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School of Natural Resources and Environment

Previous Dissertations and Theses 

  • 2021

    Ph.D.

    Basham, Edmund
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Vertical Stratification of Tropical Forest Biodiversity across Multiple Scales of Space and Time
    Advisor: Brett Scheffers, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Bishop, Nichole
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Nutritional Ecology of the Critically Endangered Central American River Turtle, Dermatemys Mawii
    Advisor: Ray Carthy, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Claunch, Natalie
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Physiological Legacies of Reptile Invasions
    Advisor: Christina Romagosa, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Garcia V., Angelica
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Factors Affecting Cultural Perceptions of Palms and the Sustainability of Their Management in Madre de Dios, Peru
    Advisor: Stephen Perz, Sociology 

    Hecht, Kirsten
    Ph.D. Dissertation: A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Public Engagement Activities by Herpetologists
    Advisor: Max Nickerson, Florida Museum of Natural History        

    Walker, Julie
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Effects of Climate Change on Coastal Wetland Ecosystems and the Implications for Their Future Management
    Advisors: Todd Osborne, Soil and Water Sciences; Christine Angelini, Environmental Engineering Sciences

    M.S. 

    Bandara, Manuja Pabasara
    M.S. Thesis: Role of Metaphors in Communicating Threat of Climate Change: An Experimental Study on Climate Change Communication
    Advisor: Christine Overdevest, Sociology 

    Carneiro, Celine
    M.S. Thesis: Genomic Insight into the Demographic History and Structure of the Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus Savannarum)
    Advisor: James Austin, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation          

    Catizone, Dan 
    M.S. Thesis: Ecology of the Ornate Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin macrospilota) in St. Joseph Bay, FL 
    Advisor: Christina Romagosa, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Farris, Seth
    M.S. Thesis: Improving the Use of Ecological Indicators Using Hierarchical Modeling
    Advisor: Frank Mazzotti, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation        

    Hartfelder, Jack
    M.S. Thesis: Megaherbivore Distributions and Their Effects on Savanna Herbivore Community Structure
    Advisor: Rob Fletcher, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Logan, Tracey
    M.S. Thesis: Generation of in vitro cell lines, maintenance of lines, and creation of database
    Advisor: Robert Ossiboff, Comparative, Diagnostic, and Population Medicine       

    Maleko, Philipp
    M.S. Thesis: Filling Knowledge Gaps for Two Declining East Asian-Australasian Flyway Shorebirds: Nordmann's Greenshanks and Common Redshanks
    Advisor: Abby Powell, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Merriell, Brandon
    M.S. Thesis: Evaluating the Demographics and Dynamics of Florida Panthers with an Integrated Population Model
    Advisor: Madan Oli, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Moreno, Melissa “Mel”
    M.S. Thesis: Big Changes in the Big Bend: A data management and shoreline analysis study
    Advisor: Bill Pine, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Poongavanan, Jenicca 
    M.S. Thesis: A Glimpse into the Reproducibility of Scientific Papers in Movement Ecology: How Are We Doing?
    Advisor: Mathieu Basille, Landscape Ecology

    Rash, Rebecca
    M.S. Thesis: Environmental and Occupational Risk Factors for Stingray Puncture Injuries in Cedar Key Clam Farmers
    Advisor: Andy Kane, Environmental and Global Health

    Scherneck, Sam
    M.S. Thesis: International survey explores how risk assessment tools for invasive species can be utilized successfully
    Advisor: Luke Flory, Agronomy

  • 2020

    Ph.D.

    Bedoya Duran, Maria Juliana
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Privately protected areas, shade coffee, and the conservation of ground birds and medium to large mammals in the western Andes of Colombia
    Advisor: Lyn Branch, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Bledsoe, Ellen
    B.A. Mount Holyoke College
    Research: The Role of Patch- and Landscape-Level Processes in Shaping Desert Rodent Communities
    Advisor: Morgan Ernest, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    DeLong, Alia N
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Farmer Decision-Making: A New Generation of New and Beginning Farmers
    Advisor: Marilyn Swisher, Family, Youth and Community Sciences 

    Durland Donahou, Allison
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Effects of Domestication on the Guppy Poecilia reticulata with Implications for Invasiveness
    Advisor: Jeff Hill, Fisheries and Aquatic Science

    Esbach, Michael
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Hunting for Justice: Cofan Subsistence, Sustainability, and Self-Determination in the Ecuadorian Amazon
    Advisor: Bette Loiselle, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Harris, Holden E
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Viability and Effectiveness of a Commercial Fishery to Mitigate Invasive Lionfish in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
    Advisor: Mike Allen, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

    Hightower, Jessica 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: The Response of Bird Communities to Logging, Fragmentation, and Conversion to Oil Palm Plantations in Borneo
    Advisor: Rob Fletcher, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Jamal, Fatemah 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Ecology and Systematics of Irregular Echinoids (Echinoids, Echinodermata) and Associated Pea Crabs (Crustacea, Arthropoda) from the Gulf of Mexico and Bahamas 
    Advisor: Michal Kowalewski, Florida Museum of Natural History

    Kim, Kwanmok 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: How does Refuge Shape, Abundance, and Arrangement Affect Species Diversity in an Oyster Reef System
    Advisor: Peter Frederick, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Kirk, Lily
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Metabolism in Subtropical Lowland Rivers
    Advisor: Matt Cohen, Forest Resources and Conservation

    Marconi, Sergio
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Disentangling the Role of Ecological Drivers on Forest Biological Dimensions across Scales
    Advisor: Ethan White, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    McEachron, Lucas
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Reef Fish Spatial Distributions Throughout the Florida Keys in the Context of Matrix Effects, Trophic Dynamics, and Complementary Modeling Techniques
    Advisor: Robert Fletcher, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    McGrew, Alicia
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Taxonomic, Phylogenetic, and Size-Based Approaches to Characterizing Aquatic Community Structure
    Advisor: Ben Baiser, 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

    Nhleko, Zoliswa Nombulelo 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Understanding and Responding to South Africa's White Rhino Poaching Crisis
    Advisor: Robert McCleery, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Nunez Godoy, Cristina
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Improving Payments for Ecosystem Service Programs in a Global Deforestation Hotspot: The Gran Chaco of Argentina
    Advisors: Elizabeth Pienaar, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; Lyn Branch, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Peralta, Percy
    Ph.D. Dissertation: What Incentivizes Eco-Friendly Coffee Practices in the Peruvian Tropical Andes?: Socioeconomic and Environmental Sustainability of Smallholder Coffee Production in the Satipo Province, Peru
    Advisor: Karen Kainer, Forest Resources and Conservation

    Pinheiro, Felipe Machado 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Silvopastoral Management of the Brazilian Drylands: Soil Carbon Sequestration and Farmer-Managed Restoration of Native Vegetation
    Advisor: P.K. Nair, Forest Resources and Conservation

    Poli, Caroline
    Ph.D. Dissertation: The Roles of Habitat and Individual-Based Traits for Understanding Survival and Connectivity across Landscapes
    Advisor: Rob Fletcher, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Srivathsa, Arjun S.
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Saving the Underdogs: a Multi-Scale Approach to Inform Strategies for Conserving the Endangered Asiatic Wild Dog
    Advisor: Madan Oli, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Toh, Kok Ben
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Predicting Malaria: Models and Their Applications
    Advisor: Denis Valle, Forest Resources and Conservation

    White Rose, Elizabeth
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Population Characteristics, Movement Behavior, and Resource Selection of Florida Burrowing Owls Breeding in Suburban and Pastureland Habitats
    Advisor: Raoul Boughton, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    M.S.

    De Vito, Lauren
    M.S. Thesis: Land and vegetation change from regional to local scales in Ecuador 
    Advisor: Matt Cohen, Forest Resources and Conservation

    Eastman, Scott
    M.S. Thesis: A Comparative Study of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) Nesting on Undeveloped and Developed Beaches in Northeast Florida
    Advisor: Raymond Carthy, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    McCallister, Lorna
    M.S. Thesis: Effects of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Insect and Avian Pollinator Communities.
    Advisor: Robert McCleery, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation 

    Pepper, Alex
    M.S. Non-Thesis: Exotic pet ownership in Florida: A comprehensive guide​
    Advisor: Steve Johnson, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Smithers, Cherice
    M.S. Thesis: Drivers of Diversity and Composition of Native Bee Communities In Fire-Maintained Pine Savanna
    Advisor: Ben Baiser, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

  • 2019

    Ph.D.

    Alvarez Aleman, Anmari
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Population Genetics and Conservation of the West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus) in Cuba
    Advisor: Tom Frazer, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences/SNRE

    Baudoin Farah, C. Andrea
    B.S. University of Sao Paulo, M.S. AgroParis Tech
    Ph.D. Dissertation: "Volver a hablar con la gente del agua": Meanders of indigenous autonomy in the TIPNIS, Bolivia
    Advisor: Stephen Perz, Sociology

    Brown, Hannah O.
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Collaborating for Oyster Sustainability: A mixed-methods analysis of stakeholder communication and preference for future management outcomes on the Gulf Coast
    Advisor: Susan Jacobson, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Dahl, Kristen
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Life History and Ecology of Invasive Lionfish Populations in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Impacts to Native Reef Fish Communities and their Potential Mitigation
    Advisor: Will Patterson, SFRC/FAS

    Diaz Toribio, Milton
    B.S. Universidad Veracruzana, M.S. Instituto de Ecologia
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Community Dynamics and Under-Ground Functional Trait Responses of Plants in Pine Savannas after Fire Suppression
    Advisor: Francis "Jack" Putz, Biology

    Dobbins, Michael
    B.A., B.S. & M.S. University of Alabama
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Anthropogenic Impacts on Tropical Mammals
    Advisor: Eben Broadbent, School of Forest Resources and Conservation

    Haro-Carrion, Xavier
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Land and vegetation change from regional to local scales in Ecuador 
    Advisor: Jane Southworth, Geography

    Hilsenroth, Jana
    B.S. University of Tampa
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Changing Seas: Potential Effects of Increasing Ocean Temperatures on the Black Pearl Industry in French Polynesia
    Advisor: Tom Frazer, USF

    Kadagi, Nelly Isigi
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Contextualizing Socio-Ecological Interactions in Recreational and Artisanal Fisheries: Implications for Sustainable Use and Management of Billfish in the Western Indian Ocean 
    Advisor: Rob Ahrens, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

    Malone, Kristen
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Ground-Nesting Birds in Southeastern Pine Savanna: Predation and Habitat Management 
    Advisor: Kathryn Sieving, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Maynard, Lily
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Are Zoos Conservation Leaders? Using Organizational Conservation Identity and Social Network Analysis to Assess Zoos’ Collective Impact
    Advisor: Susan Jacobson, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Meiners, Joan
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Data Dynamics of Bee Biodiversity: Understanding Native Bee Ecology
    Advisor: Morgan Ernest, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Singer, Randal
    Ph.D. Dissertation: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Increasing Biodiversity Collections' Sustainability using Computational and Survey Methods 
    Advisor: Larry Page, Florida Museum of Natural History

    Taylor, Shawn
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Forecasting Plant Phenology: an Assessment of Data Sources and Estimators, and a Fully Automated Implementation
    Advisor: Ethan White, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    M.S.

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

    Gearhart, Justin
    B.S. University of Florida
    M.S. Thesis: Longleaf Pine Sensitivity to Interannual Variability in Precipitation in Fire-Maintained and Fire-Excluded Stands
    Advisor: Jeremy Lichstein, Biology

    Hazan, Flavio
    M.S. Thesis: Evaluating Water Quality Impacts in Master Planned Communities Using the Watershed Assessment Model 
    Advisor: Pierce Jones, Resource Efficient Communities

    Hill, Geena
    B.S. Kent State University
    M.S. Thesis: Ecological Dynamics of Lepidoptera in a Changing World, with a Focus on a Critically Endangered Butterfly 
    Advisor: Jaret Daniels, Entomology and Nematology

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

    Mosso, Clara
    M.S. Thesis: Urban Expansion Into Native Forests in Patagonia, Argentina: Assessing Environmental Policy Challenges at National And Local Levels
    Advisor: Mark Hosteler, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation  

    Pride, Lillian
    B.S. Iowa State University
    M.S. Thesis: Living Mulch and Microirrigation for Runoff and Erosion Reduction during Bare-root Strawberry Transplant Establishment
    Advisor: Carlene Chase, Horticulture Sciences

    Quincy, Kaitlyn
    M.S. Thesis: The Ecology and Management of West Indian Marsh Grass (Hymenachne amplexicaulis) in Florida Wetlands
    Advisor: Stephen Enloe, Agronomy

  • 2018

    Ph.D.

    Adler, Jennifer
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Water's Story: an interdisciplinary approach combining springs science, communications, and environmental education
    Advisor: Tom Frazer, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences/SNRE

    Ávila, Susana Hervas
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Understanding Stakeholder Conflict in the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Fishery 
    Advisor: Kai Lorenzen, Fisheries and Aquatic Science

    Bailey, Karen
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Understanding drivers and consequences of adaptation to drought in Swaziland
    Advisor: Bob McCleery, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Chidakel, Alex 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Institutions, Governance, and the Economic Performance of Protected Areas in Southern Africa
    Advisor: Brian Child, Geography

    Desormeaux, Amanda
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Quantification and Source Identification of Nitrate Leached in the Vadose Zone of a Karst Springshed
    Advisor: James Jawitz, Soil and Water Sciences

    Fahey, Catherine 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: The Effects of Plant Invasion and Drought on Plant-Soil Interactions
    Advisor: Luke Flory, Agronomy

    Fiorini, Ana Carolina Oliveira 
    Ph.D. Dissertation:  Brazilian Forest Code Instruments Used to Promote Atlantic Forest Restoration: A Study in Rio Claro Municipality
    Advisor: Jack Putz, Department of Biology 

    Glodzik, Katie 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Impacts of Saltwater Intrusion and Hydrologic Change to Salt Marsh and Coastal Forest of Florida's Big Bend 
    Advisor: David Kaplan, Environmental Engineering Sciences

    Ludgate, Nargiza
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Gender Roles in Household Water Resource Management in Water-Scarce Countries: Does Greywater Treatment Technology Empower Rural Women in Jordan?
    Advisor: Sandra Russo, International Center

    Muyengwa, Shylock 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Elite Capture of Community Based Natural Resources Management Projects in Southern Africa
    Advisor: Brian Child, Geography

    Pinheiro, Paula Soares 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Decentralization of rights to communities in the co-management of natural resources in the Lower Juruá Extractive Reserve, central-west Brazilian Amazon: implications for natural resource conservation
    Advisor: Stephen Perz, Sociology and Criminology & Law 

    Rubino, Elena 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Incentivizing Rhinoceros Conservation among Private Landowners in South Africa
    Advisor: Elizabeth Pienaar, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation 

    Rueda, Farah Carrasco
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Land-use Change and Bat Biodiversity: Understanding Patterns, Drivers, and Impacts of Mitigation Efforts 
    Advisor: Bette Loiselle, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Schuman, Carrie
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Ecosystem Service Provision by the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica, within the St. Augustine Region of Florida
    Advisor: Shirley Baker, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

    Shapiro, Julie 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Bats in a Changing World: Where They Go, What They Bring, and How They Impact People 
    Advisor: Bob McCleery, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Somjee, Ummat 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: The Hidden Consequences of Exaggerated Sexually Selected Weapons 
    Advisor: Christine Miller, Entomology and Nematology

    Wilkinson, Krystan
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Understanding Risk Mitigation by Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops Truncatus) in Sarasota Bay, Florida through Analysis of Group Size, Habitat Use, and Perinatal Movements
    Advisor: Bill Pine, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    M.S.

    Adair, Robyn
    M.S. Thesis: Field Evaluation of Cover Crops for Nematode and Weed Management in Florida and Haiti
    Advisor: Marilyn Swisher, Family, Youth, and Community Sciences; Carlene Chase, Horticulture Sciences

    Borden, Jesse 
    M.S. Thesis: Ecological Disturbances and Canopy Communities
    Advisor: Brett Scheffers, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Duan, Leilei
    M.S. Thesis: Examine Urban Allocation Outcomes with Sea Level Rise Scenarios in City of Tampa
    Advisor: Paul Zwick, College of Design, Construction & Planning

    Hill, Melissa 
    M.S. Thesis: Determining Property Owners' Attitudes of Adopting Conservation Easements to Protect Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat
    Advisor: Martha Monroe, School of Forest Resources and Conservation

    Maneval, Paul 
    M.S. Thesis: Influences of genotype, nursery design, and location on the growth of Acropora cervicornis fragments
    Advisor: Tom Frazer, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences/SNRE

    Scott, Raymond 
    M.S. Thesis: Non-thesis Project
    Advisor: Tom Frazer, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences/SNRE

    Smith, Austin
    M.S. Thesis: Niche Modeling of Released Chukar Partridge (Alectoris chukar) in North America
    Advisor: Wendell Crooper, Forest Resources and Conservation 

    Szabo, Andrea 
    M.S./J.D.: Non-thesis Project
    Advisor: Alison Adams, School of Forest Resources and Conservation 

    Thomas, Shelby
    M.S. Thesis: More than the Eye Can See: Gross and Radiographic Observations of Shell-Boring Parasites Cliona, Diplothyra, and Polydora in Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea Virginica, Reveal Dynamics of Shell Damage
    Advisor: Andy Kane, Emerging Pathogens Institute

    Veras Mena, Daniel 
    M.S. Thesis: Influence of Sponges on the Performance of Nursery-reared Staghorn Coral (Acropora cervicornis)
    Advisor: Tom Frazer, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences/SNRE 

  • 2017

    Ph.D.

    Avila-Segura, Laura 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Stingless Bee Foraging Ecology in Tropical Agricultural Landscapes 
    Advisor: Glenn Hall, Entomology and Nematology 

    Guan, Jing
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Quantifying the Effects of Epiphytic Algae on the Growth of a Submersed Macrophyte
    Advisor: Tom Frazer, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences/SNRE

    Hallett, Matt
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Population Size, Spatial Distribution, Space Use, Human/Wildlife Conflict, Protection and Planning Related to Jaguars in Guyana, South America
    Advisor: John Blake, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Hernandez, Felipe 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Anthropogenic Factors as Disruptors of Ecosystem Health: Effects of Contaminants in Raccoons (Procyon lotor) and Pathogen Pollution by Invasive Feral Swine (Sus scrofa) in Southeastern United States
    Advisor: Sam Wisely, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Karelus, Dana
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Black Bear Home Ranges and Habitat Use
    Advisor: Madan Oli, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Marquez Garcia, Marcela Andrea
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Attitudes and Factors Influencing Behavior Change of Wine Producers Toward the Conservation of Chile's Mediterranean Habitat
    Advisor: Susan Jacobson, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation 

    McCarthy, James
    Ph.D. Dissertation: The Dynamics of Corporate Sustainability and Profitability
    Advisor: Robert Ries, Construction Management

    Rios Marin, Maria Constanza 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: From Individual Decisions to Collective Action for Biodiversity Conservation: Networks of Reserves of the Civil Society in Colombia
    Advisor: Karen Kainer, Forest Resources and Conservation, Latin American Studies 

    Stanton, Richard  
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Effects of Shrub Encroachment in Grass-Dominated Biomes on Vertebrate Communities
    Advisor: Rob Fletcher, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Van Treese, Jeffrey
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Environmental Horticulture
    Advisor: Andrew Koeser, Landscape Conservation and Ecology

    Wilson, Chris
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Ecology and Management of Soil Carbon on Ranchlands of Florida, USA
    Advisor: Luke Flory, Agronomy

    M.S.

    Berkebile, Nathan
    M.S. Thesis: Ecology and Distribution of the Florida Sea Cucumber, Holothuria floridana, in Seagrass and Hard-bottom Communities of the Florida Keys
    Advisor: Donald Behringer, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

    Hyman, Alex 
    M.S. Thesis: Seagrass Ecology 
    Advisor: Michal Kawalewski, Florida Museum of Natural History

    Lastinger, Cody
    M.S. Non-Thesis: Improving Hack and Squirt Technologies for Management of Woody Invasive Plants in Florida 
    Advisor: Stephen Enloe, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

    Loggins, Annie
    M.S. Thesis: Savanna Vegetation Shapes Small Mammal Communities and Foraging Behaviors
    Advisor: Bob McCleery, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    McBride, Jennifer 
    M.S. Thesis: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Growth in Spring-Fed Rivers  
    Advisor: Matt Cohen, Forest Resources and Conservation

    Mulindahabi, Felix
    M.S. Thesis: Assessment of the Impacts of the Conservation of Protected Areas to the Improvement of Livelihoods of Adjacent Communities of the Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda
    Advisor: Brian Child, Geography

    Rodrigues, Camila 
    M.S. Thesis: Livelihood Strategies of Family Farmers across the Amazon Frontier of Malo Grosse 
    Advisor: Stephen Perz, Sociology 

    Wang, Jinghui
    M.S. Thesis: Economic Analysis of Tomato Production with Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation  
    Advisor: Zhifeng Gao, Food and Resource Economics

  • 2016

    Ph.D.

    Anderson, C. Jane
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Ecology and Impacts of Introduced Non-Human Primate Populations in Florida
    Advisor: Steve Johnson, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Anderson, John D. 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Ecosocial Determinants of Environmental Exposure to Diarrheal Disease
    Advisor: Richard Rheingans, Environmental & Global Health

    Chaves Didier, Willandia 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Wild Meat Consumption in the Central Amazon, Brazil: Evaluating Drivers and Conservation Strategies 
    Advisor: Katie Sieving, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Crandall, Chelsey
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Stakeholder Engagement in Fisheries Management
    Advisor: Kai Lorenzen, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

    Haase, Catherine 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Effects of the Spatial Configuration of Forage and Thermal Habitats on the Behavior of the Florida Manatee
    Advisor: Rob Fletcher, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Fang, Yu
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Human Population Spatio-Temporal Distribution Embedded Within Water Networks 
    Advisor: Jim Jawitz, Soil and Water Science 

    Knowles, Hal
    Ph.D. Dissertation: From Development Density to Consumption Complexity: Using Visualization Tools and Nonlinear Analyses to Compare Resource Efficiency in Urban Communities and Buildings
    Advisor: Mark Hostetler, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Laing, Joelle
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Relationships between Sediment Redox Potential and Vegetation Characteristics in Florida Spring Systems: Implications for Restoration
    Advisor: Tom Frazer, School of Natural Resources and Environment

    Littles, Chanda
    Ph.D. Dissertation: An Investigation of Wintering Florida Manatee Population Dynamics at Multiple Scales
    Advisor: Tom Frazer, School of Natural Resources and Environment

    Montes, Nancy
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Analyzing the Distribution of Recreational Boating off the Coast of Northeast Florida to Determine its Implications for the Conservation of the North Atlantic Right Whale
    Advisor: Bob Swett, Forest Resources and Conservation

    Nunez-Regueiro, Mauricio
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Regional and Global Effects of Biofuel Production and Expansion 
    Advisor: Rob Fletcher, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Sobreiro da Silva, Thaissa
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Indigenous Mobilization and Multi-Local Livelihood Strategies in the Middle Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil
    Advisor: Stephen Perz, Sociology and Criminology and Law

    Souza, Thiago Do Val S.
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Recreation Classification, Tourism Demand and Economic Impact Analyses in Protected Areas of Brazil
    Advisor:  Brijesh Thapa, Dept of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management

    Vincent, Christopher
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Wind and Light Stress in Papaya as Influenced by Intercropping: Stress Priming and Photosynthetic Acclimation
    Advisor: Bruce Schaffer, Horticultural Sciences, Tropical REC

    West, Thales
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Deforestation and Payment for Environmental Services
    Advisor: Jack Putz, Biology

    Williams, Rebecca J.
    Ph.D. Dissertation: The Gift of More Time: The Influence of Eco-Stove Improved Cookstoves on Women's Time Poverty and Agency in Indigenous Lenca Communities in Intibuca, Honduras
    Advisor: Sandra Russo, Women's Studies

    Xu, Yiming
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Predicting Soil Properties and Soil Quality by Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques in South India 
    Advisor: Scott Smith, Forest Resources & Conservation

    M.S.

    Archer, Jan-Michael
    M.S. Thesis: A Systematic Review of Forest Bird Occurrence in North American Forest Fragments and the Built Environment 
    Advisor: Mark Hostetler, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Burja, Kristina
    M.S. Thesis: Conservation Education at Tsavo West National Park, Kenya: A Case Study
    Advisor: Martha Monroe, Forest Resources and Conservation

    Cummings, Katy
    M.S. Thesis: Ecological Fidelity of Death Assemblages: Can Mollusks be Used to Assess Changes in Seagrass Ecosystems?
    Advisor: Michael Kowalewski, Geological Sciences; Tom Frazer, School of Natural Resources and Environment

    Gelin Spessot, Maria Laura  
    M.S. Thesis: Response of Pumas (Puma concolor) to the Migration of Guanacos (Lama Guanicoe) in Patagonia
    Advisor: Lyn Branch, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Gottlieb, Isabel
    M.S. Thesis: Implications of Future Biofuels Expansion on Avian Communities in the Southeastern U.S. 
    Advisor: Rob Fletcher, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Hiatt, Drew 
    M.S. Thesis: Invasive Plant Populations and Co-Occurring Native Species Vary in Phenotypic Plasticity
    Advisor: Luke Flory, Agronomy 

    Langston, Jaqueline
    M.S. Thesis: The Effect of the Non-Native Mayan Cichlid Cichlasoma Urophthalmus on the Nesting and Parental Care of the Spotted Sunfish Lepomis Punctatus
    Advisor: Tom Frazer, School of Natural Resources and Environment

    NeSmith, Julienne
    M.S. Thesis: Tree Regeneration Response to Cogon Grass Invasion Along a Soil Moisture Gradient
    Advisor: Luke Flory, Agronomy

    Nunez, Leroy
    M.S. Thesis: Molecular Analyses of Three Non-Indigenous Squamate Species in Florida: Testing Various Hypotheses Regarding Species Introductions
    Advisor: Kenneth Krysko, Florida Museum of Natural History

    Nunez Godoy, Cristina
    M.S. Thesis: Wildlife Friendly Certification: A Case Study of Patagonian Cashmere Producers and Buyers 
    Advisor: Karen Kainer, Forest Resources and Conservation, Latin American Studies

    Timpe, Kelsie
    M.S. Thesis: How are Dams Changing the Ecohydrology of Amazonian Rivers? A Comprehensive Review of Environmental Flows Management in the Brazilian Amazon
    Advisor: David Kaplan, Environmental Engineering Sciences

  • 2015

    Ph.D.

    Cao, Baijing
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Soil Carbon Modeling Along Ecological, Climatic, and Biotic Trajectories at a Continental Scale
    Advisor: Sabine Grunwald, Soil and Water Science

    Gonzalez, Oscar
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Bird-Flowering Plant Networks in Andean Montane Forests
    Advisor: Bette Loiselle, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Livengood, Elisa
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Sustainability of the Global Ornamental Fish Trade through Management, Education, Health and Welfare of the Resource
    Advisor:  Frank Chapman, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

    Luo, Jiexuan
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Nitrogen Mass Balance at University of Florida Campus
    Advisor: George Hochmuth, Soil and Water Science

    Mavah, Germain
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Governance for Sustaining Natural Resources: Effectiveness of Community-Based Wildlife Management in the Republic of Congo
    Advisor: Brian Child, Geography and Center for African Studies

    Monaghan, Kelly
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Sustainable Agriculture and Urban-Community Food Systems
    Advisor: Mickie Swisher, Family, Youth and Community Sciences

    Murillo, Oscar
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Demography and Population Dynamics of Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus) in South Scotland
    Advisor: Madan Oli, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Nifong, Rachel
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Analysis of the Relationships Between the Stoichiometry of Whole Ecosystem Metabolism and Primary Producers
    Advisor: Matt Cohen, Forest Resources and Conservation

    Yuan, Jing 
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Metrics of Pattern Loss and Ecosystem Change in the Ridge and Slough Mosaic of the Everglades
    Advisor: Matt Cohen, Forest Resources and Conservation

    M.S.

    Bauman, Michael L.
    M.S. Thesis: Where Should the Forests Grow: Socio-Ecological Forest Conservation Planning Using Biodiversity, Landholder, and Agency-Based Priorities in Los Santos, Panama
    Advisor: Stephanie Bohlman, Forest Resources and Conservation

    Bouchillon, Rachel
    M.S. Thesis: Florida Gulf Coast Oysters and Freshwater River Flow Modeling
    Advisor: Bill Pine, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Delaney, John Patrick
    M.S. Thesis: Using GIS to Assess Nest Site Selection and Nest Abundance by American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) in Three Central Florida Lakes
    Advisor: Franklin Percival, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Dornisch, Vanessa
    M.S. Thesis: Florida Beach Users’ Perceptions of Beach Ownership, Erosion Management, and Sea Level Rise
    Advisor: Bob Swett, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

    Grade, Aaron M.
    M.S. Thesis: Consequences of Anthropogenic Road Noise on Avian Communities
    Advisor: Katie Sieving, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Lane, Christian
    M.S. Thesis: Sturgeon Nutrition
    Advisor: Frank Chapman, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

    Larios, Kalindhi
    M.S. Thesis: Florida Wildfires During the Holocene Climatic Optimum
    Advisor: Stefan Gerber, Soil and Water Science

    Mortimer, Jessica
    M.S. Thesis: The Development and Comparative Analysis of a Rapid Herbaceous Monitoring Method in Lowveld Savanna, South Africa
    Advisor: Brian Child, Geography, Center for African Studies

    Presser, Jackson
    M.S. Thesis: GIS-Based Risk Model for Prediction/Detection of Pythium insidiosum in the Environment
    Advisor: Erica Goss, Plant Pathology, Emerging Pathogens Institute

    Puls, Danielle
    M.S. Thesis: Determining if the Mucilage Caused by a Specific Cyanobacterium is Inhibiting Sponge Function/Killing Sponge Species in the Florida Bay
    Advisor: Donald Behringer, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

    Quintana, Yasmin 
    M.S. Thesis: Fishing Mortality Assessment from Giant Cichlid Artisanal Fishery in Lake Peten Itza, Guatemala
    Advisor: Mike Allen, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

    Rojas Bonzi, Viviana B.
    M.S. Thesis: Phylogenetics of the Red-Footed Tortoise
    Advisor: Jim Austin, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

  • 2014 and Earlier