouri, M.S. University of Central Michigan
Research: Avian Ecology
Advisor: Kathryn Sieving, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Marconi, Sergio
B.S., M.S. University of Tuscia
Research: Data Science and Scale in Ecology
Advisor: Ethan White, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Martin, Elizabeth
B.S. University of Puerto Rico, M.S. Florida State University
Research: Use of Species Occurrence Information Systems and Data Reuse by Natural Resource Professionals and Research Scientists
Advisor: Larry Page, Florida Museum of Natural History

Maynard, Lily
B.A. Smith College, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Are Zoos Conservation Leaders? Using Organizational Conservation Identity and Social Network Analysis to Assess Zoos’ Collective Impact
Advisor: Susan Jacobson, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

McEachron, Lucas
B.S. Colorado State University, M.S. Florida State University
Research: Cross-Boundary Dynamics and the Structure and Management of Reef Fish Communities in South Florida
Advisor: Robert Fletcher, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

McGrew, Alicia
B.S., M.S. Central Michigan University
Research: Food Web and Community Dynamics in Northern Pitcher Plant
Advisor: Benjamin Baiser, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Meiners, Joan
B.A. Mount Holyoke College, M.S. Utah State University
Research: Native Bee Biodiversity and Community Ecology
Advisor: Morgan Ernest, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Mello, Ricardo
B. Universidade Federal de Vicosa, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Assessing Meso-Level Governance Response to Climate Change in Tropical Forest Areas of Brazil
Advisor: Grenville Barnes, Forest Resources and Conservation

Moraga, Claudio
D.V.M. Universidad de Conce
Research: Assessment of Ecological and Social Factors Affecting Human Tolerance of Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) in Southern Patagonia, Chile
Advisor: Lyn Branch, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Moreno Garcia, Pablo
B. Universidad Politencia de Madrid
Research: Ecological Resilience
Advisor: Jamie Gillooly, Biology

Morton, Elise
B.S. West Virginia University, Ph.D. Indiana University
Research: Avian diversity and conservation in montane forests of the Albertine Rift
Advisor: Madan Oli, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Mtsetfwa, Fezile
B.S., M.S. University of Swaziland
Research: Bat Conservation in African Savannas
Advisor: Robert McCleery, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

 

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Nhleko, Zoliswa
B.Sc., M.Sc. Rhodes University
Research: White Rhino Demography in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
Advisor: Robert McCleery, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Nunez Godoy, Cristina
B.B.A., M.S. National University of Salta, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Improving Payments for Ecosystem Services Programs in a Global Deforestation Hotspot: The Gran Chaco of Argentina
Advisors: Elizabeth Pienaar, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; Lyn Branch, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

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Peralta, Percy
B.S. Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Small-Scale Farmers in the Tropical Forest Frontier: Culprits of Deforestation or Agents of Forest Conservation
Advisor: Karen Kainer, Forest Resources and Conservation

Pinheiro, Felipe
B.A. University of Santa Ursula, M.S. National School of Tropical Botany
Research: Agroforestry
Advisor: P.K. Nair, Forest Resources and Conservation

Poli, Caroline
B.S. Rutgers University, M.S. Clemson University
Research: Spatial Ecology and Population Biology of Snail Kites
Advisor: Robert Fletcher, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

 

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Rivas, Mayra
B.S. Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Impact Evaluation: Recovery of Natural Capital of the Dry Corridor Region and Climate Adaptation
Advisor: Conner Mullally, Food and Resource Economics

Roth, Jamila
B.S. Skidmore College 
Research: Marine Community Ecology
Advisor: Laura Reynolds, Soil and Water Science

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Singer, Randal
B.S. University of Georgia, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Museum Database Use and Formatting
Advisor: Larry Page, Florida Museum of Natural History

Smith, Ashlynn
B.S. University of Central Florida, M.S. University of Florida
Research: An integrated approach to restoring herbaceous wetland ecosystems following decades of fire exclusion
Advisor: Debbie Miller, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; Mack Thetford, Environmental Horticulture

Srivathsa, Arjun Sudheedra
B.S. Christ College/Bangalore University, M.S. National Center for Biological Sciences
Research: Packs, populations, and metapopulations: A multi-scale ecological assessment of the Asiatic wild dog ‘dhole’ Cuon alpinus in the Western Ghats of India
Advisor: Madan Oli, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Stelling, Benjamin
B.A., B.S. University of North Carolina
Research: Characterization of Phyoplankton Community Off of Cape Caneveral, Florida
Advisor: Edward Phlips, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Stokes, Gretchen
B.S. North Carolina State University, M.S. Virginia Poltytechnic Institute and State University 
Advisor: Tom Frazer, School of Natural Resources and Environment

 

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Tate, Richard
B.S. Humbolt State University
Research: Linking Biological and Cultural Conservation in Achara, Georgia (Caucasus)
Advisor: John Stepp, Anthropology

Taylor, Shawn
B.S. University of Florida
Research: Community Ecology
Advisor: Ethan White, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Teryda, Natalia Sofia 
B.S. Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, M.S. University of California San Diego
Research: TBA
Advisor: Ray Carthy, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation 

Toh, Kok Ben
B.S., M.S. National University of Singapore
Research: Developing Interactive Tools to Make Ecological Models Easily Understood By Policy Makers
Advisor: Denis Valle, Forest Resources and Conservation 

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Walker, Julie
B.A. St. Mary's College of Maryland
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Advisors: Todd Osborne, Soil and Water Sciences; Christine Angelini, Environmental Engineering Sciences

Webb, Elizabeth
B.S. Carleton College, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Climate Change and Feedback in the Boreal Forest
Advisor: Jeremy Lichstein, Biology

White, Elizabeth
B.A. Skidmore College, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Florida Burrowing Owl Ecology and Movement
Advisor: Raoul Boughton, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

 

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Zlotnik, Sara
B.S., B.A. University of California Berkeley, M.S. Purdue University 
Research: Evolution of morphological plasticity in leaf-footed bugs 
Advisor: Christine Miller, Entomology and Nematology 

 

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Burford, Julie
B.S. University of Florida
Research: Effects of Disturbance on Burrowing Owls on Rangeland in Southwest Florida
Advisor: Raoul Boughton, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

 

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Carneiro, Celine
B.S. University of Florida
Research: Population genetics of the Florida grasshopper sparrow
Advisor: James Austin, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Catizone, Dan 
B.S. University of Rhode Island 
Research: The Ecology of Diamondback Terrapins in Northwest Florida 
Advisor: Christina Romagosa, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Clark, Taylor
B.A. Rollins College
Research: Cogongrass Distribution and Abundance in Florida
Advisor: Luke Flory, Agronomy 

Cooke, Sarah
B.S. Towson University
Research: Invasive Reptile Ecology and Management
Advisor: Frank Mazzotti, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation 

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DeVito, Lauren
B.S. Boston College
Research: Quantifying spatial and temporal variations in metabolism within and across stream order in a North Central Florida River networkt
Advisor: Matt Cohen, Forest Resources and Conservation

 

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Eastman, Scott
B.S. University of North Florida
Research: Marine Turtle Nesting Ecology
Advisor: Raymond Carthy, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Enloe, Carolyn
B.S. Auburn University
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Advisor: Rebecca Kimball, Biology

Epperly, Haley
B.S. Oregon State University 
Research: Effects of woody vegetation in savannas on animal behavior and diversity 
Advisor: Robert McCleery, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

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Farris, Seth
B.S. University of Central Missouri
Research: Crocodilian Ecology
Advisor: Frank Mazzotti, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

 

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Gearhart, Justin
B.S. University of Florida
Research: Fire Frequency and Drought Sensitivity of Longleaf Pine
Advisor: Jeremy Lichstein, Biology

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Hill, Geena
B.S. Kent State University
Research: Behavioral Ecology of Butterflies and Ants
Advisor: Jaret Daniels, Entomology and Nematology

 

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Jones, M. Scott
B.S. Northern Michigan University
Research: Marine Spatial Planning and Evaluation in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, Belize
Advisor: Donald Behringer, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Jones, Ryan
B.S. University of Florida
Research: Merging Conservation Science and Visual Storytelling to Generate Calls to Action
Advisor: Susan Jacobson, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

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Logan, Tracey
B.S. Delaware Valley University, B.A. University of Richmond 
Research: Generation of in vitro cell lines, maintenance of lines and creation of database
Advisor: Robert Ossiboff, Comparative, Diagnositic, and Population Medicine 

 

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McCallister, Lorna
B.S. University of Florida 
Research: Mammal Ecology in South Africa
Advisor:  Robert McCleery, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Mosso, Clara
B.S. Universidad De Buenos Aires
Research: Urban Expansion Patterns in Patagonian Forest: Its Influence on Carbon Storage and Sequestration
Advisor: Mark Hosteler, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation 

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Opincarne, Megan
B.A. Ball State
Research: Plant Chemistry
Advisor: John Richard Stepp, Anthropology

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Pilnick, Aaron
B.S. Tufts University 
Research: Developing Intensive Aquaculture of the Long-Spined Sea Urchin Diadema antillarum as a Tool for Coral Reef Restoration
Advisor: Joshua Patterson, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Pride, Lillian
B.S. Iowa State University
Research: Living mulch and erosion during bare-root strawberry transplant establishment
Advisor: Carlene Chase, Horticulture Sciences 

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Quincy, Kaitlyn 
B.S. University of Florida
Research: TBA
Advisor: Stephen Enloe, Agronomy

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Smithers, Cherice
B.S. University of Florida
Research: Restoration Ecology
Advisor: Ben Baiser, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation 

 

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