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A-Z Index of Current Doctoral Students

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Abeels, Holly
B.S. Long Island University, Southhampton College, M.S. Florida Gulf Coast University
Research Topic: Climate Change and Resiliency Community Engagement
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Jules Bruck, School of Landscape Architecture and Planning

Acevedo-Charry, Orlando
B.S. Universidad Nacional de Colombia at Bogotá, M.S. University of Puerto Rico – Río Piedras
Research: Tropical ecology and conservation, bird communities and population trends, biodiversity response to environmental gradients, citizen science and community-based monitoring linked with quantitative tools
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Miguel Acevedo, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; Co-Chair: Scott Robinson, Florida Museum of Natural History

Adisa, Sylvia
B.S. Moi University, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Socioecological Impacts and Sustainability of Marine Fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean Region; Gender in Billfish Fisheries
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Kai Lorenzen, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Alvarez, Hernan G.
B.S. Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), M.S. University of Florida
Research topic: 
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Jessica Kahler, Sociology and Criminology & Law

Anderson, William
B.A. Valdosta State University, M.D.P. (Master's of Sustainable Development) University of Florida
Research topic: Stakeholder perceptions and experiences related to regional climate change impacts, within relevant spheres-of-interest in tropical cropping livelihoods
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Oscar Liburd, Entomology & Nematology

Arteaga, Marliz
B.S. Escuela Militar de Ingenieria, M.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Amazon dams
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Stephen Perz, Sociology and Criminology & Law

Atkinson, Michelle
B.S. Stetson University, M.S. University of Florida
Research topic: The Integrated Socio-Environmental Dynamics of Stormwater Pond Systems
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Paul Monaghan, Agricultural Education and Communication

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Baecher, J. Alex
B.S. University of Arkansas, M.S. Eastern Kentucky University 
Research: Understanding the Pattern and Process of Vertebrate Invasions throughout the Southeastern United States  
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Brett Scheffers, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Bajema, Jordan
B.S. Western Washington University 
Research: Northward range expansion of common snook along Florida’s Gulf coast   
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Will Patterson, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Co-Chair: Mike Allen, Nature Coast Biological Station

Bolds, Sara
B.S. Florida Gulf Coast University, M.S. Auburn University
Research: Invasive species and disease in freshwater ecosystems
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Lindsey Reisinger, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Bolger, Lexi
B.S. University of Florida, M.S. University of Florida
Research: STEM identity development within informal and digital educational environments, arts-based research, narrative inquiry, and science communication
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Jamie Loizzo, Agricultural Education and Communication

Briggs-Cloud, Marcus
B.A. University of Oklahoma, M.T.S. Harvard University
Research: Indigenous Ecological Language Ideology; Southeastern Human Populations Genetics; Ecofeminism
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Mark Brenner, Geological Sciences; Co-Chair: Ken Sassaman, Anthropology

Brophy Cerquera, Trista
B.S., M.S. & M.A. University of South Florida
Research: Urban Water Management
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Sam Smidt, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences; Co-Chair: Eban Bean, Agricultural and Biological Engineering 

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Campanino, Finella 
B.S. SUNY College at Oneonta, M.S. Louisiana State University
Research topic: Seagrass Ecology
Chair: Laura Reynolds, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Cao, Haojie
B.S. China University of Geosciences, M.S. Wuhan University
Research topic: Ecosystem Services
Chair: Jiangxiao Qiu, Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences

Cardoso, Wania Grangeiro 
Bachelor of Law, Federal University of Pará-UFPA, LL.M, Federal University of Pará-UFPA
Research topic: The Recognition of Traditional Territories as a Tool to Address Deforestation and Promote Human Rights to Amazonian People
Chair: Cynthia Simmons, Geography

Cauvin, Allison
B.S. & M.S. University of Florida
Research: Coral Disease
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Julie Meyer, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences; Co-Chair: Andrew Altieri, Environmental Engineering Sciences 

Chaya, Taryn
B.S. Flagler College, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Estuarine Biogeochemistry
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Todd Osborne, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Chen, Po-An
B.S. National Chiayi University, M.S. National Chung Hsing University
Research: Informationscapes ecology in family Paridae
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Katie Seiving, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Choi, Minjin
B.S. Sungkyunkwan University and University of Texas at Dallas, M.S Seoul National University
Research: Lygodium microphyllum, Invasive Plants, Management
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Stephen Enloe, Agronomy

Cruz Hernandez, Virnaliz
B.S. and M.S. University of Puerto Rico
Research:
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Miguel Acevedo, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; Co-Chair: Ethan White, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

 

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Datta, Ankita
B.S. GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, M.S. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT GUWAHATI)
Research: Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Patrick Inglett, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Dumandan, Patricia
B.S. University of the Philippines Mindanao, M.S. Boise State University
Research: Modelling and Predicting Shifts in Wildlife Population and Community Dynamics Amidst Global Environmental Change
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Morgan Ernest, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

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Earle, Kamala
B.S. University of Florida, M.S. University of Hawaii
Research: Springs Ecology
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Tom Frazer, University of South Florida

Ebrahimi, Seyed Abolfazl 
B.S., University of Guilan, M.S. Sharif University of Technology
Research: Understanding Spatial and Temporal Variation in Water Quality, with an Emphasis on Pattern Differences Between Various Potential Contaminants
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Matt Cohen, Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences

Evert, Jason
B.S. Hope College, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Coastal Habitat Restoration
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Todd Osborne, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

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Fluck Essig, Isadora
B.S., M.S. Universidade Federal de Santa Maria
Research: Drivers of biodiversity
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Ben Baiser, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Futada, Silvia de Melo
B.S., M.Sc., University of Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo
Research: 
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Karen Kainer, Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences; Co-Chair: Joel Correia, Latin American Studies 

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Greenspan, Jeff
B.S. The Johns Hopkins University, M.S. University of Florida
Research topic: How can we motivate people to act in ways that support evidence-based sustainability?
Chair: Stephen Perz, Sociology and Criminology & Law

Gómez, Oscar Godínez  
B.S. and M.S. Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo
Research topic: Spatial Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation
Chair: Robert Fletcher, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Gottesman, Hannah
B.S. Cornell University
Research: The Spawner-Recruit Movement Ecology of Gag Grouper (Mycteroperca microlepis)
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Susan Lowerre-Barbieri, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Co-Chair: Will Patterson, Forest, Fisheries and Geomatics Sciences 

Guarino, Tori
B.S. Florida Gulf Coast University
Research topic:  Evaluating major factors of Atlantic Coast living shorelines, such as plant sourcing, availability, germination, and revegetation, and effectiveness
Chair: Carrie Adams, Environmental Horticulture

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Hafliger, Tyrel J.
B.S. Kansas State University

Chair/Faculty Advisor: Mark Clark, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences; Savanna Barry, Nature Coast Biological Station

Hafliger, Tyrel J.
B.S. Kansas State University
Research: Wild Turkey Disease Ecology
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Samantha Wisely, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Haney, Cassidy
B.S./M.S. New York University, M.S Johns Hopkins University
Research: 
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Mark Clark, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences; Savanna Barry, Nature Coast Biological Station

Hari Haran, Priyanka
B.S. from University of Madras, M.S from Pondicherry University
Research: The effect of forest fragmentation and restoration on bird communities in the Western Ghats
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Emilio Bruna, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Harling, John "Jack"
B.S. Texas A&M University, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Aspects of Livestock Systems in Sub Saharan Africa, and How They Interact With Their Environment to Allow for Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Esteban Rios, Agronomy

Harlow, Jaiere
B.S. and M.S. Tuskegee University
Research: Assessing Post-Standing Movement, Feeding, and Behavioral Patterns of Florida Manatees Released on-site and from Rehabilitation
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Ray Carthy, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Hiatt, Drew
B.S. University of Nevada, Reno, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Mechanisms and Impacts of Plant Invasions
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Luke Flory, Agronomy

Hengestebeck, Kodiak
B.S. University of Northern Michigan, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Evolutionary and Ecological Impacts of Snake Invasions
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Christina Romagosa, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Hermudananto, Hermu
M.S. University of Florida, B.S. Universitas Gadjah Mada
Research: Climate Change Mitigation in Indonesian Natural Forest Management through Reduced-Impact Logging
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Jack Putz, Biology 

Horton, Robert
B.S. and M.S. University of Florida
Research:
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Greg Kiker, Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Co-Chair: Pierce Jones, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Hoskins, Levi
B.S. Tulane Univesity
Research: Urban Ecology and Conservation
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Corey Callaghan, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Co-Chair: Chagn Zhao, Agronomy

Howley, Samantha
B.S. University of Florida, M.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Biogeochemistry and Role of Anthropogenic Drivers in Wetlands and Streams
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Matt Cohen, Forest Resources and Conservation

Hurtado, Liz
B.S. Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco, M.S. University of Florida
Research:
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Scott Robinson, Florida Museum of Natural History

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Iriarte, Aleida
B.S. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Research: Diversity, evolution, and natural history of amphibians and reptiles 
Chair/Faculty Advisor: David Blackburn, Florida Museum of Natural History

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Jones, Jesse
B.S. University of Florida, M.S. University of Copenhagen
Research: Interconnections among plant community diversity, ecosystem services, landscaping practices, and socioeconomic dynamics in urban ecosystems
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Basil Iannone, Forest Resources and Conservation

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Kang, Yiyang “Calvin”
B.S. Xiamen University
Research: Quantifying variation in coastal wetland structure and function across a winter temperature gradient
Chair/Faculty Advisor: David Kaplan, Environmental Engineering Sciences

Kant, Medelin
B.S. Oklahoma State University, M.S. Oregon State University
Research: Climate Change Impacts on Plant Ecophysiology and Drivers of Plant Mortality
Chair/Faculty Advisor: William Hammond, Agronomy

Keegan, Coral
B.S. Georgetown University, M.S. Yale University
Research: Using interdisciplinary methods to examine how multiple-use landscapes in Sub-Saharan Africa can be optimized to support biodiversity conservation and human well-being
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Robert McCleery, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Klevtcova, Anna
B.S. Irkutsk State University, M.S. North Carolina State University
Research: Socio-Physiological Factors Influencing Hunters’ Attitude to Management of Their Hunting Land
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Jessica Kahler, Sociology and Criminology & Law

Klinges, Dave
B.A. Dartmouth
Research: Tropical landscape ecology, Spatial and temporal scaling, Forest microclimate
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Brett Scheffers, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Kucharski, Shelby
B.S. University of Florida
Research: Biogeochemical modeling of root-soil interactions; Microbial respiration of SOC and plant-derived carbon; Hyperspectral analysis of soil; Amendment-based soil carbon stabilization
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Chris Wilson, Agronomy

Kyasiimire, Beatrice
B.A. & M.S. Makerere University, M.A. International Institute for Geo-Information Sciences and Earth Observation
Research: Ecological and Social Costs of Linear Infrastructure Development in the Murchison-Semliki Landscape Uganda
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Mark Hostetler, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

 

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Lamichhane, Saneer
B.S. Tribhuvan University, M.S. Kathmandu University
Research: Ecology and Conservation of the Royal Bengal Tiger of Nepal
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Madan Oli, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Lang, Emily
B.S. Florida State University, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Behavior change related to sustainable urban landscaping
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Laura Waner, Agricultural Education and Communication

Lenc, Jan
B.S., M.S. University of South Bohemia
Research: The influence of microgeographic processes (i.e. vertical stratification) on the community composition and distribution of tropical ectotherm species at different temporal and spatial scales
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Brett Scheffers, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Lewis, Dakota
B.S., M.S. University of Central Florida
Research: Understanding Fish Community Responses to Disturbance
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Andrew Altieri, Environmental Engineering Sciences

Lockhart, Sarah
B.S. Eckerd College, M.S., Duke University
Research: Wildlife Corridor Design and Implementation
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Tom Hoctor, Design, Construction & Planning

Lynch, Sherri
B.S. Auburn University; M.S. Florida State University
Research: Native Solitary Bee Conservation
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Debbie Miller, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; Co-Chair: Mack Thetford, West Florida Research and Education Center

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Manning, Morgan
B.S. University of Georgia, M.S. University of Georgia
Research: Interdisciplinary Quantitative Ecology
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Miguel Acevedo, 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
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Larry Page, Florida Museum of Natural History 

McIntyre, Tina
B.A., P.S.M. University of Central Florida
Research:
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Laura Warner, Agricultural Education and Communication

Melidosian, Angela 
B.A., M.A. University of Florida 
Research: Experiential Learning in Collegiate Sustainability Education
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Leslie Thiele, Political Science

Mintz, Jeff
B.S. Pacific University, M.Sc. Oregon State University
Research: Bayesian statistics for ecology
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Mathew Leibold, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Mirzajonova, Gulchiroy
B.S. Fergana State University, M.S. Fergana State University
Research topic: Environmental and Health Concerns that are Vulnerable to Consequences of Climate Change
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Sarah McKune, Environmental and Global Health

Moffis, Brooke
B.S. Tennessee Technological University, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Promoting Biodiversity and Sustainability in Urban Landscaping
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Basil Iannone, Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences

Moore, Tiffany
B.S. North Carolina State University
Research: Pine Rockland Invertebrate Conservation (Bartram’s Scrub Hairstreak Butterfly, Miami Tiger Beetle, and Pine Rockland Trapdoor Spider)
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Jaret Daniels, Entomology and Nematology and Florida Museum of Natural History

Mora, Mónica
B.S. Universidad de Chile, M.S. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Research: Human Dimensions in Conservation Biology
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Nia Morales, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

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Oliveira Teodoro da Silva Kuzma, Aline
Bachelor of Law, Pontifical Catholic University, Curitiba
Research: Greening Development II: Working with Communities to Identify Incentives for Development Projects and Low-Income Neighborhoods
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Andrew Koeser, Environmental Horticulture

Olubisi, Oluwasegun John
B.S., M.S. Obafemi Awolowo University
Research: Beneficial reuse of wastewater for agricultural production
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Mary Lusk, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences, Co-Chair: Davie Kadyampakeni, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Opincarne, Megan
B.A. Ball State
Research: Studying the Intersectionality of Ecological Relationships, and the Importance of Maintaining Ecological Balance to Preserve the Natural Systems and Organizations We Reply Upon
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Nancy Denslow, Veterinary Medicine

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Palmer, Chad
B.A. Arizona State University, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Fisheries Management
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Ed Camp, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Perez, Kristie
B.A. Florida International University, MFAS University of Florida
Research: Assessing the current and potential role of shellfish for to improve coastal water quality
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Shirley Baker, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Perry, Emily
B.S. University of Florida
Research: Understanding the Relationship Between Soil Microbial Communities and Tree Physiology
Chair/Faculty Advisor: William Hammond, Agronomy

Pitts, Justin
B.S. Stetson University, M.S. Mississippi State University
Research: Investigation of Physiological and Biological Responses of Coffee and Peanut Crops to Climatic Stressors Utilizing Machine Learning Approaches
Chair/Faculty Advisor: William Hammond, Agronomy; Co-Chair: Alina Zare, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Poincon, Liliane
B.S. Université d’État d’Haïti, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Rural Nonprofit Organizations in Haiti: Gender, Power and Perceived Benefits of Membership
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Mickie Swisher, Family, Youth, and Community Sciences

Poot, Celso
B.S. Galen University/University of Indianapolis, M.S. Miami University (OH)
Research: Movement Behavior, Space Use, and Conservation of the Central American Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) in a Multi-use Landscape in Belize, Central America
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Holly Ober, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; Co-Chair: Mysha Clarke, Forest, Fisheries and Geomatics Sciences

Prasanna, Varshitha
B.S., M.S. Keladi Shivappa Nayaka University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences
Research: Precision water management, nutrient technology, water quality, groundwater leaching, crop and hydrological modeling
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Vivek Sharma, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Prommer, Matyas
B.S. University of Debrecen, M.S. University of Amsterdam
Research: The Ecology and Conservation of Saker Falcons (Falco cherrug)
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Madan Oli, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

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Reimer, Jenna
B.S. University of Maryland
Research: Shellfish and water quality improvement
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Ashley Smyth, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences/TREC; Co-Chair: AJ Reisinger, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

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
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Conner Mullally, Food and Resource Economics

Robinson, Seth
B.S. Binghamton University (NY)
Research topic: Forest Ecosystems
Chair/Faculty Advisors: Jeremy Lichstein, Biology; Co-Chair: Anna Braswell, Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences

Rodgers, Phillip
B.S. University of Florida, M.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Human Dimensions of Prescribed Burning
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Rae Crandall, Forest Resources and Conservation

Rozzi, Bruno 
B.S. Arizona State University
Research topic: Agricultural Carbon Sequestration and Land Restoration on Clay Settlement Areas
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Zachary Brym, Agronomy

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Sawant, Suyash 
B.S. and M.S. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati
Research topic: Complexity of vocal communication in family Paridae
Chair: Kathryn Sieving, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation 

Schlachter, Katharine
B.S. University of Virginia
Research topic: Benthic community ecology of coastal marine systems
Chair: Laura Reynolds, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences, Co-Chair: Marc Hensel, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Searles, Adam
B.S. University of Central Florida
Research topic: Elucidating the Mechanisms Driving Community Differences Between Algae and Seagrass Habitats
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Charlie Martin, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Co-Chair: Laura Reynolds, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Shin, Yuseung
B.A. Korea University, M.S. Seoul National University
Research topic: Wetland ecology and biogeochemistry
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Matthew Cohen, Forest Resources and Conservation

Siemann, Megan 
B.S. Rice University, M.S. Texas A&M University
Research topic: Incorporating Trophic Ecology Data Sources into Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management Modeling
Chair/Faculty Advisor: David Chagaris, Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences

Smith, Ashlynn
B.S. University of Central Florida, M.S. University of Florida
Research: An integrated approach to restoring herbaceous wetlands in the southeast, United States
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Debbie Miller, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; Co-Chair: Mack Thetford, West Florida Research and Education Center

Smith, Rachel
B.A. University of Arizona, M.S. University of North Florida
Research: Adoptability of Sea Turtle Bycatch Reduction Technology in Florida’s Commercial Spiny Lobster Fishery
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Ray Carthy, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Soifer, Lydia
B.S. Davidson College, MPhil University of Cambridge (UK)
Research: Tropical Forest Microclimate Ecology and Biogeography
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Brett Scheffers, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Song, Jiayi
B.S. South China University of Technology
Research: Geospatial Artificial Intelligence for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Modeling
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Chang Zhao, Agronomy, Co-Chair: Corey Callaghan, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

St. Fort, Josue
B.S. Université d’État d’Haiti, MS: University of Florida
Research: Optimizing micro-irrigation for reduced water use during strawberry establishment and freeze protection in Florida
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Carlene A. Chase, Horticultural Sciences; Co-Chair: Vivek Sharma, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Stanley, Rick
BS. Harvard University. MRes. Imperial College (London)
Research: Ecology and Conservation of Tropical Birds
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Bette Loiselle, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Steele Cabrera, Sarah
B.S. Brandeis University, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Insect Conservation and Ecology
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Jaret Daniels, Entomology and Nematology

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Taneja, Yukti 
B.S. University of Delhi, M.S. Wildlife Institute of India
Research topic: Plant Invasions, Ecology, and Evolution of Mutualisms
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Luke Flory, Agronomy

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

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

Tian, Vera
B.S. University of Virginia, M.E.S. University of Pennsylvania
Research: 
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Jane Southworth, Geography

Tittl, Jessica
B.S. Wittenberg University
Research: Probiotic Coral Bacteria Pangenomes
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Julie Meyer, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Troy, Savannah
B.S. University of Texas-Austin
Research: Differential Impacts of Habitat Degradation on Avian Biodiversity Across Space and Time in Southern Africa
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Robert Fletcher, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Tucker, Kaitlyn 
B.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Fish Age Validation and Utilize DNA Methylation as a Novel Means to Determine Age of Difficult-to-Age or Protected Species with only Fin Clip Samples
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Will Patterson, Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences

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Vinod Anand, Akshay
B.S. University of Madras, M.S. Pondicherry University
Research: Understanding the Ecological and Environmental Drivers Governing Avian Species Composition and Distribution along an Elevational Gradient in the Western Ghats, India
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Robert Guralnick, Florida Museum of Natural History, Co-Chair: Bette Loiselle, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Vinson, Alyssa
B.S. University of South Florida, M.S. University of Florida
Research: Socioecological drivers of tree survival in new housing developments
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Andrew Koeser, Environmental Horticulture

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Walsh, Rachel
B.S. and M.S. Florida State University 
Research: Insect ecology, genomics, population genetics, and conservation
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Akito Kawahara, Biology and Florida Museum of Natural History; Co-Chair: Jaret Daniels, Entomology and Florida Museum of Natural History

Walus, Alexandria
B.S. and M.S. Michigan State University
Research: Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Fisheries
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Marc Hensel, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Weimorts, Justin 
B.S. University of Georgia
Research topic: The Effects of Animal Diversity and Abundance on Nutrient Cycling and Ecosystem Services
Chair: Matt Whiles, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Williams, Ajit
B.S. and M.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Mapping and Evaluation of Agroecosystems in the Southeastern US
Chair: Zachary Brym, Agronomy

Wixson, Joel 
B.S. Colorado State University, M.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Computer Modeling, and Fishery Science
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Joann Mossa, Geography

Wu, Ruoyu
B.S. Nanjing University, M.S. University of Michigan
Research topic: Global change ecology, ecosystem services, and sustainability science
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Jiangxiao Qiu, School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences

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Yesilkusak, Derya 
B.S. Selcuk University, M.S. Wageningen University & Research
Research topic: Climate Adaptation and Sea Level Rise, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Green Infrastructure
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Thomas Hoctor, Department of Landscape Architecture

Ykeuti Meiga, Ana Yoko 
B.S. Centro Universitário Filadélfia, M.S. Universidade Federal de São Carlos 
Research: Movement and Spatial Ecology and Wildlife Conservation
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Denis Valle, Forest Resources and Conservation

Yuan, Wei
B.S. & M.S. University of Central Florida 
Research: Scientific Messaging: What is the Public’s Perception
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Laura Warner, Agricultural Education and Communication

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Zhi, Ran
B.S. Nanjing Agricultural University, M.S. Renmin University of China
Research: Soil phosphorus (P) identifying and management; P cycle modeling and prediction
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Jiangxiao Qiu, Forest Resources and Conservation

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Aboujaoude, Rock
B.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Carbon Farming
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Les Thiele, Political Science

 

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Broxton, Jazmyn
B.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Effects of Beach Alteration on Gas Exchange and Sea Turtle Egg Incubation
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Ray Carthy, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

 

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Castaing, Amanda
B.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Modeling Carbon Dynamics in the Rhizosphere
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Stefan Gerber, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences; Co-Chair: Chris Wilson, Agronomy

Castellano, Stephanie
B.A. Florida State University
Research topic: Integrating sea-level rise projections into Everglades restoration planning
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Mysha Clarke, Forest Resources and Conservation 

Chequer, Arti
B.A. and B.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Marine Archaeological Investigation & Habitat Mapping of the Paleo-Suwannee River, Eastern Gulf of Mexico
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Vince Lecours, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Co-Chair: Laura Reynolds, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Cinquini, Andrew           
B.S. Washington State University
Research topic: Tree Physiology and Mortality with Climate Change
Chair/Faculty Advisor: William Hammond, Agronomy 

Coleman, Isaac
B.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Impacts of Renewable Energy on Biodiversity within the Gulf of Mexico
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Vanessa Hull, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

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

 

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Daly, Sarah
B.S. University of Florida
Research topic: TBA
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Jasmeet Judge, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

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Escobar Torres, Patricia
B.S. University of Florida
Research topic: TBA
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Jamie Loizzo, Agricultural Education and Communication

Estes, Madeline 
B.S. Rhodes College
Research topic: Habitat Restoration
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Carrie Reinhart Adams, Environmental Horticulture

 

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Febrina Anjali Fika, Jelvi
B.S. Universitas Pattimura
Research topic: Nutrient Loading in Aquatic Ecosystems and Environmental Changes
Chair/Faculty Advisor: K. Ramesh Reddy, School of Natural Resources and Environment and Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

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Guarisco, Pietro
B.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Undecided
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Mark Clark, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

 

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Hannan, Catherine Kennedy
B.S. Western Carolina University
Research topic: Reframing Wildlife Conflicts: Diverse Perspectives on Wildlife Coexistence
Chair/Faculty Advisor: J. Rick Stepp, Anthropology  

Hobbes, Harrison
B.S. Flagler College
Research topic: Understanding and restoring Florida’s dwindling seagrass populations through the lenses of biogeochemical cycling and subaqueous sediment geomorphology
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Todd Osborne, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Hughes, Walter "Joe"
B.S. Texas A&M, M.Ed. University of Texas-Austin
Research: TBA
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Mark Clark, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences 

 

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Lewis, Colin
B.S. Florida Gulf Coast University
Research: Implementing and Optimizing UAS technologies for uses in Aquatic Plant Management scenarios
Chair/Faculty Advisor: James Leary, Agronomy 

Lin, Meng Bing 
B.S. State College of New York
Research topic: TBA
Chair/Faculty Advisor: H. Dail Laughinghouse, Agronomy

Lowe, Samantha
B.S. Duke University
Research topic: Human Dimensions of Biodiversity Through the Lens of Participatory Science
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Corey Callaghan, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Luchau, Nicole
B.A. New York University
Research topic: Climate Impacts on Economically Important Fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico
Chair/Faculty Advisor: David Chagaris, Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences

Lumas, Wistride
B.S. University of Florida
Research topic: How Climate Change Affects Gentrification in Little Haiti, Miami
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Jessica Kahler, Sociology, and Criminology & Law

 

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McDaid, Kelsey
B.S. University of California, Santa Cruz
Research topic: TBA
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Christa Court, Food and Resource Economics

Medo, Wistride
B.S. University of South Florida
Research topic: Dispersal Patterns of Juvenile Black Bears
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Daniel J. Smith, Landscape Architecture

 

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Pierson, Taylor
B.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Insect ecology, conservation, population genetics and genomics
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Jaret Daniels, Entomology and Nematology and Florida Museum of Natural History

Pietraszun, Stasia
B.S. Florida State University
Research topic: Restoration Ecology and GIS
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Carrie Adams, Environmental Horticulture, Co-Chair: Laura Reynolds, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

 

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Samuels, Tabitha
B.S. University of Florida
Research: Coastal Restoration
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Deborah Miller, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Co-Chair: Mack Thetford, Environmental Horticulture

Schmidt, Allison
B.S. University of Florida
Research: Cover Crops and Soil Nitrogen Cycling
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Gabriel Maltais-Landry, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

Schoenberger, Kathleen 
B.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Hydrodynamics of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in Florida Springs
Chair/Faculty Advisor: David Kaplan, Environmental Engineering Sciences

Self, Madison
B.S. Broward College
Research topic: Biological Control of Water Hyacinth using Megamelus scutellaris
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Lyn Gettys, Agronomy

Serafin Morgan, Rachel
B.S. Marist College
Research topic: Coral Restoration
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Josh Patterson, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Smit, Steven
B.S. University of Michigan
Research topic: Resource Allocation and Trade-Offs, Animal Behavior
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Christine Miller, Entomology and Nematology

Stroobosscher, Zoë
B.S. Calvin University
Research topic: Undecided
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Sandra Guzman, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

 

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Taylor, Autumn
B.S. Grand Valley State University
Research topic: Harmful Algal Bloom Mitigation
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Dail Laughinghouse, Agronomy

 

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Wanamaker, Christian
B.S. University of Florida
Research: Effects of Warming and Drought on Success and Distribution of Invasive and Native Restoration Grasses
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Luke Flory, Agronomy; Co-Chair: Deah Lieurance, Agronomy  

Wang, Xinlin 
B.S. University of Florida
Research topic: Quantifying and Characterizing Organic Matter Leaching Load in Representative Cropping Systems in Florida
Chair/Faculty Advisor: Lakesh Sharma, Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences

 

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